Boeing chief to launch festival

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BOEING UK president Sir Roger Bone will be the first high-profile guest speaker at this year’s Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield in March.

He will officially launch the event with a lecture organised by the University of Sheffield, which will be held at the institution’s Octagon Centre on March 21, in association with Sheffield Hallam University.

Boeing was the founding member of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in 2001.

Also on March 21, the festival will host a Get Up To Speed – Skills and Education Show, which will be open to young people, schools, parents and students who wish to meet with local engineering and manufacturing businesses.

The event will take place at the The Blue Shed - Ekspan, Compass Works, Brightside Lane, Sheffield, between 11am-6pm.

On March 22, an international convention and trade show will take place at the City Hall, Sheffield with business leaders from around the globe attending.

Key themes at the convention will cover the three critical areas of UK strategy and support, new markets and opportunities, and technology and commercialisation.

Later that evening, the festival will come to a close with the Made in Sheffield awards dinner at the Cutlers’ Hall.