Better Together: Co-Located Trade Shows for the manufacturing and engineering sector

Messe Frankfurt UK, Nineteen Group, and Rapid News Group are pleased to announce a 3-year partnership to collocate their UK manufacturing and engineering events.

The new collaboration will see Automechanika Birmingham, Design Engineering Expo, Engineering Expo, Manufacturing Expo, Med-Tech Innovation Expo, and TCT 3Sixty come together at the NEC Birmingham. The launch edition will take place for the first time from 8-9 June 2022.

Within this 3-year period all 6 events will take place alongside each other at the NEC in Birmingham creating a phenomenal offering for the manufacturing and engineering community from all vertical sectors. The partnership brings huge added value to attendees and exhibitors, with a visitor registering for one event gaining access across all shows, providing a united approach to encourage market innovation and trade.

Simon Albert, Managing Director at Messe Frankfurt UK who organise Automechanika the UK’s leading trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain sector comments: We have an exciting new proposition for the UK automotive supply chain and this partnership in June 2023 strengthens this opportunity further. These events naturally complement each other and by working together we can deliver the strongest platform for our customers to do business. Collocating gives the market the best possible reason to take time out of their busy schedules to visit for the duration of the shows.”

Ed Tranter, Event Director at Nineteen Group and behind the launch of the Manufacturing Expo, Engineering Expo and Design Engineering Expo explains: “Collaboration and continuous improvement is at the heart of manufacturing & engineering and the Nineteen Group. We are thrilled to be working closely with other organisations at the forefront of the sector.

As companies begin their recovery from a year of disruption, there has never been a more important time for our industry to pull together to help promote and encourage innovation and see our sectors grow. The shows provide the perfect platform for connections between suppliers and buyers with conference programmes to give a clear roadmap for a successful future. Collocating these 6 shows is an exciting opportunity and ultimately provides more value to the communities we serve. We are stronger together.”

Duncan Wood, Chief Executive at Rapid News Group, organisers of TCT 3Sixty, the event for 3D printing and additive intelligence and Med-Tech innovation Expo, the UK’s leading medical device design and manufacturing technology event adds: “The synergy between our group of shows delivers two clear benefits to the market and underpins the rationale for aligning our dates and access protocols. For the visitor the breadth of solutions under one roof at one time is unprecedented, time is precious, and these co-locations enable a prospective attendee to optimise their time out of the office. Equally the free flow of visitors across all the shows means that the return on investment for exhibitors is hugely enhanced versus each of us operating alone on different datelines. We are hugely excited to be working with a group of organisations who view the visitor experience and exhibitor ROI as importantly as we do, and we look forward to next June in anticipation.”

Mars Rover lands at Advanced Engineering UK

One of the most exciting innovations ever will feature at this year’s Advanced Engineering UK. Over the two days of the UK’s leading engineering and manufacturing event, at the NEC, Birmingham on November 3 and 4, 2021, an original prototype of the ExoMars rover will be on display.

The Airbus Defence and Space UK prototype, commonly known as Bruno, is semi-autonomous and equipped with all the same technology as the final rover, including the sensors, actuators and cameras that allow the rover to see in 3D while navigating the red planet. The final flight rover will be equipped with a drill that can bore two metres deep, and metal wheels that have the same flexibility as rubber, without risking contamination to any life that it finds.

The ExoMars rover will be the first rover used to directly search for life on Mars as part of a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia. The rover is just one example of how the UK’s engineering industry is leading the way in space and satellite innovation.

“Having Bruno at Advanced Engineering UK will be an extremely important moment for our engineering and manufacturing industry,” explained Aleiya Londsale, Head of Marketing at Easyfairs, organiser of Advanced Engineering. “This year’s Advanced Engineering UK gives our close-knit industry the chance to reunite and do business again and I can’t think of a better place to showcase Bruno’s technology and features. With exhibitor space almost full, and so many exciting speakers and features confirmed, people really can’t afford to miss this year’s show.”

This year, Advanced Engineering UK introduces a new show zone dedicated entirely to space and satellite innovation. The zone, which will be Bruno’s landing site for the show, will be part of Advanced Engineering UK’s existing Aero Engineering floor and will be supported by two of the show’s longstanding partners, the UK Space Agency and ADS Group. It will bring together the UK’s space and satellite manufacturers, research and development partners and supply chain businesses spanning R&D, design, test, production, manufacturing and advanced materials, showcasing the UK’s incredible achievements in this sector.

“ADS has always supported Advanced Engineering UK as it is one of the leading manufacturing and engineering shows covering multiple sectors,” explained Bhavin Vyas, Head of Space at ADS. “The UK’s involvement in space and satellite technology is constantly growing, so the dedicated area on the show floor this year provides a brilliant opportunity for this sector to showcase its innovative space capabilities.

“We are looking forward to being at the show more than ever and we are excited to support our space sector members who will also be present at the show. The recent release of the ‘Size and Health of the Space Industry report’ by the UK Space Agency is a perfect example of how the UK is prospering from this growing sector and it will be great to see so many innovative companies showcasing the technologies that are key to the UK’s growth in the sector.”

Advanced Engineering UK already has several speakers confirmed as part of its space and satellite programme, who are not to be missed. This includes Tony Forsythe, Deputy Head of Technology and Head of Standards at the UK Space Agency; Stefan Siarov, Systems Engineer at Valispace and Dr Chris Brunskill, Head of UK Space Programmes at D-Orbit. Each speaker will take to the stage to cover topics including in-orbit manufacturing and orbital transportation.

A new partner of the show, and speaking at the event, is Satellite Applications Catapult. One of ten catapults established to transform the UK’s capability for innovation and help drive economic growth, the technology and innovation company boosts UK productivity by helping organisations harness the power of satellite-based services. The company has been working on projects in the space sector throughout the UK, such as IFSAC, a collaboration with the agricultural sector to educate and demonstrate how satellite technologies can help optimise the production of rice, soybean, and table grapes.

“We at the Satellite Applications Catapult are hugely excited to be partnered with Advanced Engineering this year. Space manufacturing is growing exponentially and anyone in manufacturing who isn’t involved in space currently will need to be involved in it in the next 10 – 15 years,” said Mike Curtis-Rose, Head of Manufacturing for Space at Satellite Applications Catapult.

“As an event bringing together the entire manufacturing and engineering community across multiple sectors, Advanced Engineering is a brilliant place for us for to discuss the opportunities in space for manufacturing, servicing, inspection and repair, and ensure that those in these sectors and others, see the benefits of participating including economic growth, new skills and better technological capabilities.”

Manufacturers, suppliers and partners will be able to network and explore new innovations and technologies, not just within the space sector, but across less familiar parallel sectors in Advanced Engineering’s co-located zones. These zones focus on aerospace, automotive, advanced materials, med-tech, civil engineering, rail, marine, renewables and more. Exhibitor space in the Space & Satellite zone is quickly filling up, with ND Precision Products, Toray, the Global Manufacturing Trade Association (GTMA), DTE, Camberley Rubber Mouldings, MIT Publishing and 2KM UK Ltd already due to attend.

“After attending Advanced Engineering UK for many years, we chose to partner with the show to display the ExoMars Rover prototype, Bruno, in 2021,” commented Paul Meacham, ExoMars Engineering Manager at Airbus Defence and Space, Stevenage. “We are aware that Advanced Engineering is the leading engineering and manufacturing show in the UK and being there this year will provide us with the perfect platform to showcase Airbus Defence and Space’s expertise in creating this pioneering technology. We are very much looking forward to being at the show this November as it will be the first time the manufacturing community is reunited, making it the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the very latest innovations.”

With so many exhibitors already registered and speaker slots filling up, Advanced Engineering 2021 is guaranteed to be the perfect welcome back for the manufacturing and engineering industry. Visitor registrations will launch in July 2021, when more information on speakers and features will be available. For more information, visit

J A Woollam CompleteEase Software Training Course 2021

Date: 14-16 September 2021

Venue: Rooms CTLP09,10 & 11, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus

This course will introduce the fundamentals of data analysis at a beginner-to-intermediate level. All details will be described using the latest CompleteEASE software. Each registered participant will be invited to participate in sessions, and to view recordings of each session afterwards. In addition to internet-sessions, students will receive relevant example data sets to practice.

As part of the partnership between Quantum Design and MTIF, which offers customers access the J A Woollam IR VASE II Spectroscopic Ellipsometer, this year’s Conference and Workshop on Spectroscopic Ellipsometry will be held at MTIF’s Research Centre located on Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus. MTIF is a ISO 13485 certified medical technologies development organisation offering research and development services including thin film technology, printed electronics, nano-photonics, opto-electronic properties of materials and devices and laser processing.

To find out more about the course and to register, please visit

21st Annual J A Woollam Spectroscopic Ellipsometer Workshop

Date: 13 September 2021 from 9.00am to 4.45pm

Venue: Rooms CTLP09,10 & 11, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus

Quantum Design UK & Ireland is celebrating 21 years of Spectroscopic Ellipsometry workshops with its partners, J A Woollam.

This free of charge workshop is aimed at both experienced ellipsometry users as well as people new to ellipsometry. The format of the workshop includes an introduction, fundamentals of ellipsometric data analysis, and an overview of ellipsometric applications in both research and production. New emerging applications are highlighted.

Application engineers from J A Woollam will give talks on the following topics:

  • Theory and Fundamentals of Spectroscopic Ellipsometry
  • Applications and Data Analysis Examples of Spectroscopic Ellipsometry
  • Overview of J A Woollam Ellipsometers including the alpha-SE Ellipsometer

To find out more about the workshop or to register, please visit:

Manufacturing & Engineering Week launches at the NEC, June 2022

A celebration of the best in UK manufacturing and engineering excellence and innovation launches at the NEC June 2022, and includes the launch of three sector specific events; Design Engineering Expo, Engineering Expo and Manufacturing Expo.

In a first for the sector, Nineteen Events are working closely with MAKE UK, IMechE, IED and stakeholders from across the industry, to build and deliver the UK’s first week-long event celebrating the UK’s manufacturing and engineering sector. A series of live events that showcase the complete manufacturing and engineering solutions and supply chain, alongside additional exclusive virtual events that together will encourage conversation, knowledge sharing and action.

The UK remains a global force for manufacturing and engineering; driving innovation, leading on the industrial agenda, the green economy and industry 4.0, however in a post-Covid and post-Brexit world, Britain’s standing, and its future, will require engineering and manufacturing to grow and strengthen. Manufacturing and Engineering Week or M&E Week seeks to celebrate the sector, showcasing innovation, sharing successes and future insight, raise critical discussion and is a destination for professionals to source suppliers and solutions in order to secure the right partners to keep them competitive and grow the UK sector.

Three new sector specific events:

  • Engineering Expo is dedicated to the driving force behind manufacturing, keynotes lifting the lid on the latest developments and most interesting engineering projects will run alongside practical workshops and an innovative showcase of the latest technologies and solutions.
  • Design Engineering Expo focuses on the challenges and innovations at the heart of the sector. Covering electronics, embedded design through to testing, the event will showcase the latest technologies propelling the future of design engineering.
  • Manufacturing Expo will cover all aspects of the manufacturing process and supply chain, showcasing the best in British suppliers, innovations and technologies to enhance performance.

The events in June 2022 will each showcase the UK’s best products and services, giving buyers the opportunity to see live demonstrations, meet the teams behind the services and save time by reviewing suppliers under one roof.

Running alongside the exhibitions will be a full programme of free to attend content, including keynotes from industry leaders, practical how to sessions and workshops – all CDP accredited.

M&E Week is proud to have the support and direction from an Advisory Board of leaders in the sector which includes; Libby Meryick, CEO, Institute of Engineering Designers, Eric Wilkinson, CEO, Cambridge Consultants, Andrew Burrows, Director, PA Consulting, Philippa Oldham, Partnerships Director, Advanced Propulsion Centre and Stephen Phipson, CBE, Chief Executive, MAKE UK.

Together the three shows, additional collocated events and a programme of virtual events, provide a compelling, value packed week celebrating the sector enabling visitors to save time sourcing new partners, stay up to date and get ahead of the competition and exhibitors an unrivalled opportunity to meet face to face and do business with cross sector manufacturing and engineering professionals.

Stephen Phipson, CBE, Chief Executive, MAKE UK, says: “There has never been a more important time for our sector to pull together and to work together, to create a shared agenda, help promote and encourage manufacturing and engineering innovation, and see our sectors grow and Manufacturing and Engineering Week will do exactly that. I am delighted to be part of the M&E Week Advisory Board and that MAKE UK are a partner for this groundbreaking event.”

Libby Meyrick, Chief Executive at Institution of Engineering Designers adds: “Design doesn’t stop – it’s dynamic, forthright and exciting, and the IED is supporting the launch of the Design Engineering Expo to help showcase all of these elements and the outstanding work of the design community now and in the future.“

Ed Tranter, Event Director, Manufacturing & Engineering Week comments: “Manufacturing & Engineering Week is an incredible opportunity to support and serve one of the most important sectors in the UK economy. We are delivering brand new live events and an exclusive series of virtual events that celebrate manufacturing and engineering, the innovation, the technologies and the role it plays in the green agenda and our future.

“M&E Week is a cross sector event helping businesses secure the right solutions and partners to keep them competitive and optimise future strategy and we are proud to be supporting British manufacturing and engineering.”

To find out more about Manufacturing & Engineering Week please visit:

SENSOR+TEST a digital success

Over 2,500 visitors from Germany and abroad met for the Innovation Dialog as well as for the first SMSI Sensor and Measurement Science International Conference during the three days of the fair. With 188 exhibitors, the event boasts a considerable size compared to the previous digital trade fairs. Thus, the SENSOR+TEST was again able to maintain its position as the leading international event for sensor, measuring, and testing technology.

“For us as the organisers as well as for the many exhibitors and visitors, this digital SENSOR+TEST was uncharted territory. And we’re proud indeed to have been able to completely carry out such a digital event so well. Realising that these three days were no full-fledged substitute for a presence event, we were in a position to clearly advance and expand the digitalisation of our leading fair,” said organiser Holger Bödeker.

Thus – after the first truly online event in 2020 – this year’s edition started off with a significantly improved system and a plethora of innovations, presentations, and talks as well as optimised opportunities for digital communication among all the participants.

In fact, the participants made abundant use of these opportunities not only to obtain information on the many interesting innovations at the digital trade-fair “stands,” but also to talk directly with the exhibitors’ experts via modern chat functions and to make appointments.

The focus was mainly on the series of presentations: In 50 in-depth lectures on technology and 91 short-form talks, the exhibitors presented their latest solutions and trends in sensor and measuring technology. The attendance of thousands of participants show how immensely interesting and up-to-date these innovations are.

This year’s special topic, Sensor and Measuring Technology for Condition Monitoring, was discussed with great interest. The digital-format contributions to this topic provided by the exhibitors were great public attractions. Also the community stand, Young Innovative Enterprises, was held digitally. The ten participating start-ups were also able to present their fresh ideas to the visitors via the trade-fair platform.

The number of visitors, 2,500, was as expected less than at a presence event (2019: approx. 7,000). The same is true for the exhibitor numbers, 188 (2019: 538). “We have to be satisfied with these figures in consideration of the current situation. All of us were able to gain a lot of experience during the preparation of this online fair and were anxious to see how the Innovation Dialog would fare under digital conditions. Now we can say that we were not disappointed. And we hope that all exhibitors, visitors, and conference participants were able to profit from the SENSOR+TEST,” said Holger Bödeker.

A new era of conferences has been heralded 

The SENSOR+TEST was able to continue its long and successful tradition in hosting scientific conferences while also heralding a new era with the first parallel SMSI Sensor and Measurement Science International Conference (3 – 6 May 2021). Over 220 participants attended 167 presentations, tutorials, and discussions. The new format packed a scientific punch, as linked up national and international representatives from research, science, and industry. Thus, the SMSI provided a platform for the exchange of future-oriented research results. A pioneering science slam allowed young scientists to show off their innovations in unusual, but entertaining ways. This they did smoothly and very successfully.

The next SMSI conference will be held in 2023 – again parallel with the SENSOR+TEST.

SENSOR+TEST 2022: Real, virtual, and hybrid 

Next year the SENSOR+TEST is to be held again as a presence event from 10 to 12 May in the halls of the Nuremberg Exhibition Center. Complementing this event is a digital part to take place beyond the three day of the fair during the entire year in which novelties from the exhibitors will be broadcast in various channels. “This should create an ideal link between both worlds and help to advance next year’s event. Thus, the SENSOR+TEST will continue to be a hybrid event in the future,” explained Holger Bödeker.

On the science side, the 2022 fair will be complemented by the 21. ITG/GMA-Fachtagung Sensoren und Messsysteme. And Sensor and Measuring Technology for Digitalisation is to continue the long series of special topics dealing with a future-relevant and exciting topics for exhibitors, visitors, and online participants.

“Nobody can say now under what external conditions exhibitors and visitors can hopefully come together again in person next year in Nuremberg. For us, this is top priority as many of our participants want nothing more than to be together again at a real fair, face to face – and we’d love to invite you,” says Holger Bödeker. Peter Krause, CEO of PRIGNITZ Mikrosystemtechnik and chairman of the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement, is also looking ahead to 2022. “This was our first digital trade fair. It was nice to talk and exchange ideas, but we look forward to the next presence fair.”

SENSOR+TEST Digital 2021 is at the ready

Preparations for Digital SENSOR+TEST, taking place from 4 to 6 May 2021, are running at full speed. More than 160 exhibitors are to present their latest achievements in sensor and measuring technologies during and after the trade fair. The participants can expect a comprehensive presentation program with exciting and in-depth technical talks.

“We’re on the home stretch and looking forward to the Digital Innovation Dialog among exhibitors and participants which is being offered again this year in all its facets by the SENSOR+TEST. Even if we don’t reach the size of previous presence events, we’ll still have over 160 exhibitors, who’ll have plenty of solutions among wide-ranging applications to offer the public,” says organiser Holger Bödeker.

The exhibitors are showing a plethora of innovative developments this year – and not just in text and images, but also in numerous video presentations with direct contact to the speakers per chat or video conference. Visitors can link up with experts per apps or internet portals, taking advantage of their consulting competence.

A variety of novelties can already be regarded. Thus, there are already more than 250 new developments on the SENSOR+TEST website  ( – and every day there are more. So it is worth it to take a good look – during and after the fair.

Comprehensive Action Program

As expected from the SENSOR+TEST, visitors will find a comprehensive action program even in this digital edition. In the lecture forum, exhibitors are to present new developments, products, and applications on all three days of the fair. Even this year’s special topic, “Sensor and Measuring Technology for Condition Monitoring,” and the digital community stand, “Young Innovative Enterprises,” will not come up short. “Whether it’s about the special topic, presentations, the AMA Innovation Award, or the parallel SMSI, the Sensor and Measurement Science International Conference: The participants expect information and inspiration from all sides and in-depth,” says Holger Bödeker.

Entrance Vouchers Available Now

As of now, visitors can obtain a free entrance voucher. Registration takes place at “We’re cordially inviting all interested parties to the digital edition of the SENSOR+TEST 2021. Be sure to register and get into the Innovation Dialog with the experts. Follow all the activities of the exhibitors and lecturers in our internet portals, per newsletter, or in the social-media channels. Though even if you can’t touch the technology on site this year, I’m certain that all participants will obtain all the important information necessary for their projects and also make new valuable contacts,” says Holger Bödeker.

Sensor and Measurement Science International 2021: Program online

The AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement Technology invites you to the international congress: Sensor and Measurement Science International (SMSI) 2021. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the conference will be held digitally, in parallel with the SENSOR+TEST 2021 trade fair from May 3 to 6, 2021. The official SMSI 2021 program is now available online.

SMSI 2021 networks national and international representatives from research, science and industry. Current research results from the fields of sensor technology, measurement technology and metrology will be presented. Topics include: Innovative hydrogen sensors for fuel cell vehicles, novel approaches to modeling thermal-electrical behavior of pyroelectric infrared sensors, the development of non-invasive pressure sensors, and the evaluation of ceramic high-temperature sensor housings.

In addition to many technical presentations, SMSI 2021 invites all participants to attend international plenary lectures. Among them, for example, NIST on a Chip: Disseminating the SI through Quantum Sensors. Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt reports on the revised SI for Innovation, Science and the Second Quantum Revolution, and the University of California on Invariance of Measured Quantities across the Science.

The full SMSI 2021 program, registration fees and registration now at:

IO-Link Safety Webinar – 20 & 27 April

IO-Link is the first standardised IO technology (IEC 61131-9) for communication with sensors and actuators. The powerful point-to-point communication is based on the long-established 3-wire sensor and actuator connection without additional requirements regarding the cable material. So, IO-Link is not a fieldbus but further development of the existing, tried-and-tested connection technology for sensors and actuators.

Especially in the safety area, IO-Link Safety has a major role to fill. Hence this essential webinar.

Goals of the Webinar

Besides the digital communication protocol, IO-Link Safety provides further important features such as detection of misconnection, parameter backup & restore, etc… Thus, the purposes of this workshop are:

  • Deep insight into all design and safety aspects of IO-Link Safety technology and companion specifications
  • Overview of the safety development process
  • Architecture and implementation issues
  • Development and test support
  • Safety assessment and certification
  • Discussion on user applications (feedback)

These English-language webinars take place digitally in two training units of three hours each. The two sessions will be held a week apart on the 20th and 27th April, plus both webinar sessions will be offered twice a day (8:00 am CET | 4:00 pm CET), giving you the most flexibility whether you want to attend from Tokyo, Brussels, Uruguay or New York!

More information and registration

Farnell invites customers to free webinar on using oscilloscopes and VNAs for EMC debugging, with Rohde & Schwarz

Farnell, an Avnet Company and global distributor of electronic components, products and solutions, is offering customers access to a free webinar on EMC debugging with oscilloscopes and vector network analysers (VNAs) in partnership with leading Test and Measurement supplier Rohde & Schwarz.

The webinar will take place on 2nd March and will include:

  • Fundamentals of practical EMI/EMC design and troubleshooting of electronic circuits.
  • Explanations on how EMI debugging can be a successful process using state of the art scopes to analyse time and frequency domains of signals from different probes (voltage and current), near field probes, LISN, and antenna.
  • Introduction to the VNA which, for many engineers not familiar with RF design, is an unknown instrument.
  • Practical demonstrations using DC/DC converters and digital electronics to demonstrate the effectiveness of the techniques covered in the webinar.

The schedule for the webinar is:

Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021

08.30am – 11.30am GMT

The webinar will be hosted by Arturo Mediano, an electrical engineer and founder of the HF-Magic Lab, a specialised laboratory for design, diagnostic, troubleshooting, and training in the EMI/EMC/SI and RF fields.

Rohde & Schwarz is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electronic test and measurement equipment. Their products set standards in research, development, production and service. Rohde & Schwarz’s solutions are in demand worldwide for signal generation or analysis in labs or production, from audio range right up to the highest microwave frequencies. Rohde & Schwarz offers a broad spectrum of market-leading solutions for the newest technologies including electronics, wireless, RF and microwave applications.

Farnell stocks a broad range of Rohde & Schwarz products including oscilloscopes, RF test equipment and now offers engineers a helpful probe selector tool.