Advanced Engineering 2018, the UK’s largest exhibition for advanced engineering professionals, is celebrating its 10thbirthday by being bigger and better than ever, according to show organisers Easyfairs. New for this year is the Nuclear Engineering zone.
This builds on the success of the 2017 exhibition, where attendance increased by 15 per cent on the previous year. Visitors stayed on average just under three hours at the show, many looking for new products and services.
The other show zones are: Aerospace Engineering, Composites Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Performance Metals and, building on its hugely successful 2017 launch,Connected Manufacturing. In addition, the Enabling Innovation showcaseis being repeated this year. It provides a unique opportunity for 50 start-ups and researchers to showcase the next generation of exciting new technologies.
As last year, the exhibition will be held in halls 2, 3 and 3A, though now there are two entrances to the show, making navigation of the huge exhibition space easier.
The show, and its exhibitors, are marketed heavily with 85 key industry associations and media partners. It is publicised widely, with 2.6 million people reading about it in printed magazines, 3.4 million people learning about it through social media and 2.1 million people viewing the Advanced Engineering website per month.
Last year the UK’s largest meeting place for advanced engineers 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 including: automation, design & test engineering, process control, machining and many more.
The two-day open conference, which is accredited by the CPD Accreditation Service ‘Continuing Professional Development (CPD)’, will have a raft of high profile speakers and topics. Visitors will see variety of cutting edge technology and materials from exhibitors as well as show floor features.
Alison Willis, industrial divisional director at Easyfairs, organisers of the show, said: “Happy 10thbirthday to the Advanced Engineering Show! We have hit double figures and are expecting a record response from visitors and exhibitors this year.
“The new Nuclear Engineering zone will tap into the technical excellence of this high growth sector, addressing nuclear energy new-build, operation and supply chain. This has huge importance for the energy security of the country, and provides a great opportunity for companies to join a new and dynamic supply chain.”
John Darlington, exhibitor TenCate’s global director product and market strategy, said: “The Advanced Engineering show is a fantastic opportunity to support our industry partners when meeting new clients. Last year was no exception, and indeed has been the most successful ever, delivering more leads, more contact with suppliers and, as importantly, the ability to meet TenCate’s existing customers and partners.”
Robert Slade, automotive consultant, Mackenzie Jones Engineering, said: “An excellent show for networking and very important for my company. We visit every year. It was enjoyable and worthwhile.”
Roz Bird, commercial director of Silverstone Park, commented: “The Advanced Engineering Show has exceeded our expectations – hosting the VIP Lounge in the middle of such a big industry event and offering people the chance to chat over coffee in informal and comfortable surroundings was one hundred per cent the right thing to do. It’s made for a brilliant couple of days of networking. In fact I have always thought the show has the right sort of audience for us in terms of advanced engineering, electronics and software development and that has proven to be very true.”
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.”
W Griffiths, technology consultant Indestructible Paint, said: “A very good show, lots of interest shown and plenty of enquiries.”
Wayne Walker, North American operations manager at Pathfinder Cutting Technology LLC, 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.”
The show takes place on the 31stOct & 1stNov, at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.