Big brands lend their weight to construction exhibition
by Annie Byrne
UK business minister Mark Prisk has unveiled a mini-manufacturing exhibition at the Business, Innovation and Skills office this weekend, designed to encourage a new generation of innovators.First in a planned rolling programme of themed displays, the exhibition focuses on the engineering supply chain. Exhibits have been supplied by construction equipment manufacturer JCB, machine tool provider Mazak UK, Craftsman Tools and metrology equipment specialists Renishaw.“Britain is a world leader in manufacturing, but if we are to inspire future generations we must do all we can to promote UK excellence,” says Prisk. “As a signal of our intent, we have these shining examples of British design, engineering and manufacture showcasing their products.”The exhibition is intended to help raise awareness of manufacturing, a sector that the Government says it is committed to promoting as it is critical to economic growth, which has responsibility for 53 per cent of UK exports and 2.8m jobs.