ADS will once again be supporting the Advanced Engineering Exhibition at the NEC on the 2 - 3 November, an event ADS has supported for over 10 years.

Not only do members get a 10% discount on exhibition space, but this year we are excited to launch the ADS Meet the Buyer event, which will take place on day two (3 November). 


For the first time in the show’s 13 year history, ADS members, aerospace, defence, security and space businesses will have the opportunity to attend pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with buyers as part of the ADS Meet the Buyer event.

The event is designed to match aerospace, defence and space buyers with suppliers to develop meaningful business connections, strengthening the UK supply chains for future years. Suppliers and Buyers can register their interest in participating.

The event starts with a networking breakfast held from 08:45 – 10:00 on 3 November in the Aerospace and Automotive networking hall, followed by scheduled meetings through to the afternoon. 

All buyers get access to the VIP lounge with refreshments included throughout the day, a welcome gift on arrival, along with additional networking opportunities with other VIPs and industry representatives. 

ADS representatives will also be attending, including Kevin Craven, ADS CEO, who will be opening day two with a keynote speech in the Aero Forum at 09:30.

Buyers Confirmed:

  • Airbus Defence & Space
  • Airbus Helicopters
  • Amfax Ltd
  • DASA (MoD)
  • Hellios Information
  • GKN Aerospace
  • MBDA
  • QinetiQ

The exhibition features:

  • 7 show zones
  • 4 forums
  • Thousands of engineering professionals
  • Over 400 exhibitors.

Advanced Engineering is a key event supporting and showcasing manufacturing and engineering capabilities across multiple domains and supply chains. 

Registration is now closed - If you are interested in taking part in future Meet the Buyer events at Advanced Engineering please contact Christine Gomm.


Helping ADS members access opportunities is at the heart of ADS business development activity, with our sector-specialist business development teams facilitating networking events, online briefings and industry conferences and providing support to members.

Building on the success of our Meet the Primes and other supply chain events, we are thrilled to be bringing this new Meet the Buyer opportunity at Advanced Engineering 2022 in partnership with Advanced Engineering and as part of our Supply Chains Solutions framework.

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Christine Gomm

Event Manager

Tel: 0207 091 1144
Christine Gomm