Discover how to engineer a better future at Engineering Expo 2022

17 May 2022

Engineering Expo 2022 logo
Engineering Expo 2022 logo

Our world has been in a state of flux for the last few years. The global pandemic, coupled with Brexit, has changed the landscape of UK society. At a time of such large-scale changes, manufacturing & engineering have a key role to play in strengthening our economy and driving innovation & business growth.

As part of the inaugural Manufacturing & Engineering week – a two-day festival of the best in UK engineering, taking place on 8-9 June at the Birmingham NEC – Engineering Expo 2022 will bring together the key players within the UK engineering community, who will be showcasing some of the latest innovative technologies and hosting a full agenda of informative CPD (continuing professional development) accredited seminars and workshops.

Aimed at all levels within the engineering industry, and sectors such as defence, food, medical, automotive, aerospace and transportation, Engineering Expo will provide a valuable forum for discovering next generation technology solutions from the UK’s best suppliers across the engineering supply chain, and how it can be applied to reduce costs, streamline and optimise future engineering.

Engineering Expo 2022 is sponsored by igus, a leading manufacturer of technical products made of high-performance plastics, such as flexible cables, ball bearings and energy chains.

Matthew Aldridge, Managing Director of igus UK says: “The organisers of Manufacturing & Engineering Week have worked hard to make Engineering Expo a centrepiece for UK industry. At igus, we consider ourselves to be right there at the pulsing heart of UK engineering and manufacturing, so it made sense for us to be at the event too.

We attend shows not simply to push our products – we want to listen to what the market needs, to get that input on the ground and then see if we can help. Our ambition is to help our customers drive costs down and improve their technology and we always try to offer at least one of those to a customer.

After the interruption of the events in the wider world over the last couple of years, Manufacturing & Engineering Week is a good place to start building back our presence at live events.

Something for everyone

With engineering playing a key role in meeting the needs of everyday society, the Engineering Expo event has been designed to provide a comprehensive showcase that demonstrates the wide range of activities carried out by the UK’s engineering companies. As such, Engineering Expo will feature a range of attractions and knowledge gathering events, including:

Conferences

Attend one of Engineering Expo’s informative talks from some of the leading experts in the world of engineering. Drawing upon real life case studies, they will address some of the most pressing issues facing UK engineering and impart ideas and knowledge which will inspire your engineering operations for the future. Seminar topics include:

•    National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme – a special focus on various elements of this exciting programme

•    The business benefits of hiring female engineers

•    The UK’s space future

•    The future of technical education and skills development in manufacturing and engineering

•    How manufacturers can mitigate supply-chain disruption in the post-COVID world

Workshops

Participate in one of the inspirational and educational workshops, hosted by senior heads from some of the top engineering companies in the UK. Be inspired and learn practical solutions that you could implement within your workplace. Topics include: thermal management solutions and implementation; what you need to know about removable memory in embedded applications; and a Master Class in Digital Solutions.

MHA will be running a drop-in clinic in a private room off the show floor covering a range of tax, audit and business advisory subjects, such as: How to offset the tax burden amidst changes in legislation; How to take advantage of the current UK M&A (mergers & acquisitions) boom; How to comply with recent VAT and customs changes; and How to structure various R&D reliefs and future-proof claims against changes on the horizon.

Made Smarter Innovation are also holding focus groups that address everyday challenges such as ‘people led digitalisation’, ‘connected factories’ and ‘adoption of AI’.

Exhibitions

Visit stands from some of the leading companies in the world of engineering to discover the latest technologies and services that can be deployed to transform performance, productivity and competitiveness. See their latest technologies and learn about how their products can truly benefit your engineering environment. Exhibitors include: Ignys Ltd; Interface Force Measurements; Vision Engineering; Ramco Europa; and RDP Electronics.

Digital events

If COVID-19 taught us anything, it is how useful digital technology can be for business. This year, supplementing the in-person elements of the event, Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2022 will offer a selection of online session on topics impacting the industry hosted by major players in the sector including Juergen Maier CBE, who is Chair of the Digital Catapult, co-Chair of Made Smarter and serves on the Industrial Strategy Council, which advises the UK Government on Industrial Strategy. Delegates can register for access to these webinars and watch them on-demand at a time that is convenient to them.

Innovation zone

An innovation zone will bring together a range of companies offering ground-breaking solutions to help tackle some of the key issues facing UK manufacturing businesses and help them to transform their production and maintenance. Sponsored by Arrow, a global provider of technology products, services & solutions, the Innovation Zone will showcase live demonstrations of the UK’s most cutting-edge products, helping visitors discover the latest technologies that are shaping the future of British industry.  Highlights include an AI car and the world’s first VTOL (vertical take off & landing) biplane, displayed by Coventry University’s Formula Student and UAS (unmanned aerial system) Challenge Teams, in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), plus an Aston Martin Formula 1 racing car simulator which uses cloud ERP (enterprise resource planning) from software vendor, IFS. Have a spin in the simulator for a chance to take part in the fastest lap competition, take your spot on the Top Gear style leader board and win prizes!

Networking

With the involvement of global leaders in manufacturing and engineering, Engineering Expo 2022 is a great place to connect with like-minded maintenance engineering professionals. Key opportunities for networking will include a drinks reception on day one of the event with all delegates invited to attend.

Shaped by experts

A key ingredient in the creation of Engineering Expo 2022 has been the involvement of an Advisory Board of UK experts, bringing together experience from across industry, trade associations, professional bodies, government and academia to help shape a programme of radically new events.

Stephen Phipson CBE, Chief Executive, MAKE UK is the current chair of the Advisory Board: “There has never been a more important time for our sector to pull together and to work together, to create a shared agenda, help promote and encourage manufacturing and engineering innovation, and see our sectors grow – and Manufacturing & Engineering Week will do exactly that.

I am delighted to be part of the M&E Week Advisory Board and that MAKE UK are a partner for this ground-breaking event.

MAKE UK champions and celebrates British manufacturing and manufacturers. Representing 20,000 UK manufacturers, MAKE UK focuses on creating a supportive environment in which they can thrive, innovate and compete.

As part of Nineteen Group’s support for diversity and promoting women in engineering, half of the Advisory board is made up of prominent women in their respective fields.

Manufacturing & Engineering Week is also supported by many other leading organisations, including: the Women’s Engineering Society – an organisation that promotes women’s education in engineering; the Institute of Export & International Trade – the professional body for importers and exporters; Napier – a B2B technology PR & marketing agency; the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; the Manufacturing Technology Centre – set up to bridge the gap between academia and industry; the Advanced Propulsion Centre – facilitates funding for low-carbon emission powertrains; High Value Manufacturing  Catapult – helps new concepts become commercial; Innovate UK – a public body that promotes innovation; Made Smarter UK – helps grow manufacturing through digital technologies; and the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Make it a date in your diary

With all this and more, including a range of on-site events such as an exciting new Great Egg Race feature designed to test the ingenuity and inventive skills of engineers, Engineering Expo 2022 promises to be an unmissable addition to the 2022 industrial exhibition calendar!

To find out more, and to register your place free, visit: www.engineeringexpo.co.uk


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