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PREPARATIONS are being made for the second Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield on March 21 and 22.

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce will play a lead role in the project management of the festival, which aims to reaffirm the UK’s position as a global leader in advanced engineering and manufacturing innovation.

Executive director Richard Wright said: “The inaugural Global Manufacturing Festival was a good foundation to develop a unique event in the city which has international reach.

“Early feedback from the March 2011 festival was the need to ensure it provided a significant value added offer to businesses, sponsors and contributors, where economic return can be gained.

“We are reassessing the event format and see it becoming a trade show-style gathering of the world’s leaders in manufacturing, sharing best practice and ultimately securing contacts for future partnerships.”