Advanced Engineering
Advanced Engineering - Performance Metals Engineering


Reflecting the demand for lightweight and high-performance metals across many industries, the UK metals sector boasts more than 11,000 companies, employing 230,000 people directly and is responsible for a further 750,000 jobs outside of these positions. Performance Metals Engineering provides the perfect opportunity to identify the latest business opportunities, and developments in design, processing & production, and to meet key figures at the heart of the industry.

Please note, as with all live events, the conference programme is subject to change.



Nuclear Industry - Introduction & Overview

Chris Savage, Industrial Adviser, Nuclear Industry Association




Fit For Nuclear (F4N)

Huw Jenkins, Industrial Advisor for F4N, Nuclear AMRC


Laser Removal Applications (cutting, drilling & engraving)

Dave Maclellan, AILU


Laser Joining Applications

Jon Blackburn, TWI


Lasers for Additive Manufacturing in Metals



UK Manufacturing and Brexit – an overview of the latest insights and intelligence

The type of Brexit deal the UK should negotiate with the EU is of vital interest to many UK manufacturers.  The UK is currently the 9th largest industrial nation in the world and its strength is underpinned by its trading relationship with the EU:

• 52% of total manufactured exports by value went to the EU in the 12 months to April 2016
• Manufacturing accounts for a significant 45% of all UK exports.
The sector’s trading relationship with the EU is tightly interwoven, making complex pan-European supply chains commonplace. Additionally, UK manufacturers employ 300,000 EU citizens, representing about 10% of the workforce. Employers in manufacturing companies need ongoing access to skilled from the EU and worldwide to maintain their ability to invest, grow and train in Britain

Hywel Jarman, Director of External Affairs, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation


PANEL DISCUSSION: UK Manufacturing and Brexit “Exploring the latest insight and outlook + Q&A” 

Hywel Jarman, Director of External Affairs, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation
+ other panellists





KEYNOTE: 'The Future's Light - Advances in Aluminium Engineering

Jan Lukaszewski, Techincal Manager, ALFED & Ian Oliver, Marketing and Communication Manager, ALFED

Aluminium has been used in mass manufacturing for less than a century, and producers are continually developing new alloys and finding new applications for this relatively new metal. This is especially true in the aerospace and automotive sectors, where aluminium's combination of strength and lightness is increasingly seen as part of the solution to engineering challenges

In this presentation the Aluminium Federation will highlightcurrent technologies for manufacturing with aluminium, including  welding, bonding, riveting, extruding, casting, finishing, pressing, forging, superforming and quench forming.


Learning Lessons from Levy

Learning Lessons from Levy
The Apprenticeship Levy came into force on 6th April 2017. Any apprenticeship that starts on, or after, the 1st May 2017 is funded under the Apprenticeship Levy. This is a fundamental shift in how apprenticeships are funded now. It has a big impact on organisations in the manufacturing sector who fall into the scope of the Levy. Some uncertain employers are being cautious, deferring or freezing apprentice recruitment until the Levy has been in play for some time. And many manufacturers are still unaware that they can actively invest their Levy funds into up-skilling and re-skilling their employees.
This session will cover how the levy works, myth-busting, useful tips and guidance about managing the Levy, how you can spend your levy on up-skilling and re-skilling including how to develop future leaders.

Peter Winebloom, Technical Director, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation




Developments in Hard Materials - Introducing the world of modern hard materials

Dr Steven Moseley, Chief Scientist (Power Tools & Accessories) at Hilti AG, Liechtenstein and Co-Chairman of EuroHM, the European Hard Materials Group of the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA)

As a key enabling technology, powder metallurgically produced hard materials provide unique solutions to the manufacturing industry, offering a wide range of process-, material- and geometry options to the designer and engineer in areas such as machining, chipless forming and wear resistant components. Some recent developments in this broad and dynamic field of materials will be presented, highlighting numerous advances made in the last few years. Focus is placed on developments in the field of cemented carbides, the largest and most important sub-class of the hard materials family.




Fit For Nuclear (F4N)

Speaker tbc, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC)


Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive Applications

Matt Sellens, Formaplex


VERICUT Additive Simulation Capability

Rob Lightfoot, CG Tech



Introduction to additive manufacturing - 2


Introduction to additive manufacturing - 3


Powder metallurgy structural components - Comparative overview vs other manufacturing technologies

Dr. Jesús Peñafiel, Marketing Director, AMES S.A.



The chasm II funding challenge

Dr Uday Phadke, Chief Executive, CARTEZIA




Batteries and Circular Economy: A Match Made in Heaven?

Dr Amrit Chandan, CEO, Aceleron

Aceleron is a multi-award winning early stage clean-tech company, bringing circular economy principles to the battery space. Aceleron has focused on the technology to process end-of-life lithium batteries for reuse and has developed the battery assembly hardware to safely package these batteries. In this talk, Aceleron will share their story and how the circular economy works for their business.


The power of collaborative working and a good, local supply chain

Lisa Edge, Director, Lancashare Limited


Apprenticeships for manufacturing; Developing your workforce

Stephen Crawley, Skills Director, Skills Training UK

The talk will explore how employers can benefit from the new Apprenticeship reforms along with practical advice on how they can manage the changes to generate best return on investment.
It will also look at how tailored Apprenticeships can help to further develop skills and create a culture of continuous improvement in the workforce.


CFP Alluminium Composites

Jack Taylor, Composite Metal Technology

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