Interplas 2017: Britain's plastics showcase to open in just 2 weeks!

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Chester, September 12th, 2017. Interplas 2017, the UK's leading plastics industry event, will open its doors to the public in just two weeks.
 
Under the theme 'Innovation Happens Here', the must-attend triennial exhibition is the only event to cover all manufacturing processes, technologies and services encompassing the plastics industry, with almost 500 exhibitors representing the entire value chain on the expanded show floor.

As well as showcases from the biggest names in the global plastics industry and a conference programme jam-packed with high-calibre speakers, there are numerous special features and events to bring added-value to this three-day showcase of the British plastics industry.
 
To complement the knowledge and analysis top brass on the Main Stage will impart - including presentations from representatives from Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, KPMG and P&G - Interplas 2017 is debuting the Introducing Stage, offering quick-fire, expert seminars for plastics processors. Topics include machinery investment strategy, additives, new materials, testing and inspection. For a full programme, click here.
 
The Knowledge Pavilion will provide a rare opportunity for visitors to information-gather and network among some of the most influential organisations in the British plastics industry. Representatives from groups including the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), will be on-hand to discuss R&D, training, regulation and the future.
 
Manufacturing plastics for medical applications is given its own conference track as part of Mediplas @ Interplas, which includes a feature zone on the show floor, bringing experts in this high-accountability arena together to take enquiries from visitors about guidance and advice about medical product design and processing.
 
Those seeking to widen their knowledge of how new inspection, testing and measurement technology can benefit their business can attend the Inspex @ Interplas speaker session on September 28th at the Introducing Stage and follow the floor markers to talk to the experts on their stands at Interplas and next door at sister event, TCT Show - one of the worlds leading 3D manufacturing technology events.
 
Women in Plastics returns to Interplas with a special 'Drinks and Links' evening on September 27th, championing females working in the plastics sector. This informal and inclusive reception will feature presentations from influencers and the chance to network, strengthening the good work women are doing to further plastics technology.
 
Finally, true to the 'Innovation Happens Here' theme, Interplas 2017 will premiere the Interplas Innovation Award which will recognise the stand-out innovation an exhibitor has debuted at the show that has the potential to make waves in the industry in the future.
 
Duncan Wood, Interplas CEO, said: “The theme of this year’s event is ‘Innovation Happens Here’ and you can be sure there will be plenty of new products, services and solutions to see. The show floor will host almost 500 exhibitors alongside a number of exciting show features while top-notch minds from influential organisations across plastics, automotive, packaging and technology will deliver a diverse wealth of knowledge across two conference stages. With so much to see and do, you'll be spoiled for choice!”

Interplas 2017 will take place in Hall 4 of the NEC, Birmingham, UK, 26th-28th September. Visitors can register for free at www.interplasuk.com
 

TCT Show 2017: An Overview

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Chester, 12th September 2017. TCT Show is one of the world’s leading events focused on 3D manufacturing technologies. In its 22nd year, this fantastic event continues to deliver business-critical insights on 3D printing, AM, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection as well as conventional manufacturing processes including moulding, casting and CNC machining.

Reflecting the continued development of the industry it serves, TCT Show has grown enormously for 2017 with a record-breaking expansion of the show floor and more exhibitors than ever before. Visitors to this free-to-attend event will have the opportunity to connect with an exciting and varied range of businesses - almost 300 exhibiting companies including 3D Systems, HP, Renishaw, Stratasys and Envisiontec.
 
Among the many new products and services to be unveiled during this three-day event will be Desktop Metal’s Studio system – the first opportunity for the UK public to see it in action. This affordable metal 3D printing technology is one of the most-talked about in recent times and CEO Ric Fulop will take to the Product Stage on 26th September to demonstrate how the company has made metal 3D printing office friendly.
 
Over on Carbon’s stand, visitors will see various exciting products including the SpeedCell manufacturing system and 3D printed Futurecraft 4D athletic footwear that was launched with Adidas earlier this year. Adidas’ Vice President of Innovation, Gerd Manz, will deliver a Main Stage keynote address on 28th September that will dive deeper into the design and technology that made the Futurecraft 4D a reality.
 
Another must-see will be the global launch of Materialise’s 3DP AdviceHub, a concept aimed at providing expert guidance on all things 3D printing. Visitors can book a spot to put their questions to the Materialise team on anything from file preparation for print and applying lattice structures, to design for AM and how to use AM simulation to reduce the risk of build failure and parts of inferior quality.
 
With so many exhibitors at this year’s TCT Show, it would be impossible to list each exciting innovation to be seen. Not only will there be launches and demonstrations from industry leaders, but also introductions to over 50 new exhibitors including Rize, GE Additive, CIPRES Technology Systems and DyeMansion.
 
Duncan Wood, CEO at Rapid News Publications Ltd, organisers of the TCT Show commented, “Once again we have been able to bring together the entire industry with a record number of exhibitors and the largest show floor ever at TCT. Alongside this, our conference team have put together three days of outstanding programming; there are so many superb presentations going on that planning your time at the show is going to be hard…there is so much to see and do!”
 
Now taking place across three dedicated stages split into key themes, the free-to-attend conference and seminar track has grown in line with the show expansion. The comprehensive programme will deliver relevant content in the most efficient way, offering attendees the chance to benefit from ground-breaking product launches, exciting demonstrations and enthralling presentations from a world-class speaker line up throughout the show.
 
The Main Stage @TCT will host a celebration of innovation in product development, engineering and manufacturing with presentations from Intel, McLaren Racing, Johnson & Johnson, Sabotage Design, DuPont and many more. Now CPD accredited, the Main Stage conference track will present research developments and real-life examples of the ways in which 3D technologies are being used within aerospace, automotive, medical and dental as well as consumer and industrial product design.
 
The Product Stage @TCT will feature both first-time and returning TCT Show exhibitors discussing their latest products and services including materials, software, inspection and scanning. With so many companies exhibiting on the show floor, these 20-minute presentations will give visitors the chance to get all the information they’re looking for in one place. Attendees will hear from Stratasys, Nikon Metrology, Renishaw, Carbon, HP and more.
 
Throughout the event, the Tech Stage @TCT will host a range of CPD certified workshops created to offer attendees a broad range of topics and speakers. Whether a novice or an expert in the AM industry, the programme will have something for everyone; from the “beginners guide to AM” session to a discussion about the health and safety of metal powders.
 
TCT has also teamed up with Women in 3D Printing and Cyant to host the UK’s first ever #3DTalk event - a global event series featuring women in 3D Printing and related industries. Open to everyone regardless of gender, age or expertise level, #3DTalk @TCT will bring together industry leaders and pioneers to share their expertise, experiences and insights during an educational panel session on the Tech Stage.
 
In addition to the conference programme, visitors will be entertained and inspired by exciting show features including Inspex (which focuses on providers of inspection, measurement and testing hardware, software and services) and TCT Inspired Minds - a unique educational experience allowing over 300 schoolchildren to get hands-on with 3D technologies.
 
The Start Up Zone will return bigger and better than ever, introducing most promising start-ups to the industry. With exhibitors coming from the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the USA, it will be a truly global platform for dynamic new businesses to unveil their innovations to the 3D Printing market. Visitors will see launches of software, components, hardware and materials. What’s more, the Start Up Award will also make a much-anticipated return after a successful introduction at last year’s show.
 
Each company exhibiting in the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp presentation of their product or service during the Start Up Pitches session on the Tech Stage. An esteemed judging panel will assess the presentations and vote for the best new technology presented at the event. The winning company will receive the coveted Start Up Award!
 
TCT Show will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, from 26th to 28th September 2017. Registration is completely free, find out more at www.tctshow.com

Inspex brand returns to the UK event scene for 2017 with a joint feature at Interplas and TCT Show

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Chester, August 18th 2017. Interplas 2017 is co-located with the UK's leading additive manufacturing event, TCT Show. Together, both exhibitions will be shining a spotlight on measuring, inspection and testing technology in a joint Inspex feature.
 
If you can't measure it, you can't make it. This is a universal truth for plastics processing, mould and tool-making as well as additive manufacturing and 3D printing. The return of Inspex to Interplas and TCT Show will serve to promote the importance of inspection and measurement technology in plastics processing and the new challenges an evolving industry faces as manufacturing technology evolves and pipes become bigger, films get thinner and industry standards get stricter.
 
All providers of inspection, measurement and testing hardware, software and services will be given enhanced visibility at both shows to make sure the valuable innovations they provide are unmissable across the halls. Headline media partner, British Plastics and Rubber magazine, will offer in-depth perspectives on this exciting and often unsung hero of plastics processing.
 
Visitors keen to expand their knowledge of the ways in which the latest and most sophisticated inspection, measurement and testing technology can benefit their business can attend the Inspex presentation track on the TCT Show Product Stage on Wednesday September 27th and on the brand new Interplas Introducing stage on Thursday September 28th, where experts from SolveTech, Impact Solutions, Micro Epsilon, Kistler Instruments, Q Labs and Smithers Rapra will be presenting their take on how best to tackle the inspection challenges of modern plastics processing, and how to future-proof.
 
Leanne Taylor, Interplas Conference Manager said; “Measurement, testing and inspection are integral to a production or manufacturing process, but it can often be difficult for visitors to identify the exhibitors that are offering expertise in these areas on a busy show floor. By clearly highlighting the stands that can supply the information, technology and services applicable to these critical fields, as well as running conference tracks in both shows to illustrate pertinent examples for business, we are providing yet more opportunities to benefit from a visit to the NEC in September.”
 
Inspex @ Interplas & TCT Show will feature on the main exhibition floor for the duration of these three-day events and visitors are encouraged to follow the branded floor markers to learn more about this fast-evolving technology from Inspex exhibitors.

Interplas 2017 will take place in Hall 4 of the NEC, Birmingham, UK, 26th-28th September. Registration is completely free, find out more at www.interplasuk.com

Entries sought for inaugural Interplas Innovation Award

Chester, August 2nd, 2017. Launching for the first time in 2017, the Interplas Innovation Award will recognise the most innovative new product or service exhibited at this year’s Interplas exhibition. The winning entry will be the one that is judged to have the greatest potential impact on the plastics industry in the coming years.
 
Entries can be from any technology area and must explain clearly how the innovation works at a technical level, how the new technology is different and distinct from existing products in the marketplace and how it represents a significant technological advance for the plastics industry.

Entries must also demonstrate the commercial, business, process and efficiency benefits that the innovation brings to the plastics sector. All innovations displayed at Interplas 2017 are eligible to be entered if they have been brought to market during the preceding 12 months.
 
The Interplas Innovation Award will be independently judged by a panel of experts and the winning exhibitor will be notified and presented with the award during the second day of Interplas 2017, September 27th 2017.
 
Interplas CEO Duncan Wood said: "The theme of Interplas for 2017 is Innovation Happens Here, and so we felt it was important to reward the best of that innovation at the show this year. This award will recognise innovation in the plastics industry and put the winning company in the spotlight at the UK's largest gathering of plastics professionals. We look forward to lots of entries from the 300+ exhibitors confirmed for this year’s show."

Entries are welcomed from all exhibitors at Interplas 2017 and can be submitted at the following link - https://www.judgify.me/interplasinnovationawards.

Closing date for entries is September 15th 2017.

Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens and P&G to spearhead elite Interplas 2017 conference line-up

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Chester, July 26th, 2017. A roll call of elite speakers are preparing to present their innovations, predictions and ideas at Interplas 2017, the UK's leading plastics industry event.
 
Top-notch minds from influential organisations across plastics, automotive, packaging and technology will bring a diverse wealth of knowledge to the three-day event on two platforms: the Main Stage and the Introducing Stage, a new feature for the September 26th-28th show.
 
The Main Stage presentations on Day One will be kick-started by Ian Ray, Materials Lead Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, whose keynote begins the day's theme of 'Automotives: Opportunities for the UK Plastics Industry'.
 
Further trends and observations on the automotive industry and its relationship with the British plastics sector will be addressed by decision-makers from Nissan Europe, SMMT, 3M and many more.
 
Day Two's morning theme of 'Advancing UK Plastics' centres on international trade and Brexit, with the British Plastics Federation's Mike Boswell and experts from KPMG, Siemens Financial Services and the Institute of Export presenting their insights on the uncharted territory of a modern UK plastics industry outside of the EU.
 
The afternoon of Day Two is devoted to plastics technology in the medical arena. Mediplas @ Interplas will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage in healthcare and the circular economy, marketing new plastics technology to the NHS and nanomaterials.
 
Day Three brings 'The Green Room Live' to the Main Stage, shining the spotlight on sustainability. Neil Rogers, Packaging Development Manager at Proctor and Gamble, will begin proceedings with his keynote on how eco-product design and responsible packaging management will be presented within the wider roadmap to closing the plastics circular economy loop.
 
Further specialist insights into the future of plastics technology will be presented on the Introducing Stage, which brings technical and specialist perspectives to the agenda across a variety of subjects in shorter presentations for knowledge-thirsty audiences. Day One will cover Machinery and Process Control with presentations from the likes of Sumitomo Demag and Stäubli Connectors. Day Two homes in on Materials and Design, featuring Plastribution and Albis. Finally, Day Three will put the spotlight on Inspex @ Interplas, a special platform for testing, inspection and measurement technology in the plastics industry, with technical talks from SolveTech, Micro Epsilon and Kistler Instruments.
 
Interplas Conference Manager Leanne Taylor said: “The programme this year is reason alone to pay a visit to Interplas. We’ve sourced speakers that can directly impart information and insight to specifically benefit, advance and grow the UK plastics industry, making it a value-added line-up that can’t be found elsewhere.”
 
Interplas 2017 will take place in Hall 4 of the NEC, Birmingham, UK, 26th-28th September. You can view the conference programme here.

Knowledge Pavilion brings brightest British plastics brains to Interplas 2017

Chester, July 14, 2017. Interplas 2017 will emphasise the importance of cooperation, experience and innovation this September at the Knowledge Pavilion, a new feature for the show.
 
The Knowledge Pavilion embodies the show's theme 'Innovation Happens Here' and will be presented as a dedicated space for engaging in the plastics innovation dialogue with some of the most influential trade bodies, membership associations, consultants and service providers in the industry.
 
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE); the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN); the Plastics Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA); the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3); the Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN); and The Worshipful Company of Horners will all be represented in the Knowledge Pavilion, offering visitors the opportunity to engage with them.
 
This new and exciting addition to the Interplas 2017 programme gives attendees from every section of plastics processing the chance to develop their industry knowledge and to forge relationships with some of the brightest brains in the industry, who will be on-hand and prepared to give advice on product research and development, materials selection and behaviour, skills and education, and regulation.
 
Taking place from 26th-28th September 2017, organiser Interplas Events Ltd, part of the Rapid News Communications Group, is already anticipating the Knowledge Hub to be a popular feature of the show, which is expected to welcome 400 exhibitors to its expanded show floor at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham.
 
Interplas Conference Manager Leanne Taylor said: "The Knowledge Pavilion will be staffed throughout Interplas by experts from the plastic industry’s leading associations who, together, have an unrivalled knowledge and wealth of experience in a number of areas.  

"Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this unique chance to find solutions to challenges, ask specific questions, gain important and useful contacts and of course benefit from networking and discussions held on the Pavilion itself."
 
Kevin Horne, Chairman, PMMDA, said: "We are very much looking forward to some interesting and insightful conversations with visitors as part of the Knowledge Pavillion at Interplas. With the PMMDA’s presence as part of this, combined with our 25 members currently signed up to exhibit come September, we believe that the show this year is set to be terrific.
 
"The Pavilion will give visitors an ideal opportunity to ask questions about their specific manufacturing and business needs and receive information and insight on updates that can help businesses remain competitive in a period of uncertainty as Brexit negotiations take place."

Dr Bernie Rickinson, Chief Executive, IOM3, said: "IOM3 is a professional body, which can help people working in the polymer and related industries with their career progression and to gain registered qualifications. Staff will be on-hand on our stand to advise on the process of registration and give details of our member benefits to help individuals in their careers.

"IOM3 also runs a confidential and objective Materials Information Service. Our experts have a wealth of experience and this long running service does everything from finding relevant literature to arranging for testing and consultancy services. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Interplas and to the Knowledge Pavilion."


Interplas 2017 will take place in Hall 4 of the NEC, Birmingham, UK, 26th-28th September. Visitors can register for free at www.interplasuk.com

Interplas champions Women in Plastics with free event

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A free-to-attend networking evening will take place at Interplas to champion Women in Plastics, with supporters of all genders welcome to celebrate plastics' strong community of female talent.

Chester, June 23rd, 2017. On International Women in Engineering Day, Interplas organiser Interplas Events Ltd. is proud to announce the return of the Women in Plastics networking evening, which will champion women working in the plastics processing community.
 
After its successful debut in 2014, the Women in Plastics networking event returns to Interplas on Wednesday 27th September at 17:00-19:00 in Hall 4 of the Birmingham NEC. Both Interplas exhibitors and visitors of all genders are welcome to attend the free event to hear presentations from key influencers, learn more about mentoring opportunities and to network.
 
Speakers confirmed for the Women in Plastics networking evening include Adrienne Houston PhD, Cluster Coordinator for the Woman's Engineering Society (WES) and Director at Eurovacuum Products Ltd., as well as Maryann Wilcox, President of the Society of Plastics Engineers' UK and Sales Manager at Silvergate Plastics.
 
Leanne Taylor, Women in Plastics Group Founder, said: "The Women in Plastics Group aims to champion diversity by highlighting the women in the industry that are doing great work, in every capacity. We have had some fantastic feedback and there is great support from the industry for the group. We need to back this up with events where members can meet face-to-face and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women working in the modern plastics industry, as well as how to encourage more to choose a career within it. The event at Interplas will provide this and we look forward to encouraging as many people as possible to join us." 

Membership of the Women in Plastics Group is free.
For more information on the event, and to reserve your place, please click here.

Education programme set to inspire next generation of engineers at TCT Show in Birmingham

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Successful student programme TCT Inspired Minds re-launches for 2017 designed to inspire the next generation of engineers with hands on experience of 3D technologies.

Chester, UK, 19th June 2017:  Rapid News Publications Ltd, owners of the TCT Show, is delighted to announce that the TCT Inspired Minds programme will return at the TCT Show later this year. Taking place on 26th-28th September 2017 the programme will run concurrently throughout the three days of the event.
 
TCT remains committed to accelerating the adoption of 3D technologies and inspiring the next generation of product designers and engineers is a key aspect of this mission.  Industry reports deliver a concurrent theme highlighting the continued and expanding demand for more STEM qualified students and the TCT Inspired Minds programme is helping tackle this challenge head on. TCT Inspired Minds will provide over 300 schoolchildren the opportunity to get real hands-on experience at the three-day 3D technology spectacular event inspiring them to continue their STEM education and pursue a career in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry.
 
Duncan Wood, Chief Executive Officer at Rapid News Publications Ltd, commented: “The Inspired Minds initiative is central to the TCT mission of helping our community assess and adopt 3D technologies. Educating the next generation is important not only for the students but for the future health of the manufacturing industry as a whole. 3D technology skills are becoming more and more valued by employers and we must ensure that those entering the workforce are sufficiently well trained — Our valued partners Black Country Atelier and The CREATE Education Project Ltd share in that philosophy and we are looking forward to working with them to devise an amazing programme for the students.”
 
Previous editions witnessed students take part in interactive courses designed to complement their existing STEM curriculum right at the heart of the event floor before heading out to the expansive exhibition to look more closely at a selection of over 200 exhibitors and their wares.
 
For 2017, the classroom has been expanded and the range of technologies will mesh with a programme, developed by Black Country Atelier and The CREATE Education Project Ltd, which will encourage pupils to apply real world design and manufacture thinking into their work using a range of technologies that reflect the importance of an integrated set of tools in the classroom and an ecosystem that includes not only technology, but teacher training and the new curriculum.
 
Jing Lu, CEO of Black Country Atelier, said "With the overhaul of Design and Technology due to take effect in schools this year, the future of Design and Technology will inevitably include more modern technologies like 3D printing in the classroom. 3D Printing has been shown to have impact on student engagement, help build resilience, and prepare learners for new, rigorous, Design and Technology qualifications. Inspired Minds 2017 will give students and teachers the chance to get hands-on with the latest 3D technology, be inspired by real industry figures, and see the future of Design and Technology for themselves."
 
Paul Croft, Founder, The CREATE Education Project Ltd adds: “We believe if people are to truly benefit from new technologies they must be given access and provided inspiration and support. This collaboration fits that brief perfectly and we are excited to share our knowledge and welcome more inspired minds to the CREATE Education community.”
 
The programme is designed for students in Secondary School education in the UK. Each session will last approximately two hours and will also give participants entry to TCT Show. Industry led tours of the TCT Show can also be arranged.
 
Schools within the UK wishing to participate should contact Jing Lu at BCA to register their interest and discuss how they can get involved. The places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Email: jinglu@blackcountryatelier.com

TCT Show, taking place from 26th to 28th September 2017, is free to attend and conveniently located in the centre of the UK at the NEC, Birmingham. Register now at www.tctshow.com to ensure your place!

Registration Open for TCT Show 2017

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The Stage is Set for Success

Chester, 31st May 2017. Registration is now open for TCT Show 2017, one of the world’s leading events focused on 3D manufacturing technologies. In its 22nd year, TCT Show continues to deliver business-critical insights on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection as well as conventional manufacturing processes such as moulding, casting and CNC machining.
 
This year, visitors will benefit not only from the opportunity to connect with almost 300 exhibiting companies, displaying the most innovative and dynamic technologies and services available on the market, but also from ground-breaking product launches, exciting demonstrations and enthralling presentations from a world-class speaker line up.
 
The conference and seminar track has grown exponentially. Now taking place across three dedicated stages split into key themes, the conference programme will deliver relevant, inspirational content on exciting new stages. The enhancement of the free-to-attend conference and seminar programme at TCT Show presents more than ever in terms of quality, inspiration, innovation and education.
 
The Main Stage
 
A celebration of inspiration and innovation in product development, engineering and manufacturing. Tracking ahead of the mainstream, the Main Stage conference presents applications and insights from some of the world’s best companies and speakers.
 
The Tech Stage
 
A varied line up of presentations, workshops and training. Get to grips with the fundamentals of AM with Graham Tromans, evaluate a full reverse engineering work flow or ensure you're up to speed with the latest Health & Safety regulations.

The Product Stage

With almost 300 exhibitors, it can be time consuming to get the latest information from them all - that's why TCT Show offers the Product Stage to all visitors: take a seat and let the exhibitors bring you the information on their latest hardware, software, materials and services.

In addition to the conference and seminar programme, visitors to TCT Show will be educated and entertained throughout the three-day event with exciting show floor features including Inspex which focuses on inspection and metrology technologies, and TCT Inspired Minds – a unique educational experience that will see over 300 schoolchildren get hands-on with 3D technologies.
 
The Start Up Zone will be back for 2017, giving visitors the opportunity to see the ‘next big thing’ before it hits the mainstream. Participants will also be found on the Tech Stage, pitching their products and ideas for the chance to win the Start Up Award!

TCT Show will take place in Hall 3 of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK, from 26-28 September 2017. Visitors can register for free at www.tctshow.com

Med-Tech Innovation Expo hits record attendance

Under the management of the Rapid News Communications Group for the first time since being acquired in November 2016, Med-Tech Innovation Expo - the only event serving the whole of the £27bn UK and Irish medical technology sector - saw almost 2,000 attendees from 22 different countries visit the Ricoh Arena to speak to over 150 exhibitors and learn from the world class speaker programme on both the conference and Med-Tech Introducing stages.

Over 500 visitors attended the conference presentations, produced in association with Medilink UK and Med-Tech Innovation magazine. Topics ranged from the Internet of Things, research and development, 3D printing in medical technology and patient focus to data-driven methodology, intellectual property law, improvement, working with the NHS, challenges, opportunities and so much more.

Laura Hunt, marketing communications manager at Steris, said “Med-Tech Innovation Expo is an ideal opportunity to meet our UK customers and new prospects face to face. The central UK location allows for easy access to visitors from across the nation."

Baltimore Innovations chairman, Ted Valentine simply said: "It’s got its mojo back!"

The Med-Tech Innovation Expo show floor offered unparalleled access to the tools needed for realising ideas across medical device product development, engineering and manufacturing projects.  

Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Communications Group, owner of Med-Tech Innovation Expo, said “We are delighted with the response to the first expo under our new management.  We’ve been able to build on the solid foundations laid down by Colin Martin and his team and deliver solid growth on all the key metrics of number of visitors, exhibitors and space sold. This gives us a fantastic platform on which to deliver a bigger, better and more exciting event for the medical technology and healthcare sector in 2018.”

Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018 will take place in the Ericsson Hall 1 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK, from 25-26 April 2018.

Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2017 Hits Record Attendance

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Chester, May 19th, 2017. The UK’s annual showcase of medical technology took place in late April to positive reviews from visitors and exhibitors alike.  
 
Under the management of the Rapid News Communications Group for the first time since being acquired in November 2016, Med-Tech Innovation Expo - the only event serving the whole of the £27bn UK and Irish medical technology sector - saw almost 2,000 attendees from 22 different countries visit the Ricoh Arena to speak to over 150 exhibitors and learn from the world class speaker programme on both the Conference and Med-Tech Introducing Stages.
 
Over 500 visitors attended the conference presentations, produced in association with Medilink UK and Med-Tech Innovation Magazine. Topics ranged from the Internet of Things, research and development, 3D printing in medical technology and patient focus to data-driven methodology, intellectual property law, improvement, working with the NHS, challenges, opportunities and so much more.
 
Laura Hunt, Marketing Communications Manager at Steris, said “Med-Tech Innovation Expo is an ideal opportunity to meet our UK Customers and new prospects face to face. The central UK location allows for easy access to visitors from across the nation. We look forward to seeing you all next year!” and Baltimore Innovations Chairman, Ted Valentine exclaimed "It’s got its mojo back!"
 
The Med-Tech Innovation Expo show floor offered unparalleled access to the tools needed for realising ideas across medical device product development, engineering and manufacturing projects. Visitors were delighted with the fantastic array of tech to be seen including a 3D printed vase displayed on the Formlabs stand whose twin was printed live throughout day 1 and Ostling Etchmark’s laser engraving machine etching visitor names onto branded pens before their eyes – a great memory to take home.
 
Duncan Wood, CEO Rapid News Communications Group, owner of Med-Tech Innovation Expo, said “We are delighted with the response to the first Expo under our new management.  We’ve been able to build on the solid foundations laid down by Colin Martin and his team and deliver solid growth on all the key metrics of number of visitors, exhibitors and space sold. This gives us a fantastic platform on which to deliver a bigger, better and more exciting event for the Medical Technology and Healthcare sector in 2018.”

Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018 will take place in the Ericsson Hall 1 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK, from 25-26 April 2018.

Med-Tech Innovation Expo Presents a Stellar Conference Programme of Medical and Healthcare Thought Leaders

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Chester, April 20th, 2017. Med-Tech Innovation Expo, the only event serving the whole of the £27bn UK and Irish medical technology sector is due to take place in Coventry next week and promises visitors every opportunity to be enlightened, educated, entertained and engaged by the stellar line-up of speakers on its Med-Tech Innovation Conference programme, produced in association with Medilink UK.

Healthcare and Medical Technology moves on in leaps and bounds with every passing day. Looking at the landscape now and comparing this to a time even as recently as last year shows an entirely new spectrum of processes, devices, patient-driven strategies and ideas. In this fast-moving environment, innovation is the only way to succeed. Put simply, we must “keep up” to survive and progress to truly thrive.

With this in mind, Education Through Inspiration is the overarching theme of the Med-Tech Innovation Conference for 2017 with representatives from a variety of blue chip users, government officials and industry experts taking to the stage to offer their expertise and insight.

Topics covered will range from IoT, research and development to 3D printing in medical technology, patient focus, data-driven methodology, improvement, working with the NHS, challenges, opportunities and so much more.

We will hear from revered industry pioneers including Professor John Fisher of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices, Brigadier Timothy Hodgetts from the Ministry of Defence, Microsoft’s Sean O’Shea, René Martin of Stratasys and Boston Scientific’s Giovanni Accardo.

Day Two will feature a very special presentation from the newly appointed Chairman of Medilink UK, William Cruise who will draw on his 30 years’ experience with 3M to explore creativity, innovation and collaboration as keys to developing novel medical devices to improve patient outcomes and manage healthcare costs.

Duncan Wood, CEO, Rapid News Communications Group comments, “With representation from all corners of the Medical Technology and Healthcare sector, the 2017 Med-Tech Innovation Conference programme offers something for everyone; insight, advice, technological expertise, legal knowledge and, most importantly for our visitors, innovation. This year promises to be the best yet in terms of content and engagement, credit goes to Medilink for bringing together this superb line up on the main stage”

For the full conference programme, click here.

Registration opens for Interplas 2017

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Chester, April 18th, 2017: Registration for Interplas 2017, the UK's leading plastics industry event, is now open.
 
Under the theme 'Innovation Happens Here', Interplas 2017 is the only event in the UK to cover all the plastics manufacturing processes, applications and services, making it a vital focal point for the entire plastics supply chain.
 
From 26th-28th September 2017, organiser, Interplas Events Ltd, part of the Rapid News Communications Group, is looking forward to welcoming over 400 exhibitors to an expanded show floor at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham.
 
Interplas 2017 is now 25 per cent larger than the show floor at Interplas 2014.
 
This larger space will include some of the biggest names in global plastics processing, as well as exciting features such as the Knowledge Pavilion, where visitors can source information and advice; Mediplas at Interplas, a dedicated area of the show floor for medical plastics; and the expert-packed Main Stage conference programme.
 
Interplas 2017 will also recognise forward-looking technologies and projects with the ‘Interplas Introducing’ stage, while the event will also welcome back the popular Women in Plastics networking evening.
 
The must-attend UK event in the plastics industry diary will once again be co-located with additive manufacturing and 3D technology event, TCT Show, which Interplas visitors will be able to explore using their Interplas 2017 badge.
 
Interplas Conference Manager Leanne Taylor said: “Still some five months out from the show, there is a real sense of momentum building, with many exhibitors making Interplas the focal point for their activities in 2017. Now that registration is open, visitors can secure their place to ensure that come September they can take advantage of the opportunity to compare working technology, find answers to their questions and gain genuine insight. Where business is concerned, it’s an opportunity not to be missed.”
 
Interplas 2017 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, on 26th-28th September 2017. Visitors can register for free at www.interplasuk.com.

Med-Tech Innovation Expo - The Medical Technology Event

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Chester, April 10th, 2017. It is now just over two weeks until the doors open for Med-Tech Innovation Expo, the UK and Ireland's leading showcase for medical technology and innovation - the only event that serves the whole of the £27bn UK and Irish medical technology sector.
 
The event will bring together stakeholders from the medical and healthcare sectors to source products, explore new ideas, understand emerging technologies and talk to over 150 companies representing the supply chain from the ideation stage, through design and validation to manufacture. These advanced design and manufacturing solution providers will connect with a medical and healthcare OEM audience eager to source solutions to their latest challenges.
 
Unparalleled insight
The centrepiece Med-Tech Innovation Conference, produced in association with Medilink UK, will enhance the show floor experience with a world class programme which will deliver insights, intelligence and education from a wide range of blue chip users, government officials and industry experts.
 
This high-level conference will set the agenda for 2017, providing a unique debating and learning opportunity with innovators, evangelists and champions of the medical industry from the Ministry of Defence, Philips, Microsoft, Boston Scientific, 3M, the Academy for Healthcare Science and IBM taking to the stage to inspire and educate in equal measure.
 
Touch It. Test It.
There is no better way to evaluate technology than seeing it live, and exhibitions present the most efficient way to evaluate multiple technologies and products in one visit. The Med-Tech Innovation Expo floor will offer unparalleled access to the tools needed for realising ideas across medical device product development, engineering and manufacturing projects.
 
The medical engineering and manufacturing community will be able to see the entire spectrum of advanced technology, materials and solutions for design and manufacturing including packaging, moulding, automation, materials, medical electronics, medical plastics, design, sterilisation, components, testing and inspection, sensors, surface technology, manufacturing equipment and contract services.
 
New for 2017
This year’s exhibition, taking place at the Ricoh Arena Coventry 26-27 April, will see more than 20 first time exhibitors joining the show floor and contributing new ideas that will drive conversation.
 
First-time exhibitors such as Mitsubishi Electric, Medical Moulded Products, Festo and the National Institute for Health Research will join the vast array of returning exhibitors including Boddingtons Plastics, STERIS AST, Laser Lines, The West Group and Renfrew Group International. 
 
Joining first-time exhibitors Formlabs and Trelleborg Sealing Solutions on the Med-Tech Introducing Stage, where the most exciting advances in medical technology will be presented, are longstanding exhibitors including PD-M Innovation & Product Design, Venner Shipley and TLM Laser.
 
Open to all visitors, the Med-Tech Introducing Stage will present the latest technology from the show floor in one place. Speakers from exhibiting companies and their partners will demonstrate their innovations and applications across two days of the event, making Med-Tech Introducing an efficient way of getting up to speed with what is new at the show.
 
Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards
The Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards will take place on the evening of 26th April, celebrating the continued innovation, diversification and sustainability of UK Life Sciences sector. Awards span five exciting and competitive categories encompassing innovation, exports, start-ups, partnerships and a special outstanding achievement award. Tickets to the prestigious awards evening can be purchased via the Med-Tech Innovation Expo website.
 
Free to attend
It is completely free to attend Med-Tech Innovation Expo and all pre-registered visitors will be in with a chance to win a Makerbot Replicator Z18 3D Printer. To secure your place at Med-Tech Innovation Expo, register now at www.med-techexpo.com

Metal Additive Manufacturing makes it mark at TCT Asia 2017

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Innovation drives 33% growth in international exhibitors and 20% growth in visitors

Chester, UK, Wednesday 5 April 2017 - Additive manufacturing (AM) in metals has been making the news for the last 12 months with seismic changes to the sector through the introduction of innovative new companies and process, and mergers and acquisitions activity. TCT Asia 2017, which took place the region’s leading fairground, SNIEC, 8-10 March, also saw metal AM surge to the forefront with 13 new metals machines on show across the 10,000 sqm of exhibition space.
 
The majority of new systems were selective laser melting machines from China-based companies. Now entering it’s fourth year, TCT Asia has seen numbers of China-based metal AM machines rise from one in the first year, as TCT’s Group Editor, Daniel O’Connor explained: “Discovering so many new metals AM machines at this year’s event was a real surprise. The rate of adoption and development is breathtaking in China and the wider Asian market, and where even a couple of years ago the region was seen as lagging the West, it’s catching up at a truly impressive rate.”
 
Interest from Western metal AM companies was once again evident, with EOS, Concept Laser, Renishaw and SLM Solutions returning to the event, joined by first-time exhibitors for 2017 GE Additive and Trumpf.
 
TCT Asia speaker, industry expert and Chair of the Additive Manufacturing Association in the UK, Graham Tromans, commented: “China has that manufacturing mind set and in China metal AM is seen as more of a manufacturing process compared to the plastic processes. The automotive and aerospace sectors are of the utmost importance to China’s manufacturing economy and that is why so many of the companies are developing metal machines. Despite the rise of Chinese machinery the Western companies maintain strong sales in China owing to a more refined process.”
 
Metals also played an expanded role in the three-day 3D technologies conference held on the show floor. Some 1100 conference delegates attended presentations from 45 high-level global speakers, with tracks on aerospace and automotive applications leading the interest in metal AM.  
 
Weidong Huang, Professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University presented the state-of-the-art for Chinese metal additive manufacture, demonstrating the huge advances in real-world applications being made in the region. Dong Liu, Professor at the National Engineering Lab of AM for Large Metallic Components, BUAA, explored the technological challenges and impacts of AM for high-performance large and critical metallic components.
 
Beyond metals the show floor was home to an expanded line up of polymer and ceramic AM solutions, 3D scanning, metrology and inspection solutions, and software for design and process management. Duncan Wood, Chairman of VNU Rapid News Co. Ltd, organisers of TCT Asia commented: “This year’s event truly brought the whole of the 3D technologies world together for the Chinese market. While metals stole the show, the growth in development at all levels of the industry was clear to see, with TCT Asia living up to its promise to help manufacturers make better products, more quickly.
 
2018 and beyond
 
With year-on-year growth and increased international attendance TCT Asia is establishing itself as one of the leading 3D technology events within the Asia market. 2018 will witness further expansion in Asia with the introduction of TCT Korea as part of the global TCT Group portfolio. We recognise the niche global markets and provide our exhibitors and visitors with consistent quality shows tailored to help them enter foreign markets. The industry outlook is currently rather positive and the relocation for 2017 ensures that TCT Asia has the opportunity for further growth in terms of Exhibition space and remains a leading 3D manufacturing technology event in China.
 
TCT Asia 2018 will take place 1-3 March, 2018, Hall N1, SNIEC, Shanghai, China.
 

Rapid News Communications Group completes acquisition of Packaging Europe Magazine & Website.

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March 17, 2017, Chester UK - Rapid News Communications Group (RNCG) announces today that it has completed the acquisition of Packaging Europe magazine and its associated website.

The Packaging Europe brand was established in 2006, and is now firmly positioned as Europe’s leading packaging publication focusing on connecting new technologies across the supply chain. 

Rapid News Communications Group is a specialist B2B media and events company with market leading brands in the life sciences, plastics and 3D printing/additive manufacturing sectors. The Packaging Europe products will join a hugely successful international media and event portfolio including Interplas, TCT, Medical Plastics News, Med-Tech Innovation, European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer, British Plastics and Rubber and Digital Health Age.

Duncan Wood, CEO, RNCG commented, “We are absolutely delighted to be adding to our strong portfolio with this acquisition.  The Packaging Europe products are a perfect fit for our portfolio and we are looking forward to working alongside the excellent and experienced team based in Norwich.”

“We have a track record in high technology industries and have accelerated media and events with great success in recent years. We look forward to investing in the Packaging Europe brands and enhancing them for all stakeholders in the European packaging sector.”
  Sir Nigel Burney, Chairman, RNCG remarked: “We are delighted to be expanding into another important
sector where innovation is accelerating and new technologies are driving quality and service improvement.”

“The team is tremendously excited about the opportunities afforded by the new ownership to amplify what is already the authoritative voice for European packaging industry,” commented Tim Sykes, Editor of Packaging Europe. “We are looking forward to developing the products in some exciting new areas in the forthcoming months, enabling us to deliver ever more for our advertisers and readers in the sector.”

The TCT Awards 2017

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The TCT Group Announces Inaugural Industry Awards Evening and Hall of Fame Induction.

Renowned voice of the 3D manufacturing technology industry, the TCT Group have announced the date, location and categories in advance of the first TCT Awards in September 2017.

Chester, UK, February 1st, 2017 – The TCT Group today announced the date and location for the inaugural TCT Awards that will take place in 2017. The event will be held at the prestigious Birmingham Town Hall on the evening of Wednesday 27th September during the three days of 2017 edition of the TCT Show.
 
The 2017 TCT Awards will be presented for the best use of 3D printing, additive manufacturing, 3D scanning or a combination of 3D technologies in the following categories:

  • TCT Aerospace Application Award 2017
  • TCT Automotive Application Award 2017
  • TCT Creative Application Award 2017
  • TCT Healthcare Application Award 2017
  • TCT Consumer Product Application Award 2017
  • TCT Industrial Product Application Award 2017
  • TCT Technology Innovation Hardware Award 2017
  • TCT Technology Innovation Software Award 2017
  • TCT Technology Innovation Materials Award 2017
  • TCT Rising Star Award 2017

TCT has always existed at the intersection of technology and applications, and the TCT Awards will maintain this approach, celebrating the innovators, technologies and collaborators behind the leading examples of 3D technology use across the globe. The very best use cases of these ground-breaking technologies are collaborative projects – so the TCT Awards will recognise the partners in a project from designers and engineers to technology providers.
 
Duncan Wood, COO, Rapid News Publications Ltd, owners of TCT, explains the thinking behind the awards categories: “Many technology awards have categories for almost all types of machine, and in the end it can come down to which company mobilises its users to vote for them. However, it’s not how we wanted to do things. Ultimately technology is made great by the innovation and skills of those who use it.  So, we will reward the best applications of 3D manufacturing technology in multiple areas, we feel this is a true reflection of the impact of the technologies on our world.”
 
TCT Hall of Fame

In addition to the industry award categories the TCT Award evening will also see the first inductees to the TCT Hall of Fame. These prestigious honours will recognise and celebrate those individuals who have made a significant impact in either inventing or developing the technologies since their inception a little over thirty years ago.
 
Duncan Wood continues, “This is a natural progression for us, we’ve been in the industry almost as long as the technology has existed. There is no group better placed to judge which individuals have had the biggest impact on the global industry than our Expert Advisory Board. I am looking forward to recognising some amazing individuals, alongside some incredible technology-led applications in September.”

Information for Entering the TCT Awards
 
The 2017 TCT Awards are open to companies across the entire 3D technology ecosystem and may be entered online; a full list of categories, award criteria and deadlines can be found at www.tctawards.com
 
The awards will be judged by independent experts, analysts, journalists, and academics. The nominees for the Hall of Fame will be selected by this panel and then a public vote will be held to determine the inductees for 2017.
 
For further information on sponsorship opportunities and attendance to the 2017 TCT Awards, which takes place on 27 September 2017 at Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham, UK please visit www.tctawards.com.

TCT Show 2017 takes place 26–28 September 2017, Hall 3, NEC, Birmingham, UK, www.tctshow.com.

Rapid News Communications Group Completes Acquisition of Med-Tech Innovation Magazine, Website and Expo.

16th November 2016, Chester, UK - Rapid News Communications Group (RNCG) announces today that it has completed the acquisition of the Med-Tech Innovation brands from MedTech Communications Ltd.

The Med-Tech Innovation brand was established in 2010, under the direction of Colin Martin and is now firmly positioned as the leading medical device magazine and exhibition for the UK and Irish medical sector. Martin will continue to drive the products under the new ownership.

Rapid News Communications Group, led by the experienced executives Mark Blezard and Duncan Wood, is a specialist B2B media and events company with market leading brands in the life sciences, plastics and 3D printing/additive manufacturing sectors. The Med-Tech products will join a hugely successful media and event portfolio including Interplas, TCT, Medical Plastics News, European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer, British Plastics and Rubber and Digital Health Age.

Mark Blezard, CEO, RNCG commented, “We are absolutely delighted to be adding to our strong portfolio in the life sciences sector with this acquisition. The Med-Tech products clearly increase our commitment to the UK healthcare market and we promise to invest not just money and infrastructure into the magazine and event but also our 25 years experience in the medical device sector. We have a track record in high technology industries and have accelerated media and events with great success in recent years. We look forward to doing the same with the Med-Tech brands and enhancing them for all stakeholders in the UK and Ireland medical device sector.

Colin Martin adds, “I am delighted to be able to take the business forward with the resources, experience and expertise of RNCG. Med-Tech Innovation has always been about facilitating communication between all stakeholders in the medical device, innovation, design and manufacturing process and this announcement propels Med-Tech forward in all areas of the business. I look forward to getting started with the team at RNCG immediately.

Global Focus on TCT Show

The UK’s annual showcase of 3D technologies for product development, manufacturing and engineering closed its doors in late September to rave reviews from visitors and exhibitors alike.

TCT Show, which took place for the 21st time in 2016, featured a plethora of world-class speakers, global technology releases and multiple European and UK debuts for new 3D technologies and their applications.

The event once again drew the global 3D tech world’s focus, with 20% of the 8,000+ attendees arriving from more than 40 countries to see 250 exhibiting companies from 24 countries.

From the minute the doors opened the hall buzzed with activity as visitors flooded in to see for the first time technologies from Carbon, RPS, HP, Admatec, Trumpf and more. The thirst for knowledge ensured that every development was given a hearing.

This enthusiasm poured over to the TCT Show Conference, where hundreds of attendees were able to hear about state-of-the art developments in 3D tech from Airbus, Thales, 3M, DARPA, and Siemens. One of the most powerful sessions — both demonstrating the power of the technologies on display at TCT Show and the power of the show itself — came from Sutrue and the Royal Brompton Hospital.

In 2015 the team behind Sutrue presented their concept on the Main Stage and explored the exhibition where they discovered the technology that would push their life-saving project to the next level. By the 2016 event, the team were about to conduct the first heart surgery using the devices that 3D printing had helped them develop.

The return of the TCT Start Up Zone and Inspex

Returning for the second year, the TCT Start Up Zone gave international 3D technology start ups a platform to present to the global stage. Each of the 16 companies were able to give their ‘elevator pitch’ to a packed auditorium — including the judges for the TCT Start Up Zone Award. The eventual winners, Laykanics, pitched an educational initiative with desktop 3D printing at its heart. Advertising in the TCT portfolio and consulting from leading AM expert, Todd Grimm, accompanied their cash prize.

The increasing focus on the inspection and metrology needs of the advanced manufacturing industries were reflected on the show floor and Tech Stage with the relaunch of the Inspex brand at TCT Show. Leading inspection companies such as Olympus, Nikon, FARO, Autodesk and EuroPac exhibited under the Inspex banner, with plans to enhance this feature further in 2017.

During the event organisers Rapid News announced that from 2017 the show floor would be an impressive 30% larger and the event would span three days from 2017 onwards. This increased capacity will allow the popular Inspired Minds education programme to return, provide space for a larger Start Up Zone and bring for the first time three free-to-attend conference stages to the show floor.

With the increasing influence of the 3D tech industry, the organisers also announced the TCT Annual Awards, which will be the global black-tie event that recognises the important contributions of this innovative community on the lives and businesses of the wider community.

Duncan Wood, COO Rapid News Publications, owner of the TCT Group, said: “The overwhelming feeling from the floor is one of increased quality as the hype around 3D printing fades resulting in increasing numbers of buyers on the show floor. Many exhibitors are reporting that they did business directly on their stands, and this coupled with our exciting announcements for 2017 ensures TCT is set to remain as the hub of our global event operations and extremely important to everything we do internationally.”

Accelerating 3D Technology - The 2016 TCT Show opens for registration

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9th June 2016 – Rapid News Publications Ltd, organisers of the TCT Show, where tomorrow’s 3D manufacturing technology is brought to life, has today announced that registration is open for its 21st show which will run 28th - 29th September, NEC, Birmingham.

After a successful 2015 show, more than 220 exhibitors will participate in this years’ event which will boast the largest concentration of additive manufacturing machines, 3D printers and complementary and competing technology in the UK.  More than 8,000 attendees including manufacturers, designers, business leaders, early adopters, innovators and investors from over 60 countries are also set to attend.

“The TCT Show sets the agenda for the industry giving visitors the opportunity to gain insight, education, see innovation in action and most importantly to do business.” Said Duncan Wood, COO Rapid News Communications Group.  “Visitors can expect to see a mix of expert speakers, real world applications as well as product launches, live demonstrations and other exciting features – the TCT Show is an event that buzzes with energy.” Added Wood.

Highlights for the 2016 TCT Show will include:

  • TOUCH IT. TEST IT – over 300 machines on display covering all aspects of 3D printing and
    additive manufacturing as well as complementary, supporting and competing technologies.
  • MAIN STAGE @TCT - speakers from a range of industries talk about real-life industry
    applications.
  • KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS – leading industry commentators focus on digital manufacturing — find out what’s new and discover the must see technologies.
  • BEGINNERS GUIDE TO ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING – led by expert Graham Tromans this seminar is a must attend session for all those new to additive manufacturing or needing a refresher.
  • INSPEX @TCT – providers of metrology and inspection hardware, software and services will be given enhanced visibility on the show floor alongside a dedicated seminar session.
  • SOFTWARE INSIGHTS – a dedicated seminar addressing emerging trends and new technology for design; prototyping and visualization; file manipulation and management; and machine/process management.
  • START UP ZONE - 16 brand new and dynamic start-up companies will present their businesses and products to the market.
  • New for 2016 the TCT START UP AWARD - recognising and honouring innovative new technologies from the Start Up Zone.

Visitors can register for the free-to-attend TCT Show 2016 at www.tctshow.com.  Attendees can also register via social networks; Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook. Offering the opportunity to see both their own connections as well as other visitors who will be attending the event, providing the opportunity to network and invite.