A record attendance 15% higher than last year was achieved at the Advanced Engineering 2017, held in Birmingham, UK, on 1-2 November, according to the show organiser EasyFairs, and exhibitor booking is already 35% higher for the 2018 event.
The show attracted some of the industry’s biggest names including Airbus, Boeing, Jaguar Land Rover, Hexcel and Dassault Systèmes, to meet and create business across the supply chain, with visitors from a range of engineering specialisms including automation, design and test engineering, process control, machining and many more.
The two-day open conference, which was Continuing Professional Development (CPD)-accredited for this year by the CPD Certification Service, featured a raft of speakers and topics, including talks from the Department of International Trade, Composites UK, GKN, Siemens, and Nissan.
Visitors saw a variety of technology and materials from exhibitors as well as show floor features including a hydrogen-powered car, the latest in aircraft landing gear, a battery made 100% from recycled materials, a ground based test rig for electric contra rotating propulsion, and a Libralato hybrid engine.
In addition, the Enabling Innovation showcase, sponsored by Magna and supported by Innovate UK, provided an opportunity for 50 start-ups and researchers to showcase the next generation of technologies.
“This year, the Composites Engineering zone was outstanding,” reports Alison Willis, Industrial Divisional Director at Easyfairs. “The visitors, the conference speakers, the companies who supplied the show floor features and the exhibitors have all contributed to making Advanced Engineering 2017 a success! Our new zone, Connected Manufacturing, was hugely popular, with a particularly well-attended open forum, demonstrating the importance of Industry 4.0 to companies of all sizes. Watch this space for an expanded Connected Manufacturing in 2018! And now, we are looking to even more areas of expansion for Advanced Engineering, with the addition of our new Nuclear Engineering zone, addressing nuclear energy build, operation and supply chain.”
“The Advanced Engineering show is a fantastic opportunity to support our industry partners in meeting new clients,” comments John Darlington, exhibitor TenCate’s Global Director Product and Market Strategy. “This 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.”
The show consisted of four other co-locating zones: Aero Engineering; Automotive Engineering; Performance Metals Engineering; and Connected Manufacturing. Next year’s show on 31 October-1 November will see the addition of Nuclear Engineering.
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