Innovation at Automechanika

29 May 2019

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

Innovation will be the leading theme for Automechanika Birmingham at the NEC, Birmingham on 4 to 6 June, with the return of a dedicated vehicle production hall offering a showcase for future technology.

Held in association with SMMT, the 2019 event will also host its well-established events Meet the Buyer and Open Forum. The vehicle production hall will include suppliers of raw materials suppliers plus tier 1 and 2 manufacturers amongst 500 leading suppliers across the exhibition. There will be opportunity to find solutions across connected & autonomous vehicles, lightweight materials, power electronics, energy storage and internal combustion engines. Visitors will also get the chance to network with the rest of the UK automotive industry by visiting Subcon.

New for 2019, working in association with the Department for International Trade and key industry partners, Automechanika Birmingham will host a dedicated showcase of the UK’s capabilities with the latest technologies in connected and autonomous vehicles, electrification, ultra-low emissions and battery technology.

Automechanika Birmingham 2019 will also host the automotive industry’s largest seminar programme, with sessions from SMMT, Industry Forum, the AFRC, UK Export Finance, Advanced Propulsion Centre, NEAA (North East Automotive Alliance, Barker Brettell, TBAT and more.

The seminars will include a new Brexit Readiness Programme, while Industry Forum will offer free taster workshops in Supply Chain Management and Operational Excellence in Manufacturing.  

The Supply Chain Management session will give attendees a general understanding of the fundamentals of supply chain planning and inventory management within a manufacturing organisation, and how to manage it to achieve an optimised working capital position. The workshop will define the best practice planning approach, inventory and its objectives, review the characteristics of inventory in the supply chain and how to successfully manage variability of demand. Through detailing the strategic supply chain management process and inventory trade-off decisions the session will show how an organisation can determine whether inventory is an asset or a liability.

The Operational Excellence session will give attendees the general context around manufacturing operations and the principles which underpin its improvement such as Lean, TPM and Six Sigma. The session will then expand on each principle in more detail giving delegates a greater understanding of when to apply them and give a focus not just on making improvement but also sustaining it.

The Brexit Readiness Programme topics will include customs, tax, trade, employment, finance, IP, regulatory changes, contracts, environment, new technology and state aid.

Jack Halliday, Event Director of Automechanika Birmingham, explains: “With over 500 companies signed up for this year’s event, the opportunity for visitors to see new products, innovation and network with the industry is extremely strong.

“2019 is the last chance to see the event before 2021 when the show returns to the NEC.  Visitor registration is 14% ahead of this time last year as the market is realising this is an opportunity not to be missed.  Exhibitors are keen to ensure the latest products, services and technology are showcased to the market before 2021.”

The news comes as a major confidence boost for the automotive trade and UK economy as the event, which has been running at Birmingham NEC since 2016, continues to attract the highest profile names from within the global automotive industry.

Jack continued: “Automechanika Birmingham 2019 is the prime event to do business and network and continues to demonstrate a sector that is not only thriving but evolving to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

“With so many new initiatives planned, this year’s event is going to be the most engaging yet and will cement Automechanika Birmingham’s position as the meeting place for the UK’s automotive industry.”

The 2019 event sees the return of leading names in the vehicle production sector, including DJJ Precision Engineering, TR Fastenings, Department For International Trade, Keyence, Autocraft Drivetrain, Essentra Components, Harboro, Titan, Bosch, and many more.