Smart Hub Lanarkshire and Business Gateway team up to support Lanarkshire’s manufacturing sector

Posted on 1 Jun 2022 by The Manufacturer

Smart Hub Lanarkshire - the centre of excellence for manufacturing innovation and robotics – has teamed up with Business Gateway to offer focused support to Lanarkshire’s manufacturing sector during the month of June.

The Smart Hub, which is a partnership between North Lanarkshire Council, New College Lanarkshire and the University of Strathclyde, is home to a robotics and automation training facility and a dedicated space for SMEs to meet, learn and access business support and academic expertise.

The programme of six free events, entitled “Manufacturing Month”, kicks off with a Launch Event at Pitreavie Packaging Solutions in Cumbernauld on Tuesday 7th June, 9.30am – 11.30am. This event will spotlight the importance of manufacturing to Lanarkshire’s economy and set the scene for a month of sector-focused events.

Guest speaker Stephen Heslop, Managing Director at Pitreavie Group will share Pitreavie’s investment and scale-up story, and guests will also hear from Paul Sheerin, Chief Executive at Scottish Engineering and Barry Skea, Head of Science & Technology at New College Lanarkshire. Delegates will also learn about available grant funding for capital and infrastructure projects, and join a tour of Pitreavie’s manufacturing facility.

One of Smart Hub Lanarkshire’s collaborative robots. Credit Smart Hub Lanarkshire

The Manufacturing Month programme also includes:

  • Get Set to Innovate – Thursday 9th June, 10am -12 noon at Smart Hub LanarkshireThis event will help manufacturing businesses to understand and embrace innovation, using it as a tool for improvement and development activity within the business.
  • What does sustainability and the circular economy mean for the Manufacturing Sector? – Monday 16th June, 10am -12.30pm (online)
  • This webinar will enable businesses to assess their sustainability by challenging current practices and considering the adoption of circular business models to minimise future environmental impact.
  • Get hands on with Cobots for Lanarkshire manufacturers – Wednesday 22nd June, 9.30-11.30amThis event will demonstrate how Cobots can help automate processes in your manufacturing workplace.

Barry Skea, Head of Department for Science and Technology at New College Lanarkshire, said: “Manufacturing is a key industry sector in Lanarkshire, and Smart Hub Lanarkshire is here to support SMEs in this sector to modernise, digitise and automate to improve efficiency, boost productivity and grow. The Manufacturing Month events will be invaluable for anyone within the manufacturing sector who is keen to connect and develop their business.”

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