Pitch perfect

November 7th, 2019 11:39 am | by admin

Seco Tools has reported that its annual Inspiration through Innovation manufacturing best-practice event was a huge success with a total of 747 visitors attending over the two days


Seco Tool’s “Inspiration through Innovation manufacturing best-practice” event focused exclusively on the aerospace sector, hits the high notes with visitors and partners alike

Hosted at the company’s Technology Centre on 9th and 10th October, Seco has declared it a huge success, with a total of 747 visitors attending over the two days.


Mike Fleming, Seco’s strategic marketing, products & services manager says: “The Aerospace Industry really does transcend national boundaries and Inspiration through Innovation 2019 has a real international flavour. We welcomed visitors from as far afield as China, South Korea, Australia, India and the US as well as from Europe and the UK during the event. Over 22 percent of visitors were from outside the UK.”

Also impressive was the type of visitor that made the effort to get to Inspiration through Innovation 2019. Mike Fleming continues: “We deliberately targeted this year’s event at key decision makers in aerospace component manufacturing companies and in other influential and advisory organisations operating in the supply chain.

“An audit of attendees, by job function, revealed a good cross-section of company CEOs and managing directors, as well as production managers, operations managers, R & D managers, senior manufacturing engineers and applications engineers.”

Inspiration through Innovation 2019, like all previous years’ events, highlighted the power and synergistic benefits that can be achieved through collaboration and from sharing knowledge and best practice. More than 30 technical partners including machine tool builders, CAD/CAM providers and workholding, metalworking fluid and metrology suppliers worked closely with Seco to design, develop and deliver the event.

Dave Magnall, Seco’s Innovation Partnership manager adds: “This event is an excellent example of what can be achieved when we are committed to working together. Our event partners came together to co-create innovative, best-in-class manufacturing demonstrations for the aerospace manufacturing industry. Our guests recognised the value in that.”

The event provided a balance between innovative and challenging machining demonstrations and a programme of highly relevant and issue-led seminars.

Nine machining demonstrations (all aerospace focused) included aero engine blisk, disc, combustion chamber section and blade manufacture as well as the machining of fuel connector, wing pylons, hinges and passenger seating components.

Virtually every material used in the aerospace sector was being machined at the event i.e. titanium, Inconel, aluminium and carbon fibre composites. Visitors were able to see a wide range of the latest and most advanced technologies in action.

The seven seminars scheduled over the two days, each one led by an industry expert, were informative, thought-provoking and pulled in the crowds.

Mike Fleming continues: “Every year we look to change the content and structure of Inspiration through Innovation to make it more relevant and in tune with customers’ needs and requirements. This year the event was focused on the aerospace sector and, in addition to the record number of visitors attending, the accolades and plaudits received from visitors and partners alike, during and after the event, are evidence that the scope and scale of Inspiration through Innovation 2019 was spot on. It seems only right that we leave the last word to them.”

Feedback from the event:
“Seco Tools’ Inspiration through Innovation 2019 has been a really excellent event. We’ve seen both existing and new ZOLLER users, had meetings on a number of projects to move them further forward and even welcomed international visitors onto the stand.” Andy Dyche, sales manager, Zoller

“Yet another perfectly organised event by Seco in collaboration with technical partners. Superb demonstrations and best practice methods to share with all. Pleased to be part of it with hyperMILL adding value to the event.”
Simon Docker, UK sales manager, Open Mind Technologies

“Without doubt the Seco Tools Inspiration through Innovation event is the very best in the UK. Congratulations to everyone at Seco on another spectacular and valued experience.” Leigh Tricklebank, sales manager, Fastems

For more information, contact:

Seco Tools (UK) Ltd|
Tel: 01789 764220
Email: dore.collett@secotools.com