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Sandvik Coromant Champions Education and Development at MACH 2024

by Anna

Sandvik Coromant, a leader in metal cutting and manufacturing solutions, recently played a significant role as the sponsor of the Education and Development (E&D) Zone at MACH 2024, the UK’s premier engineering-based manufacturing trade show.

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During the event, Steve Geddes, Regional Sales Manager at Sandvik Coromant, had the honor of hosting The Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation, and Technology. The Secretary of State delivered a keynote address at the NEC, Birmingham, highlighting recent government investments of £4.5 billion into advanced manufacturing, driving the sector’s growth.

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Following her keynote, The Secretary of State embarked on a comprehensive tour of MACH’s expansive exhibition, exploring various stands before concluding her visit at Sandvik Coromant’s sponsored Education & Development Zone. Here, she engaged with Steve Geddes, discussing the pivotal role of apprenticeships and young professionals in advancing the manufacturing sector.

The discussion underscored Sandvik Coromant’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of engineering talent, aligning with its brand mission of “Manufacturing Wellness.” This mission emphasizes eight critical manufacturing habits, including the development and retention of skilled individuals eager to drive innovation.

To support this mission, Sandvik Coromant hosts regular training events and webinars globally, leveraging its 14 Sandvik Coromant Centers, including the UK Center in Halesowen, West Midlands. This state-of-the-art facility, inaugurated last year, serves as a national hub for metal cutting expertise, featuring education stations equipped for tooling demonstrations and engineering projects.

Steve Geddes reflected on the success of the E&D Zone and interactions with industry stakeholders, exhibitors, attendees, and students, emphasizing Sandvik Coromant’s dedication to fostering talent and innovation in manufacturing.

In summary, Sandvik Coromant’s involvement at MACH 2024 exemplifies its proactive stance in addressing the skills gap and nurturing young talent, ultimately contributing to the resilience and success of the manufacturing industry. The company’s commitment to education and development aligns with broader initiatives to propel the sector forward, ensuring a vibrant future for engineering and manufacturing in the UK.

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