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UK manufacturing events set for 2016

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The biennial co-located events; Drives & Controls, Plant and Asset Management, European Offshore Energy, Fluid Power & Systems, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC  (Halls 3/3A) from 12-14 April 2016, alongside MACH 2016.

The 2014 co-location of events had an official attendance figure of 12,793. This was an increase of nearly 15% on 2012.
Event organiser, DFA Media, said the overall 2016 co-location could increase in size by as much as 20% compared with 2014. Ian Atkinson, DFA Media managing director, commented: “The growth we are currently seeing for the overall co-location of DFA Media events is a strong reflection of the growing economic optimism among many industry sectors within the UK, which is very positive news for British manufacturing.” He added: “For 2016 we will build on the success of our 2014 show by further improving the look and layout of each exhibition within our co-location of events, as well as making it as easy as possible for visitors to navigate their way around each separate event. The anticipated variety and scope of the seminar programme for 2016 is also extremely exciting, adding real value. The combination of leading manufacturing events, with a highly focused seminar programme, will give visitors a genuine opportunity to keep abreast of the latest industry developments.”

Seminars and conferences

The free 2016 seminar and conference programme will have a more comprehensive speaker programme than ever before, and a strong emphasis on technology, entrepreneurship, skills, regulations, the environment, and safety.

The 2014 seminar and conference programme saw over 1000 delegates (1 in 12 of all visitors to the co-location of manufacturing events organised by DFA Media) attending the highly regarded free programme.  It is anticipated this number will increase in 2016.

The full programme of free seminars, with speakers offering expert insight and practical advice on important and topical issues, will take place across four seminar theatres: The Drives & Controls Seminar Theatre; Offshore Energy Seminar Theatre, Fluid Power & Systems Seminar Theatre, and the Maintenance Seminar Theatre.

Within the Drives & Controls Seminar Theatre there will be a programme, which brings together all aspects of robotics and automation, energy efficiency, machine safety, drives, motion control, legislation, system strategies and technological developments. Featuring representatives from across industry including government agencies, the EU, research bodies, trade associations, and manufacturers. The Drives & Controls conference programme will focus on practical solutions to real-life industry requirements.

Over the three-day event, the Offshore Energy Seminar Theatre will cover a host of offshore energy issues together with product/ solution analysis, presented by leading authorities, policy makers and expert practitioners in order to help visitors meet the current challenges facing the industry.

In addition the 2016 Fluid Power & Air Seminar Theatre will include a collection of high profile papers, from industry leaders, with papers covering: The impact of Automation and Motion Control; Technical Standards and the EU In-Out Referendum, Understanding the New Trailblazer Scheme – an opportunity for the Motion & Control Industry; UK Government’s New Training Levy and the Impact on the Motion & Control Industry.

Complementing Plant & Asset Management 2016 will also be a full programme of free technical seminars taking place within the Maintenance Seminar Theatre, with speakers from industry offering expert insight and real life practical advice on important and topical issues concerning today’s maintenance professionals. Subject areas will cover the full plant & asset management spectrum, including: Asset management systems, bearings, lubrication, boilers and burners, buildings and property maintenance, CMMS, condition monitoring, contract maintenance, energy management, handling & storage, health & safety, facilities management, generators, industrial cooling and Industrial rental equipment, security and fire prevention, sensors, probes and tools, leak detection equipment.

New for 2016 – exhibition organiser, DFA Media has teamed up with The Industry Entrepreneurship Network to put on a series of panel discussions during the three-day exhibition, which will run alongside DFA Media’s other seminar programme.

The Network provides an umbrella framework for a diverse group of organisations, businesses and media to come together and provide high quality outputs that bring together ideas, campaigns, initiatives and expertise for promoting and developing industry entrepreneurship and tackling important associated issues such as STEM education and equality.
With support from many of the leading trade bodies and membership organisations in the UK as well as some of the most influential thought leaders and influencers, the IEN is facilitated by technical and innovation consultancy Cadence Innovation Marketing.

The IEN is therefore a natural choice to assemble the panels for three forward-looking seminars at DFA Media’s co-located events (Drives & Controls, Plant & Asset Management, Air-Tech, Fluid Power & Systems, European Offshore Energy 2016) taking place between the 12-14 April 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham.

The Network will be using its unique position to develop sessions with the diverse representation and thought leadership needed to address the topics of Blended Education, Entrepreneurship in Industry and The Economics of Manufacturing to an industry audience.

For the latest information, comprehensive list of seminar speakers and presentation titles please visit the individual show websites, which will be constantly updated over the coming months.

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