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Bringing some of the key players in the advanced materials industry together

Join us at the World Advanced Materials Summit & Expo (WAMSE)

A combined conference & trade exhibition WAMSE will showcase leading technologies, solutions & research, and how they can be applied to the advanced manufacturing industry.


Showcasing composites, coatings, nano materials, resins & other innovative materials for manufacturing, the event will be the perfect meeting ground to connect academia, government,  vendors & industry associations with manufacturers.


Building on Manchester’s reputation as an advanced materials centre and an industrial powerhouse, this event will run in partnership with our established event Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo, which since 2017 has built up a great following from both the domestic & international advanced manufacturing communities.

About the Summit

The World Advanced Materials Summit is the UK’s leading conference gathering of senior level executives from government, business, academia & industry associations keen to share their experiences and to look at best practices for use of innovative materials in the UK manufacturing industry.

About the Expo

Running parallel to the Summit, the World Advanced Materials Expo showcases the latest technologies, solutions and research in advanced materials.

For 2020 we will be looking to attract 1,500 advanced materials professionals keen to see the latest advances in graphene, composites, coatings, nano materials, resins & other innovative materials for industry.

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How can you get involved?


Do you or a colleague have something great to talk about?

Are you working on some new research and would like to share the findings?

Does your product or research have an application to industry?

Can you help increase performance in manufacturing in areas like light-weighting?

Apply to speak


Do you have technologies and solutions that you would like to sell?

Would you like to meet buyers from industry and research?

We will have an extensive marketing campaign to promote the event and attract buyers from across the UK and internationally.

Become a sponsor


Are you an industry association or a media publication?

Can you help us get in contact with your members?

If you would like to partner up with us and help us to reach your community and in turn be part of ours and help build something new and exciting, then please get in touch.

Become a supporter

10 Reasons to join us

in manchester

  1. UK hub of advanced materials and research.
  2. Over 100,000 people employed in manufacturing within 30 mile radius.
  3. Focal point of UK government’s “Nothern Powerhouse” development and investment. A Pro-Business City.
  4. Major local employers – BAE Systems, Siemens, Heineken, Thales, Airbus, INEOS, Kellogs.
  5. The worlds 1st industrial city. A city built on industry and invention.
  6. Home of graphene – developed at University of Manchester.
  7. International airport flying to 190 routes.
  8. Great transport connections. 1 hour train to Birmingham and Leeds, 1hr 30 Glasgow, 2hr 30 London.
  9. Meet new suppliers, make new connections, get an understanding of the UK market.
  10. Get feedback from an audience interested in what you are doing and have to say.
10 reasons

Manchester’s role as the host city for the World Advanced Materials Summit & Expo in 2020 befits the global reputation this region has earned for its breakthrough work in material science - and its real world applications.

Manchester is the ‘Home of Graphene’ - the world’s first 2D material - and also home to a cluster of world-leading centres of excellence.

Our Graphene City is, in fact, more than a city and more than 2D materials. It is a diverse ecosystem of innovation that is inspiring developments across a diverse portfolio of research and commercialisation. From ground-breaking biomaterials that will transform healthcare to the use of textile composites in advanced manufacture, our expertise is attracting businesses from all corners of the world.

Manchester was the birthplace of the original industrial revolution and today there is a real sense that this city-region is leading the way again, this time in the applications of advanced materials. Our community of scientists, manufacturers, engineers, innovators and industrialists therefore look forward to supporting the World Advanced Materials Summit & Expo which will help showcase our expertise.

James Baker, CEO, Graphene@Manchester, The University of Manchester

2020 speakers

James Baker Chief Executive Graphene@Manchester,
Tim Harper Chairman Keating Kinetics
Dr Kirk Malone Director of Commercialisation Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
Chris McHugh Dry Fibre Development Manager AMRC with Boeing UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Andy Goodwin Chief Technology Officer First Graphene Ltd.
Professor Michael Shaver Professor of Polymer Science Henry Royce Institute
Jason Teng Partner, UK & European Patent Attorney Potter Clarkson LLP
Professor Philip Withers Regius Professor of Materials in the School of Materials The University of Manchester
Andy Wynn Managing Director TTIP Consulting Ltd.
Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester