Sheffield and Rotherham welcome premier aerospace conference

Sheffield and Rotherham welcome premier aerospace conference

10 November 2015

The global metalwork industry’s premier aerospace conference, TRAM, is back home in Sheffield City Region this week (November 10 and 11) as 290 international delegates flock to Magna, Rotherham.

TRAM, the brainchild of The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, has been based in Chicago running alongside the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in 2012 and 2014. To celebrate its homecoming and in recognition of the significant role advanced manufacturing technologies play in the region, Invest Sheffield, the inward investment arm of Creative Sheffield are sponsoring the conference with RiDO (Rotherham Investment & Development Office).

Cllr Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, said: “Conferences of this magnitude in the region are incredibly significant to Sheffield and our business base.  It is world renowned events like TRAM that keep us at the forefront of new technology, material and supply chain developments.

“This comes at an important time as Sheffield and Rotherham work together to create the UKs first Advance Manufacturing Innovation District –  a trailblazing project which will cluster high tech industries to maximise economic output in the region.”

Creative Sheffield, The University of Sheffield and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council made headline news earlier this year when their ambitious plans to create the UK’s first Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District attracted Bruce Katz, one of the world’s leading figures in city development, to the region. 

Mr Katz visited Sheffield and Rotherham to see how the city region can drive this forward and  connect the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Waverley with Sheffield Business Park, the city centre and anchor manufacturers along the Sheffield-Rotherham economic corridor. Mr Katz termed this the “Innovation Triangle.” It will cluster cutting-edge research facilities in geographic areas that are liveable, walkable, bike-able, and connected by public transport.

TRAM 2015 is presented by the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, Gardner Business Media and the Royal Aeronautical Society.  Invest Sheffield are joint Gold Sponsors of the conference with RiDO (Rotherham Investment & Development Office). It is taking place at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in South Yorkshire on November 10 and 11.

For more information visit: www.tramconference.com