On February 5, Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore, formally opened HiETA Technologies’ new Additive Manufacturing Technology Centre.
More than 60 guests attended the event, primarily HiETA’s collaborators; clients; partners, and suppliers.
Mike Adams, HiETA CEO opened proceedings with a short company history featuring coffee shops and an entrepreneurial attitude.
He was followed by industry experts Robin Wilson, lead technologist, High Value Manufacturing,Innovate UK; and Neil Mantle, chairman of the Steering Group for UK National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, who gave short addresses, outlining the importance of additive manufacturing to UK industry.
Following the presentations, visitors toured the facility, including a live demonstration of additive manufacturing in action, and joined HiETA’s team to celebrate the company’s growth from a single desk at Bristol & Bath Science Park to the 24-strong team of highly skilled engineers of today.
Chris Skidmore MP, member for Kingswood, accredited HiETA as one of many technology companies enjoying success in the South West.
He commented: “As the local MP, I am honoured to open HiETA’s new Technology Centre. The West of England is paving the way in science, engineering and technology and today’s opening at the Bristol & Bath Science Park highlights a great example of this.
“High value manufacturing is a real growth sector and I will do everything I can to bolster this activity and ensure that we have the correct infrastructure to support it”.
CEO of HiETA, Mike Adams said: “ We are very proud of the progress that HiETA has made over the last three years and hugely grateful to the partners, collaborators and clients who have shared the journey with us. HiETA began its life as a conversation in a coffee shop.
“If you add to that initiative an entrepreneurial spirit, a technically gifted team and an inspiring technology you have every chance of creating real change in the way that the UK looks at manufacturing”.
Held on April 21, Additive 2016 will showcase the most innovative businesses that have taken ALM technology and applied it to their manufacturing processes by overcoming these barriers and give attendees the opportunity to hear from those at the forefront of the rush to gain a first mover advantage over the competition.
To register your attendance or find out more about the event, including speakers, visit the Additive 2016 site.