WATERLOO, Ontario, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtek Vision International, a market leader in the field of laser-based manufacturing technologies, announces plans to open their European office in Manchester UK, to better serve the European and Asia-Pacific markets as they exhibit at this year's Advanced Engineering Show in Birmingham, UKNov. 2-3 at the NEC. "Engaging and remaining close to our customers is key to driving continued innovation," said Todd Rhodes, vice president and general manager, Virtek. "We have seen an increased interest in our products in Europe and Asia. Opening our new office and participating in key events like the Advanced Engineering Show will help us to listen and learn with more local presence." The new office will showcase a product showroom featuring core technology with the ability to run product demos onsite for customers. Additionally, we will increase our customer service by decreasing turnaround times for shipments and repairs. In country inventory of projectors will be readily available overall making it easier to get our customers up and running faster. Virtek is also excited to announce the appointment of Neil Stannard, regional director of sales, joining the team later this month. Stannard will be the new leader for Virtek representing the Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. Stannard's strong background and experience with the world's top aerospace and transportation companies make him a great fit for Virtek's portfolio of laser-based solutions. "We are very excited to have someone of Neil's caliber leading our teams in Europe and Asia Pacific," said Rhodes. To learn more about our local support this week, visit us at the Advanced Engineering show, located in hall 3, stand 037. Virtek will showcase products and industry-leading solutions that help ensure accuracy, optimize productivity and minimize labor requirements in composites manufacturing. Attendees of the Advanced Engineering show will receive a special promotional offer if they purchase a Virtek laser projection system within 60 days of the show. Visit the stand to find out more details.