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3 minute read - 12th January 2024

Automation UK Show to double in size to meet growing demand

The first-ever Automation UK Show in June 2023 proved to be a huge success. The show provided an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their latest innovations in automation and robotics to a wide range of visitors. Buoyed by this success, the show will return in 2024, taking place on 18 and 19 June at the CBS Arena in Coventry.

The show’s prime purpose is to promote the importance of automation and robotics to the future growth of the UK economy. By highlighting the potential of these technologies, the show seeks to encourage more businesses to invest in these areas.

The show organisers, British Automation & Robot Association (BARA), have responded to the increased levels of interest and participation by doubling the exhibition space for next year’s show. The 2023 show already featured big brands as exhibitors, showing that there is an appetite for an exhibition of this type in the UK. Some of the founding companies include ABB, Fanuc, Mills CNC, Piab, Pilz, Yaskawa, KUKA, RM Group, Schubert, CKF, Festo, and RARUK Automation.

The Automation UK Show will return in 2024, taking place on 18 and 19 June at the CBS Arena in Coventry / Picture: Automation UK

The World Robotics 2023 report by the International Federation of Robotics reported that the robotics industry is predicted to continue to grow year-on-year, a 7% increase is forecasted for 2024. BARA urges automation and robotics suppliers to ensure that they are best positioned to capitalise on this growth by exhibiting at Automation UK. This event is the perfect platform for suppliers to showcase their state-of-the-art solutions, enabling their businesses to stay ahead of the competition.

In 2023, visitors to the show included the following well-known brands: Amazon, Arla Foods, Bentley Motors, BMW Group, DeBeers, DHL, Ferrero, Gillette, Greggs, GSK, Hachette UK Distribution, Hotel Chocolat, Jaguar Land Rover, Kellogg’s, Kraft Heinz, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, Mitsubishi Electric, Morrisons, Muller UK & Ireland Group, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, Ocado, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Rolls Royce, Royal Air Force, Royal Mail, Siemens, Sony, Tata Technologies, Tesco, and UPS.

The show attracts many different types of companies. In 2023, the top five visitor company types were OEM, end user, machine builder, systems integrator, and engineering consultancy. These visitors were looking for solutions such as robotics, robotic systems, automated assembly machine systems, industrial automation control, robotic tooling, grippers, end effectors, parts handling equipment, conveyors & materials, autonomous mobile robots & guided vehicles, motion control equipment, systems integration & consulting, and machine safety and safety equipment.

The versatility of automation and robotics solutions have already proven successful in many industries. Automation UK attracts a vast amount of visitors from industries such as manufacturing, retail/consumer, automotive, electrical, electronics, engineering, aerospace, maritime, food, drink, logistics, transport, oil, gas and nuclear.

Automation UK will once again be co-located alongside the Machine Vision Conference (MVC), organised by UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA), allowing visitors to visit the MVC conference for the latest vision technology and services from world-leading companies in industrial vision and imaging.

Automation UK will once again be co-located alongside Machine Vision Conference / Picture: Automation UK

Now in its 8th year, the Machine Vision Conference is recognised worldwide as the leading machine vision trade show. This year’s conference takes place at the CBS Arena in Coventry on 18-19 June, featuring an exciting range of new machine vision technology including the latest state-of-the-art solutions from industry leading companies.

The core purpose of MVC is to promote the use of image processing technology, educate visitors about innovative new processes and assist businesses in finding new fantastic technologies that can help them to improve processes and reduce operating costs.

This annual event is content packed with fantastic networking opportunities, live demonstrations and knowledge sharing, making it an ideal combination for existing machine vision users and engineers as well as educating those new to machine vision technology.

MVC 2024 is anticipated to be one of the best two-day events yet with visitors expected to immerse themselves in the latest developments and innovations from leading brands, who are eager to showcase and demonstrate their cutting-edge machine vision solutions. In addition, the outstanding seminar programme featuring some of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts, will make it hard for visitors to decide which thought-provoking presentations to attend.

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