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EMCC: Manufacturing and Engineering conference

28 March, 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

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In short, this year’s conference will focus on how the sector can develop a vision for future success, aligning with the five areas for growth identified in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.  And, in particular, how we address the four ‘Grand Challenges’.

What’s included?

Building on the success of last year’s conference, the 2018 Manufacturing and Engineering Conference will examine the latest thinking, policy and projections for the manufacturing sector in the East Midlands.  Last year saw major changes in the political and economic landscape.  Furthermore, 2018 shows no sign of respite – indeed the conference marks one year and one day before the UK’s exit from the EU.

As the country looks to develop a vision for future success, the Government has launched its long-awaited Industrial Strategy White Paper.  The original ‘10 Pillars’ are now re-imagined as 5 areas for growth.  These are: Ideas; Infrastructure; People; Business Environment; and Place.  Furthermore, four ‘Grand Challenges’ have been added around AI and Data, Clean Tech, Supporting and Ageing Society, and the Future of Mobility.

The sector also continues to see the perennial issue of access to skilled labour.  This is clearly apparent from constant feedback taken from the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey.  Looking at Q4, 63% of manufacturing respondents attempted to recruit, mainly due to growth of the business.  Of these, 58% experienced problems finding suitable staff.  The majority of these were for skilled manual/technical and professional/managerial roles.

The Conference will bring together leaders from across the sector and – through a series of keynotes and expert panel discussions – examine these challenges and more.  Furthermore, it will look to where opportunities present themselves.  By working together we can ensure that the East Midlands can continue to lead the Manufacturing and Engineering Sector in the UK and beyond.


  • Welcome and opening address – Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
  • Welcome to University of Nottingham and the Advanced Manufacturing Building – Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Exchange, Faculty of Executive Office, University of Nottingham
  • Why the UK must lead the fourth industrial revolution – Professor Juergen Maier, UK Chief Executive, Siemens UK
  • Manufacturing in the digital age: Challenges and opportunities – Svetan Ratchev, Professor of Production Engineering and Director of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham
  • The State of Engineering Report: 2018 – Mark Titterington, CEO, Engineering UK
  • R2 Data Labs: An acceleration hub for data innovation – Neil Tatman, Associate Fellow Manufacturing Systems, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Cities Outlook 2018: Impact of increasing automation – Naomi Clayton, Policy and Research Manager, Centre for Cities
  • Panel Discussion, opened up to floor for Q&A

Further information and registration

The conference is kindly hosted by the University of Nottingham at the Advanced Manufacturing Building on their Jubilee Campus.  This will connect the campus to Derby Road and the adjacent Gatehouse Lodge.  The building comprises office space, laboratories and seminar space for the Faculty of Engineering.

This event is open to both Chamber members and non-members.  Places are charged at £25 + VAT for members and £75 + VAT for non-members.  In addition, to find more information on this event and to book your place, visit the Chamber’s dedicated event page.


28 March
8:00 am - 12:30 pm


East Midlands Chamber


Advanced Manufacturing Building
University of Nottingham, 522 Derby Road
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG8 1BB United Kingdom
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0115 951 3743


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