Business Lincolnshire hosts an annual manufacturing conference, to shine a spotlight on Greater Lincolnshire’s thriving industry.
Last year’s conference, hosted by Business Lincolnshire and Natwest, was held at the new Isaac Newton Building at the University of Lincoln, bringing together leaders from across the manufacturing sector. Topics that were discussed included the future of manufacturing, additive manufacturing, innovation, Brexit implications and how to improve manufacturing capacity.
Speakers from across the UK took 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 was also highlighted by Steve Middlebrough, Global Head of Service Manufacturing at Siemens and Chair of the Manufacturing Board for the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Steve Middlebrough said: “We’re 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 discussed manufacturing ambitions and technology in the sector. He commented: “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. The conference has generated some great discussion on manufacturing - a vital sector for the UK and global economy.”
Delegates also heard information on the Midlands Engine and what support is available to the region’s advanced manufacturing supply chain. There was also a tour of the Siemens Gas Turbine Service Centre at Teal Park and the FCC Environment Energy from Waste Plant at Whisby Way.
The conference is scheduled to take place again in September, with a progress update from the Greater Lincolnshire LEP Manufacturing Board and key talks from manufacturing specialists.