Intellect and GAMBICA have partnered together for the event “Automated Britain: The Renaissance of UK Manufacturing“.
At the event, automation users and manufacturers will team up with politicians and civil servants to demonstrate that the economy can be rebalanced by manufacturing, and that automation plays a major part in that.
The organisers say that the conference will also explore whether there are any perceived obstacles that discourage industry from making more of this type of investment, and will end with a panel discussion ‘Investment in automation; What are the drivers to encourage uptake?’, chaired by Keith Hodgkinson, Head of electronics, Materials, Chemicals and Product Regulation at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Mark Prisk MP, Minister for Business and Enterprise, will deliver the keynote address ‘The view from Government’. Also attending will be Chi Onwurah, Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central and Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science & Digital Infrastructure and Ian Wright, Member of Parliament for Hartlepool.
The date and venue is Tuesday 06 March (9:00 – 17:00), at The Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP.
“The government has recognised the importance of automation as a key technology in enabling globally competitive manufacturing operations to invest and grow in the UK,” say the organisers. “Smart automated systems and processes are not only essential in attracting foreign direct investments (FDIs) but represent a key ingredient to grow and rebalance the British economy. A combination of world-class R&D (both corporate and academic) and early adoption of automated technologies by UK-based modern manufacturers can accelerate economic recovery and unleash growth to give Britain long-term prosperity.”
Companies presenting at the event will include automation majors such as ABB, Honeywell, Siemens, Emerson, Rockwell and Schneider Electric and manufacturers such as Rolls Royce, SKF, Tata Steel and Jaguar Land Rover. Electronics suppliers will also be invited including contract electronics manufacturers together with components manufacturers and distributors.
* Mark Prisk MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise (keynote)
* Juergen Maier, Managing Director, Siemens UK – Industry Sector (keynote)
* Bob Spooner, Chief Operating Officer, Premier Foods (keynote)
* Lynn Tompkins, Director of UK Operations, SEMTA (keynote)
* Eric Le Corre, Managing Director, Michelin Tyre
* Atul Mehta, Partner and Industrial Sector Leader, IBM Global Business Services
* John Frieslaar, CTO – Western Europe, Huawei Technologies
* Danny Wootton, Innovation Director, Logica
* Nigel Cook, Area Sales Manager, ABB
* Brian Holliday, Division Director – Industry Automation, Siemens
* Dominic Molloy, Marketing Director, EMEA, Rockwell Automation
* Steve Seddon, Business Director, Emerson Process Management
* Elgonda La Grange, Global Consulting Services Director, Honeywell Control Systems
* Keith Hodgkinson, Head of Electronics, Materials, Chemicals and Product Regulation, BIS
* William Averdieck, Managing Director, PCME
* Andy Smith, Specialist Maintenance Engineer, Ricoh
* Simon Culkin, Importation Terminal Manager, National Grid – Grain LNG
* Duncan Mounser, ETS
* Geoff Friswell, Process Development, Kraft Foods UK
* Myles McCarthy, MD Implementation Services, Carbon Trust
* Chris Buxton, Chief Executive, BARA
* Prof Mike Jackson, Director EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufactuirng in Intelligent Automation, Loughborough University
* Chris Biddle, Manufacturing Executive, Rolls Royce
For more information see http://www.intellectuk.org/automatedbritain