08 December 2017
Key fixtures for both the Niche Vehicle Network (NVN) and Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) have again underlined Silverstone Park’s growing credentials as an ideal location for the engineering and manufacturing industries to host some of their most senior events.
In November the rapidly developing high-tech business estate’s Silverstone University Technology College welcomed for a third consecutive year the NVN’s annual Members Forum. It has already confirmed it will return again in 2018.
NVN Programme Director Dr Viv Stephens commented: “It was great to be back at Silverstone Park for our NVN Forum for the third consecutive year. The UTC is a fabulous venue and it was brilliant to see young students mixing with our 120 industry delegates.
“We also had some fascinating presentations from several of the innovative companies based at Silverstone Park, as well as many of our member companies. The atmosphere was buzzing and we are looking forward to another great event there in 2018.”
Following its Innovation & Engineering Group meeting in early July, the SMMT returned to Silverstone Park for the second time this year with its UK Logistics Forum in early December.
This was the latest fixture on a busy calendar of industry events at Silverstone Park in 2017 which started in January when the estate hosted the Department for International Trade’s touring Export Hub. In November, DIT automotive delegates from 11 different countries then received a tour of the estate and heard about on-going developments in the surrounding Silverstone Technology Cluster.
Silverstone Park has been home to much of the STC’s activity, including introductory meetings as well as events for its Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and Autonomous, Connected, Electrified & Shared (ACES) vehicles special interest groups (SIGs).
In March and June, Manufacturers’ Organisation EEF chose Silverstone Park to host two of its influential Manufacturing Connect forums. Since March, the Silverstone Park Metrology Facility (inside the Innovation Centre) has held three effective networking events – each attracting senior industry figures as guest speakers – to support supply chain SMEs and start-up companies working within the Cluster.
MEPC’s Roz Bird, Commercial Director for Silverstone Park, said: “When we re-launched Silverstone Park in June 2014 with a vision to create a business destination for high-tech engineering companies, we hoped we’d be able to attract industry events. Part of that was giving those industries the facilities they required.
“Our Metrology Facility with Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has hosted a good number of these events while our strong relationship with Silverstone UTC has further helped to attract specialist industry events.
“Each reflects the great central location of Silverstone Park in England and the Silverstone name and location provides added interest.
“We also put a lot of work in to ensuring we achieve a good success rate for the companies we host which is why the likes of Niche Vehicle Network keep coming back and, to be honest, we love having them.”