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Design & Manufacturing Expo returns to Munich

aerospaceJan. 28, 2009 – Aviation engineers are taking a long view approach to the current difficult economic climate and are upbeat on future investments, according to Reed Exhibitions, organiser of the forthcoming Aerospace Testing,

January 28, 2009  By Aerospace

aerospaceAviation engineers are taking a long view approach to the current difficult economic climate and are upbeat on future investments, according to Reed Exhibitions, organiser of the forthcoming Aerospace Testing, Design & Manufacturing Expo.  Against this background, they are confident about strong support for April’s Show which returns to Munich during April 21-23 with a focus on innovation, maximising efficiency and careers. 

Reed carried out research in November last year with a sample of 100 visitors with direct responsibility or influence on purchasing products in aero testing, design and manufacture.  Over 50% of them said that they expected their gross sales and revenue to increase over the next six months and over 80% believed their number of supply chain partners would either increase or remain the same over that period.  Approximately 70% said with regard to future projects that they expected increased activity, or to maintain the status quo.  Over 60% said they would be investing in aerospace testing, design and manufacturing within the next 12 months.     

“These findings very much underline that Aerospace Testing, Design and Manufacturing Expo should be the number one priority for the sector this year,” said Exhibition Director Jonathan Heastie.  “It is the one key opportunity for small companies to share their technology with larger players who are always looking for niche capabilities.”

Online registration has opened at and, now in its seventh year, engineers have come to regard this show, the exhibits, live demonstrations and its technical seminars as a must attend event.  It is the premier networking event for the aerospace engineering development community.   During Day one and Day two, over 50 seminars will reveal the latest developments in topical issues within the areas of Avionics, Testing Software, Telemetry and Data Acquisition, Metrology & Quality Assurance, NDT, Engine Testing, Materials & Composites Testing, Design and Pre-Production, as well as a full day run by The Society of Flight Test Engineers and, new this year, a panel session on ‘Green Initiatives.’    The last day of the free education programme will be determined by the engineers themselves.  They have the opportunity to vote on the show website for the top 12 presentations they would like to hear on Day 3- creating their own conference. 


Following the success of the event’s Student programme, Aerospace Testing, Design & Manufacturing Expo has this year joined with EUCASS to present The Young Aerospace Engineer of Year Awards, sponsored by MTS, to recognise excellence in tomorrow’s engineers.  There will be two prizes, The Scientific Prize recognizing the most innovative project in Aerospace Research and The Technology & Innovation prize for the best project in Aeronautic and Space Testing, Design and Manufacture.  The closing dates for submissions are 6 March for The Technology & Innovation Prize and 22 May for The Science Prize.  Further details are available at
Aerospace Testing is looking forward to welcoming some 3,500 attendees this year.  Spain, Canada and India especially will be sending a strong delegation of engineers.

“Aerospace Testing has become the global market place for the aerospace engineering development community operating outside the USA.  Visitors, speakers and companies participating this year include Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Eurocopter, EADS, GE, Honeywell, Beta Air, MTU Aerospace and RUAG,” confirmed Jonathan Heastie.

For further information:
Alison Chambers, Emerald Media     +44 (0)7721 882935
Celia Turner, Emerald Media          +44 (0)7703 344425

reedAbout the organiser
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 470 events in 37 countries. In 2008 Reed brought together over seven million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 38 fully staffed offices.
Reed organises a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. Its portfolio of over 470 events serves 44 industry sectors, including: Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering, manufacturing, environment, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, medical education, printing & graphics, property & real estate, security & safety, sports & recreation, travel.
Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2007, Reed Elsevier made an adjusted profit before taxation of £998 million on turnover of £4,584 million.


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