Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit unique agenda is the primary reason to attend. Aside from the combination of expert-led plenary sessions including keynote presentations and panel discussions, the roundtable “deep-dive” Discussion Sessions provide priceless insight and knowledge.
The extensive Discussion Session topic list is researched across The Manufacturer’s community to ensure maximum relevance. Attendees choose four of the topics across the two day Summit for a 60-minute interactive Q&A on each, with 5 to 8 other industry leaders, hosted by a world-class manufacturer and a technology expert.

 

Preview the 2023 Agenda below:

Day 1
2023-11-14
Day 2
2023-11-15
09:30 - 10:00
Registration & Refreshments

Enjoy a hot drink and network with fellow delegates.

10:00 - 10:10
Chair’s Welcome

Welcome speech from our Chair.

10:10 - 10:25
Keynote: Unleashing Innovation, Collaboration and Concepting in the Manufacturing Sector

Embark on a transformative journey where Innovation, collaboration, and concepts converge to redefine the manufacturing landscape. This presentation unveils a new era of advanced research and technology development, where customer-centricity, collaboration, and sustainability reign supreme, ensuring that the manufacturing sector remains at the forefront of progress and innovation.

 

  • Creating an ecosystem of excellence: Developing partnerships with academia, research organizations, SMEs, and National Governments to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and accelerate progress.
  • Cultivating talent: Harnessing the expertise of diverse British and international professionals to drive game-changing solutions.
  • Net-zero solutions for the future: Pioneering innovative approaches that align with global net-zero goals and reshape the manufacturing landscape.
  • Focussing on tomorrow and beyond: Delving into horizon scanning techniques that identify emerging capabilities and innovation initiatives to ensure sustained technological leadership.
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Dave Holmes
BAE Systems
Managing Director - Falcon Works
10:25 - 10:40
Keynote: Release your digital superpower!

The way we design products, make them, and generate value has undergone a dramatic transformation. Industry is actively seeking ways to apply digital to their businesses but whenever they mention the “D” word, they are bombarded with meaningless buzzwords and jargon. Digital doesn’t need to be difficult, and it doesn’t start with technology. It starts with five digital superpowers that you can choose to develop. Asif Moghal of Autodesk outlines these superpowers, their impact to your business and why you don’t need to be bitten by a radioactive spider to develop them.

 

  • The three questions to kick start your transformation.
  • The five digital super powers to choose from.
  • How to get your people behind your transformation
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Asif Moghal
Autodesk
Director, D&M Market & Industry Development
10:40 - 10:55
Q&A with audience

Your chance to delve deeper into our keynote presentations – ask the speakers anything!

10:55 - 11:00
Roundtable Discussion Briefing

Understand how to get the most out of the following Discussion Session format.

11:00 - 12:00
Roundtable Discussion Session 1

Click here to view the extensive list of discussion topics available. Delegates get the opportunity to choose one to join.

12:00 - 12:30
Panel Discussion: Building digital talent to accelerate digitalisation

Digitalisation requires new skills and expertise, such as data analysis, programming, and cybersecurity. Manufacturers need to invest in training and upskilling their workforce to ensure they have the skills to operate in a digital environment.

 

  • What are the specific workforce skills that manufacturers need to succeed in digitalisation?
  • How can manufacturers attract and retain talent with the necessary digital skills?
  • What training programs can be put in place to upskill the existing workforce?
  • How can manufacturers encourage collaboration between employees with different skill sets to ensure that everyone benefits from digitalisation?
  • How can manufacturers balance the need for automation with the need to retain human workers?
  • How can manufacturers ensure that workers are able to adapt to new technologies and processes as they are introduced?
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David Forrest
Nissan
Digital Innovation Lead
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Alison Beard-Gunter
Thermo Fisher
Transformation Director
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Ioana Hera
Rolls Royce
Head of Improvement
12:30 - 13:20
Lunch Break and Networking

Enjoy a hot lunch and network with fellow attendees.

13:20 - 13:25
Chair’s Remarks
13:25 - 13:40
Keynote Discussion: The supply chain conundrum – productivity vs sustainability

As manufacturers worldwide and across industries commit to net zero emissions targets and embrace Sustainable Business Transformation initiatives (SBTi) a pressing question arises: Why, despite these commitments, are we not witnessing the anticipated surge in remarkable outcomes?

During this panel session, we will:

  • Dissect the barriers and complexities hindering the seamless integration of sustainability goals into supply chain operations
  • Share real-world solutions and strategies that are yielding tangible and rapid benefits to both sustainability and productivity
  • Explore the potential pitfalls of stagnating on our sustainability commitments, allowing participants to comprehensively plan the sustainable supply chain excellence
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John McNiff
SAP Digital Supply Chain, Global CoE
Vice President
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Jenny Edwards
Cognizant
Principal Sustainability Advisor
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Ben Ellins
Reckitt 
IT & Digital Director – Factory Operations
13:40 - 13:55
Keynote: Data in a High Configuration Business

Druck is a high mix low volume manufacturing business. We take a look at how we have approached our automation and digitisation journey to improve productivity and reduce variability.

  • Discover the unique story of Druck and how this high mix, low volume manufacturing powerhouse has revolutionised its operations through automation and digitisation.
  • Join us as we explore the challenges and strategies for implementing automation in a low-volume manufacturing environment, where precision and adaptability are key.
  • Uncover the secrets to harnessing and maximising the potential of data within your grasp, turning it into a powerful tool to drive productivity and reduce variability in your operations.
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Claire Aitchison
Baker Hughes
Druck Executive Operations Leader
13:55 - 14:10
Q&A with audience
14:10 - 15:10
Roundtable Discussion Session 2

Click here to view the extensive list of discussion topics available. Delegates get the opportunity to choose one to join.

15:10 - 15:20
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

15:20 - 17:00
The Manufacturer Top 100 Alumni Networking Drinks

2023 marks 10 years of The Manufacturer Top 100 awards programme. Join us for the networking drinks party where we celebrate the community with a Top 1000 Hall of Fame, after day one of Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit, part of The Manufacturer Live . All Top 100 Alumni manufacturers are invited to attend Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit with a VIP pass as part of their Top 100 benefits.

08:00 - 09:45
Exploring Innovation in Manufacturing: A Breakfast Briefing by the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge (SEPERATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Join us for a morning of innovation exploration at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge’s exclusive Breakfast Briefing. Discover the latest ideas and strategies driving innovation in UK manufacturing, led by renowned experts in the field.

A separate registration is required for this part of the event. Apply here.

 

AGENDA:

8.00-8.30

Breakfast and networking

Connect with IfM experts and 30 other senior manufacturing leaders over refreshments and a light breakfast. Exchange ideas, forge valuable partnerships, and explore collaborative opportunities in the field of manufacturing innovation.

 

8.30 – 8.55

The vital importance of innovation for UK Manufacturing
Professor Tim Minshall, Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation & Head of the Institute for Manufacturing
Professor Tim Minshall, keynote speaker at The Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit, will present an overview of the trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the innovation landscape. (20-25 mins)

 

9.00-9.45

Enhancing innovation at the company level
Rob Munro, Industrial Associate, IfM Engage, University of Cambridge
Innovation is not just of national importance but a vital component of every company’s success. Rob Munro, an expert in innovation management, will share practical insights on how companies can assess and rethink their innovation management systems, introducing strategies to foster a culture of innovation whilst driving tangible results. (45-50 mins)

09:30 - 10:00
Registration & Refreshments

Enjoy a hot drink and network with fellow delegates.

10:00 - 10:10
Chair’s Welcome

Welcome speech from our Chair.

10:10 - 10:25
Keynote: Powering up shipbuilding with digital advanced manufacturing

Discover the future of shipbuilding as we explore the game-changing impact of digital advanced manufacturing. This presentation delves into how cutting-edge technologies, such as CAD, 3D modeling, IoT, and AI, are reshaping ship design and production. Learn how this innovation streamlines processes, improves accuracy, reduces costs, and accelerates project timelines. Real-world case studies showcase the tangible benefits. We’ll also tackle the challenges of implementation and highlight emerging trends, including autonomous ships and sustainability. Prepare to be inspired by how digital advanced manufacturing is powering up shipbuilding for a more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly industry.

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Neil Young
Babcock International
Engineering and Technology Director
10:25 - 10:40
Keynote: Revolutionising Manufacturing: Yunex Traffic’s Disruptive Journey Towards Operating System Excellence

Discover how Yunex Traffic, amidst a landscape of challenges including global supply chain disruptions and rapid shifts in the electronics industry, successfully transformed their manufacturing operations to stay competitive and adapt to an ever-evolving environment. By sharing their journey, this case study offers valuable insights into addressing wider manufacturing industry issues, such as supply chain resilience, digital transformation, and sustainability.

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Simon Martin
Yunex Traffic
Head of Global Manufacturing
10:40 - 10:55
Q&A with audience

Your chance to delve deeper into our keynote presentations – ask the speakers anything!

10:55 - 11:00
Roundtable Discussion Briefing

Understand how to get the most out of the following Discussion Session format.

11:00 - 12:00
Roundtable Discussion Session 3

Click here to view the extensive list of discussion topics available. Delegates get the opportunity to choose one to join.

12:00 - 12:30
Panel Discussion – How are your peers tackling and overcoming digitalisation challenges?
  • What are the key barriers for introducing digitalisation into your organisation?
  • Is your digitalisation strategy driven from the bottom up or the top down?
  • How do you define your requirements for a digital system when you don’t know what the system capabilities are?
  • What did you use to define your start point for digitisation, and a follow-on deployment plan?
  • Did you have a minimum set of current system standards/process knowledge and tools in place before digitisation?
  • How do you drive culture change in your employees, to accept the change to digital manufacturing?
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Lindsay Colton
Terex
Digital Transformation Manager
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Alice Quinn
3M
Senior Manufacturing Technology Engineer
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Rhys Parkey
Jaguar Land Rover
Digitalisation Lead Halewood
12:30 - 13:20
Lunch Break and Networking

Enjoy a hot lunch and network with fellow attendees.

13:20 - 13:25
Chair’s Remarks
13:25 - 13:40
Keynote: Rethinking manufacturing: Changing the perspective on manufacturing’s role in the UK economy

Manufacturing is a crucial component of the United Kingdom’s economy, providing the foundation for resilience, sustainability, and fairness. Yet, has the narrative surrounding manufacturing’s genuine worth and significance been muddled or overlooked in recent years? Join us for a thought-provoking keynote presentation as Professor Tim Minshall, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge, delves into the perception of manufacturing and its critical role in attracting public and private investments.

 

In this session, Tim will:

 

  • Consider the risks that a lack of clarity about the real value of UK manufacturing presents and its ability to attract public and private sector investment.
  • Advocate for a holistic approach to manufacturing by leveraging IfM’s experience and collaborative efforts with key stakeholders to integrate technology, supply chain optimisation, and skills development across critical sectors.
  • Showcase examples of how this integrated approach is already bearing fruit across various industries. From the automotive sector’s transformation to aerospace innovation, from sustainable food production to ground-breaking advancements in healthcare, these success stories will illustrate the potential of a more inclusive and enlightened manufacturing narrative.

This keynote promises to provide a fresh perspective on the manufacturing landscape, offering insights that can reshape our understanding of its value and influence.

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Tim Minshall
Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge
Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation & Head IFM
13:40 - 13:55
Keynote: ‘Developing a Future Ready Mindset – How to Win in a World of Change

Embark on a transformative journey with our esteemed speaker Allister Frost, a trailblazer in the realms of marketing and digital strategy. From shaping marketing initiatives at Kimberly-Clark to spearheading digital strategy at Microsoft Corporation, his experience encapsulates the evolving landscape of technology-enabled change.

 

Join us as he unveils the secrets of the revolutionary ReadyAlready! cycle, cultivated over three decades of navigating societal and business pressures. Recently honored at The Speaker Awards and crowned UK Digital Marketing Personality of the Year (2013 & 2019), Allister is a beacon of innovation and a recipient of prestigious accolades, including the Cannes Lion Awards. With an inspiring mission to equip audiences with the skills for a future-ready life, this presentation promises to empower you to embrace change, seize opportunities, and thrive in these exciting times.

 

Don’t miss this chance to learn from a visionary who’s at the forefront of shaping the future.

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Allister Frost
Future Ready Mindset Keynote Speaker and Author
13:55 - 14:10
Q&A with audience
14:10 - 15:10
Roundtable Discussion Session 4

Click here to view the extensive list of discussion topics available. Delegates get the opportunity to choose one to join.

15:10 - 15:20
Chair’s Closing Remarks
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The Manufacturer Live

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit is part of The Manufacturer Live, a series of award-winning events in Liverpool during November produced by The Manufacturer to champion the sector, promote innovation and recognise achievement. Click here for more information on The Manufacturer Live events.