Conference

There are 3 different programmes taking place at the Exhibition, click the buttons below to explore

Manufacturing Management Workshop 

Engineer Expo Conference 



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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
RNLI

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Panel Discussion: Building resilience in post-Brexit supply chains
David Salter, Head of Funded Trade Finance, NatWest
Peter Ward, , UK Warehousing Assoc.

The world has never been more connected: manufacturing supply chains are incredibly complex and finely tuned machines that are the result of years of careful planning. However, recent events have thrown this delicate balance into jeopardy. With the UK destined to leave the European Union in January 2021, come what may, manufacturers are still none the wiser as to what impact this will have on their suppliers. In addition, the coronavirus outbreak has shown how woefully unprepared many global supply chains are for disruption. This session will provide the latest information on how to build resilience in your supply chain, and how to prepare for whatever the post-Brexit landscape may look like.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Whether your supply chain is resilient enough to survive major disruption

2. How to prepare for a post-Brexit world

3. The current state of play around paperwork and trade deals

4. How likely is a trade deal with the EU

5. What does the future have in store for globalised supply chains
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Make UK

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Lean engagement
Frazer Mackay, Operations Director, Crowcon

This is an opportunity to hear how Crowcon are progressing on their Lean strategy and how they are now realising the huge benefits of truly engaging the workforce in this lean journey. This open presentation will allow you to see under the skin of the Operation and how everyone ultimately contributes to the productivity target of the business.

During this session delegates will learn: 

1. Strategy Deployment

2. Engaging the workforce in Lean

3. Sustaining Lean

4. Measuring and improving Lean engagement

5. The benefits of benchmarking
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Tata Chemicals Europe
Peter Houghton, Energy Director , Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE)

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
How to use Continuous Improvement to see an increase on the bottom line.
Andy Watt, Managing Director, Goldratt UK

Andy will take delegates through which areas of the business would benefit from continuous improvement initiatives and how to implement them quickly and efficiently. Importantly, Andy will highlight the need for new behaviours to ensure that teams not only embrace the change but have no desire to go back to the old methods. This will be an interactive session aiming to leave delegates with an understanding of how effective CI initiatives can add significant value to a company’s bottom line when implemented in the right areas using the correct methods.

During this session delegates will learn: 

1. Where to focus CI to make a real impact.

2. How to get people to embrace the change.

3. How to implement fast.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Panel Discussion: Tackling the skills crisis – a new approach
Bekki Phillips, Managing Director, In-Comm Training
Ian Green, Section Manager Process and Technical Training, GTC – UK and Nissan Skills Foundation, Nissan Motors UK
Professor Dave Allan, Full Professor & Teaching and Learning Lead, NMiTE
Lance Harris, Manufacturing Sector Lead Prison Industries, Ministry of Justice – New Futures Network

Industry’s need for skilled workers has never been more acute: uncertainty over the availability of overseas workers, the rise of automation bringing with it a need for new skills and manufacturing’s continued image problem mean the sector needs to re-think the way it fills the skills gap. Added to that, the way skills are taught to young people has stagnated – walk into a classroom today, and it wouldn’t look overly different to one of a century ago. This panel discussion aims to challenge that, introducing new ways of thinking about skills, and brings together representatives from leading manufacturers, education providers and government bodies to debate what the industry’s skills requirements are, and how they can be achieved.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. How to identify your skills gaps

2. New ways of thinking about skills

3. How automotive giant, Nissan, has inspired schoolchildren across the North-East

4. The power of upskilling existing workers

5. How to prepare your staff for the future of manufacturing
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Talk Out
Dan Rowe, , TalkOut

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Rolls Royce

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Responsible leadership and how to give permission to treat employees in a way that promotes natural human behaviour
Guy Ratcliffe, Managing Director & Executive Coach, Re-create Coaching & Mentoring

As business leaders and experts in our field we all have the experience and knowledge to provide the shareholders with what is expected.  By providing our people with the most natural of experiences of being listened too, with permission to express themselves genuinely with no fear of repercussion’s or consequence’s, we provide a catalyst that unravels an infinite world of greater understanding and connection.  As leaders we need to understand and give ourselves the permission to take the necessary and often brave steps to promote natural human behaviour.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Understand your own needs and what satisfies you - The first realisation that leaders must have is that our leadership style derives from our own life story and they must work towards understanding and developing themselves.

2. Be genuine - To be a truly authentic human we must treat others as humans. Being authentic in our approach to leadership will help support the alignment of goals.

3. Allow creativity - Promote creativity by not being specific about how a report should look or how a plan should be laid out; sometimes a quick doodle on a white board is ok, if you allow it to be.

4. Be visible - Openly display acts of kindness by helping someone with a task and encourage others to do the same; when people realise its ok to stop their own task to help a fellow human being it will become infectious with a ripple of togetherness through the organisation.

5. Don’t talk about work – Not indefinitely! Talk to your teams without mentioning anything to do with the product that you make or the latest business issue – I challenge you do try this for 30 minutes every day, I can admit it is not easy.
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Overcoming barriers to engagement and learning in lift truck training
Laura Nelson, Managing Director , RTITB
Ruth Edwards, Business Development Director, Talent in Logistics

During this session Ruth and Laura will explore common barriers to learning with a specific focus on lift truck operators. They will provide a simple ‘how-to’ guide to help you identify what specific barriers are occurring in your workplace and how to overcome them. The session will also explore how good lift truck training can help to improve employee engagement and ultimately workplace safety.

During this session delegates will learn: 

1. Common barriers to learning and engagement

2. How to identify specific barriers for your workforce

3. How to overcome barriers to learning

4. How to increase employee engagement in lift truck operators

5. What good lift truck training looks like
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
WMG

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Panel Discussion: Ensuring a sustainable future for UK manufacturing
Brigitte Amoruso, Energy & Climate Change Lead, Make UK
Michael McGowan, Group Sustainability Manager, Ibstock plc

As concerns over the environment and our impact on the plant become increasingly important for the general public, the pressure to become more ‘green’ has never been greater. Manufacturing – traditionally seen as a polluting, energy-intensive industry – often attracts much ire around its sustainability. However, the industry is leading the charge towards the UK’s aim to be ‘net zero’ by 2050, with many manufacturers aiming to reach the target well ahead of that. This panel discussion explores ways manufacturing can ensure a sustainable future, as well as how the need to be sustainable is being driven not by traditional financial incentives, but by pressures from customers and suppliers.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. The changing face of sustainability

2. How prepared are you for Net Zero?

3. How to create a watertight sustainability strategy

4. Why sustainability should be front and centre of boardroom discussions

5. How to engage your staff with a sustainability agenda
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
PP Control & Automation

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