The Engineer and Manufacturing Management Theatre

Join us this June to enjoy over 30 hours of free conference sessions

These sessions will be led by industry experts discussing the key issues and trends that are driving innovation and shaping the UK’s industrial landscape in 2022: from the latest developments in key technology areas such as hydrogen mobility, electrification, and nuclear fusion to keynote insights on automation, finance and engineering skills.

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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Lloyds Bank: The Outlook for Manufacturing in an Uncertain World
Rhys Herbert, Senior Economist, Lloyds Bank

Rhys will look at recent economic developments including the impact of the Ukrainian crisis and the effects of higher inflation and interest rate increases. He will talk about what it means for manufacturing and where next for the sector.
11:10 AM - 11:55 AM
MTC: Building Back Better  – how automation could help the recovery of the UK
Mike Wilson, Chief Automation Officer, Manufacturing Technology Centre

We are facing the most significant recovery challenge since the Second World War as a consequence of the pandemic and Brexit. Our manufacturing sector has suffered from lack of investment and a perceived lack of importance to the UK economy. We need to create growth by investment in both advanced manufacturing facilities and our workforce.
This is the opportunity to build back better by reinvigorating manufacturing and generating a prosperous economy both for today and future generations.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Inenco: How to Implement an Effective Energy Procurement Strategy
Stuart Lea, Associate Director – Procurement, Inenco

There’s no doubt you’ll have seen an increasing amount of coverage around the volatile energy market in recent months. From record high prices, to concerns about supply security, the cost of getting your energy procurement strategy wrong has dramatically increased.

In this session Stuart Lea, Associate Director – Procurement, from energy and sustainability consultancy Inenco will be explaining what has happened in the market and how to implement an effective energy procurement strategy.

At the end of this session attendees will have learnt more about the key considerations when it comes to energy procurement, including understanding risk management, green energy procurement, aligning with the right supplier and securing the right price.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Tokamak Energy: The Engineering Challenges of Nuclear Fusion
Tony Langtry, Head of Mechanical Engineering, Tokamak Energy

Tokamak Energy are working to develop a nuclear fusion power plant using a high field spherical tokamak design. Our current device, ST40, has achieved a world first result of 100M degrees, the highest temperature achieved in a spherical tokamak, in just 5 years.

We are continuing to develop our technology, and the next step is to develop a device which uses high temperature superconductors to achieve a sustained high magnetic field. This will allow long pulse operation, and demonstrate the engineering required for future power generating devices.
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Riversimple: Hydrogen and Net Zero Mobility
Hugo Spowers, Managing Director, Riversimple

Riversimple is a sustainable car company rather than a hydrogen car company, but we can decarbonise quicker with both hydrogen and batteries. They are different, and we need them both for different applications, but the choice is nothing to do with size. FCEVs are dependent on innovation rather than critical materials and thus present an enormous opportunity to the UK to develop a world-class supply chain in an industry of the future – rather than playing catch up. Sustainability also requires a change in business model and this both lowers entry barriers and changes the cars we build.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Kaizen Institute: Setting the Direction
Rui Tenreiro, Senior Partner, Kaizen Institute

Have you ever wondered why only 12% of the companies listed in the Fortune 500 magazine in 1955 made it to the list in 2018 – 63 years after? The vast majority of company transformations fail. Ability to evolve is key to being able to thrive over time. In this session, you will learn more about what Kaizen is, a holistic approach that can help companies adapt to the changes they need to survive. The Kaizen Change model aims to achieve better company results – productivity, efficiency, costs reductions, teams’ motivation and more - by implementing a Continuous Improvement culture in 3 stages:
-             Strategy
-             Projects
-            Team’s development
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Inenco Panel: How to Address the Challenge of Decarbonisation
David Oliver, Technical Product and Insight Manager, Inenco
Michael McGowan, Group Sustainability Manager, Ibstock Brick
Brigitte Amoruso, Energy and Climate Change Senior Specialist, MakeUK

This session will focus on the obstacles many businesses face and how they should be thinking about shaping their overall decarbonisation strategy, supported by measuring progress and making the necessary changes across people, processes, and technology to get to net zero.
The importance of rethinking how we operate and consume energy whilst shifting to renewable or low carbon sources is not to be ignored. If we are to meet the UK’s net zero targets and make a significant positive impact on climate change then a decarbonisation plan should be a key focus for every business. In addition, decarbonisation is increasingly playing a key role in determining competitive advantage and ensuring that businesses that adapt to changing stakeholder priorities, will continue to thrive.

Key takeaways from this valuable and informative session include:
  • The challenges businesses are facing to decarbonise
  • The benefit of creating a roadmap towards net zero
  • How to achieve compliance and implement practical projects that will enable carbon reduction requirements
  • The value of scenario-based thinking and science-based targets
  • Understanding your return on investment
  • An assessment of the available technology options e.g. hydrogen
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
University of Nottingham: Insights from Additive Manufacturing's Cutting Edge
Professor Chris Tuck, Professor of Materials Engineering, University of Nottingham

Additive Manufacturing is now firmly fixed in the manufacturing community’s consciousness, but what is next? Research and development of processes, materials and software have continued unabated and in this talk an overview of some of the developments being made will be given, specifically around the ability to be 3D printing whole system architectures rather than highly designed shapes.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council): Industrial Applications of Big Science
Professor Ric Allott, Director of Business Development, STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council)

At STFC we develop, build and operate the UK’s large scale science facilities. I will provide an introduction to STFC, highlighting our expertise and capabilities across the breadth of our science and technology and the benefits of working with us.

Professor Ric Allott will also bring to light a number of case studies illustrating the industrial use of the STFC's neutron, x-ray, laser and high performance computing facilities.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Tharsus Group: Engaging with the Local Community
Dave Swan, Chief Technology Officer, Tharsus Group

Through businesses engaging more closely with organisations in their local community we can go a long way toward creating a virtuous cycle of skills and opportunity in regions throughout the UK. In underserved areas like Blyth, for example, the positive impact of businesses on local communities can help redress social inequality and provide the foundation for long term progress. Tharsus is passionate about establishing successful partnerships with local stakeholders such as nearby schools and universities across the North East. It is currently looking to upskill and encourage more emerging talent into rewarding, progressive careers and Dave can discuss how it is achieving this in Blyth and surrounding areas.
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Evolito: Pushing the boundaries of engineering manufacturing: How YASA’s automotive electric motor revolution is now taking flight with Evolito
Ajay Lukha, Chief Commercial Officer, Evolito

Revolutionary industry changes are a must if we’re to tackle the threat of climate change and the solutions need to be manufacturable. YASA and Evolito have taken this challenge head-on.

Where YASA started by revolutionising the electric motor and establishing the means to scale to commercial production with Mercedes-Benz, Evolito has continued. We are bringing a decade of experience in cutting-edge electric motor innovation to the aviation industry, with the unique advantages of; smaller size, lower weight and higher power density. This presentation will explore the evolution of the electric motor, pushing the boundaries of engineering manufacturing.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
BAE Systems: Creating the Factory of the Future: how we’re building a digital-manufacturing facility that helps us build faster and more efficiently, while making more opportunities for the supply chain.
Dave Short, Technology Director, BAE Systems

The rapid evolution of combat aircraft manufacturing presents opportunities for suppliers as well as making design and production much more efficient for our customers. Dave Short will describe the recent changes in our factory of the future and how we are working with leading academics and industry partners to accelerate the design to production process, as well as identify and start building the skills we need for the future of manufacturing. Find out how our suppliers are innovating in technologies such as additive manufacture and cobotics to help us build the Future Combat Air System, also known as Tempest.
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11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC): Scaling Up UK Battery Manufacturing
Ian Whiting, Commercial Director, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)

The presentation will cover the importance of manufacturing to the UK after the pandemic and Brexit, the need for investment in targeted areas, and specifics around electric vehicle batteries. These will include government related initiatives and batteries for non-automotive applications.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Inenco: The Importance of Carbon Reporting
Simon Chiva, Principal Solutions Engineer, Inenco

Inenco’s Principal Solutions Engineer, Simon Chiva, will highlight the importance of carbon reporting to ensure compliance whilst providing a basis to build further shareholder value and improved sustainability performance. As stakeholders demand greater transparency of an organisations journey to net zero, the expectation of having access to relevant carbon reporting metrics is likely to increase in coming years.

Attendees will leave the session with a broader understanding of carbon reporting requirements; what to include in your report, key considerations, mandatory and voluntary reporting, how to measure and continue to monitor your carbon emissions and a clearer understanding of scope emissions.