Multiple advanced engineering and technology sectors within the UK’s advanced engineering and high value manufacturing community converged in record numbers again this month at NEC Birmingham (Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th November 2014), at Advanced Engineering UK 2014, which included the Composites Engineering Show 2014, boasting a record total attendance of 13,000 people.
Ian Stone, Managing Director of show organisers UK Tech Events, commented; “Yet again we have seen the immense value of bringing together multiple high value sectors into a dynamic integrated environment where these interlinked industry sectors can both advance their own innovation, technology, industry sourcing & supply chain priorities as well as have the benefit of both planned and spontaneous interaction with the wider community of adjacent groups. Such individually represented groups, whether Aerostructures, Aero propulsion, Automotive & Low Carbon innovation, Advanced Lightweight & Functional Materials or Advanced Digital Manufacturing technologies are at the vanguard for delivering UK ambitions to rebalance the economy and represent already outstanding examples of where the UK is striving to take an international lead, reflecting its unique and comprehensive value chain capability and competitiveness.”
The 2014 show floor this year played host to a record 700+ specialist exhibiting companies and organisations spanning the five interlinked show zones, showcasing a world class line up of engineering technology, innovation, plant, equipment, services, processes, capability, applications, partners and more, converging into one ‘integrated’ experience under giant canopy of NEC’s 200 meter long Hall 5. From advanced materials, digital manufacturing, latest development tools , new technologies, component innovators, supply chain partners, specialist sub-contractors and much more, attendees were again spoilt for choice with the diversity of technology, capability and engineering services on display this year.
Commenting on the increasing year on year size of the overall ‘Advanced Engineering UK’ event, Stone continues; “The continuing maturity of the event and its growing pivotal position on the industry calendar is evidenced by a number of key indicators this year, notably the increasing diversity of international companies, the inclusion of first time blue chip names such as McLaren Automotive, Magna International, Ricardo and others, plus substantial increase in stand sizes from a strong cross section of incumbent exhibitors, recognising the opportunity to provide more dynamic displays and greater sales capability on the show floor.