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Advanced Engineering Show Publishes Top 20 High Value Manufacturing Hotspots in the UK

Advanced Engineering has announced its ranking of the UK’s top high value manufacturing hotspots and congratulated Sheffield on securing top spot . Sheffield narrowly beat last year’s winner – Bristol - by just two points. The full ranking followed by its Advanced Engineering Impact Score is as follows:

  1. Sheffield    5111
  2. Bristol    5109
  3. Milton Keynes    4925
  4. Cambridge    4862
  5. Nottingham    4781
  6. London    4733
  7. Leeds/Yorkshire    4709
  8. Liverpool    4652
  9. Derby    4651
  10. Northampton    4651
  11. Poole    4513
  12. Coventry    4506
  13. Leicester    4455
  14. Birmingham    4388
  15. Southampton    4354
  16. Manchester    4294
  17. Telford    4243
  18. Swindon    4054
  19. Banbury    4052
  20. Chesterfield    4003

The highest new entry this year is Cambridge, which comes in at number 4. Other new entrants are Northampton, Poole, Telford, Swindon, Banbury and Chesterfield. The biggest improvers in the table since last year were Milton Keynes, which moved from 10th to 3rd; Nottingham, which moved from 8th to 5th; and Leicester which moved up three places from 16th to 13th.

Alison Willis, Industrial Divisional Director at Easyfairs, organiser of the show, said: “High value manufacturing provides highly paid, highly skilled jobs across the country, and our league table shows where the advanced engineering hotspots are. As we celebrate our 10th year, we are looking forward to seeing thousands of engineers and companies from these areas, and indeed more widely from around the UK and globally, to see at first-hand the latest developments in the industry.”

Advanced Engineering 2018, which takes place on the 31st of October and 1st of November at the NEC Birmingham, is the UK's largest annual gathering of advanced engineering professionals. It connects the entire supply chain of the UK’s advanced engineering industry with R&D, design, test, production and procurement from large and small companies, through to top tier industry players in a two-day free to attend exhibition and high level conference.

The show brings together over 700 companies, as well as more than 15,000 engineers, procurement managers and senior decision makers from large and small companies - all looking to source, specify and invest in the most up-to-date products and explore the latest industry innovations.

Advanced Engineering 2018 includes six co-located zones under one roof: Aero Engineering, Composites Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Performance Metals Engineering, Connected Manufacturing and -  new for 2018 – Nuclear Engineering.

Also new for this year, the Show is excited to be supporting UK contractors by introducing a dedicated area on its show floor - the UK Contract Manufacturing zone. The UK subcontractor is facing growing competition from overseas presence and there is now a need more than ever, for the UK market to have the best platform to showcase these businesses. In order to support British industry, Advanced Engineering 2018 has initiated this dedicated and focused area.

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