Silverstone Technology Cluster to host Advanced Engineering Show’s VIP Lounge

Silverstone Technology Cluster

14th September 2017

Silverstone Technology Cluster in association with Silverstone Park will have a major presence at this year’s Advanced Engineering Show (Weds 1/Thurs 2 November) as hosts of the event’s VIP Lounge.

The Silverstone Technology Cluster VIP Lounge will be a focal point of the Show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre – the UK’s largest annual gathering of advanced engineering professionals.

Each of the STC’s founding members as well as its CEO Pim van Baarsen will be present at the Lounge on both days. The Lounge will act as an ideal location for figures from all corners of the advanced engineering spectrum to network.

Indeed, the Show – which in 2016 attracted some 13,000 visitors including more than 600 exhibiting suppliers – enables OEMs and top tier manufacturers to meet and do business with all levels of the supply chain.

Engineering communities are also able to glean latest insight in their own sectors and crucially introduce themselves to peers, suppliers and technologies from less familiar but parallel sectors they otherwise would not see.

Advanced Engineering comprises:

  • Aero Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Composites Engineering
  • Connected Manufacturing
  • Performance Metals Engineering

The Show is also home to the Enabling Innovation showcase, sponsored by Magna International and supported by Innovate UK/ the Knowledge Transfer Network.

Alison Willis, Divisional Director for the Show’s organiser Easyfairs commented: “We are delighted to welcome the Silverstone Technology Cluster, in association with Silverstone Park, as key partners at this year’s Advanced Engineering.

“A Silverstone Technology Cluster VIP Lounge on the show floor fits perfectly with Advanced Engineering’s growing focus on promoting innovation and facilitating networking between industry decision makers and innovators.”

STC is the not for profit company launched in December 2016 to promote the region within an hour’s radius of Silverstone – identified in a high profile SQW report as being home to around 4,000 companies with exceptional capabilities in high-tech engineering and recognised by the UK government as having ‘latent potential’.

In the past nine months the STC has held a number of introductory meetings for the high-tech community to explain the STC and outline its plans which include attracting investment for companies with high growth ambitions. It has also set up three special interest groups (SIGs): Computer Aided Engineering; Digital/Advanced Manufacturing (DAM) and Autonomous, Connected, Electrified & Shared (ACES) vehicles technologies.

CEO Pim van Baarsen said: “The Advanced Engineering Show is the perfect location to promote the STC; it is multi-sectorial in focus and embraces advanced technologies and future technologies which is what the STC is all about.

“We very much look forward to welcoming the advanced engineering community to our VIP Lounge at the Show and, in the coming weeks, we will be able to confirm a line-up of guest speakers.”

Silverstone Park is the high-tech business estate that developer MEPC has rapidly grown since taking over management of the site in September 2013 – this has included opening the UK’s only dedicated sub-contract inspection metrology facility in partnership with Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence.

Furthermore, Silverstone Park has been an integral part of the STC story – working with Barclays to lead the commissioning of the SQW cluster report in autumn 2015 – and developing an estate at the heart of the Cluster. MEPC is also a founding member of the STC along with Barclays, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, EMW, Grant Thornton and both Aylesbury Vale District and South Northants district councils.

MEPC’s Roz Bird, Commercial Director for Silverstone Park, added: “I have attended the Advanced Engineering show as a delegate for a number of years now, and have always been impressed with the mix of engineering capabilities on display and in debate.

“Silverstone Park and the Silverstone Technology Cluster are all about creating opportunities for high-tech networking and the development of a community of mutual regard, where individuals can come together to talk and explore new business ideas.

“Therefore sponsoring and supporting the VIP lounge at the Advanced Engineering Show helps us to continue that work and ultimately will, I hope, help companies to grow their business.

“We very much look forward to discussing this further with guests on our VIP Lounge on 1-2 November.”

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