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Rotherham Gears Up To Host Global Manufacturing Festival

posted 25 Mar 2013, 09:00 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 25 Mar 2013, 09:01 ]
Rotherham is set to welcome the Global Manufacturing Festival this April for the first time, with The University of Sheffield AMRC hosting the prestigious event. 

The festival, which will take place between the 17th & 19th April, is aimed at connecting SME's in the UK's materials based engineering supply chains with major international customers, and will highlight why the Sheffield city region is at the centre of UK manufacturing. 

The event will include a conference and trade show, a number of factory visits, an education showcase and formal dinner. 

On 18th April, there will be a FREE exhibition at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) with a uniquely focused trade show of up to 70 premium quality exhibitors from the advanced manufacturing and material industry. 

The trade show will be complimented by bespoke break out presentations and case studies by prestigious speakers and aims to give delegate’s an opportunity to increase their knowledge of critical market sectors. The trade show will also address how to develop the capabilities of each market sector and how to exploit them. 

Confirmed speakers include Andy Page from Rolls-Royce, Surgical Innovation's CEO Graham Bowland, Jeff Benjamin from Rolls-Royce Nuclear and Mike Hawe from Nuclear Engineering Services Ltd. 

Neil MacDonald, the Master Cutler and one of the key organisers, said: "2013 sees the third annual Global Manufacturing Festival, and the event is now firmly established on the national business calendar. 

"We are delighted that this year it will be held at the AMRC, which in just a few years has become a world class research and manufacturing facility and the exemplar of what can be achieved when the private and public sector work together." 

At the GMF:Sheffield 2013 London launch in February, leaders from world industry committed their organisations to backing the festival. Key figures from Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Tata Steel responded with a unanimous 'yes' when asked if their buyers would attend the event.

The festival is organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Marketing Sheffield and The Cutlers Company.

Headline sponsors include; Nabarro, Siemens, Tata Steel, NatWest, Creative Sheffield, University of Sheffield, Sheffield City Region LEP and Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RIDO).