Yesterday at the first day of the Advanced Engineering UK 2011 Group of Events: Aero Engineering, The Composites Engineering Show, Energy Engineering and Plastic Electronics, there was no sign of downturn! With two Congress Theatres and four Open Forums all running simultaneously and well attended and in some cases with people standing at the back due to lack of seats!

Predominantly composite technology companies and aerospace engineering, if the European Governments need any ideas on how to grow our economies then they could do worse than look at this show. According to the organiser the show is the biggest ever doubling in size over last year. Let’s hope the multinational visitors found something that made their trip worthwhile. My guess is they did.