Nifco UK, an Eaglescliffe-based manufacturer that produces parts used in cars by brands like Ford, Nissan and Jaguar Landrover, took its high-tech equipment to the streets of Darlington as part of the Festival of Ingenuity, to showcase the diverse range of careers on offer in the world of manufacturing and engineering.
Armed with a 3D printer, K’nex to build cars, and a working automated assembly machine for visitors to try their hand at making their own parts, the Nifco exhibition stand attracted plenty of attention from the thousands of visitors around Darlington town centre.
Erika Marshall, marketing and communications manager at Nifco UK, said: “Darlington has a strong engineering and manufacturing heritage, so we were delighted to be a part of bringing that to life for the local community to see what fantastic technology and processes we have now, and what careers are right on their doorstep.”
The Festival of Ingenuity invited businesses from around Darlington to showcase their work in the town centre and engage with the local community.
Erika said: “The festival was a great success and really enjoyable for all of the exhibitors and those who visited. It’s fantastic to see more businesses in the area showcasing their skills and expertise to help get young people excited about manufacturing and engineering.”
Seth Pearson, director of the One Darlington Partnership, said: “Nifco had clearly thought hard about how to engage young people and how to keep it fun for all visitors. The tremendous efforts the team put into the event was obvious and I am hopeful that Nifco will join us as part of next year’s festival which we’re already planning to be bigger and better!”
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