Advanced Engineering
Advanced Engineering - Performance Metals Engineering

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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.



The Nuclear Sector Deal and Industrial Strategy and what this means for the UK’s Nuclear Sector

Chris Savage, Industrial Advisor, Nuclear Industry Association




Fit For Nuclear Supplier Development Programme

Fit For Nuclear (F4N) helps manufacturers assess and develop their readiness to bid for work in nuclear new build, operations and decommissioning. Delivered exclusively by the Nuclear AMRC – part of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult – F4N lets UK manufacturers measure their operations against the standards required to supply the nuclear industry, and take the necessary steps to close any gaps.

  • F4N has been developed by the Nuclear AMRC with the support of its top tier partners, including reactor vendors, new build developers and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
  • These industry leaders are using F4N to identify potential companies for their own supply chains. Around 130 manufacturers have already been granted F4N status, from contract manufacturers with no nuclear experience aiming to take a first step into the sector, to established suppliers wanting to benchmark their position and drive business excellence.
  • This presentation is an introduction to F4N for UK-based companies which want to win work in the nuclear sector.

Huw Jenkins, Fit for Nuclear Industrial Advisor, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC)


Laser Removal Applications: Cutting, Drilling & Engraving

Lasers are used to add and remove materials.  In this overview, the subtractive laser applications are outlined. 

  • Laser cutting and marking or engraving account for the largest share of global applications.
  • Since the first laser cutting of metal was demonstrated in 1967 (the laser was first demonstrated in 1960), the power, efficiency, reliability and speed of laser cutting have improved dramatically – taking laser processing onto the shop floor in virtually all industrial manufacturing. 
  • Laser drilling is used where the quality, speed, angle or dimensions are not suited to alternatives – originally exploited in aerospace, laser drilling has become used in industries from laser perforation of plastic films and paper through to metal sheets for filtration applications. 
  • Finally laser engraving, marking and ablation are used for decorative or functional modifications of virtually all materials. 
  • Full of case studies and application photos, this talk will highlight the state of the art in laser subtractive processes.

Dave MacLellan, Executive Director, AILU


Laser Joining Applications

Laser joining creates welding and brazing joints that are easy to automate and exhibit the benefits of low heat input and non-contact processing. 

  • In many cases, laser joining enables some applications that could not be readily achieved by other methods. 
  • Applications in automotive, aerospace, electronics and other markets will be described to highlight the advantages and properties of laser joining when compared to other techniques.

Jon Blackburn, Group Manager, TWI


Laser Additive Manufacturing in Metals

The use of lasers to melt powder or wire to make 3D components is one of the fastest-growing applications of industrial lasers currently. 

  • Laser additive manufacturing is proven in metals from titanium through aluminium and stainless steels to precious metals. 
  • With growth approaching 50% per year in some markets, the laser enables complex structures to be created with internal features that contribute to weight reduction without loss of function or strength. 
  • New designs are possible and lightweight manufacturing allows greater fuel efficiency in aerospace and automotive transport – meeting the challenges that are demanded by environmental concerns. 
  • The capability to reduce the time to create prototypes and to achieve more rapid time-to-market is crucial in motor sport, consumer and military transportation and medical implants. 
  • Examples of interesting current and potential applications will be highlighted. 

Chris Sutcliff, Professor of Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering, University of Liverpool & Renishaw


KEYNOTE: 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 workers 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 Scale-up challenge for Innovative Engineering Companies

The objective of this talk is to equip SMEs and Corporations they deal with, with the tools to improve the chances of success and is  based on Dr Uday Phadke's recent book ‘Camels, Tigers and Unicorns’.

  • Unpacking the typical commercialisation journey, based on applying diffusion theory and the Triple Chasm Model to global data on engineering and technology firms
  • Explaining how crossing Chasm II holds the key to success
  • Discussing  how the Commercialisation Canvas provides a practical tool for high-growth engineering companies

Dr Uday Phadke, Chief Executive, CARTEZIA


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

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 highlight current technologies for manufacturing with aluminium, including welding, bonding, riveting, extruding, casting, finishing, pressing, forging, superforming and quench forming.

Jan Lukaszewski, Techincal Manager & Ian Oliver, Marketing and Communications Manager, Aluminium Federation (ALFED)


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


R&D Tax Credits, Technical Eligibility in the Engineering sector

Talk description: Dr Alistair McKinlay will provide an informative talk on HMRC’s R&D tax credit scheme and their applicability to the Engineering sector. He will incorporate case studies and discuss the do’s and don’ts on Engineering sector claims.

Alistair McKinlay, Technical Analyst, Jumpstart UK


A Strategic Approach to Market Outlooks: The Innovator’s Guide to Commercial Success

  • Why do so many technically excellent innovations fail?
  • Why is it so difficult to predict how customer requirements will look at the end of your development programme?
  • What’s better than long-term prediction?

Tom Donnelly, Product Strategy Manager, Productiv


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

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.

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)


Skills solutions for the nuclear industry and its supply chain

Dawn Broad, Business Development Manager, National Skills Academy for Nuclear & Nuclear Manufacturing


PANEL DISCUSSION: Nuclear Manufacturing + Q&A

Chris Savage, Industrial Adviser, Nuclear Industry Association
Huw Jenkins, Fit For Nuclear Industrial Advisor, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC)
Dawn Broad, Business Development Manager, National Skills Academy for Nuclear & Nuclear Manufacturing


Multimaterial Composites Chair - Romilly Close, Coventive Composites, Part of the NetComposites Group

Innovation in Lightweight, High-efficiency Electric Drivetrains and Battery Storage

Clive Carter, Technical Project Manager, Saietta Group


Topology Optimisation & RDM of a Hybrid Material Sump

Marine Favre, Project & Support Engineer, GRM Consulting


VERICUT Additive Simulation Capability

Rob Lightfoot, Sales Engineer, CGTech


Panel Session - Q&A



Additive Manufacturing: Into Commercial Exploitation

Robert will be chairing the session and presentation will provide an overview of Additive Manufacturing from research and development into commercial exploitation for part build and repair.

Dr Robert Scudamore, Associate Director, TWI Ltd


Introduction to Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing

The presentation outlines the cold spray process and how it can be used as a coating, repair or additive manufacturing technology. A brief overview is presented of cold spray material characteristics and properties and includes several examples of product development.

Dave Harvey, Consultant - Surface Engineering, TWI Ltd


NDT for Additive Manufacture

Brief descriptions of the presentation: Discussion of the state of evolution of NDT techniques for the in-line and post-build inspection of additively manufactured components.

Professor Ian Cooper, Technology Fellow Advanced NDT, TWI Ltd


Metal Additive Manufacturing: From solid-state to laser processing and analytics at all scales, the complete additive manufacturing loop

Engineers of a certain generation got to know traditional manufacturing processes of machining, forming, casting and welding in their formal education, and in more recent year additive is something “new”. However the new engineers currently in their formative education accept that additive and 3D print is yet “another” technology that can be used - nothing new.

  • A key question is presented, are we designing-for-additive-manufacturing or are we still thinking in our traditional way?
  • A new multiscale research group with both fundamental and applied research in the additive manufacturing field of medical prosthesis, aero meta-material and oil and gas has proposed new models for considering these issues in the course of the applied research projects with industry.
  • Examples of the approach and technologies are presented.

Professor Rocco Lupoi, Director Science and Technology in Advanced Manufacturing (STAM), Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Department, Trinity College Dublin


PALMS - 'Plasma additive layer Manufacture Smoothing technology'

Surface finish strongly influences key tribological properties including wear, fatigue and corrosion.  A rough surface finish, characteristic of components produced through metal Additive Manufacturing (AM), is currently limiting the widespread adoption of this technology across a range of industries, particularly Aerospace, Automotive and Medical.

  • The exciting potential of AM (complexity is free, no economies of scale, customisation, sustainability) remains unrealised due to the difficulty of appropriately finishing rough components of any geometry/complexity.
  • The Surface Engineering of Additive Manufactured Components (SEAM) will address the rough finish of parts manufactured through AM by undertaking a detailed investigation to assess the viability of an innovative, patent-pending, plasma-based finishing technology.

Laurent Espitalier, Technical Manager, Wallwork Cambridge


Powder metallurgy structural components - Comparative overview vs other manufacturing technologies

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


Magna Innovation Competition - winner announcement


The role of academia in helping companies adopt industry 4.0

Dr Carl Diver, School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering, University of Manchester


How companies successfully partner with Irish Universities - Industry Engagement at Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College, The University of Dublin, is Ireland highest ranked university and a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).

  • Trinity has a strong history and continued commitment to proactively seeing research commercialized, and impacting society.
  • Companies engage with Trinity College to access our talent pipeline, license our technologies, collaborate to develop new products or processes, access our world class research infrastructure and expertise to provide technology and business solutions.
  • Our industry partners are as varied and diverse as our research themes, ranging from well-known multinationals such as Intel, Google, IBM and Pfizer to innovative Irish SMEs like Sigmoid Pharma, Vitalograph and Welocalize.
  • Innovation at Trinity connects with society at many levels developing a vibrant start-up and entrepreneurial culture.
  • The excellence of our graduates and staff is reflected in the success of our spin-outs and leading companies who employ them. 
  • The talk will (i) outline our key research themes, (ii) illustrate best practices engagement with industry case studies and (iii) identify international funding programmes that can support Industry accessing our graduate and research excellence.

Dr Chris Keely, Senior Business Development Manager, Office of Corporate Partnership & Knowledge Exchange, Trinity Research and Innovation, Trinity College Dublin


KEYNOTE & PANEL: The Chasm II Funding Challenge

The funding challenges in the context of the Triple Chasm Model

Dr Uday Phadke, Chief Executive, CARTEZIA


The funding challenges panel discussion

Panel will include CEO’s/CFO’s from larger corporates, SME’s and investors representing different asset classes (Angels, VCs, Private Equity, Banks, Corporate Funds)

Chaired by:
Dr Uday Phadke, Chief Executive, CARTEZIA

Paul Brooks ACIB, UK Head of Manufacturing, Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking
Lisa Edge, Director, Lancashare Limited
Ashwin Kumaraswamy, Investment Director, Mercia Technologies


Batteries and Circular Economy: A Match Made in Heaven?

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.

Dr Amrit Chandan, CEO, Aceleron


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

Lancashare is a new concept who's aim is to encourage collaborative working across the county. 

  • Demand has seen the business extend into other counties with MancheShare, Yorkshare and Cheshare on the horizon.
  • Working closely with employers, Lancashare was developed and brings a central portal to the county where Lancashire businesses can 'share' opportunities and access resources including; vacancies, tenders, funding, events, awards, networking groups and supply chains.

    Lisa Edge, Director, Lancashare Limited


Apprenticeships for manufacturing; Developing your workforce

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.

Stephen Crawley, Skills Director, Skills Training UK


Multimaterial Composites Chair - Ben Hargreaves, Coventive Composites, Part of the NetComposites Group

Next Generation Aluminium Matrix Composite Materials to Replace Highly Loaded Aluminium and Steel Components at a Fraction of the Size and Mass

Jack Taylor, Commercial Manager, Composite Metal Technology


Two Worlds Separated by a Common Science: Exploring Adhesive Bonding Processes in the Automotive and Aerospace Sectors

Bernard Sikkel, Senior Specialist (Adhesives), 3M


Embedded Metallic Composite Joints

Lawrence Cook, Research Fellow, Cranfield University


Panel Session – Q&A

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