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International conference to highlight billion pound savings for manufacturing and engineering

24 June 2014

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An international conference will highlight billions of pounds worth of savings for the manufacturing and engineering industries.

World-leading engineers, academics and businesses will be delivering key note speeches in Manchester highlighting how industry can make substantial cost savings.

Industry specialists from across the globe will be showcasing technological innovations at the fourth Lubrication, Maintenance and Tribotechnology (LUBMAT) conference, organised by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

This year’s experts at the conference will be sharing information and knowledge regarding new developments, trends and innovations within the industry. White papers on energy efficiency, graphene, nano-technology, wind turbines and solar heating are on the agenda, as well as cutting-edge research in relation to machine efficiency.

Industry-leading experts from around the world, including representatives from Shell Global Solutions, KTH Sweden and Parker Hannifin Corporation, will be speaking at the conference.

“Through tribology we can show how our governments and organisations across the world could effectively save around three per cent of their GDP per annum. For the UK this represents annual savings of around £12bn.”

Professor Ian Sherrington, director of UCLan’s Jost Institute for Tribotechnology and this year’s conference chairman said: “Through tribology we can show how our governments and organisations across the world could effectively save around three per cent of their GDP per annum. For the UK this represents annual savings of around £12bn.

“Already we are working in partnership with industry in developing technologies that will save up to £1.25bn annually and by sharing this expertise we believe other industries can benefit from this knowledge. This is one of the conference’s main aims and hosting it in Manchester is hugely relevant as it is the birthplace of industrial revolution and has, and will continue to be, a centre for developing ground-breaking technologies.”

Professor Ted Smith of UCLan’s Jost Institute for Tribotechnology, which organised the conference, said: “This is the fourth LUBMAT conference and is set to be the biggest yet in the UK. The issues covered, such as energy efficiency, wind turbines and solar heating are of huge significance.

“UCLan hosted the first LUBMAT conference in 2006 and since then it has snowballed in terms of impact and relevance. We have a great deal of expertise in the field of technology, and are bringing the conference back to the north of England to share knowledge and address the problems faced by engineers from around the world.”

The LUBMAT conference will take place at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel, from June 25 to June 27. More details can be found at http://www.lubmat2014.org/