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Co-located exhibitions form largest UK manufacturing & engineering event of 2018

02 January 2018

The biennial co-located events – Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are set to return to Birmingham’s NEC, 10th-12th April 2018, alongside MACH 2018. New to the co-location of DFA events for 2018 is the inaugural staging of Smart Industry Expo.

The new event will give exhibitors the opportunity to communicate directly with senior management across the whole of the UK industrial spectrum, from managing directors, financial directors, and owners to process/control and IT/ automation management, plus many more who are all seeking guidance in order to prepare for this smart engineering transformation.

Co-location of events

Drives & Controls Exhibition will once again bring together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture of today’s design engineer, covering critical areas such as energy efficiency, machine safety, drives, motion control, robotics and automation plus much more, all under one roof.  With the advent of the smart factory, Drives  & Controls Exhibition is an essential source of technological and engineering information.

Other co-located events running alongside Drives & Controls Exhibition and Smart Industry Expo include Plant & Asset Management 2018, the UK’s premier event for plant, asset, maintenance and works management engineers and directors, showcasing the very latest in condition monitoring, CMMS, outsourcing/contract maintenance, energy efficiency, boilers/burners/combustion, handling and storage plus much more. While Fluid Power & Systems 2018, the UK’s only exhibition totally focused on hydraulics, pneumatics, systems and related equipment, has the full support of the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), and as such continues to be the popular choice for fluid power system manufacturers and distributors.

In addition Air-Tech 2018 is set to highlight current key themes related to the very latest in air compressor and related technology from companies from around the globe. The event is supported by the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS), and is the UK’s only dedicated event for the compressed air and generators market.

Collectively the co-location of exhibitions will be the largest manufacturing and engineering events of 2018, and will, claim the organisers, create an unmissable event.

Seminar programme

Located at the heart of the 2018 co-location is The Knowledge Hub, which will feature a free comprehensive programme of seminars and panel discussions, with speakers offering expert insight and practical advice on important and topical issues.

As part of the ongoing global transformation to the smart manufacturing era, The Knowledge Hub’s theme for 2018 is Smart Factory - Concept to Reality, the journey to a smart future.

Global initiatives and the technological paradigm shift associated with the Industrial Internet of Things, shows that there is a growing opportunity for industry to take advantage of the creativity and entrepreneurial nature of UK companies.

The uptake of smart technologies in the industrial sector will be central to our future, by improving our national productivity, creating higher value jobs, and arming our workforce with the digital skills required in the decades ahead.

The Knowledge Hub fully reflects this and will provide a fascinating insight into the potential plants of the future, with high profile panel discussions and seminars from leading figures in the industry, including:

  • Lynne McGregor - Innovate UK
  • Chris Richards - EEF
  • Steve Brambley - GAMBICA
  • Dr Susan Scurlock - Primary Engineer
  • Dave Atkinson - Lloyds Bank
  • Chris Buxton - BFPA
  • Lina Huertas – HVM Catapult
  • Sam Turner – HVM Catapult
  • Jeremy Hadall - MTC
  • Paul Brooks – Santander
  • Mike Wilson - BARA
  • Chris Meluish - Bristol Robotics Laboratory.