Thursday, December 5, 2013

News: Global Manufacturing Festival returns to Rotherham for 2014


The Global Manufacturing Festival (GMF) 2014 will take place at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham on June 24 - 25 and is set to be part of the massive International Festival for Business (IFB).

The Global Manufacturing Festival has been running since 2011 and has grown in popularity each year with some of the world's biggest manufacturing and engineering companies attending. It was held for the first time at the AMP last year and will return with a trade show and conference, keynote speakers, workshops and 150 exhibitors set to form proceedings.

The festival is being organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, the University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing and Marketing Sheffield.

IFB is an ambitious programme of global business events running throughout June and July 2014. With government backing, it is set to be the largest international business event in the world in 2014, and the largest business event in the UK for over a decade. It aims to be global, entrepreneurial and accelerate the growth of UK business into international markets.

Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: "Linking the Global Manufacturing Festival with the IFB will give a world-wide accreditation to the importance of the event.

"Our vision is it to make the GMF the premier national high technology, high quality and high added value manufacturing festival that sells UK industry to the world, and we are delighted to team up with the IFB in 2014.

"#GMF2014 has been specifically designed to help SMEs understand the high performance materials supply chains for a broad range of high growth market sectors, such as aerospace, automotive, energy and oil and gas. It will help them access those markets and offer advice on where to focus investments to gain future business."

Taking place, mainly in Liverpool, the IFB will focus on key areas of commerce that are transforming the business landscape of Britain and beyond, including manufacturing, science & technology; maritime, logistics & energy; knowledge, professional & financial services; higher & further education & research; low carbon & renewables; cities, enterprise & urban business; knowledge, creative & digital and, of course, the multi-million pound business of sport.

Speaking at a recent launch event, Lord Green, Minister for Trade & Investment, said that the: "IFB gives us a wonderful opportunity to showcase the whole of business and the opportunities for investment in Britain" and described the festival as a very important statement for Britain, that will "redefine the great North-South divide".

Global Manufacturing Festival website

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