7 February 2017
New Exhibition - Made in the Midlands
A manufacturing exhibition is moving to the Ricoh Arena following record-breaking growth.
The Made in the Midlands exhibition connects manufacturing businesses across the region and will host 200 exhibitors this year for the first time, with more than 2,000 representatives from the region’s manufacturing sector also expected to attend.
The show will take place on Thursday, 25 May and after experiencing 25 per cent growth in each of the eight years it has been running, the show will move from the GTG Training Academy in Wolverhampton to the Ricoh Arena’s 6,000 square metre Ericsson Exhibition Hall.
This year’s show will host various manufacturing supply chains from automotive and aerospace to rail, defence and medical, including famous names such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin and Sertec.
The combined turnover of industry-leading manufacturers and figures who attend the event is over £4 billion.
Made in the Midlands also welcomes a range of leading educational institutions, engaging with local schools and universities to give young people an insight into a career within the manufacturing industry.
Jason Pitt, managing director of Made in the Midlands, said: “In the midst of Brexit the growth of the exhibition reflects the optimism and drive of the manufacturing sector by working together.
“The Made in the Midlands exhibition is now one of the largest dedicated manufacturing exhibitions in the country.
“The fact that the show is so focused on helping manufacturers to foster partnerships with other companies in their field and their target audience means that many of the exhibitors only attend this show, which gives it a real community feel that you just don’t see elsewhere.”
The exhibition is just one part of Made in the Midlands, which is a peer group made up of more than 345 managing directors of manufacturing firms.
Andy Gibb, managing director of the Ricoh Arena, said: “The rate at which this exhibition has grown is impressive, so we’re delighted to be hosting Made in the Midlands for the first time.
“Coventry and Warwickshire has one of the best reputations around when it comes to manufacturing which will only help the show to go from strength-to-strength.
“We look forward to working with the event organisers and using our experience of hosting other manufacturing exhibitions to make Made in the Midlands 2017 the best year yet.”
To find out more about Made in the Midlands click here