“I’m delighted to be here at Advanced Engineering 2018,” said Mr Stuart MP, of the Department for International Trade. “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 £10 million 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.”
Easyfairs also reports positive feedback from exhibitors.
“With the launch of our new Curabox Benoxazine resin, the number of visitors to our stand has been brilliant,” says Dominic Hopwood of Bitrez. “By having the opportunity to put faces to names and create new leads, the Advanced Engineering show has allowed us to not only make new connections but improve on existing ones. The show has really set us up for next year.”
“This has been the best year yet for us exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering Show,” reports Mark Crouchen of Rockwood Composites. “We have recently invested in a new press which has increased our capacity by 50% so we can’t wait to get some new clients. We have lots of new leads which will come in handy for new business in the New Year.”
Added to this, the features area allowed visitors to get hands on and up close to some of the latest technologies in the industry, including autonomous vehicles and the first graphene skinned drone.
“The Advanced Engineering exhibition is an important event on the calendar as it brings together the ‘state of the art’ in everything and demonstrates the future of the industry,” notes David Haskett, Business Development, Reaction Engines, of his experience of the show.
“I like the variety of stands,” says Ian Gardner, Industry 4.0 solutions architect, IBM, another visitor. “There were lots of conference and exhibition areas which were quite good. The talks were very useful and specialised.”
Advanced Engineering 2018 hosted a series of 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.
“What a way to celebrate our 10th birthday,” states Alison Willis, Industrial Divisional Director at Easyfairs. “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.”
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 will see the introduction of Medical Device Engineering.
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