The West of England’s successful composites and advanced manufacturing cluster is aiming to boost its opportunities for growth at a major international industry conference and trade show taking place in the US this week.
Invest Bristol & Bath (IBB), the inward investment arm of the West of England Combined Authority, is attending the Composite & Advanced Manufacturing Exhibition (CAMX) in Dallas, from October 15 to 17.
CAMX is the industry’s largest and most extensive composites and advanced materials event – more than 600 companies will be at the event, which features cutting edge technology, innovative industry knowledge and networking opportunities with leaders and experts. IBB will engage with engineering companies that have a global reach, with the potential to help enhance and build the capability of the West of England cluster.
Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England, said: “The West of England is one of the most economically successful regions in the UK – and our advanced manufacturing cluster has a significant role in this success. We are home to the National Composites Centre, and our universities are at the forefront of innovation in manufacturing and engineering. Our highly-skilled, diverse workforce contributes to a thriving and extensive, connected business base, with our high–tech, aerospace and advanced engineering sectors making globally significant impacts.
“Therefore it’s hugely important that we extend our reach by connecting with those businesses that wish to expand to new destinations. Through Invest Bristol & Bath, we can offer them the support services they need to locate or expand their base in the West of England. We’re always exploring how we can do more to help businesses achieve their potential as well as attracting more firms to our region – creating even more opportunities for our highly-skilled residents and increasing our export and trade activity – both nationally and globally.”
Representatives from the National Composites Centre (NCC), based at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, will also be attending CAMX as a critical part of the UK mission. Their augmented reality training for hand layup product ‘LayupRITE’, developed in collaboration with the University of Bristol, has been shortlisted for a CAMX Combined Strength Award.
Dr Enrique Garcia, Chief Technology Officer at the NCC, said: “Bristol is the global home of composite research and innovation. Our winning formula of world-leading capabilities and people is attractive to industries around the globe. We have a good track record of working with US companies based in the UK and we are looking forward to exploring opportunities at CAMX as part of the UK delegation. We are also incredibly proud that a product invented here in Bristol has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award.”
Following on from the expo, IBB will also be meeting with the Department for International Trade and selected aerospace companies in the US to discuss further opportunities for investment in the West of England.