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Design show tripling in size at the Ricoh Arena

An engineering show specifically for designers is returning to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry – and is tripling in size!
The Engineering Design Show will this year occupy the entire 6,000 sqm of the Jaguar Exhibition Hall on Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3.
This year’s event will also introduce the Electronics Design Show and Engineering Materials Live as around 200 exhibitors travel from across the UK to the Ricoh Arena.

Conferences, workshops, seminars and exhibition stands are expected to attract over 2,500 visitors over the two days.

Luke Webster, Sales Director from organiser Findlay Media, said the entire show is geared around design engineers since there had previously not been one centred on this specific sector.

“We were extremely pleased with the response from exhibitors and visitors to the first Engineering Design Show in 2012 and there was no doubt that we needed to expand the exhibition this year,” he said.

“We are hiring the entire Jaguar Exhibition Hall this year because we have increased the number of exhibitors from 80 last year to 200 this year which underlines the demand for this kind of show and we anticipate another sell-out event.

“There will be workshops and exhibitors demonstrating cutting-edge technology and everything connected with engineering design under one roof.

“The conference will focus on a wide range of topical sessions from high-profile speakers connected with the industry.

“The Engineering Design Show and Electronics Design Show will run 40 workshops providing practical demonstrations to showcase innovative products to allow engineers to understand how new technology can help them in their design projects.

“The response to last year’s show was fantastic and we are confident this year will be even better. “The Ricoh Arena’s location is ideal and the fact the Midlands has such a strong manufacturing base is another plus since we are keen to attract the design teams from some of the key automotive OEMs to the show.”

Chris Owen, Senior Events Manager at the Ricoh Arena, said the venue was gaining a reputation within the exhibition and conference industry of helping shows grow year-on-year at the venue.

“Our flexible facilities mean we have the capacity for shows to expand without having the hassle of moving venue,” he said.

“The Engineering Design Show is a perfect example of this and to be tripling in size underlines the demand from design engineers across the UK for this kind of event.

“Last year there were around 1,600 visitors and that figure is expected to rise to over 2,500 in 2013.”

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