High tech fair chooses the town’s new high tech venue

Business festival 2011 - The Exhibition of advanced manufacturing and engineering in the Apex, and also the Start-up bus. Dave Wood.

Business festival 2011 - The Exhibition of advanced manufacturing and engineering in the Apex, and also the Start-up bus. Dave Wood.

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EAST Anglia’s high tech engineering show moved to Bury St Edmunds for this year.

Previously held at the Hethel Engineering Centre, organisers Laurence Brooks and Steve Tubby decided it was time to hold the Exhibition of Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing (EAME) in Suffolk. The combination of Business Festival and The Apex drew them.

EAME is for advanced engineering companies in Norfolk and Suffolk, which Mr Brooks admitted is not a traditional engineering area. But he added: “There are lots of high tech niche businesses, small providers who are world leading.

“Sometimes they’re making products for themselves and sometimes it’s design and consultancy of prototypes and initial design for worldwide production.”

Two Bury area exhibitors illustrated both sides. Avelair, from Rougham Industrial Estate, make compressors whose electronic control saves energy by varying the motor’s speed according to load.

Nearby, DB Engineering, part of Denny Brothers’ Group, from Kempson Way, were offering expertise gained in designing and building machines to make their Fix-a-Form booklet labels to other companies needing design skills and prototype development.