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Advanced Engineering 2018 Publishes League Table of UK’s High Value Manufacturing Hotspots

  • Tuesday, 2nd October 2018
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The UK’s Advanced Engineering exhibition has published its ranking of the UK’s top high value manufacturing hotspots. Top spot goes to Sheffield, which narrowly beats last year’s winner Bristol.

The full table is shown below.

Position Area Advanced Engineering Impact Score*
1 Sheffield 5111
2 Bristol 5109
3 Milton Keynes 4925
4 Cambridge 4862
5 Nottingham 4781
6 London 4733
7 Leeds/Yorkshire 4709
8 Liverpool 4652
9 Derby 4651
10 Northampton 4651
11 Poole 4513
12 Coventry 4506
13 Leicester 4455
14 Birmingham 4388
15 Southampton 4354
16 Manchester 4294
17 Telford 4243
18 Swindon 4054
19 Banbury 4052
20 Chesterfield 4003

*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.

The highest new entry this year is Cambridge, which comes in at number four. Other new entrants are Northampton, Poole, Telford, Swindon, Banbury and Chesterfield. The biggest improvers in the table since last year are Milton Keynes, which moves from 10th to 3rd, Nottingham, which moves from 8th to 5th, and Leicester, which moves up three places from to 13th.

“High value manufacturing provides highly paid, highly skilled jobs across the country, and our league table shows where the advanced engineering hotspots are,” says Alison Willis, Industrial Divisional Director at Easyfairs, organiser of the show. “As we celebrate our 10th year, we are looking forward to seeing thousands of engineers and companies from these areas, and indeed more widely from around the UK and globally, to see at first-hand the latest developments in the industry.”

Advanced Engineering 2018 takes place on the 31 October-1 November at the NEC, Birmingham. The show is designed to connect the entire supply chain of the UK’s advanced engineering industry with R&D, design, test, production and procurement from large and small companies, through to top tier industry players in a two-day, free-to-attend exhibition and conference.

Advanced Engineering includes six co-located zones under one roof: Aero Engineering, Composites Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Performance Metals Engineering, Connected Manufacturing and (new for 2018) Nuclear Engineering. This year, the show is also supporting UK contractors by introducing a dedicated area on its show floor – the UK Contract Manufacturing zone. The UK subcontractor is facing growing competition from overseas presence and there is now a need more than ever, for the UK market to have the best platform to showcase these businesses.


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