Global Manufacturing Festival passes 500 bookings, stands nearly sold out

Posted on 2 Apr 2013
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Virtual Reality Truck, MANTRA, outside Westminster for the launch of the Global Manufacturing Festival
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Virtual Reality Truck, MANTRA, outside Westminster for the launch of the Global Manufacturing Festival

The Global Manufacturing Festival, a supply chain access and networking event in Sheffield, has received more than 500 visitor bookings and has nearly sold all its exhibitor stands.

The Festival (GMF), in its third year, has passed 510 visitor bookings and has only seven stands available, following a fierce rush in March.

The event, which comprises an exhibition, conference, factory tours and schools outreach event on April 17, is designed to network small and medium sized firms with large companies and global OEMs, especially in metals, special materials and metal forming industries.

Fixty seven exhibitors are signed up to the main exhibition on April 18 at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing. The GMF attracts many local companies as a showcase for South Yorkshire’s engineering capability, and is also reaching beyond Yorkshire to attract firms nationwide.

“The GMF provides Newburgh with an excellent shop window to highlight our exceptional capabilities and to connect with new and existing customers,” said Matthew Jewitt, sales director at Newburgh Engineering. “We are also proud to be a part of the region’s unique position as a high specification, competitive and complete global manufacturing solution. Great things happen in this region, and we need to make sure we celebrate them.”

Steve Roberts, co-founder of local industrial design company Fripp Design and Research, said “As a company at the forefront of developing new ways of manufacturing medical devices, the GMF is a fantastic opportunity for companies like ours to showcase our capabilities and how the Sheffield City Region manufacturing base is so important to us and our clients.”

As well as a host of engineering businesses, business support organisations have recently confirmed exhibition stands. These include UK Trade & Investment, the Manufacturing Advisory Service, the National Skills Academy for Nuclear Manufacturing, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Finance Yorkshire. A full list of exhibitors to date is given below.

Kirsten Bolton of the National Metals Technology Centre

Kirsten Bolton, marketing manager at AMRC Namtec, the National Metals Technology Centre, said that a stand at the GMF is a platform to promote its new membership offers. “GMF is a good opportunity to tell people about the new AMRC Forum run by the AMRC and Namtec.

“The benefits include four free Namtec events per year on key industry topics, for example our last one on powder metallurgy attracted more than 60 people. We provide a supplier directory where members can profile their services direct to other members and we provide the Namtec quarterly journal. It’s a good venue to meet engineering businesses nationwide.”

Graham Honeyman, CEO of Sheffield Forgemasters, said “Sheffield Forgemasters International exports approximately 70 per cent of its products and recognises the importance of being seen to trade in this international context for current and prospective business purposes.”

He added: “The value of exhibiting at the Global Manufacturing Festival is to position the company, as the UK’s leading manufacturer of large and ultra-large technology-dependent steel castings and forgings, to commercial overseas visitors. Our business crosses a vast number of market sectors and it is important to exploit an opportunity to reach new customers so close to home.”

Confirmed exhibitors at GMF 2013 so far are:

1. Newburgh Engineering
2. Helix Tool Co LTD
3. Macalloy
4. NIS Limited
5. Nprime Ltd
6. Ensinger Precision Engineering
7. Bond Bryan Architects Limited
8. Manufacturing Advisory Service
9. Starrag UK Limited
10. Tinsley Bridge Group
11. IIDEA Ltd
12. TWI Ltd
13. Sheffield Forgemasters International
14. NSF-DBA
15. The National Skills Academy for Nuclear Manufacturing
16. HBM-nCode
17. Fripp Design and Research
18. Sheffield Precision Medical Ltd
19. Air Liquide UK Limited
20. Morgan Crucible
21. British Glass
22. ITM Power
23. Ward Hi Tech Limited
24. Kiveton Park Steel Limited
25. MMC Hardmetal UK Limited
26. G & J Hall
27. James Durrans and Sons
28. Wilde Analysis Ltd
29. Industry Forum
30. Durham-Duplex
31. AMRC
32. Ochiba Business Solutions
33. Oldham Engineering Ltd
34. London & Scandinavian Metallurgical Co Limited
35. Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry / SYITC
36. Delcam
37. Stanley Black & Decker (FACOM)
38. Institution of Mechanical Engineers
39. Beckett MIM Ltd
40. Siemens
41. Tata Steel
42. Rolls Royce
43. The National Metals Technology Centre, NAMTEC
44. Boeing
45. High Value Manufacturing Catapult
46. Natwest
47. University of Sheffield
48. Nabarro LLP
49. LEP
50. RiDO Business Incubation and Soft Landing Zone
51. Creative Sheffield
52. UKTI
53. HGF
54. Finance Yorkshire
55. Sheffield Hallam University
56. AESSEAL Plc

For more information about the remaining exhibitor stands, contact Kate Stephenson at kate.stephenson@scci.org.uk and Tel: 0114 201 8899.