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Automation UK and MVC Set to be the Largest Annual Event in the UK Showcasing Leading Robotic and Vision Suppliers

Automation UK and MVC Set to be the Largest Annual Event in the UK Showcasing Leading Robotic and Vision Suppliers

Automation UK, the new exhibition highlighting the importance of robotics and systems integration to the future growth of the UK economy, is poised to be a sell-out event as the countdown to the show enters its final weeks. Taking place at the Coventry Building Society Arena, between 20th-21st June 2023, the unique event highlights the latest products, developments and solutions in robotics and automation, with solutions on display for visitors to improve efficiency and productivity in their operation.

Owned and organised in conjunction with BARA (British Automation & Robot Association), the event is designed to promote the use of, and assist in the development of, industrial robots and automation in British industry. Being owned by the industry, for the benefit of the industry, means there are many BARA members exhibiting – each showcasing their latest products and services, with experts on hand to offer advice and support.

Big names exhibiting include ABB, CKF, FANUC, Festo, KUKA Robotics, Mills CNC, Piab, Pilz Automation, RM Group, Schubert and Yaskawa. Joining them will be nearly 40 other companies all active in the sector and looking to raise their profiles and generate new business.

Oliver Selby, Head of Sales, FANUC UK said: “The FANUC UK team is delighted to be a founding exhibitor at Automation UK. As evidenced by the increase in enquiries we are receiving, there is a real need for a dedicated automation and robotics show such as this. We’ve been a longstanding member of BARA and are proud to support them in helping to raise the profile of automation among UK manufacturers, showcasing the wide-ranging benefits it can deliver.”

Co-located with Automation UK is the UKIVA’s (UK Industrial Vision Association), Machine Vision Conference (MVC), a well-established and successful machine vision confex event. This means visitors to Automation UK will also be able to cross-over and see the latest developments in industrial vision and imaging systems. 

Recognising the vast potential of automation and robotics to British industry, BARA’s aim in establishing Automation UK is to shine a spotlight on the disruptive technologies and to highlight their true value to the wider economy. Automation UK also promises to be the largest annual gathering of industry experts under one roof in the UK. 

The event has been specially designed for businesses operating in the automation and robotics markets. Showcasing the latest products and services, the show will feature live demonstrations of the latest machines. 

Visitors attending the event will be able to see live working demonstrations of the latest automation and robotics technology, helping them make informed investment decisions on their next machine.

Visitor registration for this free-to-attend event is now open, and the strong numbers suggest it is proving an attractive prospect for the industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet new suppliers, learn about new technology and new techniques as well as explore how this rapidly developing sector can help improve their business efficiency, productivity and accuracy.

Face to face meetings will allow visitors to clearly convey the complexities and challenges they face in their own operation. With multiple suppliers, technicians, experts, advisory bodies and advocates all under one roof, a day spent at Automation UK, finding out more about these exciting, transformative technologies, will save a visitor hours of internet trawling and weeks of arranging meetings. 

A vibrant seminar programme, located in the arena’s exhibition hall and led by BARA, will deliver a range of informative, content-led topics around the opportunities of automating equipment, processes and systems as well as the benefits this highly repeatable and reliable process can bring to a visitors business.

The co-located MVC is an established industrial vision confex that regularly attracts more than 500 visitors a day and features a wealth of sector-specific exhibitors and expert presentations. Organised by UKIVA, the MVC event promotes the use of image processing technology throughout UK industry and allows visitors to experience the benefits of automated inspection, combining the latest machine vision systems with automation.

Now in its seventh year, the MVC has been up until this year, a standalone event. Benefiting from being co-located with the inaugural Automation UK, visitors numbers are expected to be strong. The confex is a content-packed event providing visitors with a wealth of new, up-to-date information and a strong technical seminar programme dedicated to machine vision users and engineers. 

Promoted and organised by UKIVA, MVC is the leading event for the industrial vision industry in the UK and annually brings together an array of leading exhibitors and speakers with the aim of being a deep learning experience for all involved.

As the voice of the industrial vision industry, the UKIVA is uniquely placed to guide and shape the content of the event, promoting the use of image processing technology throughout UK industry, helping visitors to learn new processes and find out about the new technology designed to provide businesses with a competitive edge. 

For first-time visitors and those new to the sector, the event will seek to inform, educate and de-mystify machine vision. Demonstrating new technology and preconfigured packages can ease implementation in different applications and different industries, significantly simplifying installation and set-up.

The seminar programme will draw upon the expertise of leading speakers from across the sector combined with academics and thought leaders. Topics being covered at the event range from camera technology to optics and illumination, from 3D vision to vision in robotics.

Keynote speaker for MVC will be Jeff Burnstein, President of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), a trade group representing more than 1,000 global companies involved in associations focused on robotics, machine vision, motion control and motors and related technologies. Burnstein is an expert on the impact of automation on jobs as well as the future of automation, and has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg News, BBC, as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and other leading media outlets and publications.

In addition to the conference and seminar programme, an industry-focused exhibition showcases more than 40 of the world’s most forward-thinking companies. Through live demonstrations, visitors will experience the latest developments in industrial vision, imaging technologies and innovations, showcasing emerging trends and opportunities from across the globe.

This exciting co-location with Automation UK, allows MVC visitors free access to this new event, providing a unique opportunity to see industrial applications of automation, robotics and vision in one location, at one event.

Mark Stepney, Managing Director of Schubert UK and a PPMA board member, said: “Automation UK and MVC will be the largest annual event in the UK to showcase leading robotic and vision suppliers. Its legitimacy is underlined by the backing of two leading industry associations – BARA and UKIVA – and will be an event not to be missed. 

“Aside from being able to view live demonstrations of the latest machines, talk to exhibitors face-to-face and gain the latest market intelligence from industry experts, we have a very competitive offer for exhibitors and one we believe they will find very attractive, not least because the show is open to all suppliers and prospective purchasers.” 

For more information on visiting Automation UK and how to register, visit 

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