Companies rush in to meet OEMs at Global Manufacturing Festival

Published 12th May 2014 at 1:37pm

Britain’s biggest event designed for industrial suppliers to meet global manufacturing companies in person has booked nearly half of its exhibition stands with eight weeks to go.

The Global Manufacturing Festival, held at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing, Rotherham, on June 25, will host speakers and procurement executives from five prime contractor companies: Jaguar Land Rover, HS2, Siemens Energy, GE Oil & Gas and Airbus.  The festival site is on Sheffield City Region’s Enterprise Zone.

Richard Mould, HS2

Headline speaker Richard Mould, Head of Procurement HS2

Rail project HS2 will be available specifically to talk to companies about accessing its procurement processes. Siemens Energy will also discuss its supplier needs for the new £160m turbine blade factory in Hull, for when manufacturing starts in late 2016 and GE Oil & Gas is preparing to field a procurement official.

The Festival has taken bookings for 68 stands at the exhibition, from a maximum 150 stands. Companies including Kiveton Park Steel (steel and alloy bar and wire), Sheffield Precision Medical (orthopaedic equipment), Beckett MIM (metal injection moulding), Straaltechniek (shotblasting equipment), Carbolite (ovens and furnaces), as well as the blue chip companies giving speaker presentations, and Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel and many more, have booked their place to take part in possibly the North of England’s biggest manufacturing networking event.

“The networking at the GMF is very good and helps to raise the profile of what we are doing,” says Martin Filleul of Tinsley Bridge Group, a privately-owned business that manufactures suspension systems, machine knives and much more. “The company has 175-years history at the heart of Sheffield steel heritage and engineering excellence, and being part of this community and networking into the regional dynamic of change, creativity and technical advancement is an important catalyst with the company.

Now in its fifth year, the early version GMF was more akin to a local trade show with a heavy bias of firms from the Sheffield City Region. Now the event has attracted foreign delegations from China and Canada, and exhibitors are booked from Cheshire, Coventry, Hampshire, Scarborough and Wolverhampton.

Richard Wright, co-organiser and CEO of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce said: “We have the best speaker line-up and the biggest trade show to date, and we are expecting over 1,500 business delegates. If you are in the engineering supply chains for high tech markets, especially those involved in special materials and you export, you should be here.”

Charles Robinson, managing director at Helix Tool Co, said “As Yorkshire’s largest independent cutting tool specialist the GMF is our opportunity to reach out to Yorkshire’s thriving manufacturing community. Maximising machine tool output of complex parts in exotic materials is key to our customer’s success.

He added “This is our second exhibition and we are looking forward to linking up with more business leaders and pushing the boundaries of metal working production.”

The Manufacturers’ Dinner for +600, supported by Lloyds Bank and to be introduced by a cabinet minister, kicks the Festival off on June 24. Tables are available via the web site.

For more details of the Festival, to be held on June 25, and to book your free place, please visit: