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FEATURE EXHIBITION PREVIEW


Described as the ‘UK’s largest annual gathering of OEMs and engineering supply chain professionals’, Advanced Engineering will be taking place on 31 October and 1 November at the NEC in Birmingham


Connecting the


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dvanced Engineering is designed to connect the entire supply chain


of the UK’s advanced engineering industry with R&D, design, test, production and procurement from large and small companies, through to top tier industry players, in a two-day free to attend exhibition and high-level conference. Advanced Engineering 2018 therefore includes a number of co-located zones: Aero Engineering; Composites Engineering; Automotive Engineering; Performance Metals Engineering; Connected Manufacturing; and the new Nuclear Engineering zone. Also new this year is a dedicated area to support British industry: the UK Contract Manufacturing zone. According to the organiser, Easyfairs: ‘The UK subcontractor is facing growing competition from overseas and there is now a need, more than ever, for the UK market to have the best platform to showcase these businesses’.


ADVANCED ENGINEERING ZONES Aero Engineering: Dedicated to aero R&D, design, test, inspection, production & assembly. Addressing structures, propulsion and systems, it brings together global OEMs and top tier manufacturers to source from all levels of the engineering supply chain. Composites Engineering: The rise of


composite materials continues across an ever-increasing number of applications. With the industry showing no signs of slowing down, the Composites Engineering show has already established itself as an important composite raw material, design, processing and applications event. Automotive Engineering: With a


turnover in excess of £77bn, and investment in R&D alone almost £3bn, UK car production reached its highest level in 17 years in 2016. In step with this trend, Automotive Engineering continues its growth as the UK’s dedicated event for manufacturers and the automotive industry supply chain, covering all areas of the industry – from R&D, through design, test and production. Performance metals engineering:


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Areas covered here will include casting, extrusion, drawing, stamping and forging processes; powder metallurgy; additive/subtractive manufacturing; joining processes, etc. Connected manufacturing: This will catalyse the business and technology opportunities that exist between innovators, customers and suppliers – including those within IIoT, big data, automation and more. Nuclear Engineering: This is new for 2018. Typical exhibitors in this area will provide equipment, products and services in: Control & instrumentation; Nuclear process engineering; Environmental engineering; Test, measurement & inspection, etc. Alongside the exhibitors, each of the areas will include accredited open forums, with over 200 sessions covering hot topics. As an example, topics in the Engineering forum will include Aerodynamics, Aircraft of the future, and Applications of aerospace technology; while in the Connected Manufacturing forum themes will include Challenges and opportunities of the digital factory, and Cloud manufacturing. Visit the website for full details on all the forums.


EXHIBITORS Among those exhibiting this year are Micro-Epsilon, which will showcase its full range of sensor technologies, including non-contact capacitive, eddy current and laser triangulation displacement sensors, as well as 2D/3D laser profile sensors, thermal imagers and colour sensors. In addition, the stand will feature five interactive product demonstrations, including two colour measurement systems.


Elesa’s stand will


feature such products as hygienic levelling feet


The Elesa stand will focus on


specialist equipment and design considerations, including wireless position indicators and hygienic levelling feet, as well as the company’s ELECOLORS program for matching components to customer colour schemes. Advanced and precision engineers seeking metal heat treatment and PVD coatings will see a much expanded offering from Wallwork Group; while plastics manufacturer and solution specialist ElringKlinger-Engineered Plastics will be showcasing its range of high performance compounds and finished products. Applied Graphene Materials (AGM)


will be displaying its Genable 3000 series dispersion range. These are graphene-based, active non-metallic, anti-corrosion additives, which are said to be capable of delivering leading performance. Visitors will also be able to find out about Oxford Advanced Surfaces’ (OAS) surface treatments, designed to prepare composites and engineering plastics for coating and bonding. Another exhibitor will be Creative


Composites, which manufactures lightweight components for some of the world’s most important car brands. Products include exterior body panels where a high level of surface finish is a key requirement. The surface engineering specialists at Poeton Industries will be on hand to discuss the range of coatings offered; and Group Rhodes will be showcasing its expertise in bespoke composite and metal forming machinery. In addition, Pryor Marking Technology will be displaying its comprehensive range of solutions for identification and traceability; and experts from M.A.C. Solutions will be on hand to provide advice and guidance for those visitors with projects related to communications and IoT. Register to attend the event via the website below.


Micro-Epsilon will


showcase its full range of sensor technologies


www.easyfairs.com/advanced- engineering-2018


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