Med-Tech Innovation Expo Launch and Rebrand

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Chester 16th November. Med-Tech Innovation Expo is the UK and Ireland’s leading showcase for medical design and manufacturing technology. Free-to-attend, this exciting event brings together the medical engineering and manufacturing community; more than 200 companies from all areas of the medical device supply chain engaging with 2,500+ visitors across two action-packed days.
 
This year’s event represents the first with a full 12-month cycle under the new ownership of Rapid Med-Tech Communications (a division of Rapid News Communications Group). Attendees can expect to see more exhibitors, more visitors and more of the cutting-edge technology that keeps the UK and Ireland at the spearhead of global innovation for medical device design and manufacturing.
 
The Med-Tech Innovation Expo brand has received a complete overhaul with a new-look logo, fresh colour palette, enhanced marketing and communications strategy and a brand-new website.
 
Launched this week, the new site features modern design, updated navigation and menus for both mobile and desktop as well as a selection of videos created to entertain and inspire. Site content has been completely re-imagined; improving user experience while delivering a clearer message and organic journey for both prospective exhibitors and visitors.
 
Alongside a multitude of print and digital marketing collateral to be deployed between now and the event in April 2018, the newly launched website acts as a tangible representation of the new owner’s intentions to expand the show further and take it to the next level.
 
“Following our acquisition of the Med-Tech Innovation brand a year ago, we’ve invested heavily in all areas of the business; from sales and marketing to event operations and data management.” explained Duncan Wood, Rapid News Communications Group CEO “The Med-Tech Innovation Expo site-launch and rebrand is a sign of our commitment to the growth and development of this market-leading event. Visit www.med-techexpo.com to see it in action today!”


Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018 will be held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK, from 25th to 26th April 2018. Attendance is completely free, find out more at www.med-techexpo.com

Registration open for Med-Tech Innovation Expo

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Chester 10th November. Registration is now open for the 2018 edition of Med-Tech Innovation Expo, the UK and Ireland’s leading showcase for medical design and manufacturing technology. Free-to-attend, this exciting event will bring together the medical engineering and manufacturing community; more than 200 companies from all areas of the medical device supply chain engaging with 2,500+ visitors across two action-packed days.
 
The only event serving the whole of the £27bn UK and Irish medical technology sector, Med-Tech Innovation Expo presents a unique platform for medical device design and manufacturing professionals to meet with peers, gain valuable market information and do business face-to-face.
 
At this year’s event, visitors will see the entire spectrum of advanced technology, materials and solutions displayed alongside two conference stages and a whole host of engaging show features designed to educate and entertain.
 
As in previous years, the centrepiece Med-Tech Innovation Conference will address key industry issues in a purpose-built auditorium at the heart of the show floor. With presentations from Samsung Healthcare, the Academy for Healthcare Science, NHS Digital and more, the packed conference programme will continue to set the agenda for debate in the medical technology sector.
 
“As a team, we exist on the cutting-edge of innovation in medical technology.” said Holly Delaney, Visitor Marketing Manager at Med-Tech Innovation Expo; “Striving to advance healthcare, we have once again partnered with Medilink UK to produce a world-class conference programme that will deliver insight and intelligence from a wide range of blue-chip users, government officials and industry experts.”
 
Returning after a successful introduction at last year’s event, the HealthTech Stage (previously known as the Introducing Stage) will see exhibitors and start-ups showcasing the very innovations that will shape the future of medical technology. The open-sided auditorium will once again allow visitors to drop in and out of presentations in line with their needs and interests. With 200+ exhibitors and just two days to meet them all, the HealthTech Stage will be the easiest and most convenient way to get up to date on all the latest industry developments.
 
In addition to the conference and seminar programme, visitors to Med-Tech Innovation Expo will experience exciting show floor features including the Medilink UK Pavilion where experts from Medilink member businesses will present solutions to industry challenges, Inspex (a focus on providers of inspection, measurement and testing hardware, software and services) and much more.
 
Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018 will be held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK, from 25th to 26th April 2018. Attendance is completely free, find out more at www.med-techexpo.com
 

Interplas Back on Top for British Plastics Industry.

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Chester, 2nd October 2017. After three action-packed days at Interplas 2017, the UK’s largest and leading plastics industry event is being hailed as a resounding success by exhibitors who took part in the triennial showcase for the British plastics industry.
 
Almost 12,000 attendees (audit pending) visited the event at the NEC, Birmingham and they were provided with the opportunity to see a multitude of product launches and demonstrations from almost 500 exhibiting companies, more than 40 inspiring presentations across two conference stages and a host of exciting show features.
 
Interplas was opened on day one by Alison Gill, Current Master of the Horners Livery Company and Bruce Margetts Managing Director of Bericap, and the recently appointed President of the British Plastics Federation (BPF). Margetts said: "We are honoured to be asked to open Interplas 2017…the BPF has had a long association with Interplas ever since its origins. It is great to see the resurgence of this as the premier show in UK plastics.”
 
Feedback from exhibitors on the show floor was extremely positive, “Interplas 2017 was awesome,” said Graeme Herlihy, Managing Director of ENGEL UK. “Interplas feels like it's on top again and pretty much every major player in plastics is here. It's important to be seen here and it's important to have a great stand. I'm happy to say we have had a good show.”
 
Mike Jordan, Managing Director of Summit Systems, also commented: “Yesterday was absolutely full up from the beginning right to the end. Both existing customers and fringe customers. We have had three companies we have never heard of before.”
 
Carl Reeve, Managing Director of Data Plastics, added: “Interplas has been brilliant for us. I think now is a positive time for the industry. Having the show every three years is ideal because exhibitors make a real effort when the event comes around. Interplas 2017 is the best UK plastics show I've been to in 10 years and this is definitely the most positive show I've been to. The quality of leads has far exceeded what we expected.”
 
For the first time, the conference programme was delivered across two stages. The Main Stage, in association with British Plastics and Rubber Magazine hosted world-class presentations from Jaguar LandRover, Nissan, KPMG, P&G and the BPF, while Stäubli, Plastribution and NetComposites presented to full houses on the brand new Interplas Introducing Stage.
 
In addition to the conference programme, exciting features such as the Knowledge Pavilion gave attendees the chance to meet industry trade bodies, consultants and service providers to get expert advice on research and development, skills and education, regulation and materials selection, whilst Mediplas@Interplas and Inspex provided specific technology advice on medical and inspection issues. The new PlastikCity Pavilion presented 20 first time exhibitors to the audience further enhancing the opportunities on the show floor, and the Women in Plastics initiative returned with a hugely successful and well attended networking evening.
 
Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Communications Group, owners of Interplas, commented: “We are delighted to be hearing such great feedback about the show. When we took over management of the show in 2011 our aims were to return Interplas to form, and I think we can safely say the 2017 edition has done this, we are delighted to be able to serve the British plastics industry with a world class platform from which it can project itself to the global market.”
 
“As organisers we pull it all together but Interplas is the success it has become because of the support the industry puts in, in particular our exhibitors who have invested in their stands and make it a show worth attending. Special thanks must go to British Plastics and Rubber, as well as the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and the PMMDA, three pillars in the continued growth of the UK plastics industry and in the growth of Interplas.
 
“We will continue to strive to be the perfect showcase for the British Plastics industry.  A celebration of the best of the sector, a gathering of the brightest people, best technology and most innovative developments, Roll on 2020!”
 

2017 TCT Show Hailed as Major Success by Visitors and Exhibitors

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Chester, 2nd October 2017. The doors closed on the 2017 edition of TCT Show last week. This action-packed 3D technology showcase, held annually at the NEC, Birmingham, offered the opportunity for thousands of eager visitors to experience multiple product launches and demonstrations from almost three-hundred exhibiting companies on the show floor. More than fifty engaging presentations took place and a wealth of exciting show features educated and entertained in equal measure.
 
With a record-breaking expansion of the show floor presenting more exhibitors than ever before, this high octane event connected approximately 10,000 attendees (audit pending) from over forty countries with an exciting and varied range of businesses that stood ready to help them solve their challenges.

Feedback from visitors to the show was extremely positive. Shashi Jain, Innovation Manager, Intel Corporation said: "One of the great things about coming to TCT is not just seeing the exhibitors, but also meeting the people that are their customers. I’ve found that I learned something new every time I spoke to an attendee, which is remarkable. If you’re serious about 3D printing and you want to meet the people who are making it happen, then you must come to a TCT Show."

Pat Warner, Digital Manufacturing Manager, Renault Sport Racing F1 Team commented: "What a great show. Met some fantastic people, made contacts to help solve some problems, left with a huge shopping list!"

There was also a huge amount of positive feedback from exhibitors including Andy Middleton, President EMEA at Stratasys who said: “It’s clear TCT Show has moved up a level. I just spoke to a colleague and said ‘if I was a customer, I would be really confused. There are so many solutions which look and feel relevant for many many customers'. I think it’s one of the challenges for companies like ourselves – clarity in our messaging and explanation of what can be done, and what can’t be done, to help customers make an informed decision if they’re looking to invest in a solution.”

Dana McCallum, Head of Production Partners at Carbon added: "The 2017 TCT Show was a great success, and continues to be the largest additive manufacturing show in the U.K. where companies are able to meet key evangelists in the industry. TCT fosters a community who want to lead the world to do production with additive manufacturing, and we saw this take place last week in several vertical markets including consumer, automotive, industrial and medical." 

The final word can be left to Edward Feng, President of Raise3D who said: "I would recommend anyone to exhibit with TCT. You guys helped us happen."

Start-ups from the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the USA also seized the opportunity to unveil their innovations to the 3D Printing market in the Start Up Zone – including a pitch session where the new companies competed for the coveted 2017 Start Up Award. The winner was FabRX, a start-up company looking to exploit the power of 3D printing for fabricating pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Alvaro Goyanes, co-founder and Director of FabRx was presented with a cheque for £3,000 alongside the winners trophy.

Jim Woodcock, Head of Content for TCT Group, judged the Start-Up pitches and explained: "This application immediately appealed to my own journey from the pharmaceutical world to 3D printing. FabRx's potential application development could open up entirely new therapeutic areas while also addressing challenges such as dosing and compliance."

TCT Show is well-known for offering first-class conference and seminar tracks and this year was no exception. The comprehensive programme, grown and developed for this year’s show, took place across three dedicated stages split into key themes. Over 1000 attendees benefitted from ground-breaking product launches, exciting demonstrations and enthralling presentations from a world-class speaker line up throughout the three-day show.
 
For the first time, the Main Stage gave visitors the opportunity to earn valuable CPD points while learning about research developments and real-life examples of the ways 3D technologies are used within a range of industries from Intel, McLaren Racing, Johnson & Johnson, Sabotage Design, DuPont and more.

Duncan Wood, CEO at Rapid News Publications Ltd, organisers of the TCT Show commented: “An amazing event with so many highlights, new products, new companies, world-class presentations, stunning applications and a surge of energy that sustained everyone across three days of business and networking. Add in the successful inaugural TCT Awards and I think we can reflect on a job well done for the industry. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of 3D technologies and we can certainly look back on last week as mission accomplished, for now. Whilst as organisers we have had superb feedback we recognise we can't do it without industry support so we thank all our exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and partners for their efforts; they make the show."

"We're already planning for something even bigger and better for next year with an expanded show floor and more features and we look forward to welcoming the industry again in 2018."

3D technology innovation and innovators celebrated by the industry at first TCT Awards ceremony

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Friday 29th September 2017 – The inaugural TCT Awards took place on 27th September 2017 at Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK. The night was dedicated to recognising and celebrating the innovators, technology and collaborators behind the best examples of 3D technology use across the globe.

TCT has always existed at the intersection of technology and applications, and the celebratory evening maintained this approach. The very best cases of these ground-breaking technologies are collaborative projects and the TCT Awards focused on recognising the partners in the projects from designers and engineers to the technology providers. Hosted by Robert Llewellyn, a British actor and presenter, the 285 guests celebrated into the early hours.

In addition to ten competitive award categories the TCT Group launched the prestigious and coveted TCT Hall of Fame to recognise the pioneers and innovators in 3D technologies who have made the most significant contributions to the technologies and their applications.

Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Publications Ltd, comments:

“It was a privilege to share the evening with so many truly exceptional people, all of the winners are to be congratulated for their success, and of course in particular the inductees to the Hall of Fame need a special mention. Without them the industry would be a much less exciting place; their innovation, entrepreneurship and commitment has paved the way for us all to follow. Recognising their contribution to society in this way was important, and our position in the sector enabled us to do this.

I must also thank our sponsors SLM Solutions, Somos, Materialise and 3ecruit, as well as our supporting partner, Innovate UK for their support. All awards entrants and of course the TCT Expert Advisory Board for leading the judging process deserve enormous credit; they all helped turn a good idea into a night to remember, and starting something we will now make an annual celebration of the fantastic advances being made by 3D technologies.”

TCT Awards 2018 will take place in Birmingham, UK on Wednesday 26th September 2018. Please keep an eye on the official website www.tctawards.com for updates.

TCT HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES FOR 2017:

Adrian Bowyer – Founder of the RepRap Project
Scott Crump - Inventor of Fused Deposition Modelling
Chuck Hull – Inventor of Stereolithography Process
Hans Langer – Founder of EOS
Fried Vancraen – Founder of Materialise

2017 WINNERS:

TCT Aerospace Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: EBAM Space Tanks
Presented to: Lockheed Martin and Sciaky

TCT Automotive Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: VW Custom Tools
Presented to: Volkswagen Autoeuropa and Ultimaker

TCT Consumer Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: Adidas Futurecraft 4D Midsole
Presented to: Adidas and Carbon

TCT Creative Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: Anomalisa Film
Presented to: Starburns Industries and 3D Systems

TCT Healthcare Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: TriFusion Devices
Presented to: TriFusion Devices, Essentium Materials and BASF

TCT Industrial Product Application Award

WINNER:
Project: Philips Lighting Production Tools
Presented to: Philips Lighting and Materialise

TCT Technology Innovation Hardware Award

WINNER:
Hardware: CBAM Model One
Presented to: Impossible Objects

TCT Technology Innovation Software Award

WINNER:
Software: Polygonica
Presented to: Machineworks

TCT Technology Innovation Materials Award

WINNER:
Material: Polycast
Presented to: Polymaker

TCT Rising Star Award

WINNER:
Presented to: Desktop Metal

2017 HIGHLY COMMENDED

TCT Aerospace Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: 3DOptic Ceramic Aerospace Optics
Presented to: OSE and 3DCeram

TCT Automotive Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: Replacement Bus Parts
Presented to: Daimler, FKM Sintertechnik, EOS and Dyemansion

TCT Consumer Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: Yuniku Customisable Eyewear
Presented to: HOYA Vision Care, Materialise, Hoet Design Studio

TCT Creative Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: Sainsbury’s Christmas Commercial
Presented to: Passion Pictures Ltd, 3D Print Bureau, Mackinnon & Saunders Ltd and Tri-Tech 3D

TCT Healthcare Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: Robotic Suturing
Presented to: Sutrue, Concept Laser and Royal Brompton Hospital

TCT Industrial Product Application Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Project: Project Perun - Nuclear Power Plant Replacement Part
Presented to: Krsko Nuclear Power Plant and Siemens

TCT Technology Innovation Hardware Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Hardware: Rize One
Presented to: Rize 3D

TCT Technology Innovation Software Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Software: Insight
Presented to: Axial 3D

TCT Technology Innovation Materials Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Material: Onyx
Presented to: Markforged

TCT Rising Star Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:
Presented to: Essentium Materials

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.