Exhibitors & Sponsors
SPARK! Engineering Festival is only possible because of the dedication, support and help provided by over 40 organisations which span the engineering, education, local government, charity, financial and marketing sectors. Everyone involved does so because they believe that engineering is vitally important, that it should be celebrated and that it can make the future a better place for all. We say an enormous 'thank you' to each and every person, many of who give their time freely to make this fantastic event happen.
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Founded in 1847 by George Stephenson, the 'father of the railways' and inventor of the famous Rocket steam locomotive, the IMECHE have been at the heart of the mechanical engineering profession for 170 years. With over 113,000 members in 140 countries and working across industries such as railway, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, energy, biomedical and construction, their mission is to inspire the next generation, develop professional engineers and set the agenda.
Employing 1,600 people, Siemens industrial gas turbine business is at the forefront of energy sustainability – supplying efficient power and lifetime product service to the global oil and gas industry and major industrial power producers. The company has been making gas turbines for over 65 years and has sold over 3,500 units which operate in over 90 countries.
It is a far cry from the days when the visionary Joseph Ruston decided he could improve the manufacture of agricultural machinery, but the core values of engineering innovation and exceeding customers expectations are still at the very core of Siemens’ business.
Opened at Teal Park, Fielden House is the company’s new £15 million, state-of-the-art gas turbine centre which consolidates the overhaul process into a single location.
The world’s energy usage is increasing at a rate faster than renewable energies are developing, so it is critically important to keep investing in ever-more efficient and eco-friendly gas turbines. Siemens continues to pioneer in this area and the company’s combined cycle turbines (where waste gases are recycled for other uses) are already returning 90% fuel efficiency. Future aims are to improve these figures further and to reduce fossil fuel burn by half whilst achieving the same energy production.
Today NMB Minebea are world leaders in the design and manufacture of bearings, which are used in such applications as aircraft landing gear and high-speed trains. The company employs over 270 people in Lincolnshire and has a turnover in excess of £35m.
The company is pushing the frontiers of bearing technology in aerospace applications to include performance testing and the development of coatings and weight-saving solutions.
Micrometric provide a subcontract laser manufacturing service to a wide range of business sectors, supplying anything from watch to tractor to jet engine parts, from prototype to volume production. This activity is supported by conventional CNC machining, wire EDM, small press, scanning capability and 3D printing.
Micrometric continues to invest in improved laser drilling for aerospace and automotive markets.
The company are currently experimenting with a novel form of aluminium welding for aerospace. This will give improved strength and corrosion protection for small aluminium assemblies and electronics packages.
Dynex Semiconductor Ltd
Dynex Semiconductor Limited manufactures a wide variety of high power semiconductor devices, assemblies and test systems, which improve the reliability and control of electrical energy in applications worldwide such as electric power transmission, distribution grid systems, railway transportation, electric vehicles, renewable power and industrial motor drives.
Dynex celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017 and is proud to have earned a first class reputation as a world-wide supplier of electronic components and assemblies. It’s culture is underpinned by values of customer support, product quality and reliability while delivering operational excellence. These values are supported by ensuring high levels of employee engagement are experienced by offering excellent development and progression opportunities with substantial employee benefits.
ITP Engines Ltd
ITP is a leading company in the global aircraft engine market, currently being the ninth largest aircraft engine and component company in the world by revenue (710 million Euros in 2015) and ranking among the top one hundred companies in the aviation industry globally. ITP includes among its activities the design, research and development, manufacture, casting, assembly and testing of aeronautical engines, as well as industrial turbines. Hence, ITP is present throughout the entire product life cycle, being a direct Tier 1 supplier to the world’s leading engine manufacturers.
Thanks to program investments made in recent years and growth prospects for the global aviation industry (about + 5% annually), ITP’s future firmly points to growth. The company estimates that within 20 years, it will reach a 50% share of the wide-body and 45% of single aisle aircraft market, which in practice means that 1 in every 2 planes will fly with ITP low pressure turbines.
Wyman Gordon’s Lincoln facility supplies forged products including compressor discs, turbine discs and fan discs for aircraft engines as well as landing gear and engine mounting brackets. It has Europe’s largest counterblow hammer at the heart of its operation and this is supported by heat treatment, material handling, die and tool machining and non-destructive testing, laboratories and inspection facilities.
Currently there are 66 people employed at the Lincoln site.
The Lincoln facility will continue to work in unison with sister plants in Livingston, UK, and Plzen in the Czech Republic to provide a diverse range of machined forgings serving customers globally in aerospace and oil and gas markets.
Greenray provides service solutions for industrial gas and steam turbines, in the oil and gas, waste to energy and power generation markets. Their focus is to support operators of mature gas turbines in order to ensure maximum performance and minimum downtime by delivering innovative solutions. This service includes the supply of spare parts, maintenance and a full range of technical support services which extends to component repairs, manufacturing of spare parts, overhaul, disassembly, inspection, balancing, cleaning, refurbishment, upgrades, retrofits and relocations.
As part of these services, Greenray has had an ongoing relationship with Siemens for over 20 years, and provides spare parts, technical service, overhauls, and retrofits for the GEC Gas Turbines Ltd range of machines. The company plans to expand its international profile through the establishment of Integrated Turbine Systems Limited, and Greenray Control Solutions Limited, working with a broad range of customers and providing turnkey projects, including packaged system repairs, gas and steam turbine upgrades, maintenance services and high tech control system solutions. The company’s Lincoln facilities will receive further investment, bringing together teams and strengthening existing resources.
Since 1872 James Dawson and Son have manufactured a variety of belting and rubber based products. Following an acquisition by Fenner PLC in the late 1970s, the company has diversified and has formed into two business units - James Dawson being a primary supplier of silicone and organic rubber engine hoses into the Global Diesel Engine market and Fenner Precision supplying innovative polymeric components into a range of industries including Industrial, Imaging, Infastructure, Transportaion and Motion Control. The two companies employ around 350 people and export the majority of their products worldwide.
In 2017 the 2 companies have merged operations to form a £30 million company, providing a diverse range of polymeric products and supplying to a variety of major customers on all four continents. James Dawson and Fenner Precision will continue to use innovative design and high levels of R&D to continue to supply the technologies of the future. While the company has interests overseas the manufacturing base and Headquarters will remain in Lincoln providing quality jobs in the area and working closely with Lincoln University to keep at the forefront of engineering technology.
For over 40 years Destec has developed products and services covering all aspects of high-pressure pipe connection to oil, chemical and petrochemical related industries, power generation, steel and marine markets.
High-pressure containment, on-site machining, in-house design and manufacture of a wide range of portable and versatile machine tools are a particular specialisation. All standard products produced are manufactured to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and are Lloyds of London Approved.
Destec is investing in more engineers and CNC machines for its Lincoln factory as well as service locations around the UK and in Asia. Later in 2017/2018 Destec hopes to add another two distributors to its current 15, with new locations in India & Kuwait.
Destec also hopes to take on more apprentices for 2018 to help meet growing market demand.
QinetiQ is a company of scientists and engineers essential to sovereign capability. The technical expertise and domain know-how of our people are our principal sources of competitive advantage, and are well matched to the emerging themes in our markets. By leveraging our distinctive facilities and integrating our core capabilities, we play a critical role in helping customers meet current and future challenges.
The University of Lincoln
The University has established an international reputation for the quality of teaching and research, with academics and students working together on major projects across areas as varied as cancer treatment, water conservation and low-carbon technology.
Economists estimate that the University has created at least 3,000 new jobs within Lincoln and that it generates more than £250 million every year for the local economy. It has also climbed more places in university league tables than almost any other institution.
From 2016, students will have access to a new building designed specifically for mathematics and physics, and additional purpose built facilities for engineering, health and social care and psychology.
University staff are continuing to conduct exciting research in partnership with a number of companies including Siemens, Volvo, Napier Turbochargers, the NHS, Castlet, Marks and Spencer and e2v.
Lincoln College is the largest educational institution in the county, with around 9,000 students of whom over 3,000 are full-time. 120 are full-time engineering students with 151 apprentices also studying engineering related programmes.
Lincoln College has the latest technologies and specialist areas with industry standard equipment. Each building is packed full of some of the best facilities in our region, which ensures students develop the skills and knowledge to transition successfully into the world of work.
Lincoln College is constantly adapting its programmes to meet the needs of industry and has established links with many companies in the engineering sector. Continuing investment in equipment and resources keeps it at the forefront of engineering training and development for both companies and individuals.
Backed by local employers, Lincoln UTC (University Technical College) offers a broad curriculum of GCSE, Cambridge Technical and A Level qualifications that combines an academic education with technical and practical learning. The aim is to offer young people a high quality education that provides employers and universities with highly skilled engineers, scientists and technicians needed to secure the industries continual and future growth.
In September 2015, the UTC will move into its permanent home with purpose-built workshops and laboratories extended onto the newly refurbished facility at the Greestone Centre.
Lincoln UTC has a dynamic and inspiring vision – to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers who together will help solve the global challenges that lie ahead of us all.
The EBP is a social enterprise developing the skills of young people. They are proud to support young people across the country, helping them develop the skills they need to thrive. Through the delivery of many programmes, young people have entered the world of work better equipped and prepared for what lies ahead. The EBP work to ensure that all services provide young people with the opportunity to develop the skills that employers are looking for.