The Future of Manufacturing - Opportunities and Challenges

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“The Future of Manufacturing – Opportunities & Challenges”

PLEASE NOTE: 24th May 2017 Leadership Seminar on Advanced
Manufacturing with Keynote speakers from GB and Queens University.
Technology is a key force re-shaping society, production and work and "advanced manufacturing" is an essential global topic for Northern Ireland Manufacturers
This is a heads up as places may be limited and you may wish to confirm your attendance as early as possible. Agenda & details below.

The Next Wave in Manufacturing Competitiveness is HERE

Factories of the Future – Highly Competitive

Artificial intelligence and robotics are at the heart of the UK government’s new digital strategy for Manufacturing, with a major review launched and millions of pounds allocated for research. Manufacturing 4.0 promises to touch every function and aspect of the manufacturing enterprise – from the plant floor, to leadership roles, and business models. Manufacturers must engage if they hope to be exporters and / or be internationally competitive within the next five years.


Ian Collier – Director of Operations, High Value Manufacturing Catapult Operations West Midlands. Ian oversees the UK Governments National College for Advanced Manufacturing which is a catalyst for future growth and success of advanced manufacturing in the UK. The 7 technology and innovation centre’s work with companies of all sizes to bridge the gap in – and accelerate activities between technology concept and commercialization.

Simon Barnes - High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute, London

HSSMI is an independent institute specialising in the application of digital techniques within manufacturing delivering a step change in the competitive UK industry against overseas competitors by increasing efficiency and productivity throughout the supply chain, introducing new technology rapidly, and by improving the environmental acceptability of manufacturing, particularly in urban areas. HSSMI are the programme managers for the development of a collaborative tool to assess Digital readiness levels in manufacturing plants.

Dr Joe Butterfield – Senior lecturer, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is a Russell Group University with a long established leading position in manufacturing research. Joe currently leads a range of research programs spanning digital manufacturing, virtual engineering, process automation and simulation methods for the design of manufacturing systems. He will present ongoing and future research in digital methods, virtual reality, Industry 4.0 and the challenge of implementation

Cara Haffey – Partner, PwC UK

Strategic advisor to Industrial products businesses in the UK. Cara leads PwC's Industrial Manufacturing and Automotive Sector with responsibility within PwC in the UK for manufacturing clients. As an M&A advisor she focuses on helping them grow and providing advice on options reviews, acquisitions, equity raising and ultimately exiting the business.

Group Discussion – Q&A

Guest presenters will form a moderated Q&A panel to address areas of interest and issues arising from the presentations.

  • Date: 24th May
  • Start Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Location:
    TBC – expect New Ballymena Science Park
  • Cost:
    Members: £100.00, Non Members: £150.00
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