Key Reasons to Attend

POWERFUL KEYNOTES

POWERFUL KEYNOTES

Hear from powerful keynotes from Rolls-Royce, Tente International and Bank of Scotland to name but a few, who will inspire and invigorate you to make a step change in your business.

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Choose from a number of workshop sessions with expert speakers from manufacturing companies. Learn from their experience and discover best practice and strategies that will give your company a competitive advantage.

NETWORKING

NETWORKING

Network with 400+ like-minded individuals during the conference dinner and generous break times. Download the app from the conference website and join the conversation, connect with other delegates, exhibitors and sponsors. Share ideas, plan meet-ups and track the latest topics being discussed in the regular blogs and thought leadership contributions from our conference speakers, exhibitors and stakeholders.

BEST PRACTICE VISITS

BEST PRACTICE VISITS

View best practice in action on Day 1 with a series of site visits to companies who will share their business excellence journeys.

EXHIBITION & FRINGE

EXHIBITION & FRINGE

Keep up to date with emerging technologies and solutions to meet your business needs in the expanded exhibition area. Attend the Fringe Event during breaks to hear quick fire pitches from a range of providers who can support your business.

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

Managing Directors, Operations Directors and senior manufacturing professionals from SMES and large scale enterprises will all derive real value from this event

Welcome from Nick Shields

Director, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service

Manufacturing businesses generate exports, drive innovation and offer high levels of profitability supporting high skill jobs and high value supply chains.

A strong manufacturing core to an economy is also essential to building resilience from global trade winds. That is why the Scottish Government has recently launched it vision setting document: A Manufacturing Future for Scotland which seeks to re-imagine and re-position manufacturing in Scotland. The more businesses making innovative products, providing complimentary services and expertise and competing successfully on the world stage, the more prosperous Scotland will become.

Productive businesses are a magnet for investment and that leads to a virtuous business cycle of growth. The evidence from some of Scotland’s leading businesses show that this is fundamental to build a compelling case for investment which leads to winning the game changing productivity improvements. Technology is changing too, with the cost of automation dropping.

All of Scotland needs to pull together to improve our productivity. This year’s conference will be a fantastic opportunity for you to engage with the Action Plan. It’s the only event in Scotland that draws together business leaders, academics, support organisations and supply chain networks under one roof. The jam-packed programme will help you understand the steps your business can take to improve its productivity with world-class keynote speakers who will be thought-provoking, challenging and entertaining. Industry led workshops will cover: Leadership; Investment; Technology; Supply Chain Improvement and Energy Efficiency.

It’s the one event you cannot afford to miss and I look forward to seeing you there.

– Nick Shields, Director, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service