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Advanced Engineering Returns to the NEC, Birmingham, UK

  • Tuesday, 22nd October 2019
  • Reading time: about 4 minutes

On 30-31 October 2019, the largest annual gathering of engineering professionals, Advanced Engineering, will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. 

Over two days, around 15,000 people will have the opportunity to meet with OEMs and supply chain partners from sectors spanning the engineering industry. 

Advanced Engineering incorporates all aspects of engineering, from design, test and measurement, inspection, materials and production within industries including aerospace, automotive, marine, medical and many more. 

A new home for medical device engineering

This year, the new Medical Device Engineering Zone will join the likes of aerospace and performance materials to host new technologies in front of a targeted audience.  

Supported by Medilink, GTMA, Gambica and other UK trade bodies, the Medical Device Engineering Zone will showcase researchers, medical parts and components manufacturers, software specialists and more. 

The zone will catalyse ground-breaking technology and business transfer in the medical technology sector while giving exhibitors the opportunity to expand their reach to aerospace, automotive, and civil sectors. It also gives businesses involved in medical devices the chance to connect with manufacturers and researchers from across the world. 

Enabling Innovation

This year’s show also introduces the revamped Enabling Innovation Zone, which will give innovators a platform to showcase their inventions to thousands of industry players from a range of notable companies. 

Advanced Engineering previously called for start-ups across all engineering sectors to apply for a place in the zone. The 2019 shortlist, which consists of ten small enterprises from across the UK, will each have a dedicated display plinth in the Enabling Innovation Zone. 

Nominees include businesses from a range of sectors including; Fluid Maintenance Solutions, which offers a coolant fluid management solution, iCOMAT, which enables the automated placement of carbon fibre tapes on curved paths, and Texture Jet, which has developed Surface Texture Adjustment Technology (STAT), a tooling platform that enables users to rapidly produce a variety of surface textures on components. 

Supported by Innovate UK/KTN, the Institute for Manufacturing and Innovation DB, the Enabling Innovation Zone has proven extremely successful in previous years, with one past exhibitor, Aceleron, being listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017. 

Listen up – Open Forum Programme

Advanced Engineering will once again be running an extensive Open Forum programme with speakers from Siemens Digital Industries, BAE Systems, McLaren Automotive and IBM Academy of Technology. Each forum includes a schedule that offers insight on important industry topics and counts towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for attendees. 

The Connected Manufacturing Forum will cover Industry 4.0 and data, while the Aerospace Engineering Forum will discuss additive manufacturing applications. The Composites Engineering Forum will discuss next generation materials, the Automotive Engineering Forum will showcase sustainable manufacturing and the Medical Device Forum will include sessions on wearable technology and cybersecurity. 

Voice of Industry

At the show, Advanced Engineering will also celebrate its Voice of Industry report, which brings together the experiences of leading manufacturers on topics ranging from Brexit and the skills shortage to electric vehicles and product innovation. 

The report delves into the unique challenges that businesses face and explores the positive results they’ve had in overcoming uncertainty. It features interviews with senior figures in a variety of engineering businesses including Renishaw, Atlas Copco, Kawasaki Robotics, Novotek and Xi Engineering. 

It also opens with a foreword from the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA). In it, Chairman Mike Wilson challenges the conventional view that uncertainty should be a fact of life. Following their contribution, BARA and Novotek will also join the programme of speakers. 

“In times of uncertainty, whether that’s in the marketplace, innovation or the technologies available to you, industry leaders suggest that those who strive to invest will overcome doubt and make profit,” explains Jeremy Whittingham, head of marketing at Advanced Engineering. “That’s why we believe in supporting the UK’s flourishing engineering markets under one roof. To do this, we’re expanding the show’s offering to keep pace with the burgeoning growth of the UK’s industry.” 

There’s still time to register for a visitor pass for Advanced Engineering.

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