Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, will hold this year’s National Manufacturing Conference in London on 3rd May 2022.
The flagship annual event will once again bring together leading politicians, senior industrialists and manufacturing innovators against a challenging economic landscape.
With global supply chains still under pressure and energy prices at record highs, this year’s conference will look at how companies can best adapt to Net Zero and a changing world.
A number of high-profile speakers are lined up, including Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy and minister for industry, Lee Rowley.
The day session will also see journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil take attendees through the political horizon and by popular demand the conference will be chaired once again by broadcaster Steph McGovern, herself a former engineer.
William Hague has been confirmed as the conference’s keynote speaker. As a former foreign secretary, he is ideally qualified to talk about the challenging international situation in which companies have to operate and how the global outlook may develop in the near to medium term.
Make UK will run a series of workshops throughout the conference day, including “Net Zero and Manufacturing – what can we do to achieve the goal”. Another workshop drills down into international supply chains: “Volatility vs Efficiency – Managing global supply chains”.
UK Steel will run an in-depth session that will bring together a range of thought leaders from industry and academia to examine global challenges, from climate change, to resource scarcity within the steel sector and the fragile global chains that will change the way materials are used in the future.
Stephen Phipson, chief executive of Make UK, said: ““This conference provides an important collaborative platform for industry and government to work together – and it is that which during the last two years of crisis has helped assure the future success of manufacturing to ensure we protect the 2.7 million jobs our sector provides across the UK.
“Going forward, it is essential that we look to build resilience across the sector to protect our supply chains and at the same time looking to grasp new trade opportunities as we continue to build free trade agreements with the rest of the world.”
Register your place at the conference here.