We are on the brink of the biggest change in how we make things since the industrial revolution. Out of this disruption, a new future of making things is emerging, and more than any other 3D design software company, Autodesk is embracing this new future.
For more than 30 years, Autodesk has helped people imagine, design and create. Autodesk offers a portfolio of more than 200 products, all of which are available free to students, teachers and educational institutions around the world. The company is developing cutting edge 3D printing technology that will make it possible to create things in entirely new ways. Together with its customers, Autodesk is changing the way the world is designed and made.
Columbus is a global business consultancy. We know how to make clients more successful by adapting and implementing proven, Microsoft-based solution sets to maximise efficiency and overall business performance for manufacturers.
The Columbus Advanced Discrete Manufacturing Solution can support your business as you evolve into a single source provider for your customers, with the ability to turn after-market services into a profit maker for your business.
Exceeding 25 years of experience and 6,000 successful business cases, Columbus is a global top 3 Microsoft partner in the manufacturing industry and part of the prestigious Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club.
For more information about Columbus, please visit www.columbusglobal.com
Kaiser Associates is a boutique strategy consulting firm with headquarters in Washington, DC and London. Kaiser Associates is dedicated to helping leading global corporations improve their performance and unlock new sources of sustainable, profitable growth. We provide our clients with strategic insight and analysis that drives decision-making.
Founded in 1981, we maintain deep, long-standing relationships with the most admired companies in the world, including five of Fortune’s Ten Most Admired Corporations and six of the top ten of Business Week’s ‘Global 1,000’.
Simon Kucher & Partners
Simon-Kucher & Partners is a global consulting firm specialising in strategy, marketing, pricing and sales. Founded in 1985, the company focuses on Smart Profit GrowthSM by helping clients to boost their top line instead of cutting costs. With 800 professionals in 29 offices worldwide, our practice is built on evidence-based, practical strategies for profit improvement. Simon-Kucher & Partners is regarded as the world’s leading pricing advisor and thought leader.
Our projects cover all areas of top-line growth. Typical areas/topics are:
- Strategy (growth and defence strategies, new business models, market entry strategies, etc.)
- Marketing (meaningful segmentation, brand and product positioning, product/service design, marketing efficiency)
- Pricing (avoiding price wars, innovation pricing, effective price execution, discount systems, global pricing, etc.)
- Sales (channel strategies, sales efficiency, sales force effectiveness, sales incentives, etc.)
- Holistic Smart Profit GrowthSM programmes (change management, organisation of commercial functions, KPIs, etc.)
Oracle offers an integrated suite of supply chain applications with open and flexible architectures and best-in-class capabilities. Delivering results quickly, Oracle uses a modular application approach that leverages the cloud for simplicity and flexibility. Some of Oracle’s supply chain applications include product lifecycle management, innovation management, demand and supply planning, sales & operations planning, logistics, transportation, global trade and warehouse management, procurement, manufacturing, maintenance, and order management.
Oracle’s supply chain applications are top rated by analysts and proven by customers. They span the complete breadth of business operations and combine rapid results, for short-term ROI, with continuous innovation, for long-term success.
Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. With more than 400,000 customers—including 100 of the Fortune 100—in more than 145 countries around the globe, Oracle is the only vendor able to offer a complete technology stack in which every layer is engineered to work together as a single system. Oracle’s industry-leading cloud-based and on-premises solutions give customers complete deployment flexibility and unmatched benefits including advanced security, high availability, scalability, energy efficiency, powerful performance, and low total cost of ownership. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com
AAB Thought Leadership Network
The goal of the Automation Advisory Board Thought Leadership Network (AAB TLN) is to educate owner managers and factory directors about what automation equipment can do and the benets it can bring to UK manufacturers. Automation needs to rise to board level in companies of all sizes, but especially larger SMEs where the capital equipment could make a profound difference to winning contracts. Companies in non-auto sectors, who are unfamiliar with the range, capability and simplicity of automation kit, need and deserve to know what automation options are available.
The Automation Advisory Board is proudly supported by: GAMBICA, BARA, MTA, Rockwell, ABB, PP Electrical Systems, Siemens and MTC.
Aston Business School
The Aston Centre for Servitization Research and Practice, hosted by Aston Business School, is the world’s first and only centre dedicated entirely to understanding and promoting servitization within the global market. It incorporates researchers, practitioners and industry leaders who have a unique depth of knowledge and experience of the models, frameworks and practical requirements of this business model transformation for manufacturers.
The Centre’s mission is threefold:
- Pioneer internationally leading research to develop knowledge and tools that enable servitization
- Foster global networks of practitioners and researchers to inspire adoption of advanced services
- Develop leaders across the globe with the skills to drive business transformation
The Centre hosts a range of European-funded research and business support projects which provide the opportunity to work alongside businesses undergoing servitization, and develop tools such as serious gaming technologies to further enable that transformation. It provides education, training and consultancy to business professionals in the transformation of businesses through servitization.
All members of the Centre engage regularly with industry through in-depth longitudinal research or design and delivery of executive education and development. The year’s work within both academia and industry culminates in the annual Spring Servitization Conference, an international event hosted at Aston University which brings together leading thinkers and executives from around the world to share and develop best practice.
When implementing any new software project it is vital that both the selection and implementation processes are matched exactly to your organisation’s needs. Connect events enable you to efficiently and effectively complete your shortlisting process to ensure you avoid the disastrous consequences of a mismatched project. The pre-selected one-to-one meetings with cutting edge vendors, networking with other end users with live projects and actionable advice case studies from companies who have “been there and done that” make Connect events the only events to offer six months research in one day. Find out more www.hennikgroup.com
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Hennik Recruitment is a specialist recruitment consultancy dealing with senior level appointments to the boards and senior management teams of the UK’s dynamic and vibrant manufacturing sector. With our expertise and passion for manufacturing, as well as, our unrivalled insight into the industry, we are able to draw upon a vast network of manufacturing contacts, allowing us to discreetly locate, engage and place the best people in the best positions.
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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was established in 1847 and has some of the world’s greatest engineers in its history books. It is one of the fastest growing professional engineering institutions. Headquartered in London, we have operations around the world and over 111,000 members in more than 140 countries working at the heart of the most important and dynamic industries such as the automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries.
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Lean Management Journal
Lean Management Journal is a leading publication on lean and continuous improvement offering in-depth analysis, comment, case studies and reviews to give insight into the most important issues facing the lean community.
Since its launch in 2009, LMJ has laid the foundations of a strong international readership community. Subscribers from Europe, United States, Argentina, and Australia benefit from the knowledge exchanges LMJ facilitates.
Breaking down traditional conceptions about lean, LMJ is a cross-sector publication with contributions in every issue from public and private sectors lean leaders in businesses specialising in everything from car hire to financial services, healthcare and telecommunications as well as the traditional manufacturing base.
Ten issues of the journal are published every year, providing updates on the latest events, debates and achievements from within the lean community.
NMI is the trade association and champion for the UK Electronic Engineering and Related Technologies Industry. Founded in 1996, our mission is to help make the UK a leading location for electronic systems technology and engineering businesses NMI is the trading name of the National Microelectronics Institute – home to an expanding eco-system of technology related organisations delivering social and economic good throughout the value chain from semiconductors to systems. By virtue of our industry-served staff and collaboration, we support our members’ short term priorities and our industry’s long term needs. Our work aids capability development in business innovation, engineering and manufacturing excellence, investment, employment, knowledge transfer, advocacy and representation. NMI is a non-profit organisation, funded by members.
For specific details of our programmes see our website: www.nmi.org.uk
Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years, supporting manufacturers in the UK since 1847. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a leading provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions and automation and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading supplier of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT.
Social Sift is an all-in-one social media management tool for marketing, sales and customer service; allowing companies to post, moderate and measure across multiple social networks, all from one central dashboard. It supports sentiment tagging, Boolean search and stream filters and it’s visualiser displays conversation analysis which allows you to identify volume, participation distribution and word clusters. Through the use of social analytic and workflow reports you can easily monitor and evaluate both campaign and team performance against established KPIs. #decodethenoise