Manufacturing the future: navigating uncertainty and rising to the challenge

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Manufacturing the future: navigating uncertainty and rising to the challenge
In times of political uncertainty and rising cost pressures, the months ahead pose considerable challenges for UK manufacturers; but there are also opportunities that may not yet have been found or realised.

With UK manufacturing performing strongly, as firms diversify product ranges; invest in new technology and infrastructure; and explore new territories and trade relationships, clear opportunities are emerging. New orders are increasing in North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, as well as mainland Europe, as overseas demand for UK exports intensifies. How can firms make the most of these opportunities for their business and clients while avoiding the risks inherent in overseas trade? Realise opportunities and mitigate risks

We bring together a panel of professionals to identify both the opportunities and challenges before us and to discuss ways to forge a path forward. The session will be chaired by Atul Kariya, MHA MacIntyre Hudson Partner and National Sector Head for Manufacturing and Engineering.

Each panellist will present their take on the key priorities for British manufacturers, followed by an open Q&A session and debate.

Our Speaker

David Johnson
Founding Director, Halo Financial

T: 0207 350 5474

David has been in the FX industry for over 24 years. As a Founding Director of Halo, David has responsibility for back office, settlements and compliance matters.

He is a Certified Financial Technician (CFTe) and a member of the Society of Technical Analysts (MSTA).

David is regularly called upon for media comment, having been a regular guest on CNBC and Bloomberg television; being interviewed for BBC radio; and is responsible for writing a wide variety of articles for a range of publications and websites; from the national press and business media, to trade titles, detailed financial journals and the property and migration press.

Professor Rajkumar Roy
Director of Manufacturing, Academic & Business Support Cranfield University

T: 01234 758555

Professor Roy has led Competitive Design research at Cranfield for over twenty-one years. Competitive Design is a fact-based approach to studying the whole life of technology intensive products and services and optimising their design, along with efficient design information and knowledge management.

He has advocated creative thinking in higher education and has started a number of new initiatives over last ten years, including setting up the Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D), a £5.5 million investment from HEFCE, Cranfield University, UAL and EEDA.

Dorrien Peters
Partner, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

T: 0114 274 4947

Dorrien is a Partner and National Head of Manufacturing at Irwin Mitchell. He qualified as a solicitor in 2002, having spent seven years working in the aerospace engineering sector.

Dorrien will look at the findings of the Irwin Mitchell/Cebr report on Industry 4.0, ‘Go Fourth’, which will allow manufacturers to begin to assess how the new Industrial Revolution might affect their businesses and plan accordingly

Will Stirling
Journalist and Media Producer, Stirling Media

T: 020 7801 0077

Will Stirling is a journalist and conference producer specialising in manufacturing. He was the editor and managing editor of The Manufacturer for five years and has written for manufacturing reports in The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

Will is Editor and Publisher of the UK Manufacturing Review. He also writes for the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency, sitting on the steering group for the Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield.  

Date:Tuesday, 13 March 2018
8:30am - 10:00am

DoubleTree by Hilton
Milton Keynes, Players Suite,
Stadium MK,
Stadium Way West,
Milton Keynes,

08.00 - 08.30
Registration, breakfast and networking

08.30 - 09.30
Panel discussion and debate

09.30 onwards
Questions and Networking

To reserve your place:

We have a limited number of spaces, so please book early to secure your place.
Reply to: [email protected]
T: 01234 268761