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Line up for British manufacturing exhibition announced

Mars, McLaren, Airbus, the Royal Mint and Sunseeker are among the exhibitors announced for a national manufacturing expo.

The companies will join around 40 others at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition, which will showcase the best of British manufacturing during the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

“Manufacturing accounts for 8 per cent of total UK employment and well over half of export goods, yet current perceptions of the industry are out of date and do not reflect that reality,” Business Minister Mark Prisk said.

“We have selected a really exciting mix of exhibits, from the manufacture of MRI magnets by Siemens, to the secrets behind McLaren’s winning team.  

“I hope that as many people as possible visit the exhibition and see all of the great examples of British design and manufacturing – it will be spectacular.”

The exhibition, taking place at the Science Museum, will feature British manufacturing feats including the manufacturing journey of a Mars bar and a lightweight on-demand transport system, which has been piloted at Heathrow Terminal 5.

Other Make it in Great Britain exhibition highlights will include a macro camera black box showing telescopic, planetary and earth images from E2V.

“The Make it in Great Britain exhibition will be a fantastic display of manufacturing prowess, ranging from a Sunseeker luxury motor yacht to a multi-award-winning laser ophthalmoscope that allows an optician to take a 200 degree scan of a patient’s retina,” said Mark Cropper, chairman of James Cropper plc and a member of the exhibition judging panel.

“This is truly groundbreaking and manufactured right here in the UK.”

The exhibition, which is free to attend, is the culmination of the Make it in Great Britain campaign; an initiative launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) last year which aims to challenge outdated opinions of the UK manufacturing industry, worth approximately £130bn to the UK economy each year and employing 2.5 million people.

Organisers are still looking for the Make it in Great Britain 30 Under 30 – 30 young rising stars working in manufacturing, aged under 30 – with the deadline for nominating an outstanding worker on 20 April.

“We’re incredibly excited to be hosting the Make it in Great Britain exhibition this summer,” said Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum.

“The Science Museum and its world leading collections demonstrate some of the greatest engineering achievements of the last 200 years.

“We hope that as many people as possible visit the exhibition, and see at first-hand how innovation in British manufacturing is still thriving today.”

The exhibition will be open from 24 July to 9 September.

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