GTMA host largest-ever Manufacturing Supply Chain Roadshow, as work begins to protect €60 billion UK-Irish Bilateral Trade relationship post Brexit. More than 500 hundred people attended Manufacturing Solutions Ireland 2017 at Limerick Institute of Technology – the first-ever manufacturing technologies and engineering solutions roadshow to be held outside the UK. Pictured are, from left, Maria Kyne, Head of Department of the Built Environment Management, LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane, President, LIT, Julia Moore, Chief Executive Officer, GTMA, and David Beattie, General Manager, GTMA.Picture: Diarmuid Greene
Record-breaking numbers expected in Limerick for Manufacturing Solutions 2018
Manufacturing Solutions 2018, hosted by GTMA* and LIT, returns to the Limerick Institute of Technology this June and is set to break all previous records with the number of exhibitors increasing by 25%.
The tool technologies trade association hosted the first ever manufacturing supply chain roadshow outside of the UK in association with LIT in 2017, with the largest ever number of people in the 75-year history of the GTMA in attendance.
The Mid West’s thriving aerospace and aviation industry will feature strongly at Manufacturing Solutions 2018, Ireland’s largest ever manufacturing supply chain conference and trade show, hosted by the GTMA* and Limerick Institute of Technology.
Manufacturing Solutions 2018 promises to surpass the success of the 2017 event, as all exhibition spaces for 2018 were sold out by the end of last year. Manufacturing Solutions 2018 will also facilitate the unveiling of the €600,000 state-of-the-art, CNC Penta Machine during the conference and trade show at LIT’s Moylish Campus on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
Programme leader in Precision Engineering at LIT, Ciaran O’Loughlin said, “Manufacturing Solutions 2018 will focus on major market sector technologies from aerospace and automotive to medical and materials.”
“We are particularly pleased therefore to have companies such as Cook Medical, Shannon IASC, Boeing and Enterprise Ireland available as guest speakers this year. These presentations, plus a large number of exhibitions and demonstrations makes this an event not to be missed.”
GTMA Chief Executive Officer, Julia Moore, said, “Last year’s Manufacturing Solution event was the largest of its kind in the history of the GTMA. Already this year the number of exhibitions is up by 25% on 2017, pointing to a very busy and a productive day at LIT this June.”
In total, more than 100 of the most advanced providers of metrology, inspection, machine tools, work holding, cutting tools, and Cad/Cam/PLM manufacturing software and ancillary products and services will be exhibiting in LIT’s Moylish Campus on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, as part of Manufacturing Solutions 2018.
New sponsors – Shannon IASC and Cook Medical – and supporters have also come on board for an event that has proven to be a conduit for creating closer relations and profitable opportunities between companies in the UK and Ireland, as well as introducing customers and suppliers to each other.
Presentations from leading industrialists and keynote speakers will focus on lean, medical and aerospace, with time allocated for question and answer sessions.
Taking centre stage at the event, or more accurately taking over the 12×6 metre marquee erected to house it, the 15 tonne, eight-metre-long, two-metre-high Penta machine, acquired by Panalok Ltd, Ennis, will be delivered to the conference at LIT’s Moylish Campus by a specially commissioned crane.
The machine, which has previously been on show in Chicago, Milan and Birmingham, will be onsite at the Limerick conference demonstrating its ability to make a range of very small, high precision nuts and fasteners for the aerospace industry.
After June 13, the Penta machine will be transported to Panalok’s production factory in Ennis, where it will take up the production of fasteners for new aircraft and aircraft maintenance.
Charlie Coughlan, Director Panalok Limited said, “This new CNC Penta machine represents a significant investment by Panalok into the future. Its five different spindles and 31 CNC axis of movement is the equivalent of five machines in one.
“This multi-spindle machine is designed to machine difficult materials high in Nickel and Chrome which are particularly hard and tough.
“Being able to machine these materials opens up new markets for Panalok and will help grow jobs and expand the activities of the company in Ennis,” he said.
GTMA Chief Executive Officer, Julia Moore, said “Last year when we brought Manufacturing Solutions to LIT we were very aware of the importance of creating strong working relationships between Irish and UK companies post-Brexit, but what we achieved far surpassed those hopes.
“On the back of that successful event, and with the continuous expansion of the manufacturing industry in the Mid West of Ireland, it does not surprise us that this year’s event is growing beyond anything we could have envisaged 12 months ago.
LIT President Professor Vincent Cunanne said, “It is fitting that GTMA and LIT continue this successful relationship and bring Manufacturing Solutions 2018 back to Limerick. The Mid West region is centered in the Irish manufacturing sector and has been for much of the history of the state.
“LIT plays a leading role in ensuring that manufacturing in this region continues to have the ability to adapt and to change and remain at the cutting edge when it comes to technology. Meanwhile, GTMA brings all the leading technology suppliers together, so that industry can also benefit from their knowledge, products, and technology.”
“LIT is therefore delighted to be part of this event that not only allows us to build strong partnerships but facilitates an exchange of ideas,” added Prof Cunnane.
Guest speakers from Boeing, Shannon IASC, and Enterprise Ireland will discuss this growth industry which already employs over 1,600 people in more than 40 aerospace and aviation companies based in the region. Cook Medical’s guest speaker will present a talk on the all-important Industry 4.0, in case, and innovation partnership projects.
GTMA and LIT will host the manufacturing supply chain roadshow in LIT’s Moylish Campus on Wednesday June 13, 2018, from 8.30am to 5 pm.
For more information and to register for the showcase, please go here.