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15/10/2013
Engineering SMEs offered the chance to meet Jaguar Land Rover and Moog buyers

In four weeks’ time, Advanced Engineering UK returns to the NEC for 2013. At the show, Invest Black Country and Business Birmingham are offering SME engineering firms the opportunity to meet buyers from Jaguar Land Rover and Moog. 

On Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 November 2013, Advanced Engineering UK is returning to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. During the two-day event, over 600 specialist exhibitors and more than 200 speakers will share best engineering practice and new technologies with thousands of delegates. 

Invest Black Country and Business Birmingham are taking pavilion space at the NEC, to showcase the Black Country as a great place to do business. One of their aims is to highlight the region’s first-class supply chain, which offers a complete solution to any major client looking to set up or expand in the Black Country Enterprise Zone.

Huge investment

They are being supported by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) Jaguar Land Rover and Moog. JLR has recently made a huge investment in the region in the form of a new £500m Engine Manufacturing Centre, while aerospace giant Moog chose an 11-acre site within the Black Country’s Enterprise Zone to establish a purpose-built 205,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. 

Exhibiting alongside the Invest Black Country and Business Birmingham pavilion (stand G121 in Hall 5), JLR and Moog buyers will be on hand to talk to other firms considering relocating to, or expanding within, the Black Country. 

And to boost the region’s SMEs aspiring to become suppliers to JLR or Moog, buyers from the OEM companies will be available for one-to-one meetings with business representatives who book in advance. 

Huge clients

Wayne Langford is Head of Investment at Invest Black Country, which has the strapline ‘Built in the Black Country – sold around the world’. He said the support of JLR and Moog at the show is demonstrative of a wider dialogue between huge clients and the Black Country supply chain. 

"The Black Country is a place where big firms realise and reap the benefits of responsible procurement,” he said. "OEMs such as Jaguar Land Rover and Moog see they have world-class manufacturers, engineers and suppliers right here on their doorstep – and by being open to local procurement they are re-investing in the region, reducing their own material mileage, and boosting the local workforce.

"We’re delighted that Moog and JLR’s  buyers are joining us at Advanced Engineering this year. They’re not only opening up opportunities to SMEs who would like to supply to them, but they’re sending out the message that the Black Country is a vibrant place to do business.” 

To apply for a one-to-one meeting with JLR or Moog, you should sign up for a free visitor pass to Advanced Engineering UK 2013 at www.advancedengineeringuk.com and then complete the short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AEUK2013 

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