Event: 14 March 2018 – Engineering and Manufacturing Summit

Date: Wednesday, 14th March 2018
Time: 08:15 – 13:30
Venue: Oldham Event Centre, SportsDirect.com Park, Off Hilbre Avenue, Royton, Oldham OL2 5BL

This March sees the first ever Engineering and Manufacturing Summit in Greater Manchester.

The Summit is the very first of its kind that aims to bring businesses in the industry together to discuss and tackle key issues affecting the sector through a range of panel discussions and keynote speakers.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has a network of over 700 businesses in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector and therefore this is one of the key campaigns that the Chamber will be working on during 2018.

There will also be an exhibition space where over 100 individuals from the sector and supporting industries can come together.

The Summit will explore a number of key themes via interactive panel discussions including:

Brexit, Barriers, Best Practice – international perspectives
Engineering and Manufacturing is probably associated more than any other sector in the UK economy with international trade. Whether you are currently exporting or looking to dip your toe in the water this session will hear from businesses already trading overseas and look at best practice as well as trying to assess what impact Brexit will have – will it make it easier, harder, have no change and how can the sector make the most of any opportunities arising over the next 12 months?

Trends, Tech, Transformation – industry 4.0 the next revolution?
It has been called by some the next industrial revolution, by others the rise of the robots and is being predicted by many to mark the end of many traditional job roles and skill sets. But what is Industry 4.0 and what role will automation play in the sector in the future? This session will take a look at what Industry 4.0 actually means – and you’ll hear from businesses leading the way into this, the lessons learned, things to avoid and the benefits. Can it be done with no cost or are we actually already in the era of Industry 4.0?

Brains not Brawn – the skills needed now and in the workplace of the future
There is perceived wisdom that the sector has an image issue and the career opportunities on offer are limited in scope and reward. With immediate short-term skills issues to be tackled and a wave of new roles and new skill sets coming on the back of Industry 4.0 what needs to be done to make sure that the workforce of the present and that of the future is able and capable to deliver what is needed? This session will cover how businesses are readying themselves for the challenges around recruitment, working with schools and education and what, if any, local assistance is available to make sure the long running issues around skills are tackled.

If you are interested in getting more involved with the event, we have a number of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available. For further information please contact Emma Parr – emma.parr@gmchamber.co.uk.