Thursday, 31 May 2012

National Manufacturing Debate 2012

Yesterday saw the 3rd annual National Manufacturing Debate, held by the School of Applied Sciences at Cranfield University. The topic was "Enhancing the supply chain for growth". The event comprised 8 excellent speakers ranging from Ian Gray of the Technology Strategy Board  (TSB) and Martyn Pellew, President of the BCC to John Bolton of Tata Steel and Dr. Victor Higgs, MD of Applied Nanodetectors.

The debate in the afternoon was supported by a panel of these people and others, and covered the topic well. The presence of Victor and John Bolton as businesses was supported by Tim Routsis of the Cosworth Group as the type of target companies that the event was designed around. Next year, I hope that we can encourage more manufacturing and supply chain companies to attend.

The event saw the launch of the TSB's High Value Manufacturing Strategy 2012-2015 document,  in which Pharmaceuticals is identified as a high growth, high R&D intensity sector... just the ideal sweetspot!
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