Lincoln

Conference to spotlight future of Lincolnshire manufacturing this week

The future of the manufacturing industry in Lincolnshire will be under the spotlight at a special conference this Friday.

The event takes place in the Isaac Newton building at the University of Lincoln. Tickets are free to Lincolnshire businesses and are still available via the link here.

The conference, hosted by Business Lincolnshire and Natwest, will bring together leaders from across the manufacturing sector.

Topics up for discussion include the future of manufacturing, additive manufacturing, innovation, Brexit implications and how to improve manufacturing capacity.

Speakers from across the UK will be taking to the stage including Phil Hatherley from Siemens, Eva Fryc from Engineering UK, Mike Dickinson from SMMT Industry Forum, the University of Lincoln School of Engineering team for their Innovation programme and Richard Halstead, EEF.

Support for the manufacturing sector will also be highlighted by Steve Middlebrough, Global Head of Service Manufacturing at Siemens and Chair of manufacturing steering group for the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Steve Middlebrough said: “We are keen to grow our manufacturing sector in Lincolnshire, investing in support programmes and opening up opportunities to export outside of the region.

“A number of grants are available to manufacturing businesses including support for new products and services and to help develop leadership within the manufacturing sector.”

Richard Hill, Head of Automotive and Manufacturing for NatWest Bank will be discussing manufacturing ambitions and technology in the sector.

He said: “With a number of challenges from new technology, efficiency and the wider economic and political climate; how manufacturing businesses ensure they are future fit will be vitally important to ensure the sector’s continuing success. I’m looking forward to the conference, which is set to generate some great discussion on manufacturing – a vital sector for the UK and global economy.”

Delegates will also hear about the Midlands Engine and what support will be available to the region’s advanced manufacturing supply chain.

There will also be an opportunity to tour the Siemens Gas Turbine Service Centre at Teal Park or see how energy from waste is created at the FCC Environment Energy from Waste Plant at Whisby Way.