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Growth Plans for the 2012 Advanced Engineering UK Event

29 November 2011

The Advanced Engineering UK group of events plans to introduce UK Automotive Engineering show to its 2012 event, creating a 5-sector event. 

According to UK Tech Events, the recent Advanced Engineering UK 2011 group of events, held at the NEC Birmingham on 9-10 November this year, saw a record attendance, nearly doubling on 2010, with a combined attendance over the 2 day concentrated event, approaching 7,000 industry professionals. The 2011 event encompassed Aero Engineering 2011, The Composites Engineering Show, Energy Engineering 2011, and the UK Plastic Electronics show.

Ian Stone, Managing Director of event organisers UK Tech Events commented, “the continuing rapid growth in attendees & exhibitor groups around this event cluster is yet further confirmation that these are the sectors around which UK businesses and supply chains are flourishing: in the high end, value added, and IP rich engineering market segments, where the UK provides world beating capability, innovation, skills and supporting academic infrastructure”.

UK Tech Events say that with some 400 exhibiting companies & organisations over the combined show floor, 140+ supporting integrated expert technology and business presentations and pre-show B2B meeting setting online facilities between participating groups, the event is already established as one of the most important dates in the UK Engineering calendar for thousands of organisations. They say approximately 2,500 individual company & organisation locations participated at this year’s event, including a record number of international attendee groups from Europe, North America & Asia.

On the increasing ‘international attendance’ Stone commented, “UK is very much alive and kicking and at its most potent in the advanced engineering & technology sectors – providing truly world class partnership in technology transfer, component, parts, systems  and equipment sourcing, together with precision engineering capability feeding into multiple advanced user industries. This event cluster is already establishing itself as ‘must attend’ for international delegations keen to achieve multiple partnership & sourcing objectives with one strategic visit – this trend we expect to increase exponentially year on year as we continue our collaborations  with UKTI and other leading bodies”

The recent 2011 show aimed to provide attending groups with ‘individual’ show floor areas, providing diverse concentrations of industry-specific capability in aerospace engineering technologies & services, advanced composites design & manufacturing, energy industry engineering capability and the breakthrough area of printed & organic electronics. UK Tech Events report that the combined events provided collectively a diversity of unexpected opportunities to tap into relevant technology streams over the show as a whole, reflecting the overlapping nature of all of these sectors. This was reinforced by the programme of parallel industry business briefings, providing ‘big picture’ intelligence on the advanced engineering landscape in the UK at the same time as drilling deep into each of the individual industry sectors.

Dr Neil Calder, Congress  Director for this year’s Industry Briefings programmes sums up by stating, "I saw a real thirst for the knowledge that was being transferred during both the strategic business briefings and the more tactical show floor open forum session, with many of the sessions being standing room only.  These were made even more useful by the cross-sector intelligence that was being provided.  We are aiming for an even sharper set of briefings and presentations for the 2012 show, providing high quality value addition to advanced engineering sector companies through this intelligence and foresight in technical and commercial fields."

The 2012 Advanced Engineering UK group of events is due to take place on 7-8 November 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham.

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