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UK manufacturing events set to take centre stage

08 January 2016

The biennial co-located events: Drives & Controls, Plant and Asset Management, European Offshore Energy, Fluid Power & Systems, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are set to return to Birmingham’s NEC (Halls 3/3A) from 12th to14th April 2016, alongside MACH 2016.

In addition to the exhibition, the event's free 2016 seminar and conference programme places strong emphasis on technology, entrepreneurship, skills, regulations, the environment, and safety.

The full programme of seminars will take place across four seminar theatres: The Drives & Controls Seminar Theatre; Offshore Energy Seminar Theatre, Fluid Power & Systems Seminar Theatre, and the Maintenance Seminar Theatre. 

Complementing Plant & Asset Management 2016 will be a programme of free technical seminars taking place within the Maintenance Seminar Theatre, with speakers from industry offering expert insight and real life practical advice on important and topical issues concerning today’s maintenance professionals. Subject areas will cover the full plant & asset management spectrum, including: Asset management systems, bearings, lubrication, boilers and burners, buildings and property maintenance, CMMS, condition monitoring, contract maintenance, energy management, handling & storage, health & safety, facilities management, generators, industrial cooling and Industrial rental equipment, security and fire prevention, sensors, probes and tools, leak detection equipment.

Within the Drives & Controls Seminar Theatre there will be a programme, which brings together all aspects of robotics and automation, energy efficiency, machine safety, drives, motion control, legislation, system strategies and technological developments. Featuring representatives from across industry including government agencies, the EU, research bodies, trade associations, and manufacturers. The Drives & Controls conference programme will focus on practical solutions to real-life industry requirements.

The 2016 Fluid Power & Air Seminar Theatre will include a collection of high profile papers, from industry leaders, with papers covering: The impact of Automation and Motion Control; Technical Standards and the EU In-Out Referendum, Understanding the New Trailblazer Scheme - an opportunity for the Motion & Control Industry; UK Government’s New Training Levy and the Impact on the Motion & Control Industry.

Over the three-day event, the Offshore Energy Seminar Theatre will cover a host of offshore energy issues together with product/ solution analysis, presented by leading authorities, policy makers and expert practitioners in order to help visitors meet the current challenges facing the industry. 

DFA Media has teamed up with The Industry Entrepreneurship Network to put on a series of panel discussions during the three-day exhibition, which will run alongside the other seminar programme.

The Network provides an umbrella framework for a diverse group of organisations, businesses and media to come together and provide high quality outputs that bring together ideas, campaigns, initiatives and expertise for promoting and developing industry entrepreneurship and tackling important associated issues such as STEM education and equality.

With support from many of the leading trade bodies and membership organisations in the UK as well as some of the most influential thought leaders and influencers, the IEN is facilitated by technical and innovation consultancy, Cadence Innovation Marketing.