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Manufacturing and Engineering North East is a new conference and exhibition taking place in Newcastle - sponsored feature

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Manufacturing and Engineering North East is an exciting new conference and exhibition that will shine a light on the diverse industrial design and manufacturing expertise available in the region and brings it together under one roof for two days in July.

The event takes place on the 8th and 9th of July at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. You can register for free online now:

Manufacturing and Engineering North East is supported by key regional development agencies, which recognise the need to put the North East’s skills and expertise on a national and global stage. Helen Golightly from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, commented: “Manufacturing and engineering are a huge part of the North East’s heritage, culture and economy. We are delighted to support an event that will not only champion the sector, but will also bring new business to the region.”

New manufacturing and engineering event will showcase region's finest
New manufacturing and engineering event will showcase region's finest

MENE will highlight global manufacturing successes from across the North East and will inspire engineers of all ages, alongside live machinery demonstrations and management insights from expert speakers.

Wednesday 8th July – Conference Day One

09.15 PepsiCo – From good to great!

A fascinating insight in to what made PepsiCo invest in the North East.

10.15 Advanced Manufacturing Forum – Engineering the next generation

Exploring some of the alternative routes that are open to companies to ensure longevity in a quality work force.

11.15 North East Automotive Alliance – The new capital of the UK’s car industry

The North East is home to the UK’s largest car plant, so what are the ongoing opportunities for tier I and II suppliers? Find out how you can get involved.

12.15 McDaniels Law – How to protect design and innovation

Find out the best ways to protect your innovation and ensure high value design work is not copied or stolen by competitors at home or abroad.

13.15 EBAC – Making re-shored manufacture competitive

Gain an insight into the opportunities and challenges around re-shoring manufacture and competing on the world stage against low labour cost countries.

14.15 EDITORS PICK: Innovate UK – Growth in high value engineering

Innovate UK aims to identify global trends and how they can be exploited. Find out if you could capitalise on the wave of re-shored industrial demand.

15.15 Primary Engineer – Engineering in North East primary schools... Really!

Addressing the skills issue and getting the message across to children that engineering is not about fixing washing machines, but solving problems and being creative.

Thursday 9th July – Conference Day Two

09.15 Rail Alliance – Britain’s second railway boom: reseeding our supply chain

The opportunities to get involved in the rail sector have never been better. Find out how your expertise and capabilities could be of benefit, and how you can be part of this rejuvenated high value industry.

10.15 EDITORS PICK: IHC Engineering Business – Award winning design for subsea cable laying in the North Sea

Find out how the company’s award winning design is helping it win new business and why it is able to punch well above its weight; winning big projects and holding off tough competitors.

11.15 (Merck Sharp and Dohme) MSD – The North East vs The Far East

Lessons learned from keeping production in the UK

12.15 ORE Catapult – Engineering the UK’s clean power

A look at the design, development and commercialisation of wave, wind and tidal power technology in and around the UK. Find out how to become part of this potentially huge global market.

13.15 EEF – The post election fall out: what it means for UK engineers and manufacturers

With the election won and lost, who are the winners and losers in industry and what are the likely effects of the new Government on the UK’s engineering and manufacturing strategy?

14.15 Croft Additive Manufacture – 3D printing diversity

The use of metal additive manufacture has allowed Croft to enhance its capability as a filter designer and manufacturer, and also diversify in to other sectors. Find out more about how to leverage this exciting technology.


Market leading technology providers will fill the arena to capacity, giving visitors hands-on access to robotics in action, machines under power, equipment demonstrations and new technology displays.

“As a North East manufacturer, Seaward Group is very excited about a new exhibition within our region which showcases manufacturing and engineering excellence. We look forward to introducing our range of test and measurement equipment to visitors at the show, and to networking with other similar organisations,” said Julian Grant of Seward Electronic Ltd.

In addition, for business owners looking to invest and grow their business, manufacturing finance specialists, Lombard, will be available for individual meetings throughout Manufacturing and Engineering North East.

Places are limited in all the conference and workshops so visitors are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

For daily event updates follow Manufacturing and Engineering on Twitter, #MENorthEast @MandE_Events

For your free visitor pass register online now at:


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