NEC hosts the UK’s largest advanced engineering gathering
What will you be doing between 31 October and 1 November? Where will you be? Well, if you’re involved in aerospace, automotive, composites, performance metals, connected manufacturing or the nuclear industry the chances are that the answer is simple – the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC.
Registration has opened for the UK’s largest annual advanced engineering gathering. Now in its tenth year, Advanced Engineering has dedicated zones for the UK’s key high value industries. It is also offering the first 50 people signing up a free ultra high capacity power bank for mobile phones and laptops to be picked up at the show.
Last year the show attracted some of the industry’s biggest names including Airbus, Boeing, Jaguar Land Rover, Hexcel and Dassault Systèmes, who met and did business across the supply chain, with visitors from a range of engineering specialisms. 2017 also saw the show increasing attendees by 15% over the previous year. Visitors stayed on average just under three hours, many looking for new products and services.
This year will be bigger and better with the launch of a new co-located show, Nuclear Engineering, the expansion of the Connected Manufacturing show zone, a dedicated area for UK subcontractors, and AE Connect – a platform enabling visitors and exhibitors to pre-arrange meetings. Visitors will see cutting-edge innovations from over 650 exhibitors and some of the industry’s biggest names across the advanced engineering landscape including also oil and gas, rail, marine, motorsport and healthcare.
Coupled with more than 200 presentations and case studies, the show is filled with experts in technical and business improvement, highlighting best practice and the secrets behind what is driving the industry forward. It also presents the chance to meet and do business across the supply chain from a range of engineering specialisms including: automation, design and test engineering, process control, machining and many more.
The exhibition will be held in halls 2, 3 and 3A at the NEC, with two entrances to the show, making navigation of the huge exhibition space easier. There will be a range of expert speakers, including Sameer Savani, head of innovation and engineering at ADS Group. The two-day open conference is accredited by the CPD Accreditation Service ‘Contin-uing Professional Development (CPD)’. Alison Willis, industrial divisional director at Easyfairs, said: “Celebrating our tenth birthday this year is a very special occasion for the Advanced Engineering show, and it will be bigger and better than ever. Our technical conference programme is attracting a lot of interest and there will be hundreds of engineering exhibitors to speak to about the latest innovations in the industry. So, register for your free place today and put the date in your diary.”
And this view is shared by many who visited or exhibited last year. Robert Slade, automotive consultant at Mackenzie Jones Engineering, said: “An excellent show for networking and very important for my company. We visit every year. It was enjoyable and worthwhile.”
Chris Mason, head of sales at Ensinger, said: “We’ve been exhibiting for seven years now. The show continues to grow and generate high quality leads from a wide range of sectors.”
Colin Williams, materials engineer at Blatchford Products, said: “A great opportunity to meet current and future suppliers, all in one place.” Wayne Walker, North American operations manager at Pathfinder Cutting Technology, said: “Advanced Engineering is a must do show for companies wanting to exhibit their technology to the UK’s vibrant high-tech manufacturing industries. There is a real buzz about manufacturing in the UK. I highly recommend this show.”