Rical Group Exhibited
Rical Group had a successful two days exhibiting at the recent at the Automotive Engineering Show at the NEC Birmingham. We showcased our capacity for Fine Blanking, Deep Drawn and conventional pressings along with Zinc and Aluminium Die casting and Sheet Metal Fabrications. Our stand saw healthy footfall with interest from both existing and potentially new business partners.
The event, which took place 12th to 13th November showcased technological innovation, processes and industry supply chain capability. Representing the UK’s only 100% dedicated show and open conference for Automotive body, chassis, powertrain and supply chain engineering, the Automotive Engineering Show 2013, doubled in size over the 2012 ’inaugural’ show, to provide a uniquely tailored ‘showcase’ of specialist UK and international engineering services, design/production technology and specialist parts and component suppliers supporting the UK’s multiple vehicle engineering programmes – from Passenger Car, Performance Vehicle, CV, Truck, Motorcycle, Specialist, Low Carbon Vehicle and Engine sectors.
The highly resurgent UK automotive industry is at the very forefront of the nation’s manufacturing and advanced engineering capability, adding some £12bn net value to the UK economy with around 1.6 million vehicles and 2.5 million engines built in 2012, and more importantly exporting 81% and 62% respectively of this production.
The UK Automotive sector is enjoying an unprecedented level of new investment into both R&D and production facilities (notable are the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, BMW Group), and now in trade surplus, the UK is seen as a preferred location for automotive design and production, reflecting its dynamic, lean, competitive and highly skilled technology and manufacturing base for a growing automotive sector.
The UK already boasts a supply chain in excess of some 2,000 specialist companies supporting its domestic automotive development, manufacturing, assembly and integration processes. With ambitions of topping 2million vehicles per annum, a key factor will be the growth and development of the industry’s supporting supply chains – assuring capacity, capability and sustainability in key areas such as lightweight body engineering, ICE, EV and Hybrid engine/drivetrain production, low and ultra –low carbon vehicles, energy storage development and more.
Attracting engineering and industry professionals throughout UK and international OEM and Tier 1 manufacturers, together with tier 2 and 3 supplier groups and related automotive sector supply chain partner groups, the Automotive Engineering Show provided a crucial technology transfer, supply chain development and business networking environment – bringing tier groups together for this very purpose.
A big thank you to the event orgainsers and to the visitors to our stand. We look forwards to next years event.