Advanced Engineering enables innovation 15 July 2020

Advanced Engineering is on the hunt for groundbreaking start-ups to showcase their latest products and inventions as part of its Enabling Innovation Zone. The show will take place on 4th and 5th November at the NEC, Birmingham, and will allow smaller enterprises to make connections in the world of advanced manufacturing and technology.

The Enabling Innovation Zone is the event’s area dedicated to new and exciting businesses whose products and ideas could revolutionise sectors. The show will attract exhibitors and visitors from all engineering sectors, allowing start-ups to showcase their innovations to a broad and diverse range of decision makers. Advanced Engineering hosts multiple shows all under one roof, dedicated to different but parallel sectors of manufacturing; including aerospace, automotive, composites, performance metals, and connected manufacturing.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to display their tech in the Enabling Innovation Zone, free of charge. They will receive a branded plinth, along with full digital marketing and PR support before, during and after the show. This will allow emerging companies to reach thousands of potential customers and network with leading industry players, top UK tech companies, and potential investment partners.

During the show, each start-up will present its innovation to a panel of leaders from the engineering sector. The winner will be announced before the show’s closure and will be granted a full stand, free of charge, at the following year’s show.

“Advanced Engineering offers exciting innovative businesses the chance to be seen by thousands of visitors and to present their new products to many interested companies,” explains Gerald Law, chief executive at Innovation DB and one of last year’s judges. “For example, the winner of last year’s Innovation DB award dinner, who developed a novel engine part, sat with seven senior R&D execs from six major automotive companies and was able to demonstrate the company’s product to eight more as part of the event.”

Law’s words are echoed by Evangelos Zympeloudis, CEO of last year’s showcase and pitch winner, iCOMAT, a spin-out from the University of Bristol that developed a patented process to produce advanced carbon fibre composites for the aerospace, automotive and marine sectors.

“Advanced Engineering is certainly the go to trade show for composites in the UK and has provided visibility to our business, enabling us to engage with existing customers and partners, but also create new contacts,” explained Zympeloudis. “The show was very productive for iCOMAT and enabled us to create several new links, some of which materialised into development projects. The Enabling Innovation Zone is an excellent initiative that gives the opportunity to engineering start-ups and spin-outs, such as iCOMAT, to showcase their technology to the ideal audience.”

The application deadline is July 31st 2020. To submit an application to take part, apply online here. Successful applicants will also need to be at the Advanced Engineering show in November, at the NEC, Birmingham.