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    • Bringing together start-ups with larger companies 

    • Accessing top quality talent   

    • Apprenticeships and community connections to inspire young engineers 

    • Encouraging skills development in older workers 

    • Exploring diverse sources for finding new employees

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    • Leveraging IoT, big data analytics and AI for efficiency and optimization 
    • Data-driven decision making: how to harness real-time data to informs predictive maintenance and process improvements 
    • Sector Focus Peer to Peer Meetings
    Workshops & Learning Space
    • Lightweight and new materials 

    • Circularity and lower carbon options 

    • Materials sourcing, lifecycle assessment and EPD (environment product description) 

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    Sharing a picture of the future of the UK automotive sector, the role of different powertrain technologies in our decarbonisation journey, and interesting areas of innovation happening today.  
    • Roundtable
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    • With the EU implementing carbon border adjustment mechanisms, the UK is expected to implement a similar system to prevent carbon leakage. This has the potential to have a significant impact on manufacturing.  This session will discuss how manufacturers can prepare to track the carbon footprint of certain input materials, such as steel and aluminium. 

    • The EU is working on an LCA framework for the automotive industry lca4tran (lca4transport.eu), expected to be completed in 2025. The expectation is that the carbon accounting seen in the battery regulation will be rolled out across the entire vehicle. While clarity on LCA is welcome, carrying out LCA across an entire supply chain comes with significant challenges.  We will discuss the positive and negative impacts of CBAM in Europe and UK.

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    Workshops & Learning Space

    Managing VAT and Customs obligations is a necessary action all manufacturers need to undertake.  Since Brexit the impact of taxes, duties and other reporting obligations has expanded to be relevant to all cross border movements of goods.  Crowe UK will share its experience and expertise to help you with: 

    • Key points to check and understand before moving goods 

    • Ways to optimise cash flow impacts and overall costs 

    • News on current and upcoming changes to be aware of 

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    Workshops & Learning Space

    Attendees will gain a clearer understanding of: 

    • Where to invest in automation in their factories 

    • When is best 

    • Which solutions work for which problems 

    • How ROA + ROI thinking helps 

    • A model to make great choices 

    • 5 killer questions to ask yourself 

    • Roundtable
    Workshops & Learning Space

    AMPI is an industry led initiative to stimulate and support rapid growth of the UK’s machinery manufacturing sector, designed to support a coherent supply chain from research through to implementation.   

    This interactive workshop session will examine the challenges, barriers, and enablers to developing a UK supply chain for advanced machinery.  

    The session will incorporate a road mapping group exercise, which will develop machinery roadmaps to influence R&D portfolios. 

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    Workshops & Learning Space
    • Ensuring terms are fair, clear and enforceable, and what to do if problems arise 

    • Dealing with complex subtracting contracts and multiple subcontracting partners 

    • Roundtable
    Workshops & Learning Space

    Supply chains are constantly at risk, and problems can cause serious harm to exporters. You need to know the risks you can predict, those you can't, and how to secure against all of them. 

    Engaging with attendees, the discussion will cover: 

    • Black Swan events: how to ensure unforeseen events don’t disrupt your supply chain. 

    • Past is prologue: old solutions to modern problems. 

    • The limits (and utilities) of supply chain risk management tools. 

    • Why taking smaller risks to protect against greater ones is vital knowledge that's too rare to ignore. 

    • Protection against bad debt: assessing international credit risks while forging supply chain safeguards. 

    • Simplification: saving time and money. Complexity is not always beneficial. 

    As an attendee, whether you're already exporting or considering it, you'll emerge from this session with essential, often overlooked methods that will sustain and grow your supply chain, and boost your firm's productivity. 

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    Workshops & Learning Space
    How to create a structured framework between daily management, breakthrough changes and strategy deployment involving the people and developing their culture and capabilities. 
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    • Encouraging younger professionals into the steel industry
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    Workshops & Learning Space

    CASE STUDY: Successful results shared from BAE 

    An insight into how business can improve its bottom line by focusing on improving flow.  A systemic approach looking at how lean and TOC can work hand in hand to strive for the top line to become the bottom line in a company.

    • Roundtable
    The Subcon Innovation Zone
    • Understanding the benefits and challenges with planning for Scope 1, 2, 3 

    • What does being an ethical and responsible business actually mean, and how can you demonstrate value from this?  

    • Reporting, measuring, managing your emissions 

    • You are somebody else’s scope 3! 

    • Update on TCFD requirements 

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    The Subcon Innovation Zone
    • How to access the funding for innovation and research 

    • Where to showcase SME expertise to potential buyers 

    • Taking your business to the next step – growth pathways 

    • Traceability in your supply chain

    • Workshop
    The Subcon Innovation Zone
    • Attracting a younger and more diverse workforce into manufacturing 

    • Accessing top quality talent   

    • Apprenticeships and community connections to inspire young engineers 

    • Roundtable
    The Subcon Innovation Zone
    • New materials, proof of strengths 

    • Additive manufacturing  materials characterization 

    • Roundtable
    The Subcon Innovation Zone
    • Workshop
    The Subcon Innovation Zone
    • Sector Focus Peer to Peer Meetings
    The Subcon Innovation Zone
    • Connected cars 

    • Case studies:  EV, racing, robotics, self-driving 

    • Workshop
    The Subcon Innovation Zone
    Unlike other easily replicable processes, tube deformation is a complex manufacturing process requiring continuous research, material knowledge, and understanding of mechanical reactions. This workshop will delve into a compelling case study showcasing a production line's endeavour to achieve fully automated manufacturing of an aluminium tube component (entailing high productivity and tight tolerances), starting from raw material processing, including accessories insertion, marking, and quality inspection. 
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    This session aims to give participants an overview of modern simulation practices for composites engineering and the breadth of insight it can yield across the product lifecycle. Simulation allows many more candidate designs to be considered than would be possible through manufacturing test samples, providing significantly more information about a process. The talk will cover techniques and methodologies as well as some practical examples of applying these. Participants will come out with a deeper understanding of composites simulation, where to begin for those who are new to simulation and some advanced methods for those who are already heavy users. 

    • Understanding the role of simulation in modern composites engineering 
    • How simulation can be used to improve performance throughout the lifecycle of a component 
    • Using simulation to understand the impact of process uncertainty, such as raw material variability and machine variation 
    • How to undertake digital prototyping to accelerate the design process and give confidence in manufacturing processes 
    • Practical example of applying these tools and techniques to real cases 
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    The Subcon Innovation Zone
    • What changes are necessary to integrate additive manufacturing into production workflows? 

    • Design processes and factory interfaces 

    • Where can small batch ordering reduce inventory levels and create efficiencies 

    • Contract manufacturing v in-house capability 

    • Presentations and Q&A discussion
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    • 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) 

    • Presentations and Q&A discussion
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    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. 
    • Panel Discussion
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre

    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 

  5. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre

    Categories including: 

    • UK Manufacturing Partner of the Year 

    • International Manufacturing Partner of the Year 

    • Innovation of the Year  

    • Rising Star Award 

    • Lifetime Achievement Award 

    • Roundtable
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre

    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 

    • Presentations and Q&A discussion
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    • 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. 

    • Panel Discussion
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    • 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 

  6. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    Your time to mingle with visitors and exhibitors! 
    • Roundtable
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    • 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? 

    • Keynote
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    • 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 

  7. The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    • Panel Discussion
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    • 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 
    • Presentations and Q&A discussion
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre

    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  

    • Roundtable
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre

    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 

    • Presentations and Q&A discussion
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre

    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 

    • Presentations and Q&A discussion
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre

    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 

    • Panel Discussion
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    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. 
    • Roundtable
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre

    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 

    • Product and Solution Innovation
    The Subcon Innovation Zone

    Listen, learn and ask questions in our quick fire innovation spotlight sessions. 

    Subcon innovation showcase 

    For example:  

    • Alternative materials for products and packaging 

    • Robotics 

    • Smart factory technologies 

    • Innovations in additive manufacturing 

    • High temperature materials production 

    • Recycled and recyclable options 

    • Presentation and Challenge Session
    The Manufacturing Insights Theatre
    • 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