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Region Hosts Second Major Manufacturing Conference of the Autumn

posted 22 Jan 2010, 07:39 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 07:40 ]
Originally Posted: Wednesday 4th November 2009
South Yorkshire took another step in cementing its claim to be the centre of the UK's Advanced Manufacturing heartland as it hosted its second major manufacturing conference of the autumn.

Following September's international TRAM aerospace conference, over 150 delegates from across the country gathered again at the AMP Technology Centre recently to hear from industry experts speaking at the 2009 MWP Summit on themes relating to 'Sustainable Manufacturing in the 21st Century.'

Key speakers included; Chris Rea from Rotherham-based AESSEAL, who spoke about best practice in applying and managing manufacturing technology in a tough market place; Nick Guttridge, of Gardner Aerospace, giving an insight into accessing the aerospace supply chain; and David Heck from the Boeing company who explored the implications for suppliers to aerospace and other industries of the increasing use of composite materials in place of metals.

Delegates also learnt about the latest developments at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) on the Rotherham – Sheffield border, and saw presentations from two of the growing businesses within the AMP Technology Centre. Fripp Design highlighted how developments in the fields of computer-aided design and rapid prototyping/manufacture can have significant impact with replacement and reconstructive surgery, whilst Bromley Technologies showed how aerospace and Formula One technology is being utilised to maximise the opportunities for local winter sports athletes Shelley Rudman, Kristan Bromley and Nicola Minichiello to gain medals in next February's 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

The event was hosted at the AMP Technology Centre by the Yorkshire Forward funded South Yorkshire Advanced Manufacturing and Materials team, and Joe Anwyl, the team’s senior business development manager explained the importance of these type of events.

“There are numerous benefits to hosting such events as the MWP Summit and the TRAM aerospace event in the region. It gives manufacturing companies in both South Yorkshire and the wider Yorkshire region the opportunity to hear from some of the top national and international industry experts at a location on their own doorsteps.

“These events also provide ideal platforms to showcase the world-leading advanced manufacturing technologies and companies that are based in South Yorkshire and the surrounding area. This potentially offers opportunities for our companies to network and gain more business, and for us to show companies from outside the region the benefits of possible expansion or relocation to this region.”