This perfectly timed conference will inform and inspire engineers through a series of keynote addresses, expert speakers and round-table discussions. Themes will include:
9.00: Chairperson’s welcome
9.15: Keynote Address: Why manufacturing matters, and why government must boost its prospects:
9.45: Why we designed the factory of the future in Sheffield:
10.15: The future of manufacturing supply chains, the Cambridge view:
11.15: Machine tools and the future of subtractive manufacturing technology:
11.45: Presentation on new manufacturing technologies from major OEM.
13.15: Panel session on 3D printing and its impact now and in the future on manufacturing industry, to include debate and audience Q&A, chaired by PE journalist:
14.00pm: Novel materials and how they could be used. What will we be making things with in the future, and why has graphene, a British innovation, been exploited commercially more successfully overseas. What is the future for composites?
14.30: Graphene: the commercial view. Why Haydale, which hopes to exploit the material commercially all over the world, is listing on the Alternative Investment Market, and what this unique substance may be used for in the future:
15.30: Metal processing innovation at the University of Leicester. Why the government is investing heavily in metal processing technology at an academic level for the first time, including a centre for training doctoral students backed by David Willetts, science and universities minister:
16.00: The latest research on automation and robotics from WMG and how cloud computing and the internet of things will change the way in which factories of the future operate:
16.30: Roundtable Discussion
17.00: Closing Address: The future of manufacturing
17.20: Closing remarks