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Record attendance at Advanced Engineering UK 2013 group of events (NEC, Birmingham 12-13 Nov)

Multiple sectors within the UK’s advanced engineering and high value manufacturing community converged in record numbers last week at NEC Birmingham (Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th November 2013), at the Advanced Engineering UK 2013 group of events, comprising: Aero Engineering Show 2013, Composites Engineering Show 2013, Automotive Engineering Show 2013, Auto Electronics 2013 & Printable Electronics for Industry.

Boasting a record total attendance of some 12,000, coming from all tiers and parts of the advanced engineering supply chain, this year’s ‘Advanced Engineering UK group of events’, achieved yet again hugely impressive year on year growth, recording a massive 30% attendance increase on its successful 2012 event.

Already one of Europe’s most important annual advanced engineering sector showcases for technology innovation, processes and industry supply chain capability, the Advanced Engineering UK 2013 group of events, held this year for the first time within NEC Birmingham’s premier Hall 5, brought together five interlinked shows representing priority UK high value engineering and technology sectors, and combining to create a hugely exciting integrated UK technology transfer and business development opportunity.

Ian Stone, Managing Director of show organisers UK Tech Events, commented: “This year the event has seen its biggest ever turnout from all points across the UK’s advanced engineering & technology sectors. With UK industry more upbeat than ever about growth opportunities in these high value industries, supported by the continuing prioritisation from industry, government and academia, the co-locating events have rapidly become a ‘must attend’ annual calendar fixture given their unique concentration of multiple high value, high skilled and high intensity engineering sectors under one common roof. These key sectors are 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 show floor this year played host to a record 650 specialist exhibiting organisations providing engineering technology, equipment, components and specialist services, spanning the five interlinked show zones, under the one giant canopy of NEC’s 200 meter long Hall 5. From advanced materials, digital engineering solutions, design, testing , manufacturing supply chain partners, specialist sub-contractors and much more, attendees were spoilt for choice with the diversity of technology, capability and engineering services on display this year, backed by its most ambitious free-to-attend open conference programme since the events’ launch five years ago.

Hosted across five parallel show-floor based auditoria, this year’s open conference programme was a stunning success, with standing room only for many of the sessions. Over 200 expert speakers contributed to a sum total of some 60 hours of high quality industry supply chain intelligence, insight into latest research, industry case studies, and latest technology and process innovations.

Dr Neil Calder, Conference Director for the parallel speaker programmes summarizes this year’s approach as “a carefully and deliberately constructed programme, with the assistance of key infrastructure organisations, providing a combination of strategic landscaping and tactical information, in the format of a series of rapid fire briefings with easy and open access to all attendee groups. Programmes provide a vital opportunity to both keep up with the very latest ‘intel’ from within each individual sector stream and at the same time provide a useful opportunity to look over the shoulder of adjacent high value engineering sectors and see how they are responding to the current technical and industrial challenges. Dedicated aerospace, composites, automotive and electronics sessions, were this year supplemented with a host of general sessions addressing such key areas as Regional Initiatives for advanced engineering growth, Quality management, Intellectual Property, Recruitment strategy, R&D Tax Breaks and much more”

This year’s Open Conference programmes were supported with a record level of contributions from leading industry associations, technical and industry bodies plus centres of excellence – including High Value Manufacturing Catapult, ADS, AMRC , NetComposites, EEF, CompositesUK, National Composites Centre, North West Aerospace Alliance, UK Aerodynamics Centre, Composites Skills Alliance, UKTI, WMG, Aerospace Growth Partnership, GTMA , Royal Aeronautical Society, RAPRA, Industry Wales, Aluminium Federation, Technology Strategy Board , Motorsport Industry Assoc, Composites Leadership Forum, Niche Vehicle Network, EPSRC CIMComp, NGCC, MIRA, IDTechX, Black Country LEP, Electronics Technology Network, Engineering Integrity Society, Plastic Electronics Leadership Group, Materials KTN, BiNDT, Electronics Systems Community Leadership Council, Centre for Process Innovation, Performance Review Institute ..and more

Just some of this year’s headline OEM and Tier 1 contributions came from the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, GKN Aerospace, Safran Group’s Messier-Bugatti-Dowty and Briggs Automotive Company, who all additionally featured latest technology exhibits in on the show floor –ranging from A350 XWB and B787 Dreamliner main landing gear, Jaguar F-Type and latest Range Rover vehicles, Airbus A350 carbon fibre rear wing spar section, and the BAC Mono – UK built single seater road legal production car. Additional feature speaker contributions from OEM & Top tier sources came from the likes of Airbus UK, P&M Aviation, Aero Engine Controls, BAE Systems, Siemens, Moog Aircraft Group, QinetiQ and others. The diverse array of featured static exhibits, showcasing the high water mark of many areas of UK engineering innovation and achievement, additionally included the likes of Axon Automotive’s ultra-light energy efficient car & composite chassis, the Microcab H2EV hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid vehicle, the Ariel Atom titanium chassis, the PulseR microlight aircraft, the WorldFirst Formula 3 sustainable racing car , the new 85 Sport rigid inflatable boat from Scorpion RIBs plus others. Printable Electronics technologies were additionally strongly represented with a feature presence of multiple demonstrations of industry applications in this breakthrough technology stream.

The centrepiece of this year’s integrated show floor was the ‘advanced engineering in action’ display, hosted by High Value Manufacturing Catapult, which included the full scale Bloodhound SuperSonic Car from Bloodhound SSC, the Eurojet EJ200 jet engine from Rolls Royce, the ELECTROFLIGHT high performance , battery powered , electric aeroplane and the Drayson B12/69/EV world electric land speed record car. All the featured projects have benefited from engagement with individual HVM Catapult centres.

2014 dates
2014 dates have been confirmed as 11th & 12th November 2014 , again in Hall 5, NEC Birmingham, with plans to be announced shortly for further development of the ‘group of events’ portfolio.

Show organisers UK Tech Events remain bullish on development plans for the event moving forward, Stone sums up “ The UK has established a significant global position in high value engineering and manufacturing, which it can now further strengthen. The complex interweaving of commercial companies, industry bodies, government, academia and supply chain communities requires channels and opportunities for communication and collaboration. This key annual ‘group of events’ will continue to provide a vital ‘one stop shop’ where interlinked advanced engineering sectors can do business through networking, sourcing capability, transferring technology and best practice.”

Auto Electronics 2013 – Exhibition and Open Conference
Hosted alongside the Automotive Engineering show 2013, as a brand new component in the ‘Advanced Engineering UK group of events’, the Auto Electronics Show is the UK’s brand new dedicated trade show and business forum bringing together all sides of the vehicle electronics sector, combining a dedicated exhibition showcase with a two day programme of free to attend technical and industry intelligence presentations.

The ‘Advanced Engineering UK group of events’ 2013
The ‘Advanced Engineering UK group of events’ 2013, in Hall 5 NEC on 12-13 November 2013, will again bring together multiple high growth, value-added advanced engineering and technology events, around a hugely exciting ‘integrated’ UK technology transfer and business development hub – including an expected 600+ specialist exhibitors and integrated parallel sector technology and briefings auditoriums. The 2013 event portfolio includes Aero Engineering Show 2013 , Composites Engineering Show 2013, Automotive Engineering Show 2013, Auto Electronics Show 2013 plus Printable Electronics for Industry 2013

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UK Tech Events Limited
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Tel:+44(0) 208 783 3574
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November 2013

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