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2 minute read - 1st May 2024

Factory transformation, guitar competition and other fun at SM&E Week 2024

This June 5th and 6th, the NEC Birmingham will transform into a vibrant festival of innovation and entertainment with the return of the Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2024. From guitar competitions, live performances and smoothie making to the ‘Oscars’ of the manufacturing industry, this year’s event brings together cutting-edge technology developments with the excitement and creativity of festival-style attractions.

The Guitar Legends Competition makes a thrilling return, inviting entrants to showcase their musical talents by playing and recording music—from intros and riffs to full songs. Judged by professional musicians, the competition promises to be fierce, with the winner walking away with a unique prize: a 3D printed guitar. This competition blends creativity with technology, highlighting the innovative spirit of the event.

As the sun sets on the first day, the Day 1 ‘after-show’ party will kick off, offering visitors and exhibitors a chance to unwind. The highlight will be a performance by The Shadow Monkeys, known for their energetic renditions of dance floor hits and classic rock tunes. This party is more than just a fun time—it’s an extension of the festival vibe that defines SM&E Week.

Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2024 takes place at The NEC on 5th and 6th June / Picture: Nineteen Group

Continuing the theme of fun and refreshment, the Smoothie Bike Challenge gives attendees an opportunity to create their own smoothie using pedal power alone. This activity is not only a great way to recharge but also serves as a reminder about sustainable practices in manufacturing.

A highlight of Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week is the prestigious Top 100 Manufacturer Awards, often hailed as the ‘Oscars’ of the manufacturing sector. Scheduled for the evening of June 5th, this isn’t just another award ceremony; it’s a celebration of the people who truly drive the heart of UK manufacturing. The Top 100 Manufacturer Awards shine a spotlight on the most dynamic leaders and innovators across the UK, focusing on the individuals behind the scenes rather than the well-known companies they represent.

The Best of British showcase is a centrepiece of SM&E Week, featuring the pinnacle of UK manufacturing and engineering. The showcase displays world-beating new designs, innovative manufacturing methods, and category-redefining products that demonstrate the UK’s ability to compete on a global stage. This installation celebrates the achievements of firms that have made significant impacts domestically and abroad.

SM&E Week 2024 is not just about fun and games; it’s a comprehensive platform for learning, networking, and exploring the latest industry trends. With interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops, and insightful presentations, attendees will gain valuable knowledge and experiences to take back to their workplaces. Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2024 promises to be an unforgettable blend of professional growth and festival fun, making it a must-attend event for industry professionals looking to expand their horizons in a dynamic setting.

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