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1 Day, 1 Room, 20 Manufacturing Directors Address Key Challenges On Engaging People & Leveraging Technology To Maximise Productivity In Birmingham

Engage Your People & Leverage Technology To Maximise Manufacturing Productivity: Create High-Performing Cultures With Strategic Methods of Attracting, Developing & Engaging Talent & Applying The Latest Technologies & Industry 4.0 In Practice

A One-Day, Industry-Led Conference & Networking Event, 30th April 2019, Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.

Practical Insights To Revolutionise Your Manufacturing Processes, Increase Employee Engagement, Attract Talent, Implement The Best Upcoming Tech & Uncover Essential Insights Into Industry 4.0, Data & Lean To Improve Your Productivity & Efficiency

  1.  Attract The Right Talent & Develop Your Future Workforce: From apprentices to grads to shop floor workers - get the best talent through your doors, plug the skills gap and keep the line running
  2. Creating A Culture Of Engagement: Successes and pitfalls of creating a highly-engaged, high-performance culture with long-term retention
  3. Developing Skills For A Multi-Skilled, Multi-Functional Workforce: Practical methods to upskill your people, promote continuous development and positively impact your production line
  4. Brexit Uncertainty: Overcoming labour, import, costs and regulatory unpredictability; how do you mitigate the risks of Brexit?
  5. Align People & Procedures With Exciting New Technology: Identify the right tech for your business and overcome the barriers of implementation
  6. AI, Robotics, VR, Additive & Automation… Tech Innovations To Invest In Now: Assess the best technologies, manage cost and permanently improve productivity
  7. Industry 4.0 & Data Practical Applications: Future-proof your factories and implement advanced data strategies and Industry 4.0 now to keep up with the tech revolution
  8. Lean & Visual Methodologies - Grab The Quick Wins: Reduce waste, drive continuous improvement and increase productivity
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PLUS! Why Attend The Manufacturing, People & Tech Conference - Improving Productivity?

  • 20 Senior Manufacturer Speakers Take To The Stage In Just 1 Day To Unveil Fresh People & Tech Strategies To Boost Productivity
  • Dedicated Focus On People & Technology
  • 3 Interactive Panels Focused On: 'Battle Scars', 'Brexit', 'Technology Innovations'
  • 4 Facilitated Peer Discussions: 'Engineering Strategy & Performance', 'Supply Chain', 'Aligning People & Tech' and 'Environment'
  • 2 Conference Chairs
  • Senior-Level Networking
  • Interactive Voting
  • Open Q&A 

Attracting Talent • Culture & Engagement • Wellbeing • Developing Skills & Workforce • Brexit •  Future Technology • Industry 4.0 & Data • Lean & Visual Quick Wins • CI Culture • Leadership & Learning


"Thought-provoking insight into bringing about successful change and taking people with you on the journey." ENGIE

"Great opportunity to listen to and network with other people with similar challenges in their business." Seagate Technology

"A good refresher of some key messages with interesting new insights and perspectives." Jägermeister

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20 Manufacturer Speakers In 1 Day | Click Here To Download The Conference Brochure

08:30 Registration, Coffee & Informal Networking

09:00 GIC Welcome & Morning Chair’s Opening Remarks

Yvonne Thwaites, Head of HR Global Manufacturing & Supply, Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC

09:20 Sourcing Talent & Skills To Develop Your Future Workforce & Plug The Ever-Increasing Skills Gap

Annabel West, Head of Engineering Policy, SGN

09:40 Creating A Highly-Efficient Culture For Staff Who Engage With The Product, Business & Process To Improve Performance & Productivity

09:40 Perspective One
Dr. Gunter Beitinger, Vice President Manufacturing, Siemens Digital Factory

10:00 Perspective Two
Adam Batting, Operations Director, FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems Limited

10:20 Perspectives On A Wellbeing & Mental Health Culture Within Manufacturing

Chris Woodhouse, Advanced Manufacturing Manager, Baker Hughes a GE Company

10:40 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking

11.10 Practical Tips & Battle Scars! Put People At The Centre Of Your Manufacturing Strategies, Develop A High-Performance Team & Get The Best Out Of Your Workforce 

Andrea Salvadore, Head Of Engineering, & OVO Energy

Amy Blackledge, Area Manufacturing Manager, British Steel

Sarah Wooledge, Continuous Improvement Manager, The Binding Site

Oliver Blackwood, Head Of Engineering, OVO Energy

Jade Aspinall, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, MBDA

11:40 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner. For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email


12:10 Developing The Right Skills To Make The Most Of Your Workforce & Reduce The Impact On The Production Line

Dominic Fahy, Head of Architecture, Engineering, Construction & Manufacturing, Canon UK & Ireland

12:30 Brexit, Mitigating Risk, Workforce & Import Implications... What Happens Now?

Richard Collinge, HR Director, CSM Bakery Solutions

12:50 Lunch For Delegates, Speakers & Partners

13:20 Informal Peer-To-Peer Discussions

A) Engineering Strategy & Performance: Alan Ellis, Engineering Director, Coca-Cola European Partners

B) Supply Chain: Francisco Gimenez, General Assembly Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Vauxhall Motors Ltd

C) Aligning People & Tech

D) Environment

Further Panellists To Be Announced: Please Check Website For Updates

13:50 Afternoon Chair’s Opening Remarks
Jade Aspinall, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, MBDA

14:10 Technology & The Future, From Robotics, VR, AI, Additive & Automation, What Should You Invest In Now?

John Ahmet Erkoyuncu, Senior Lecturer in Digital Service Engineering, Cranfield University

Adam Locke, Partnership & Innovation Leader, Engineering Excellence Group, Laing O'Rourke

Further Panellists To Be Announced: Please Check Website For Updates

14:40 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner. For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email


15:10 Industry 4.0 & Data Is On Everyone’s Minds, So Discover Practical Applications For Your Business & How It Can Be Used To Your Advantage

Andy Schofield, Head of Manufacturing & Materials Engineering, BAE Systems

15:30 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking

16:00 Quick Wins & Insights: Using Lean & Visual To Streamline & Increase Manufacturing Efficiency

James Horton, Global Head of Lean Manufacturing, Bombardier Transportation]

16:20 Building A CI Culture From Scratch To Drive Increased Productivity

Sarah Wooledge, Continuous Improvement Manager, The Binding Site

16:40 Leadership & Learning – Together They Make The Difference

Martin Brunnock, Technical Director, Tata Steel UK

Dave Bright, Manager Operational Excellence, Tata Steel Strip Products UK

17:00 Chair's Closing Remarks

17:10 Official Close Of Conference

Book An Exhibition Stand & 2 Delegate Passes Before 28th February For Just £1,999 (SAVE £850)Click here to book your stand. Stand space is limited and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can you help manufacturing professionals increase their productivity? For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0) 20 3479 2299 or email