Graham Stuart, Minister for Investment, hailed Advanced Engineering 2018 “the country’s largest sector show” as exhibitors and visitors had a fantastic time, completing new contracts, developing business relationships and seeing the latest innovations the industry has to offer.
Mr Stuart MP, of the Department for International Trade, added: “I’m delighted to be here at Advanced Engineering 2018. It’s the country’s largest sector show of this kind and we are surrounded by great British engineering. The UK leads the whole of Europe in terms of the amount of investment it attracts, and just over recent weeks, we’ve seen another £10m of foreign direct investment into UK advanced engineering…Advanced Engineering offers enormous opportunities for the future and young people right across the country should consider entering this buoyant market.”
In addition to the exhibition, Advanced Engineering 2018 hosted a series of thought-provoking talks from industry leading professionals from large companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens, Boeing and the Aerospace Technology Institute.
These covered a wide range of issues that could radically affect the industry, including Brexit, future proofing the supply chain and filling the huge engineering skills gap.
Alison Willis, Industrial Divisional Director at Easyfairs, organisers of the show, said: “What a way to celebrate our 10th birthday. There was a real and heightened buzz about the show this year thanks to everyone who took part; from the exhibitors, the visitors, conference speakers, the companies who supplied the show floor features through to the staff at the NEC.
“They all contributed to a fantastic event. Now we are preparing for next year with stands rapidly flying off the shelf at a record-breaking rate, book yours before it’s too late.”
This year the show had two new zones, Nuclear Engineering and UK Contract Manufacturing, which complimented the existing areas dedicated to; Aerospace Engineering, Composites Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Performance Metals and Connected Manufacturing.
Next year we’re excited to introduce Medical Device Engineering to the show floor.