REDDITCH manufacturers have demonstrated their resilience in the face of a slowing sector at the region’s foremost manufacturing exhibition.
The exhibition, on June 21 and organised by manufacturing membership organisation Made in the Midlands (MIM), took place at a time of increasing turmoil for the sector with increasing economic headwinds, the uncertainty of Brexit, US steel tariffs and job cuts at two of the Midlands’ best known manufacturers – Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover.
With the industry at a tipping point, the 200+ manufacturers participating in the event showed they will not be cowed by the current climate and are determined to demonstrate that the Midlands remains the engine room of the UK economy, producing high quality components for many crucial industries such as those in automotive and aerospace.
MIM, which is the largest manufacturing membership-led organisation in the region, represents more than 400 manufacturers in the Midlands.
The exhibition, now in its ninth year, was at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on June 21 and featured a stellar array of industry talent extending across the SME, Tier One and OEM manufacturing spectrum.
Included among them were several firms from Redditch such as presswork specialist A E Oscroft, HELLER Machine Tools, precision engineering specialist Samuel Taylor and automotive and marine supplier B Hepworth.
All showed off their latest product innovations and services to an invited audience of buyers and industrial stakeholders.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street opened the event and a special attraction at this year’s show was the Bloodhound Supersonic Car.
The car will be the first to attempt to break the 1,000 mph barrier on land and set a new world land speed record in the process.
Jason Pitt, CEO, Made in the Midlands, said: “Made in the Midlands is a unique community of like-minded companies with a shared interest in promoting Midlands industry and this exhibition is the jewel in our crown.”