20 June 2017
20 June 2017
The Advanced Engineering 2017 show has published its ranking of the UK’s high value manufacturing hotspots.
At the top of the league table came Bristol with an 'Advanced Engineering impact' score of 5179, pipping Birmingham to the post.
The top 10 is listed below (with Advanced Engineering impact score in brackets).
These figures, which are based on the number of visitors from the area at last year’s show and number of exhibitors registered to date, taking into account travel factors, mirror Office of National Statistics (ONS) data which shows that the three strongest regions for engineering employment are the South East and West Midlands. The West Midlands has over half a million people employed in the sector. The strongest sector for engineering in the UK is the South East of England, with 23% of the workforce working in engineering compared to the UK average of 18%. However, parts of the UK with a lower reliance on engineering are still forecast to grow strongly in creating jobs. For example, Scotland is expected to add 14,000 jobs by 2022 when compared with 2014.
“High value manufacturing provides over 5.5 million engineering jobs to the UK economy, with a total turnover of £1.24 billion," says Alison Willis, Industrial Divisional Director at Easyfairs, the organiser of Advanced Engineering. "This isn’t bad when many people think we no longer make things! Many of these jobs are highly skilled and highly paid, and are driving innovation in the country’s manufacturing base."
“This year, as in previous years, we will welcome thousands of visitors and exhibitors to Advanced Engineering 2017 to mix with the cream of engineering talent from this country and around the world. We should celebrate these unique capabilities, and build on the strong foundations which have been laid by the giants of the engineering world, from Brunel through to Whittle. British engineering has a very healthy future, and we’re helping to ensure it stays that way.”
Advanced Engineering 2017 takes place on the 1-2 November at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. The event includes five co-located zones under one roof: Aero Engineering, Composites Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Performance Metals Engineering, and (new for 2017) Connected Manufacturing, which focuses on Industry 4.0.
Composites UK reports that its members are supporting the new 2018-2021 Safety in Manufacturing Plastics and Composites strategy (SIMPLC).
Composites are considered hard to join and researchers have predominantly focused on mechanical joining technologies including crimping, gluing, riveting or screwing. The Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November will show the advantages and drawbacks of each of these processes.
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University are commencing a study into the use of thermoplastic tapes in injection moulded parts. Companies interested in joining the study are invited to a kick-off event during Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 18 October.