Tuesday, March 25, 2014

News: Speakers announced for Global Manufacturing Festival 2014

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Top level representatives from the world's leading manufacturers will be speaking at The Global Manufacturing Festival (GMF) 2014 in Rotherham in June.

The GMF has been running since 2011 and has grown in popularity each year with some of the world's biggest manufacturing and engineering companies attending. It was held for the first time at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) last year and will return with a trade show and conference, keynote speakers, workshops and 150 exhibitors set to form proceedings on June 24 - 25.

Part of the UK's International Festival for Business, GMF is being organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, the University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing and Marketing Sheffield.

Also taking place at several sites in the Sheffield city region, GMF is devised to connect hundreds of smaller companies to big firms and support networks with the aim of growing manufacturing capability in the region. The industry sectors covered this year are Automotive, Aerospace, Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy.

Colin Sirett, head of research and technology at Airbus, will explain his company's work on lightweighting, and how Airbus works within the Aerospace Growth Partnership to both grow UK aerospace manufacturing capability and assess the capability of suppliers.

Sirett said: " With the emerging infrastructure under the guidance of the Aerospace Growth Partnership, the Aerospace Technology Institute and the National Aerospace Technology Programme, the advice to be shared with SMEs at the Festival will be the future direction is for the Airbus Technology and Operational activities.

"In particular, I will outline how future demand is directing the Airbus product development, what mechanisms are available to support the whole industry in the development of their capabilities and how SMEs can best present their capabilities to gain a future position on the developing aircraft products.

"The UK aerospace industry is the second-largest in the world, after the United States, and employs more than 100,000 people across the country. We are starting from a position of strength, but we need the mechanisms in place to support the investment in metallic, composite, aerodynamics, aircraft systems and manufacturing technologies. Between the Aerospace Technology Institute and National Aerospace Technology Programme initiatives, this support covers both large companies and SMEs."

Mike Wright, executive director of Jaguar Land Rover, will present at the conference on his appointment by the Labour Party as a "supply chain investigator" for the automotive industry, tasked with assessing the capability of British automotive suppliers and their capacity to scale up to supply more car plants in Britain.

Simon Kirby, recently appointed as Chief Executive – Construction to work on the HS2 project is also confirmed. As are Lukas Jiranek, Beckett MIM Ltd; Dirk Aderhold, Automising Systems Ltd; Dominic M'Benga, 4 Navitas Ltd and Mike Maddock of PES Ltd.

Paul Houghton, partner at global accounting organisation, Grant Thornton, said: "Grant Thornton is proud to sponsor the 2014 Global Manufacturing Festival. Generating one sixth of the UK’s overall wealth, two thirds of its exports and 3 million jobs, manufacturing plays an absolutely vital role in the Sheffield City Region and the greater UK economy.

"The Global Manufacturing Festival is an important event, bringing industry experts from high growth market sectors together, encouraging collaboration and allowing businesses to exploit opportunities and thrive."

GMF website

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