Big firms sign up for biggest festival yet

Artists impression of Green Port Hull.
Artists impression of Green Port Hull.
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Bosses from two firms with multi-billion pound infrastructure plans will discuss their projects – and how suppliers can win business with them – at the Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield.

Matthew Chinn will discuss Siemens’ plans for Green Port Hull and the Paull wind turbine blade factory development.

On March 25 the firm said it would invest £160m in Green Port Hull at the city’s Alexandra Dock and in a new blade factory in Paull, East Yorkshire. The total combined investment with Associated British Ports is £310m.

The investment – which is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs at the two sites making offshore wind turbine blades, the assembly of nacelles and related construction, service and logistics activities – means contracts worth millions of pounds to subcontract manufacturers making machined parts, electronics, electrics, steel fabrication and more.

Richard Mould is head of corporate procurement at HS2, the high speed railway project that will link London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

The Leeds branch runs through Sheffield and many of the contracts are expected to go to firms in the Yorkshire, Humber and Derbyshire region.

Mr Mould was previously head of procurement for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

Both companies will field senior staff to help answer questions from visiting companies about the procurement process for these huge projects at the event on June 25.

Mr Chinn, who was appointed as managing director for Siemens Energy division in the UK and Ireland in April 2010, said: “We are delighted that this important investment in offshore renewable energy and in the city of Hull has been approved, after what has been a long wait for many.

“Representing some £310 million of investment with Associated British Ports, the two sites offer engineering companies and other suppliers locally and nationwide substantial contracts worth millions of pounds.

“At the festival I will outline some of the challenges for the offshore wind industry and explain how our plans for the blade factory and Green Port Hull help address those challenges.”

The trade show and conference will be the biggest to date, with 1,500 visitors expected, up to 140 exihbitors, six keynote speakers and two technical sessions on powder metallurgy and composites.

A dinner on June 24, supported by Lloyds Bank, at Pond’s Forge, is expected to host more than 700 people.

The Global Manufacturing Festival is jointly run by the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Creative Sheffield and the Cutlers Company of Hallamshire.

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