The Global Manufacturing Festival will take place next week in Sheffield and will focus on the critical issues which enable businesses to compete and thrive in the future.
The festival will take place between 8am and 4pm on Thursday, March 22 and a host of international business leaders and organisations will attend the convention and trade show at Sheffield City Hall, Barker’s Pool.
Ambassadors from Rwanda and the Balkans, along with delegations from six countries are also set to attend. Closing the event will be Jeremy Browne MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Below is a complete schedule of the speakers during the day:
9am – Markets and opportunities – a discussion focusing on exports to non-traditional markets around the world.
· Lee Hopley chief economist at EEF
· Alan Cumming of EDF Energy
· Andrew Peters from Siemens Drive Technologies
10:25am – opportunity for photos, filming and interviews
11am – Technology and Enterprise
Discussion focuses on developing technological commercial solutions to meet future demand.
· Sir Chris O’Donnell former CEO of Smith & Nephew
· Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, is Research Director of the University of Sheffield’s
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing and Executive Dean of Manufacturing at the Advanced Manufacturing Institute
· Ric Parker of Rolls-Royce
12:30pm – opportunity for photos, filming and interviews
13:40pm – UK Strategy and Support
A review of how the big picture supports national objectives.
· Dr. Alan McLelland, NAMTEC
· Harry Hutchinson, HGF Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (Case-study)
· Dr Edward Draper, JRI Orthopaedics Ltd (Case-study)
14:45pm – Main speaker:
· Jeremy Browne MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
16:00pm – opportunity for photos, filming and interviews