Advanced Manufacturing and Automotive prominent in new Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival

November 10, 2017

Coventry & Warwickshire’s strengths in Advanced Manufacturing and Automotive are at the forefront of the new Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival, this month.


The Festival is two weeks of free business events, taking place for the first time across Coventry & Warwickshire between Monday 20 November and Friday 1 December.


Amongst a packed programme comprising over 100 events in different sectors, key organisations central to the Advanced Manufacturing and Automotive industries are staging various high-profile events over the fortnight. 


Business Festival headline sponsor, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is holding a full day event for manufacturing organisations at its site in Ansty. There will be opportunities to learn about new trends in technology and additive manufacturing; engage with international automotive trade bodies looking to build their supply chains, as well as taking a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities at the MTC.


Dr Clive Hickman, chief executive of the MTC said: “Our mission is inspiring Great British Manufacturing on the global stage. We take ideas from universities, utilising the best innovative manufacturing processes and technologies, and drawing on the skills of our people, we look to make those great ideas become reality.


“We have an opportunity to illustrate this during this month’s inaugural Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival, which we are proud to be sponsoring.”


Warwick University is also opening its doors to businesses on 29 November to find out how the Warwick Manufacturing Group, Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick can help businesses with product development, access to state-of-the-art equipment, knowledge and support and collaboration and joint funding opportunities.


Professor Kerry Kirwan, academic director of research at University of Warwick is the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival sector lead for Advanced Manufacturing and Automotive. He said: “Automotive and Advanced Manufacturing are the backbone of the region’s social and economic successes, bringing us international recognition and investment.”


Other events include an impressive two day conference and exhibition hosted by the Manufacturing Management Show at the Ricoh Arena on 22 and 23November, designed for manufacturing managers to get immediate advice on production issues from 5S and lean strategy deployment to finding the right forklift truck.


A showcase of ground-breaking developments in cars for the future, with inspirational automotive demonstrations is taking place at MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton. For something slightly different, Redware Ltd is inviting businesses to join an online webinar on 29 November discussing how the automotive industry uses learning and development technology to improve customer experiences.


The Business Festival, developed by the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub and the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and supported by headline partner, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), encompasses everything from conferences, seminars, workshops, trade shows to exhibitions, award ceremonies and recruitment fairs across eight key sectors over the fortnight.


Events are run by businesses or organisations to encourage business growth. Most are free and open to absolutely anyone to attend.


All events are listed on the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival website where tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

To see the full range of automotive and advanced manufacturing events, see the sector newsletter. 





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