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Finger on the pulse of manufacturing

Finger on the pulse of manufacturing

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 19 April 2015

The organiser of three leading engineering events is ensuring it keeps its finger on the pulse of manufacturing with the creation of an Event Advisory Board.

Centaur Live, which organises Subcon, the Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Design & Innovation show, says the Board will offer advice on the content and direction of the events – ensuring that they provide the best possible forum for buyers to engage with suppliers.

The three events take place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 2 to 4 June 2015.

Respected industry figures representing the interests of stakeholders across the sector have been invited to join the Board to contribute their experience, expertise and insights. The Board will help identify key challenges facing the industry and help Centaur Live address these challenges in the content and structure of its events.

Board members include representatives of blue-chip OEMs Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens and Eaton Aerospace as well as industry trade associations the EIA, BTMA and GTMA. Also represented are MAS, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, leading subcontractors and suppliers of advanced manufacturing technology.

Key issues identified by the Board at its inaugural meeting included supply chain problems caused by a lack of innovation, skills shortages, lack of access to finance and lack of support to lower tier suppliers. From the OEMs’ perspective there was also a problem of suppliers not being adequately prepared to engage with higher tier customers and not knowing where they sat in the supply chain.

The discussions have fed into the development of a drop-in advice centre at the show, enhancements to the visitor experience and an innovation hub where visitors can learn from the examples of SMEs that have grown by innovating.

The Board’s discussions and suggestions also had a direct input into the Conference, organised by The Engineer, which runs alongside the three engineering shows. Dedicated conference sessions were commissioned to help SMEs know what OEMs expect of them and how to engage with them. Conference content was also commissioned explaining how SMEs can work with organisations such as the High Value Manufacturing Catapult to drive innovation.

Grant Burgham, Business Development|Portfolio Director at Centaur Live said: “We want to ensure that we continue to provide the most relevant and focused events for the manufacturing sector. The input of the Event Advisory Board plays a valuable role in helping us achieve that and making sure our finger is on the pulse of the industry.

'Above all, it helps us ensure that our events allow visitors and exhibitors to meet their business objectives in the most effective manner.'

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