Sheffield’s global reputation as a centre for advanced manufacturing will be showcased at the fourth Global Manufacturing Festival (GMF), which this year will focus on the automotive, aerospace, oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.

The two-day festival, which will be hosted by the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham, will focus on helping hundreds of small and medium sized manufacturers connect with large global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), with the aim of growing manufacturing capability in the region.

Creative Sheffield, the city council’s economic development function, will be co-sponsoring this year’s event in June and along with festival partners the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cutler’s Company, Marketing Sheffield and the AMRC, will be organising a trade show and seminars focussing on challenges and opportunities within the manufacturing industry.

Steve Wainwright, Sector Growth Manager for Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing at Creative Sheffield, said: “Creative Sheffield is once again extremely proud to be sponsoring the Global Manufacturing Festival which has now become firmly established as a key event in the business calendar.

“Sheffield still leads the world with its materials and advanced manufacturing technologies and some of the innovative solutions being developed here are being applied in some of the world’s most demanding industrial applications.

“In past years the GMF has provided a perfect platform to bring some of our smaller manufacturers together with industrial giants such as Siemens, Tata Steel, Boeing and Rolls-Royce to find out what challenges and global opportunities they have ahead of them, as well as hearing first-hand how to access them – where else can this happen in such intimate surroundings?

“A strong engineering and manufacturing sector provides the heartbeat of Sheffield and the festival is playing a crucial part in its ongoing growth, which will in turn play a significant part in driving wider economic development across the region.”

The Global Manufacturing Dinner, sponsored by Lloyds Bank, will take place on 24 June and will be attended by Government ministers, business leaders, international guests, sponsors and festival partners.

The dinner will be a celebration of manufacturing with a lively and engaging panel debate including senior figures from McLaren, Siemens, the EEF, plus Tony Pedder, the Master Cutler, and Chris Kirby, Managing Director of Sheffield company Magnomatics, a manufacturer of energy-efficient products based on ground-breaking magnetic gear technology technology.

Chris said: “As a manufacturer of innovative products, we are looking forward to celebrating manufacturing with larger established companies. It’s a great networking opportunity.”
Following the dinner the GMF Trade Show will take place at AMRC, on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Catcliffe, on 25 June, where around 2,000 delegates from the advanced manufacturing and materials industry will gather to increase their knowledge of the complex supply chain challenges and opportunities associated with some of most demanding global markets.”

The trade show will be complimented by bespoke break out presentations and case studies by prestigious speakers from various industry sectors such as aerospace, oil and gas, automotive and energy. Technical sessions will take place in the afternoon, showcasing advances in new material technologies which are being developed in the Sheffield region, such as metal powders and composites.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, said: “Our manufacturing industry is a critical contributor to the UK’s economy with international significance and we are proud to welcome delegates to our city as host of the Global Manufacturing Festival.

“Sheffield’s unique capability is that of materials technology and engineering components which are crucial to many other areas of the UK through supply to their OEMs in aerospace, power generation, oil and gas, medical and automotive. We have strong ambitions for the advanced manufacturing sector in Sheffield. We want to remove barriers to investors and customers and we are committed to building on our rich manufacturing history and taking the sector forward.”