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Sarah Coverson (left) and Rachel Duerden with the Sheffield card pack
Sarah Coverson (left) and Rachel Duerden with the Sheffield card pack
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Play your cards right and Sheffield will come up trumps every time. All anyone at a loose end during the Global Manufacturing Festival:Sheffield needed to do was to pull out the pack of limited edition playing cards in their Sheffield-branded delegate bag.

While winning a few tricks they could also find out more about the breadth of manufacturing and other skills the city boasts.

The cards were the brainchild of printing plant equipment manufacturer Rollem, which, as the Ace of Diamonds tells you, designs and makes the machinery that produces 90 per cent of the playing cards used in Las Vegas.

Emma Tiernan, from Sheffield-based business development specialist Square 5 collected the 40 Sheffield City Region facts that appear on all but the Jacks, Queens and Kings of every suit.

The Nine of Diamonds will tell you that Fripp Design and Research helped to develop the 2011 Comic Relief Red Nose, while the Four of Hearts reveals that the façade of Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium was made in Doncaster by Norking Aluminium.

Meanwhile, the Five of Clubs informs you that NASA exploration robots are tested on rigs made by Sheffield-based Tool and Steel Products and the Ace of Spades tells you that 15 per cent of the UK’s electricity is generated by power stations using critical components from Rotherham-based Newburgh Engineering.

City development company Creativesheffield did the art work, which includes, on the back, a picture of one of the young faces of the Festival, Firth Rixson apprentice Amy Pryce, together with a plug for the Work-Wise initiative, thought up by local manufacturers as a way of attracting more youngsters to engineering, and run by Business & Education South Yorkshire.

Rotherham-based high quality printers Garnett Dickinson printed the cards and Rollem used its equipment to cut and pack them.