Organisers of the Global Manufacturing Festival are challenging companies to use the city-based event to win new business.
Delegates from China, Singapore, Brazil, Rwanda, the Ukraine and the Balkans have signed up for the two day event, which is due to start on Wednesday and is rn by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Marketing Sheffield.
Chamber executive director Richard Wright says organisers are doing all they can to bring the world to the City Region and raise awareness of its manufacturing expertise and knowledge.
“It’s up to companies in the region to take advantage of the visitors by doing business with them to generate further wealth,” said Mr Wright.
Martin McKervey, partner at event sponsor Nabarro, added: “The calibre of speakers the event is attracting, the distance that people are travelling to attend and the impact that the festival is having on local manufacturers all attest to the fact that this event is taking root within UK and global manufacturing as a ‘must attend’ fixture.
“We must use this to drive growth forward, to dovetail our products into the world’s largest supply chains and to hone our ability to compete in terms of exports, skills and quality.
“It’s all very well to know that our manufacturing sector is world class, we need to use platforms such as the Festival to demonstrate it to our global markets.”
The Global Manufacturing Festival gets underway when Boeing UK chairman Sir Roger Bone delivers the annual Sheffield Management Lecture.
The event also includes the popular Get Up To Speed skills and education show, designed to encourage young people to take up careers in science and engineering.
Top line speakers will address the Festival Convention in the City Hall on the Thursday and is followed by the Made in Sheffield Awards presentation and dinner. For more information, visit: globalmanufacturingfestival.com.