QMT Features: October 2011
Advanced Engineering UK 2011
Test & Inspection takes centre stage at expanded Advanced Engineering UK group of events Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, 9-10th November

Building on the success of the 2010 Aero Engineering and the Composites Engineering show, this year  sees the additional co-location of the newly launched Energy Engineering and UK Plastic Electronics shows, all now  presented  under the umbrella of Advanced Engineering UK 2011. Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, 9-10th November, the organisers UK Tech Events, say this will be one of the crucial events on the  UK Industry calendar., showcasing  some  400+ exhibitors  and six parallel integrated auditoriums, generating in excess of 150 presentations.

EEF, the organisation for UK manufacturing companies, and headline sponsor for the overall ‘Advanced Engineering UK group of events welcomed Advanced Engineering UK 2011 as providing an opportunity for knowledge and technology transfer, capability, networking and business development across four high growth sectors.

Aero Engineering 2011  –  Supply Chain Fair & Industry Briefing – brings together every tier of the UK’s aerospace design, build, quality, maintenance & supply chain engineering industries.  Supporting the UK aerospace supply chain , with some 7,000+ UK-based companies & organisations, the Aero Engineering event provides an increasingly strategic opportunity for  technical & commercial dialogue between each level of the UK supply chain - OEM’s, Tier 1-3 sub-assembly, aerostructures, components & systems suppliers, accredited subcontractors & supporting equipment, tooling & technical services providers. 

With the volume of exhibitors doubling for 2011, the organisers say the show provides its largest showcase yet of capability providers supporting the life cycle of specialist aerospace engineering requirements - from design/R&D programmes through to the manufacturing, integration & assembly environment, and onto aftermarket MRO.

Graham Chisnall, managing director of Aerospace and Operations at A|D|S comments: “A|D|S is pleased to have stepped up its participation at the 2011 Aero Engineering event in Birmingham. The UK’s £23.1 billion aerospace industry, the 2nd largest in the world and number 1 in Europe, is built upon R & D, technology and the engineering excellence of the entire supply chain. Because of our work to deliver this firm foundation for the future, A|D|S are delighted to support Aero Engineering 2011, which provides a forum for all engineers to grow their business and learn about the latest technologies.”

Aero Engineering 2011 will provides visitors with an integrated programme of show-floor presentations from leading technology & industry organisations – with scheduled in-hall sessions including  CAE Simulation & Verification,  Digital Manufacturing, Test & Inspection, Aero Composites, NADCAP &  Process Performance & Improvement. Daily SC21 (21st Century Supply Chains) update sessions, hosted by A|D|S, serve to chart the progress of the key programme accelerating the competitiveness of the UK’s aerospace and defence industry.  

Test & Inspection is at the heart of this years expanded event portfolio, with the hosting of a feature Test & Inspection FOCUS free to attend presentation program, in cooperation with QMT magazine.  Scheduled sessions include Large Volume Measurement of 3D Structures, Materials Testing & Non Destructive Measurement, Taking Measurement to the Shop Floor & Model Based Measurement for Digital Manufacturing.  

Show exhibitors include a wide cross section of leading names from the test, inspection & quality sector, such as he National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility (NCCEF), Hexagon Metrology, GOM UK, Delcam, Europac, Wenzel UK, Solartron Metrology, Mecmesin, and, Instron, and many more.

UK’s biggest ever composites show
The Composites Engineering Show has also doubled in size since the inaugural 2010 event., making it the  UK’s largest  showcase for composites design and manufacturing, and supply chain capability.  This year’s show is supported by Composites UK, the UK’s representative industry body.

New names on the show floor include Euroresins, Evonik, Crompton Technology Group, AMRC, Dynabrade, AH Composites, Alpha/Delta Composites and Huntsman.  More than 160 dedicated composites supply partners are exhibiting, including key sector players such as as epm:technology, Lola Composites, Norco, Formaplex, Atlas Composites, Composite Materials, Dassault Systemes, This  supports event organiser, Ian Stone’s comment that “the outstanding uptake on stands at this year’s event demonstrates the industry’s appetite for a dedicated national networking, business development, technology solutions & transfer environment that is geared to the UK’s diverse composites user industries; from high volume consumer products  through to high performance advanced engineered products.”

Attendees can sit in on a programme of free to attend industry strategic and technology presentations from key industry stakeholder and supplier groups.Also free are exhibition floor programmes  including daily NetComposites-hosted technology sessions – covering nanomaterials, novel fibres and materials, biocomposites & composite material recycling. In  the separate Congress auditorium, there is a  2 day parallel UK Composites Industry sector briefing, hosted by CompositesUK which will provide a  strategic overview of industry trends, the shape and direction of the UK composites industry , developing opportunity streams, challenges, technologies, and skills requirements.

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