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New McLaren supercars highlight of top UK expo

MANAMA, April 10, 2015

Two new McLaren supercars will be the centrepieces of a celebration of a British advanced engineering and innovation event planned to coincide with the 2015 Gulf Air Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix.

Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister and Economic Development Board (EDB) Chairman, the invitation-only GREAT British Advanced Engineering and Innovation event is set to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel and Spa, from 9am on April 19, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

It will consist of an exhibition and conference to promote British engineering and innovation.

Exhibitors include BAE Systems, McLaren Automotive, McLaren Applied Technologies, Rolls Royce Aerospace, National Express and JCB.

British Ambassador Iain Lindsay told a Press conference yesterday that the event builds on the success of the GREAT British Week, hosted by the British Embassy in January last year.

“Just as that week was an opportunity to promote the strong UK-Bahrain relationship, and the ever-growing presence of British companies in the kingdom, this year's GREAT British Advanced Engineering and Innovation is a showcase event, where we can highlight the work that British companies do, not just here in Bahrain but in the region and globally,” he said.

Speakers at the event will include McLaren Automotive's vehicle engineering head Darren Goddard, Rolls Royce Aero marketing director Jason Sutcliffe, BAE Systems head of research and technology Maureen McCue and National Express International Division overseas director Mark Kipling.

Some of the latest technologies to emerge from the UK, including eye tracking software and Trent 1000 scale model engine will be showcased at the event, which will also host the Formula 1 in Schools, the British engineering and education programme, the Bahrain-British Business Forum and Scottish brand Sephra, a recent addition to British-based business in Bahrain.

EDB chief executive Khalid Al Rumaihi said already many leading UK companies based in Bahrain are taking advantage of the kingdom's skilled local workforce, regional connectivity, tried and tested regulations and low- operating costs.

“These advantages make Bahrain an ideal platform from which international businesses can access the $1.6 trillion Gulf market,” he added. - TradeArabia News Service




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