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Composites UK, Nissan and Toyota Tsusho Speakers for the UK's Largest Advanced Engineering Show

A forum session at Advanced Engineering 2016

Advanced Engineering 2017 today announced a raft of speakers and conference topics, including talks from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, NetComposites, MHI Vestas, and Nissan. Topics will include how specific engineering problems have been overcome, as well as more strategic issues such as the fourth industrial revolution, Brexit, and additive manufacturing.

During the two-day open conference visitors will be able to hear from leading names within the composites industry covering thought-provoking topics that affect the industry every working day. Keynote speaker Alex Aucken, chair of the Composites Leadership Forum (CLF) will be taking to the stage on day one. Key industry issues will also be covered by CompoSIDE, Axilium, Ceramicx, Solent Composites, and many more throughout the conference.

Other topics will include:

  • Faye Smith, Composites UK - Supporting Growth and Demand in the Industry;
  • Marcello Grassi, Leading Edge Strategy Consulting – Future Demands for Composites in Aerospace;
  • Chris Hare, NetComposites – Making Bad Composites for Good Reasons;
  • Ben Morgan, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) - Automation and Industry 4.0 for SMEs;
  • Clive Chitiz, Plataine - Your Digital Assistant: AI and IIOT in the Service of Advanced Manufacturing Optimisation;
  • Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) - Leveraging Funding to Grow Your Business;
  • Paul Shakespeare, Composites Leadership Forum Skills Working Group (CLF) and National Composites Centre (NCC) - Sourcing Your Workforce Now and in the Future;
  • James Henderson, Atkins Ltd – Construction: The Opportunities and Challenges;
  • Shanta Desai, Nissan - Meeting the Needs of High Volume Production;
  • Kate Thompson, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) - Industrial Strategy Beyond Brexit;
  • Andrew Page, Toyota Tsusho - Reclaiming High-Spec Carbon Fibre from End of Life Composites.

In addition, there will be a panel session with industry experts at the end of each day, the first on day one looking at the challenges facing the composites industry; and the second on day two looking at the opportunities for the industry.

The show is newly ‘Continuing Professional Development (CPD)’ - accredited for this year, by the CPD Certification Service. Recognised by employers, and which complements the policies of professional institutes and academic bodies, it also acknowledges the effective professional development visitors of the conference can gain. Attending the conference will help visitors broaden their knowledge around the various advanced engineering sectors and the interesting and technical topics that will be discussed.

Advanced Engineering 2017 is the place where the UK supply chain meets face-to-face with engineering management, spanning: process, control and plant industries; R & D; design; test; production & procurement from OEMs, integrators and top tier industry players within multiple industries. It takes place on 1&2 November at the NEC, Birmingham.  

Alison Willis, industrial divisional director at Easyfairs, the organisers of the exhibition, said: “We’re very excited about the speakers at this year’s exhibition; with presentations across the six Advanced Engineering show zone forums from Boeing, Siemens, Composites UK and Magna International we’re set to have an interesting two days!
“The conference will provide insights into topics affecting the array of industries our show covers. We have something for everyone and expert industry keynotes will allow for interesting discussions and Q&As, especially around the hot-topic of industry 4.0.”

Advanced Engineering 2017 comprises five co-locating zones:

  • Aero Engineering
  • Composites Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Performance Metals Engineering
  • Connected Manufacturing

New for this year: a dedicated zone for industry 4.0, Connected Manufacturing; and an expanded zone for start-ups sponsored by Magna International.

Now in its ninth year, the show is set for record breaking visitor numbers, bringing together over 600 exhibiting firms - all looking to source, specify and invest in the most up-to-date products and explore the latest industry innovations.

For more information on Advanced Engineering, or to secure your free ticket for the show, visit: Find regular updates on Twitter via #AEUK17.



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