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From the Rosetta mission and the UK’s new aircraft carriers to Industry 4.0 and the rise of reshoring, The Engineer Conference 2015 - which opens its doors on 2nd June - boasts an unmissable mix of inspiring projects and industry big hitters.

Since its launch in 2013, The Engineer Conference has provided a platform for some of the UK’s top engineers and some of its most exciting and innovative engineering projects. This year’s instalment promises to be better than ever. 

Running from 2nd to 4th of June at the NEC, Birmingham, the 2015 conference features three streams covering the latest thinking and the most exciting UK developments from the worlds of engineering design, manufacturing and supply chain management.

Artist's impression of Rosetta sending the Philae lander to the surface of Comet 67P-Churymov-Gerasimenko

As always, throughout the event there will be a major focus on some of the key issues that are dominating industry debate: from Industry 4.0 to the welcome, and much trumpeted, phenomenon of reshoring.

Thanks to presentations from ADS Group and the recently launched Proving Factory, there will also be plenty of useful advice to SMEs on how to engage with OEMs, as well as first-hand accounts from small companies – like Magna Parva - that have managed to attract interest from the UK’s biggest hitters.

On the technology side, there’s plenty of emphasis on the ever-popular topic of 3D printing, with Dr Christopher Tuck, one of the UK’s leading experts in the field, making a welcome return alongside some fascinating real-world case studies from teams at Renishaw and BAE Systems. 


We’ll also be taking a look at the way new materials are impacting the design and manufacturing worlds: from the untapped potential of graphene, to applications of composites and the innovations in light weighting that are helping some of our biggest sectors lead the world.

As always, the conference will also shine the spotlight on some of the UKs most challenging and inspiring projects.

David Downs, the engineering director of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (and regularblogger for The Engineer) will be talking about the challenges of building the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, whilst Ian Costello, deputy engineering manager for Rosetta at Airbus Space & Defence will be talking to us about the UK’s role in last year’s astonishing comet landing.

We’re also particularly looking forward to hearing from UK engineer John Lawson, about how he and an international group of like-minded enthusiasts have recreated the only aircraft built by legendary car designer Ettore Bugatti.

The upper bow section of Queen Elizabeth is lifted into place

Other presenters over the course of the three days will include: Dick Elsy, CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, AMRC programme manager Dr Peter Osborne and Simon Black, senior manager of body structures at Jaguar Land Rover.

To find out more, and to register for what promises to be one of UK industry’s most inspiring and informative events, visit

The Engineer Conference runs alongside Subcon, The Advanced Manufacturing Show, and The Engineer Design & Innovation Show at the NEC, Birmingham from 2nd to the 4th June.

A focal point for innovation

A focal point at this year’s three key manufacturing shows will a showcase for UK innovation featuring the cutting-edge products and technologies that are shaping the future of manufacturing.

The Innovation Hub will inspire, excite and inform Britain’s design engineers, manufacturing engineers and business leaders in their goal of creating world-leading products.

The Hub will be at the heart of the Engineer Design & Innovation Show and give visitors the chance to engage with some of the UK’s most successful innovators and learn from them how to embed innovation in their own businesses.

The Engineer Design & Innovation, Subcon and Advanced Manufacturing Shows take place from 2 to 4 June at the NEC, Birmingham. Access to the Innovation Hub is complimentary for attendees at all three shows.

The Innovation Hub will bring together some of the UK’s most impressive companies.

Visitors to the Hub can get up close to the BLOODHOUND SSC wheels which are set to be the fastest in history – rotating at 10,500 rpm when the car is travelling at 1,000 mph. The wheels have been designed for high speed runs on the Hakskeen Pan, South Africa and will be forged from solid aluminium.

The Proving Factory is a unique business that aims to take the risk out of industrialising and manufacturing advanced propulsion technologies – it will show how it takes innovative technologies, and develops them for production to the quality and volumes needed by OEMs to get these products into mainstream use.

Reaction Engines is developing the technologies needed for an advanced combined cycle air-breathing rocket engine class called SABRE that will enable aircraft to operate easily at speeds of up to five times the speed of sound or fly directly into Earth orbit. To enable this it has developed ultra-lightweight heat exchangers 100 times lighter than existing technologies that can cool airstreams from over 1,000 °C to minus 150 °C in less than 1/100th of a second.

The National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester is the world’s leading centre of research and commercialisation into graphene, the thinnest, strongest and most conductive material known to man. They will reveal the latest prototype applications set to revolutionise the materials world developed at The University of Manchester, the home of graphene.

Visitors can register to attend the events and gain complimentary access to the Innovation Hub at: