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Nineteen Group acquires Smart Factory Expo and Drives and Controls

07 November 2022

NINETEEN GROUP has acquired the Smart Factory Expo and Drives and Controls events.

Smart Factory Expo will move from its current November date line and location to run during Manufacturing & Engineering Week in June 2023 at the NEC, Birmingham. And the newly acquired Drives and Controls, Fluid Power Systems and Airtech events will also feature as part of the week with a dedicated zone in 2023 before returning as stand-alone events in June 2024.

Hennik Research’s SME Growth Summit, Sustainable Manufacturing Digitalisation Summit and The Manufacturer Top 100 Ceremony researched and produced by The Manufacturer will also run alongside Smart Factory Expo in June. The Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit, SME Growth Summit (round two), The Manufacturer MX Awards Ceremony and other fringe events will remain in their current November date line and Liverpool location. Smart Factory Expo will replace the previous Manufacturing Expo further strengthening the focus on technology, process and thinking behind digital transformation.

For decades the support services for manufacturing and engineering have been fragmented and uncoordinated and bringing these shows together is part of a long overdue process of consolidation, asserts Nineteen Group. By combining business aims to present a unified offering for the sector, with shared expertise and audience, and a wider range of products and solutions to UK manufacturing.