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10:40
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    30 mins
    • Keynote
    • Developing skills and expertise for an agile workforce 

    • Global partnerships and collaboration for market access and innovation 

    • What are the trends for smarter cost management, increased use of sustainable materials and resilient supply chains 

    • Expectations of UK and Government policies and incentives 

11:15
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    40 mins
    • Panel Discussion
    • How will UK supply chains be impacted by increasing ‘on-demand’ manufacturing?  
    • Where is 3D printing driving significant change in supply chain efficiencies? (Babcock) 
    • What will be the impact of AI in optimising manufacturing processes? 
    • Preparing for the cultural shifts required from the evolution into smart factories 
12:00
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    30 mins
    • Presentations and Q&A discussion

    We will share an understanding of the challenges involved in commercialising an innovative product idea and how to avoid them, as well as a roadmap to follow to take your own concept and commercialise it successfully. 

    • What does it mean to take a product from the back of a napkin idea to success in the global marketplace? 

    • How to finance development of disruptive technologies 

    • Working collaboratively to co-develop new tech 

    • IP and patent management  

12:40
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    30 mins
    • Roundtable

    The session will provide valuable insights into leveraging digital supply chain tools for enhanced efficiency and transparency, with working examples from Thyssenkrupp Materials UK. Additionally, it will help with developing an understanding of the significance of accurate product carbon footprint calculations, empowering manufacturers to make informed decisions towards reducing their environmental impact and achieving sustainability goals. 

    • Unlocking efficiency through digital control tower solutions in supply chains 

    • Understanding the critical factors impacting manufacturers' carbon footprints 

    • The first DNV certified Product Carbon Footprint Calculator 

13:15
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    30 mins
    • Presentations and Q&A discussion

    In today’s dynamic business landscape, forging strong and lasting partnerships between manufacturing suppliers and buyers is crucial. The panel will explore the critical factors that ensure top-quality, long-term collaborations. 

    • Joint business planning and shared long-term strategies for mutual growth and innovation 

    • Balancing price and quality: Negotiating fair pricing while maintaining product excellence 

    • Leveraging technology: Assessing suppliers’ adaptability and tech utilization 

    • Scalability and stability: Ensuring suppliers can meet increasing demand without compromising quality 

    • Trust and transparency: Building trust through reliability and consistent communication 

    • Security:  Ensuring your digital links are cyber-safe 

13:50
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    40 mins
    • Presentations and Q&A discussion

    Join this session to gain practical understanding of how cutting edge technologies are being applied in manufacturing.  

    You will gain appreciation for role of digital supply chain systems in overall digitalisation of your business. Industry 4.0 discussions will explore approaches for targeted technology adoption to achieve highest impact across your entire value chain. 

    • Real world examples where Industry 4.0 technologies are already making tangible impact in manufacturing 

    • How is technology driving supply chain optimisation and lead time reduction? 

    • Learn how to use the Smart Industry Readiness Index to prioritise your digitalisation efforts to maximise return on investment for your organisation 

14:40
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    30 mins
    • Panel Discussion
    Most businesses know they have to automate—the question is how and when. With their extensive experience in automation, our panel will discuss the practical steps to getting started and how businesses can get the most out of automation and robot technology, including how to source reliable subcontractors. 
15:15
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    30 mins
    • Roundtable

    Peer discussion and knowledge sharing about key success factors for successful large scale (1 year +)  digital transformation projects. Sharing ideas in interactive round tables, you will learn from your peers about their successful digital transformation projects and you will understand key success factors behind these projects. 

    • Monitoring and measuring plant operations and creating energy efficiencies 

    • AI, automation and machine learning 

    • CASE STUDY:  A smart factory in practice 

15:50
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    25 mins
    • Roundtable
    • Ensuring your data is safe if you are using a public AI service 

    • Private network models 

    • How and where will AI and new tech speed up ordering and JIT processes? 

17:00
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    60 mins
    Your time to mingle with visitors and exhibitors! 
10:30
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    25 mins
    • Presentation and Challenge Session
    • Balancing the drive to reshoring with costs and availability 

    • New developments in UK supplier expertise (markets, new manufacturing facilities) 

    • Where are manufacturers struggling to source equipment, machinery and skills 

    • Reshoring and offshoring – current trends 

11:00
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    40 mins
    • Panel Discussion
    • How can you support sustainability throughout your supply chain? 

    • Assessing the impact of disruptive technologies on people and process, and overcoming barriers to adoption 

    • Ensuring the technology enhances the human input, and adapts to human needs 

    • Putting global responsibility at the heart of engineering, ensuring a safe and just future for all 

    • Delivering the next generation of global leaders in industrial decarbonisation 

11:50
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    25 mins
    • Presentations and Q&A discussion
    • How can genuine internal collaboration create ways of working together to deliver corporate requirements. 

    • Building in ESG policies into your planning, working with your supply chain. 

    • How are we tackling the challenges of checking materials, labour etc. to ensure international compliance. 

12:20
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    30 mins
    • Roundtable

    Industry is experiencing increasingly challenging skills shortages. Join this session to hear about practical ways in which you can develop relationships with future recruits and build the skills of your future workforce. We’ll be looking at different approaches that would suit all sizes of organisation and sharing ideas for where you can get practical support for delivery from. 

    There will be an opportunity to find out about  

    • Engaging with schools 

    • Offering work experience 

    • T levels 

    • Apprenticeships 

    • How you can work with local training providers to support your skills needs 

13:00
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    30 mins

    Categories including: 

    • UK Manufacturing Partner of the Year 

    • International Manufacturing Partner of the Year 

    • Innovation of the Year  

    • Rising Star Award 

    • Lifetime Achievement Award 

13:40
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    40 mins
    • Panel Discussion

    Country experts will share their insights on the practical considerations for doing business with a selection of key regions, including focus on import/export requirements, logistics, supply chain resilience and development opportunities. 

    • Building quality relationships with manufacturing partners 

    • New sources for suppliers – finding reliable and qualified subcontractors 

    • Assessing the impact of increasing demands from customers for transparency, digitalisation and improved tracking 

    • What resources are available to support finding new international manufacturing partners?  

    • European Union/EEA 

    • Turkey 

    • Taiwan 

    • India 

    • China 

14:30
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    25 mins
    • Presentations and Q&A discussion
    This is COREF:  The Connected Reconfigurable Factory.  As an Innovate UK Aerospace Technology Institute funded project, the main aim of COREF was to enable cost effective capability of digital technologies for smaller manufacturers with complex, batch manufacturing who previously have found it hard to justify investment in Industry 4.0 technologies. 
15:00
  1. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    25 mins
    • Presentations and Q&A discussion
    • How to make efficiencies in low volume manufacturing 

    • Where will AI optimise manufacturing processes? 

    • Cutting energy costs and reducing waste 

    • Standardisation and streamlining of legacy systems 

    • How digital twins are transforming the manufacturing industry  (JLL)