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New innovators showcased at Advanced Engineering UK thanks to Magna International with KTN support

Advanced Engineering UK, the leading event for the high performance engineering sectors, has announced that global Tier 1 automotive supplier, Magna International will be increasing its involvement at this year’s show.

At the event, which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC on 4 & 5 November 2015, Magna International, supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network, will host and sponsor the Enabling Innovation Poster Zone – a major area at the show – where the ideas and concepts from the UK’s up and coming innovators are showcased. Magna will also run 1-2-1 meetings with interested innovators, deliver a keynote in the show’s conference programme and take an expanded exhibition stand.

The Enabling Innovation Poster Zone will provide a unique opportunity for early stage innovators to showcase breakthrough ideas, products and processes to the UK’s largest advanced engineering audience. The ‘poster’ submissions will come from incubator level organisations, university students, research-based companies and start-ups. The Zone will give the 13,000 visitors attending Advanced Engineering UK the chance to uncover potential technologies, partners and untapped capability.

Magna’s R & D team additionally will invite potential innovation partners for 1-2-1 meetings. The sessions will offer innovators the opportunity to discuss new concepts and products, with opportunity for direct investment, collaborative programmes and potential licensing agreements with Magna’s R&D decision makers. Magna is very active in the UK technology community; interfacing with venture capital firms to locate opportunities, actively working with universities on new technologies, collaborating with multiple start-ups leading to a recent joint venture agreement.

Ian R. Simmons, Vice President of Business development and R&D at Magna International, explains the deepening connection: “Successful commercialization of innovation is one of Magna’s key targets. The Advanced Engineering Show in the UK is helping Magna to demonstrate that we are open for business to suppliers, universities and start up’s that have new or innovative technology. Future collaboration and partnerships will be key to Magna meeting the demands for the next wave of technologies for our global customers.”

Magna International is one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world, with 319 manufacturing operations and 85 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. Katie Crocombe, Advanced Engineering UK Event Director, explains why the company’s involvement is so important:

"Automotive is one of the critical engineering sectors served by the show; to have a global company that supports every major car manufacturer in the world, so deeply integrated with the show demonstrates the importance of the UK as a global automotive manufacturing powerhouse, and of the event itself as one of its major catalysts.

“This November’s Advanced Engineering UK is all about providing opportunities to commercialise innovation, as well as networking up and down the engineering supply chain; our ambition is to provide the perfect opportunity for new concepts to be shared, and OEM engineers and innovators to meet. The Enabling Innovation Zone, Magna’s programme of meetings plus its stand will create so many opportunities for this to happen.”

Advanced Engineering UK 2015 integrates multiple show exhibit zones with the UK’s largest free-to-attend engineering conference programme. The show spans key sectors including aerospace; automotive; motorsport; marine, civil engineering, and more. It also includes over 750 exhibitors and more than 170 speakers, delivering sessions from 6 purpose built auditoriums at the show. Advanced Engineering UK features four ‘shows within a show’ – Automotive Engineering Show, Aero Engineering Show, Composites Engineering Show and Performance Metals Engineering.

For further information about Advanced Engineering UK 2015, or submitting a poster please visit www.advancedengineeringuk.com/ or contact one of the Easyfairs team on +44 (0)20 8843 8800.

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