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EEF, SIEMENS and Magna International keynote speakers for the UK's largest advanced engineering show
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Advanced Engineering 2017 has announced its keynote speakers, which will include talks from Magna International, Gambica and Rockwell Automation. Topics will include how specific engineering problems have been overcome, as well as more strategic issues such as the fourth industrial revolution, Brexit and additive manufacturing.

During the two-day open conference visitors will be able to hear from leading names within the connected manufacturing industry covering thought-provoking topics that effect the industry every working day. Keynote speaker Mike Wilson from BARA will be discussing ‘Industry 4.0, smart factories and Autonomous (Mobile) Robots’. Then on day two EEF will be taking to the stage to discuss ‘Leading factories of the future. How the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) is shaping a new leadership and skills dimension’.

Other topics will include:

  • Paul Hingley, SIEMENS - Digitisation Keynote;

  • Grant Coffin, Rockwell Automation - Time To Value: implementing I4.0 solutions in the real world;

  • Kuka Robotics (SMMT) - Robotics for manufacturing purposes;

  • John Kirven, Canon (UK) Ltd - How the most successful manufacturers create customer intimacy, attract talent, and enable their teams;

  • Magna International – Industry 4.0;

  • Marcel Hartgerink, Member, Industrial Internet Consortium - IIC Smart Factory WP;

  • Tim Andrews and Junuz Jakupovic, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) - SME support for digitalisation;

  • Derek Paul Lane, WAGO Ltd and PI UK - PROFINET for IoT, IIoT and Industry 4.0;

  • Simon Hall, Department for International Trade - DIT strategy & overview;


Issues will also be covered by Gambica, HSSMI, techUK, Cimlogic Ltd, Balluff GmbH, University of Manchester, LPW Technology, Doncasters UK Fabrications Ltd and Totalcontrolpro.


The show is newly CPD accredited for this year, which acknowledges the effective professional development visitors of the conference can gain. Attending the conference will help visitors broaden their knowledge around the various advanced engineering sectors and the interesting and technical topics that will be discussed.   


Advanced Engineering 2017 is the place where the UK supply chain meets face-to-face with engineering management, spanning: process, control and plant industries; R & D; design; test; production & procurement from OEMs, integrators and top tier industry players within multiple industries. It takes place on 1&2 November at the NEC, Birmingham.  

Alison Willis, industrial divisional director at Easyfairs, the organisers of the exhibition, said: “We’re very excited about the speakers at this year’s exhibition; with presentations from Boeing, SIEMENS, Canon and Magna we’re set to have an interesting two days!

“The conference will provide insights into topics affecting the array of industries our show covers. We have something for everyone and expert industry keynotes will allow for interesting discussions and Q&As, especially around the hot-topic of industry 4.0.”

Advanced Engineering 2017 comprises five co-locating zones:

  • Aero Engineering

  • Composites Engineering

  • Automotive Engineering

  • Performance Metals Engineering

  • Connected Manufacturing

New for this year: a dedicated zone for industry 4.0, Connected Manufacturing; and an expanded zone for start-ups sponsored by Magna International.

Now in its ninth year, the show is set for record breaking visitor numbers, bringing together over 700 exhibiting firms - all looking to source, specify and invest in the most up-to-date products and explore the latest industry innovations.



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