This is the second manufacturing focussed seminar that the organisations have collaborated on and plans are already in place for further events in the coming year.
The event, aptly named ‘Future Manufacturing’ was held in October this year, at Festo’s premises in Brackmills, a suitably dynamic and growing business park in the heart of Northampton.
The day delivered a powerful agenda of presentations from industry experts, each giving their specialist slant on the future of the sector and what measures UK manufacturers can take to ensure they succeed.
I took on the task as host and MC for the day, with Richard Powell of MHA MacIntyre Hudson LLP delivering an overview of the 2016 Manufacturing Report and Keith Willett of Lloyds Bank outlining the various financing options available to manufacturers.
We also had two further speakers highlighting two crucial practical topics facing Manufacturers today:
How the ‘internet of things’ impacts the manufacturing sector
Asif Moghal, manufacturing industry manager at Autodesk, asked the 50 strong audience of manufacturers ‘how ready is your business for the future of making things?’ He then followed this theme through the disruptive trends affecting the industry including cloud, mobile, web and pointing out the huge opportunity businesses have to improve productivity through technology.
Asif provided the attendees with a takeaway to help them benchmark themselves against the competition. You can also do this, by completing a Readiness Assessment on www.futureofbritishmanufacturing.com.
Investing in the right technology is key
Manufacturing Technologies Association CEO, James Selka, took to the floor to focus on the important subject of investing in the right technology. James’ made it clear to the attendees that if they can get the financial side of the equation right, there is a massive opportunity to transform UK manufacturing through technology, and particularly digital innovations which are now becoming more available and affordable.
The seminar was a great success, and from the feedback we have received so far, the manufacturers who attended enjoyed the peer-to-peer discussions and thought provoking topics we covered.
Here is a video produced by a volunteer amateur videographer helping on the Future Manufacturing project. It shows some small snippets and insights from the day:
This certainly won’t be the last the industry will see of this partnership in action as Keith, Richard and I are keen to continue working together to represent and help manufacturers in the county.
If you are a manufacturing business interested in receiving invitations to similar future-focussed events or to discuss other requirements or needs, please do feel free to contact any one of us:
- Sarah Canning firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Keith Willett email@example.com
- Richard Powell firstname.lastname@example.org