Silverstone Park in drive to help manufacturers prepare for next industrial revolution

Silverstone Park in drive to help manufacturers prepare for next industrial revolution

23 March 2017

Silverstone Park is to take part in a national drive to help UK manufacturers prepare for the next digitally-driven industrial age when its Innovation Centre hosts manufacturers’ organisation EEF’s Manufacturing Connect event on Thursday 30 March.

The event comes after research showed that the UK is on the cusp of a global fourth industrial revolution (4IR). However some UK firms are concerned about getting left behind.

Manufacturing Connect as part of an industry-wide drive to combat such fears and ensure that manufacturers are successfully gearing up for the changes that 4IR will bring.

From 9.00am to 1.00pm manufacturers will have an opportunity to hear from industry experts, share best practice and ideas about harnessing new technologies and seek answers to their 4IR questions or concerns.

Speakers include MEPC’s Roz Bird, Commercial Director for Silverstone Park, John Drover, Sales Manager for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence which manages the Innovation Centre’s dedicated Metrology Facility plus Martin Strutt, Consultancy Director at EEF.

All three will share the latest insights into the challenges and benefits of 4IR, explore business transformation programmes that will help firms get ‘future fit’ and provide opportunities for businesses to network and solve problems together.

Firms attending will receive a tour of the Innovation Centre and hear how a staggering 4,000 companies operating in precision engineering are based within a one-hour radius of Silverstone (the Silverstone Technology Cluster). Not only are they co-locating but are benefitting from strong relationships and a specialist skills pool with strong local roots.

This extraordinary concentration of talent serves a wide variety of sectors reliant on state-of-the-art technologies, cutting edge design and manufacturing. These include aerospace, automotive, defence, electronic sensors, marine medical devices and motorsport.

Firms attending will also be able to get a free Lean benchmark report to help focus on their future business improvements for maximum value.

Martin Strutt commented: “4IR will lead to critical transformation both at a business and industry level. It’s vital that manufacturers feel fully equipped to adapt and take these huge changes in their stride.

“By working with Silverstone Park in this way we aim to help this region’s firms get future fit and reap rewards, such as greater productivity and sustainable growth from this next vital industrial age.”

Roz Bird added: “Digital technologies are having a huge impact on the manufacturing landscape. For many firms the speed of change and the rapid advancement of new technologies are astonishing – it’s a struggle to keep up.

“This event is about pulling manufacturers together so that they can hear about these changes and learn from each other how best to implement them within their own business. We think this type of support will be vital if our region’s manufacturers are to stay at the forefront of the next industrial wave.”

Companies interested in attending can book their place here.

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