Northern Manufacturing Technology Exhibition 2008 promotes sustainability

August 20, 2008

Engineering businesses could be jeopardising more than the environment if they don’t think ‘Sustainability’, warns a major UK industrial exhibition organiser.

DSC_5630_tmb Philip Valentine, managing director of ETES, the UK’s top regional industrial exhibition organiser, says that many companies are storing-up potential problems for themselves because they are still not taking the issue of sustainable development seriously enough. Visitors to the Northern Manufacturing Technology Show (October 1-2, Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield) will have the chance to learn how they can help protect their revenues as well as the environment.

“Enterprises are increasingly being asked to prove their green
credentials or risk finding themselves at the bottom of accredited suppliers lists,” says Mr Valentine. “We believe that companies who put in place a sustainable development programme now, will find themselves expanding at a greater rate in the future compared to competitors who have ignored these issues.”

Sustainable development will be an important theme of the Northern Manufacturing Technology show, the largest and most important annual manufacturing exhibition in the north of England. Over 150 of the region’s top suppliers will be demonstrating the latest technologies, processes and design engineering solutions for reducing waste, improving productivity and profitability.

“Sustainability is an issue that affects everyone in the supply chain,” continues Mr Valentine. “Companies might be aware of the direct environmental impact of their operations, but unless they procure from companies who are also addressing these issues – and that includes factors like transportation of materials – then in the future their order books will undoubtedly suffer as we and the world become more green-conscious.”

The Northern Manufacturing Technology Show – like the four other industrial events in the ETES portfolio – promotes industrial business at a local level. Providing a unique regional marketplace for buyers and sellers from sectors such as aerospace/automotive machinery and sub-contracting is one way the Northern Manufacturing Technology show can help businesses reduce their environmental impact; The other is to offer knowledge transfer to local business through the unique free seminar programme running over both days of the event. These sessions provide a valuable opportunity to pick up on new ideas and to keep pace with the developments shaping industry and manufacturing.

Two sessions giving a practical insight into how engineering businesses can promote sustainability are, ‘How your business would benefit from sustainable development and a sustainable purchasing policy’ and ‘Cutting your energy costs and reducing your carbon footprint’. Other topics under review over the two day show will include ‘Lean principles’; ‘New product development’; ‘Technology transfer’; ‘Six Sigma’; ‘CE marking’ and ‘Product innovation’. The seminar sessions are likely to prove extremely popular and advanced booking is recommended. For the full programme and to pre-register online, visit and go to the ‘FREE SEMINARS’ page.

The Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield is well-serviced by public transport with convenient Supertram and bus services linking it to Sheffield Railway Station, the Meadowhall Shopping Centre and various Park & Ride facilities around the city. For those travelling by road, the venue is easily accessible from Junction 34 on the M1 (for Meadowhall Shopping Centre) and Junction 33 (for Sheffield City Centre). Car parking is plentiful and free, with space for 1200 cars on site.

For more information on the Northern Manufacturing Technology show, or any of the other events in the ETES regional programme, visit or call 01784 880890

Microsoft Debuts Surface Screen

August 18, 2008


15 Aug 2008

The Sheraton Boston Hotel is one of five U.S. Sheratons that has launched a "virtual concierge" digital signage solution, writes

The display, situated on a table, consists of a 30-inch surface computer designed to allow multiple guests to seek self-service concierge information at the same time. Customers are able to access tourist information, details about other Sheraton hotels and on-demand music selections.

The technology represents the debut of Microsoft Surface with the Sheraton installation being Microsoft’s first commercially available surface computer. It has an intuitive user interface that works without a traditional mouse or keyboard, allowing people to interact with content and information by using their hands and gestures.

The units will be located in the lobby of each hotel. The other hotels within the group using the surface are: the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, and the Sheraton Gateway San Francisco Airport Hotel. – Microsoft Debuts Surface Screen