Nissan skills talk headlines Manufacturing & Engineering conference and exhibition in Newcastle


The award-winning Manufacturing & Engineering exhibition and conference, returns to Newcastle on 4th – 5th July, and remains the place for industry professionals in the North of England to see new products and services, obtain high quality business advice, and try out the latest machines, production equipment or design tools.

An exciting development for Manufacturing & Engineering in 2018 is that the event will be participating in the Great Exhibition of the North’s “Inspired By” programme of events, celebrating manufacturing technology and design engineering and their importance to the economy of the Northern Powerhouse.

Manufacturing & Engineering comprises three key elements: keynote conference sessions from industry leaders, practical workshops and an exhibition of leading suppliers – and is delivered in association with Eureka, Machinery and Manufacturing Management magazines.

Nissan will open day-one of the conference with Ian Green discussing how employers can champion careers in manufacturing for the benefit of the whole UK economy. Ian will discuss Nissan’s strategy and how it has developed to a point where Nissan now employs the first staff who first engaged with them through school outreach programmes. Day-two opens with Stuart Reilly of Toyota Material Handling, looking at materials handling technology and innovation, where we are now and what the future holds.

Further highlights include the HypED team from the University of Edinburgh, who will demonstrate the design challenges behind Hyperloop technology developed for the SpaceX project. Rowan Crozier, Chairman of Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN) discusses how collaboration has been the key to success for members of the MAN group. The Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Philippa Oldham will discuss maintaining the UK’s leading position as an automotive manufacturer alongside the challenge of zero emission vehicle development.

This year’s show will also bring together even more local suppliers alongside global organisations. Exhibiting companies cover a wide range of technologies and services such as visual management tools from Clarity Visual Management, metrology technologies from Zeiss and GOM UK, design & manufacturing software from Autodesk and virtual & augmented reality technologies from Theorem Solutions, to name a few. Visitors will be able to source suppliers, benchmark capabilities and secure contracts that will help their businesses remain competitive on a global scale.

Alongside the exhibition and conference, there will be several new feature exhibits to inspire and enthuse visitors. Features include the UK’s first Hyperloop prototype pod, Nissan’s dissected all-electric Leaf car and Sunderland University’s Formula Student 2018 car. The Hyperloop pod has been developed by the award-winning Hyped, University of Edinburgh Hyperloop team. The fully-working first generation half-LEAF cross-section, on loan from MAKE it Sunderland, was presented to the city as a symbol of Nissan’s gratitude following its workforce being honoured with Freedom of the city. The Formula Student single seater has been developed by engineering students at Sunderland University to race in this year’s competition a Silverstone.

This free, two-day event allows visitors to tailor their agenda to suit their own specific interests and learning requirements. It’s quick and easy to register. Just visit to book your free place and select the sessions you would like to participate in.


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