BLOG: 6 must-attend engineering events for 2018

BLOG: 6 must-attend engineering events for 2018

01 June 2018

Silverstone Park started 2018 with a bang by hosting the Silverstone Technology Cluster’s first Annual Conference. With key speakers from renowned names including Heathrow and DowDuPont and numerous networking opportunities the conference was successful in sharing knowledge and bringing businesses together.

For those keen to find out the latest developments in the industry and get inspired, here’s a list of must-attend engineering events to add to your calendar.

The Engineer Expo and Engineer Conference
5-7 June, NEC Birmingham


Hosted by The Engineer, this brand new, free event boasts 350 suppliers and a schedule of 36 speakers covering the latest advancements in metrology, 3D printing, manufacturing, driverless cars and much more.

Sharing the latest in-house manufacturing and design solutions as well as developments in advanced engineering technologies across a programme of three days, this event is a must for engineers who want to get up to speed on the latest evolving technology in the industry.

It also promises extensive networking opportunities, world-class suppliers and the stories behind the UK’s most interesting engineering projects.

Sessions not to be missed include:
•    Industrial applications of Virtual Reality from Guenter Dahm, CEO at Virtalis
•    Delivering the driverless car from Mark Cund, Autonomous Vehicle Control Manager at Jaguar Land Rover Research
•    Keynote speaker Dr Caroline Hargrove, CTO at McLaren Applied Technologies

Subcon Show

5-7 June, NEC Birmingham

Showcasing the very best in British engineering, Subcon has established itself as a must-attend event over the last 40 years, with something for manufacturing professionals across all industry sectors. Taking place at the same time as its sister event, The Engineer Expo, Subcon is also free to attend and takes place across three days.

The show provides an excellent arena for sourcing suppliers and partners to assist manufacturers with optimising their supply chain strategy. Discover manufacturing displays exhibiting the latest trends in manufacturing excellence and best-practice case studies, with additional inspiration delivered by respected industry leaders sharing the stories behind significant engineering and manufacturing projects in the UK.

The event includes speakers from:
•    Fujitsu
•    KW Special Projects of the Silverstone Technology Cluster)
•    Liberty
•    Rolls Royce

12-13 September, Millbrook Proving Ground near Milton Keynes

The Low Carbon Vehicle Event from Cenex is an industry leader, benefiting from a technology exhibition with more than 200 stands and an extensive seminar programme.

Its ride and drive feature is a big draw, enabling delegates to literally get up to speed with the latest developments in low carbon technology. Millbrook’s test track facilities provide the perfect arena to put vehicles through their paces, with attendees offered a choice of three circuits to test out the latest vehicles from Ford, Magtec, Niche Vehicle Network and more.

Seminars will also see experts discussing the future direction of low carbon vehicle technology. The full programme will cover a wide range of themes, including:
•    Air quality and low emission vehicle innovation
•    Digital engineering, modelling and simulation
•    Enabling technologies for connected and autonomous vehicles
•    Alternative fuels and energy infrastructure

TCT Show
25-27 September, NEC Birmingham

Get up to date on the latest developments in tech at the TCT Show with live demonstrations, a dynamic programme of speakers, examples of real world applications and exclusive product launches.

Last year’s event saw 10,000 attendees visit the event over the course of its three days, drawn by its 239 exhibitors, 62 presentations and 35 product launches, plus a wealth of opportunities to network.

The conference and seminar programme promises to be a real source of inspiration, aiming to broaden your industry knowledge with talks from leading industry figures and innovators, covering cutting-edge applications in aerospace, automotive, medical, dental, consumer and industrial product design.

The conference also has a truly global perspective thanks to speakers from the UK, Europe, USA and Asia who will be delivering technical know-how and information to ensure you achieve maximum value from your visit.

Engineering Design Show
18-19 October, Ricoh Arena Coventry

Gain access to conference keynotes from industry experts with content and debate on the latest advanced engineering techniques and applications as well as more than 220 first-class exhibitors in engineering, electronics and embedded design.

The addition of practical workshops makes this event a must for those looking to enhance their skills and knowledge, thanks to advice on how to implement the latest technology into design processes.

Speakers to catch include:
Race to Road – detailing the skill transfer from motorsport to engineering from Iain Wright, Business Development Director at Williams Advanced Engineering
Design challenges of the Ironclad Unmanned Ground Vehicle from Dr Marcus Potter, Head of Mobility at BAE Systems.

Evolution towards Connected Vehicles, the pitfalls and possibilities from Robert Moran, Systems and Applications Manager for Automotive Connectivity and Security at NXP Laboratories UK.

Advanced Engineering 2018
31 October-1 November, NEC Birmingham

Advanced Engineering will be celebrating its tenth anniversary with a full programme of speakers and opportunities split across six zones. Gain hands on experience of some of the UK’s leading engineering projects across automotive engineering, connected manufacturing, aero engineering and more within the innovation zone where SMEs and start-ups will be showcasing their latest ideas.

There are also more than 200 presentations and case studies covering hot topics across the industry, with OEM experts, industry specialists and government representatives sharing insights and experience. With over 600 exhibitors, the event also provides ample networking opportunities for those looking to make connections with like-minded people.

Silverstone Technology Cluster will return to the event for 2018 to sponsor its popular VIP Lounge where visitors can meet with the Cluster’s Board members plus CEO Pim van Baarsen. A number of the STC’s exciting high-tech member businesses (which now totals 70 companies) will also give presentations.

Meanwhile for those looking for bite sized events closer to home, the Silverstone Technology Cluster hosts regular events for its special interest groups (SIGs) – next up is an open meeting to discuss the formation of a new metrology SIG.

Date: Tues 19 June
Time: 09:30-11:00
Venue: Silverstone Park Metrology Facility

In addition, the Silverstone Metrology Network hosts regular talks and networking opportunities. Keep an eye on the latest news from Silverstone Park to find out more.