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Ashton business to speak at virtual conference

Ashton manufacturer Fabricon Design is to speak at a virtual conference which will showcase how digital technology can support the industry to recover and grow. 

Made Smarter - an industrial digitalisation movement to drive productivity and growth of manufacturing industries across the UK - will deliver the conference to show Tameside manufacturers how to leverage and fast-track digital technology and tools for a year of recovery, growth and resilience.

The online summit, Made Smarter: The journey to digital manufacturing, will take place on Wednesday 10 March from 9am to 5pm. 

Curated by manufacturers for manufacturers, the conference will feature industry heavyweights who will showcase the 'why?', 'what?' and 'how?' of digital manufacturing, including:

  • Juergen Maier, Chair of the Digital Catapult and co-Chair of the Made Smarter Commission; 
  • Stephen Phipson, the Chief Executive of Make UK, the manufacturers' organisation; 
  • Andrea Hough, Managing Director of ATEC Engineering Solutions, based in Salford; and
  • Glyn Jones, Service Delivery Director at BAE Systems, based in Lancashire, and Chair of the Made Smarter Pilot Steering Group.

They will be joined by a host of SME manufacturers sharing real-life stories of their experience of Made Smarter’s North West Adoption programme and how new technology has helped them overcome challenges and reap the benefits of digital transformation.

They include Fabricon Design, based at The Wellington Centre on Whitelands Road, which uses advanced manufacturing methods to produce innovative plastics, aluminium and steel component design.

Donna Edwards, Managing Director for Business Support & Business Finance at The Growth Company, said: “Manufacturing has always been at the heart of Greater Manchester’s economy from our textile heritage to our world-leading position in advanced materials, chemicals, food and textiles.

“To keep us ahead of the global competition we must strive to create one of the world’s best manufacturing environments.

“This conference is an unmissable opportunity to showcase to Greater Manchester’s manufacturers the tremendous achievements of the Made Smarter North West Adoption pilot and the value technology can bring to the sector, using real-life examples of makers who have started their digital journey, reporting growth, productivity and efficiency gains, and job creation.

“Whatever you make, wherever you are in the region, the Journey to Digital Manufacturing conference offers you the chance to learn from the experiences from industry leaders, hear directly from your peers, and gain the know-how you need from experts about taking the first or next step.

“By utilising the support available, including The Growth Company, manufacturers can build resilience, accelerate growth, keep up with the competition during these uncertain times, and seize the opportunities offered by digital tools and technologies.”

The packed one-day programme, which will be hosted virtually using an interactive online platform, will include insightful panel discussions and roundtable debates, interactive workshops; demonstrations of the latest digital manufacturing technologies; and one-to-one advice sessions, giving businesses the vital intelligence needed to start their digital journey or take the next step.

To ensure the Made Smarter message reaches many people, the conference is free to access for anyone from the spectrum of UK manufacturing and engineering, including aerospace, automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical, construction, defence, electronics, energy, food and drink, nuclear, plastics, security, steel, space and textiles.

To register your interest, visit https://www.madesmarter.uk/conference

Main image:

Staff from Fabricon Design in Ashton. Photo taken before the coronavirus pandemic. 

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