Sheffield Chamber of Commerce is set to play a lead role in the
project management of the festival, which aims to reaffirm the UK's
position as a global leader in advanced engineering and
Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber, said:
"The inaugural Global Manufacturing Festival was a good foundation
to develop a unique event in the city which has international
"Early feedback from the March 2011 festival was the need to
ensure it provided a significant value added offer to businesses,
sponsors and contributors, where economic return can be gained.
"We are reassessing the event format and see it becoming a trade
show style gathering of the world's leaders in manufacturing,
sharing best practice and ultimately securing contacts for to
future partnerships, which will be key to ensuring the city region
Commenting on the latest manufacturing figures, Richard added:
"This is good news and the fact that the UK remains positive is
much better than many other European countries and is being driven
"What it should tell us is that despite a difficult trading
position in Europe and America, UK manufacturing businesses can
compete in international markets if they do the right things and
focus on export led, high technology and high added value supply
chains, which is critical.
"The Global Manufacturing Festival does, and will continue, to
do just that. This is exactly the event for companies to attend who
wish to enter export markets or grow existing ones."
For the 2012 festival, Sheffield Chamber has joined forces with
Marketing Sheffield (the city marketing function of Sheffield City
Council), The Cutlers Company and Creative Sheffield in organising
a series of focused events, exhibitions, conferences and workshops,
with guest speakers from the world of manufacturing, engineering,
politics and education.
The organisers are also looking at the long-term plans for the
festival, by developing a vision for how the event will be run
during the next five years. This includes making the 2013 festival
particularly special as it coincides with the 100th anniversary of
the first commercial production of stainless steel by Harry
Brearley in Sheffield.