Businesses in Yorkshire will have the chance to market their services and products to some of the leading players in the manufacturing industry at a special trade show in Rotherham next month.
The Global Manufacturing Festival is a rare opportunity for industrial suppliers to talk directly to decision-makers from major blue-chip companies including Jaguar Land Rover, HS2, Siemens Energy, GE Oil and Gas and Airbus.
It is also seen as an important networking event for the large number of engineering businesses in the Yorkshire area.
Organisers of the annual event say this year’s festival, on June 25, will be the biggest and best yet with more than a third of 150 stands already snapped up.
Co-organiser Richard Wright said: “We have the best speaker line-up for the biggest trade show to date and we’re already experiencing a lot of interest.
“Businesses don’t often get to talk directly to the right people from prime contractors, but this event gives them that valuable opportunity.
“There are many engineering companies in Yorkshire and this is the perfect chance for them to meet new people and create links that can have mutual benefits.
“The festival has grown from a local show to a national event in five years and has quickly become a key date in the manufacturing calendar – perhaps the biggest in the North of England.
“So anyone in the engineering supply chain for high-tech markets, particularly those involved in special materials, should make sure they come along.”
Senior figures from rail project HS2 will be available to talk specifically about accessing its procurement processes, while Siemens Energy will discuss supplier needs for a new £160m turbine blade factory. Visitors will also be able to meet a key sourcing executive from GE Oil and Gas.
For more details, including exhibiting space, go to www.globalmanufacturingfestival.com or see a video preview at www.globalmanufacturingfestival.com/gmfsheffield-2014