head of this year’s show, Advanced Engineering, the UK’s largest annual

exhibition for manufacturers and supply chain professionals, has launched a new report gauging uncertainty in the engineering sector. The report, entitled Voice of Industry, brings together the experiences of leading manufacturers, on topics ranging from Brexit and the skills shortage to the rise of electric vehicles and product innovation. The Voice of Industry report delves into the

unique challenges that businesses have faced in the last two years and explores the positive results they’ve had in overcoming uncertainty. It features Q&A-style interviews with senior figures in a variety of engineering businesses including Renishaw, Atlas Copco, Kawasaki Robotics and others. The report opens with a foreword from Mike Wilson, managing director of KUKA UK and

Ireland as well as Chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA). In it, Wilson challenges the conventional view that uncertainty should be a fact of life. “The UK is well known as a source of

excellence in engineering and innovation. We are the home for leading global businesses such as Rolls Royce and BAE Systems as well as many much smaller, highly creative engineering companies,” explains Wilson. “The current economic climate is uncertain, but I have confidence the resilience of our engineering sector will weather the changing environment and may well become stronger as a result.” The report also interviews one of these

smaller companies, Xi Engineering, a digital twinning company that uses its multi-physics simulations to help businesses speed up innovation. “We offer services like simulation that help our customers create accurate models that represent the real world,” explains

Mark-Paul Buckingham, managing director of Xi Engineering. “These simulations offer a robust test-bed for

companies to trial various scenarios that would take much longer if done manually. As a result, we’ve helped companies innovate in a wide variety of sectors, from high-end audio and automotive to renewable energy and transport.” This year’s Advanced Engineering show,

which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham between 30–31 October, 2019, will also feature an Innovation Zone. The Innovation Zone will give UK start-ups the chance to exhibit for free, showcasing the latest innovations to the market. To download the Voice of Industry report, or

to find out more about what’s on offer at this year’s Advanced Engineering show, visit the website and register your attendance at the show today. engineering-2019


ackaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 will introduce

three new show features when it returns to Olympia on 11 & 12 September – an education initiative, a one-of-kind trend showcase and a zone designed to raise the profile of packaging firms in their infancy. These new features will run alongside a series of returning show favourites to deliver valuable guidance to visitors from every part of the packaging supply chain. New for 2019 is the one-of-a-kind

Education Hub, created to encourage young people to pursue a career in packaging. The new area will see industry experts from Print iT, Brief Cases, BPIF, Women in Print UK, Shine and Earth Island deliver workshops across both days of the show, offering insights and advice to attendees at the start of their careers. In addition, the Education Hub will include a

display of innovations from within the print, packaging, paper and design sectors, presented by leading print companies Foilco, Fedrigoni and Danby Press. This showcase will demonstrate the opportunities the industry has to offer the young professionals in attendance. The zone has also been designed to encourage existing packaging companies to offer the next generation of young talent work placement and apprenticeship opportunities by displaying their capabilities through an exhibit of university-level work. ThePackHub Trend Zone will make its debut

at the show, highlighting 10 of the latest, most influential trends in packaging. The zone will give a global perspective on the latest thinking and will cover topics such as reducing waste, carbon concern and intelligent engagement. Examples highlighting each trend will be on display to give visitors a tangible experience of the latest packaging thinking. Also launching for the first time in 2019 will

be the Accelerator Zone. Six up-and-coming companies, specially selected as the ‘ones to watch’ within the packaging industry, will showcase their innovative products and services, providing visitors with the exclusive chance to experience the most cutting-edge ideas first-hand. After proving popular with visitors when it

launched at Packaging Innovations in February, the What’s New Wall will join the London show for 2019. Created to showcase the latest product launches taking place, the feature will also act as a guide for visitors looking to discover the latest packaging concepts at the show. The Innovation Showcase will return by

popular demand to highlight the most cutting- edge solutions from within the packaging industry. Shortlisted exhibitors will display their latest innovations and technologies, with attendees being given the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The winner will be announced on day two of the show. Hosted by the Packaging Society, the

Packaging Consultancy Clinic is back, providing

professionals with the unique opportunity to gain one-to-one personalised advice from industry experts on any aspect of their packaging. The 20-minute drop-in sessions are open to all attendees. Paul MacDonald, global brand director of

Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, concludes: “Innovation is truly at the heart of Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London, which is demonstrated both on and off the show floor. Our show features are designed to bring the latest industry thinking and thought leadership to life for both established professionals and the next generation of packaging pioneers. There is something for everyone at the show this year and I can’t wait for the doors to open to experience it all first-hand.” For any further information, please visit the

Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London websites or contact the show team on +44 (0) 20 8843 8800 or




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