Better together: UK manufacturing & engineering sector trade shows partner to co-locate

21 July 2021

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Messe Frankfurt UK, Nineteen Group & Rapid News Group have announced a 3-year partnership to co-locate their UK manufacturing & engineering sector exhibitions, offering an improved experience for visitors & exhibitors.

The new collaboration will see Automechanika Birmingham, Design Engineering Expo, Engineering Expo, Manufacturing Expo, Med-Tech Innovation Expo and TCT 3Sixty all come together at the NEC Birmingham. The launch edition will take place for the first time from 8-9 June 2022.

Within this 3-year period, all 6 events will take place alongside each other at the NEC in Birmingham, creating a phenomenal offering for the manufacturing and engineering community from all vertical sectors. The partnership brings huge added value to attendees and exhibitors, with a visitor registering for one event gaining access across all shows, providing a united approach to encourage market innovation and trade.

Simon Albert, Managing Director at Messe Frankfurt UK, who organise Automechanika, the UK's leading trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket & supply chain sector, comments: “We have an exciting new proposition for the UK automotive supply chain and this partnership in June 2022 strengthens this opportunity further. These events naturally complement each other and by working together we can deliver the strongest platform for our customers to do business. Co-locating gives the market the best possible reason to take time out of their busy schedules to visit for the duration of the shows.

Ed Tranter, Event Director at Nineteen Group and behind the launch of the Manufacturing Expo, Engineering Expo and Design Engineering Expo explains: “Collaboration and continuous improvement is at the heart of manufacturing & engineering and the Nineteen Group. We are thrilled to be working closely with other organisations at the forefront of the sector.

As companies begin their recovery from a year of disruption, there has never been a more important time for our industry to pull together to help promote and encourage innovation and see our sectors grow. The shows provide the perfect platform for connections between suppliers and buyers, with conference programmes to give a clear roadmap for a successful future. Co-locating these 6 shows is an exciting opportunity and ultimately provides more value to the communities we serve. We are stronger together.

Duncan Wood, Chief Executive at Rapid News Group, organisers of TCT 3Sixty, the event for 3D printing & additive intelligence and Med-Tech innovation Expo, the UK's leading medical device design & manufacturing technology event adds: “The synergy between our group of shows delivers two clear benefits to the market and underpins the rationale for aligning our dates and access protocols. For the visitor, the breadth of solutions under one roof at one time is unprecedented; time is precious, and these co-locations enable a prospective attendee to optimise their time out of the office. Equally the free flow of visitors across all the shows means that the return on investment for exhibitors is hugely enhanced versus each of us operating alone on different datelines. We are hugely excited to be working with a group of organisations who view the visitor experience and exhibitor ROI as importantly as we do, and we look forward to next June in anticipation.

About the shows:

Automechanika Birmingham:
Automechanika Birmingham is the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain sector attracting trade visitors from the UK. in 2016, attracting over 500+exhibitors and over 12,000 visitors.  
Automechanika Birmingham is organised by Messe Frankfurt UK Ltd, owned by Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH and is one of a series of 17 global events across 15 countries

Design Engineering Expo:
Design Engineering Expo is a 2-day free to attend event where the UK’s design engineering community can connect directly with leading suppliers from design services, electronics, embedded design through to testing & measuring to drive efficiencies and propel the future of design engineering in the UK

Engineering Expo:
Engineering Expo is a 2-day free to attend national event showcasing next generation engineering and tech solutions from Britain’s best suppliers across the entire engineering supply chain. Whatever the engineering sector, Engineering Expo will provide the UK’s engineering community with practical advice to reduce costs, streamline and drive the industry forward

Manufacturing Expo:
Manufacturing Expo is a 2-day free to attend event created specifically for manufacturing process and management professionals to keep up to date and discover the technologies & equipment to ensure the efficient running of the manufacturing site, maintain a competitive edge and optimise manufacturing process & production for the future

Med-Tech Innovation Expo:
Med-Tech Innovation Expo is the UK & Ireland’s leading event for medical device design &manufacturing technology. The event brings together designers, engineers, innovators and manufacturers from across the medical and healthcare sectors to explore new ideas, understand emerging technologies, and source innovative products & services from over 200 companies representing the complete medical device & manufacturing supply chain

TCT 3Sixty:
TCT 3Sixty is the TCT Group’s successful flagship event re-imagined with a new mission. This new mission goes beyond simply raising awareness and adoption. It is focused on developing a 360-degree understanding of the potential of additive manufacturing & 3D printing technology to increase utilisation at all stages of design, engineering and manufacturing

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