One of the most popular and influential events on the calendar, showcasing the latest advancements in the industry is Autosport International – Europe's premier pre-season motorsport show.
Autosport International runs from 14-17 January 2016 and incorporates Autosport Engineering – a two day dedicated trade-only event which takes place from 14-15 January in Hall 9 at the NEC in Birmingham. Autosport Engineering caters specifically for technology suppliers and buyers and will feature the industry's biggest names from the world of motorsport, advanced engineering and the high performance automotive sector.
Companies exhibiting at Autosport Engineering in 2016 include global machine tool manufacturer Yamazaki Mazak and welding equipment experts TPS-Fronius.
Banbury-based Laser Lines also features at the show and is one of the UK's foremost suppliers of lasers and accessories. It will be demonstrating the Ulyxe laser marking system – a compact economical unit for direct part marking of metals, plastics and composites. Laser marking provides an indelible mark which permits full traceability. Laser Lines also offers lasers for marking, welding, drilling and cladding.
Global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy, Ricardo will be returning to the show. The company, currently celebrating its centenary since it was founded by Sir Harry Ricardo in 1915, employs over 2,700 engineers, scientists and consultants globally. Ricardo's expertise extends to virtually all types of transportation – from rail to high performance automotive, and from commercial vehicles to clean energy power generation. The consultancy is one the largest users of specialist production engineering equipment.
Also returning to Autosport Engineering in 2016 is XYZ Machine Tools – one of the largest suppliers of CNC machine tools into the UK and exporter to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Headquartered in Devon, XYZ supplies an extensive range of machining and turning centres and has a long history in partnering with diverse companies from golfing equipment manufacturers to submarines.
In addition to the Autosport Engineering trade show, production engineers and managers stand to benefit from business and networking opportunities at the Trade and Technical area of Autosport International. This area will run for the entire duration of the show and features highly respected companies and large scale users of specialist production machining tools such as Sadev (France), Quaife Engineering (UK) and Ohlins Racing AB (Sweden).
The Trade and Technical area will also host the popular International Business Lounge and Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) members lounge, which will offer further networking opportunities to visitors on the first two trade days. Ian France, Autosport International's show director highlights the networking opportunities available at the event: “Autosport International has always been devoted to serving both motorsport fans and industry professionals alike. Since its inception over 25 years ago, Autosport International has established itself as an invaluable tool for companies, engineers, trade buyers and decision makers to network pre-season.
‘The trade-only days provide a unique and informal setting, enabling industry professionals to develop partnerships that will underpin the motorsport industry for many seasons of racing to come.”
Mr France explains that Autosport International has evolved with the motorsport industry: “A primary example is the growing number of exhibitors at the show who are transferring their experience and expertise into other industries such as defence, marine, automotive and aerospace to help solve complex engineering challenges.
“This diversification has been the catalyst for innovation and with Autosport International there is no better place to see this innovation first-hand while networking with other likeminded individuals from around the world in a professional business to business environment.”