“Can we get 20% of UK GDP from manufacturing by 2020 with a formal manufacturing strategy?”

The UK will be increasingly challenged to maintain a competitive edge by emerging nations such as Brazil and India, according to the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report from Deloitte.

The 2013 National Manufacturing Debate, now in its fourth successful year, will therefore examine whether the UK really needs a manufacturing strategy, what such a strategy should include and who should deliver it.

Hosted by Cranfield University, the event brings together manufacturing professionals from a range of sectors to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry, and encourage networking and collaboration across the sector to enable continued and long-term growth.