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Manufacturing and Engineering Forum

Event Information:

Type: Information and Policy

Venue: West Notts College, Derby Road, Mansfield, Notts, NG18 5BH, Nottinghamshire

Date: Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Time: 8:15am - 10:30am

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: £30.00+VAT

The Manufacturing and Engineering Forum provides a platform to address specific issues relating to the sector, allowing the sharing of best practice, to hear from exemplar organisations and to participate in relevant discussion topics.


  • 08:15 Guests arrive - breakfast and networking
  • 08:45 Welcome from East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
  • 08.55  Welcome and overview of services for business  - Jackie Pugh, Assistant Principal, Construction & Building Services, West Notts College
  • 09:15  Development of the SMART Factory - Martin Rigley, Managing Director, Lindhurst

There can be no doubt what so ever that AI, IoT, industrial automation will have a massive impact on the way business works. This can appear daunting to any business but even more so to the SME community who traditionally get dragged along by the tide of change. The SMART factories project Lindhurst are working on, in conjunction with the University of Derby, aims to identify how industrial automation will impact SME’s across all sectors and how it can actually be used as a force of good for already time burdened SME business leaders

  • 09:35 How Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is impacting today’s manufacturing sector?- Vivek Maladkar, Director, TechniSMART Solutions Ltd

The RPA industry is growing at a phenomenal rate with expenditure in 2018 exceeded to reach 846 million $ globally making it the fastest-growing segment of the global enterprise software market. With an unprecedented number of organisations adopting robotics as part of their automation strategy we will hear how manufacturing organisations are turning to RPA to ensure they are capturing real value from their digital workforce (RPA) initiatives

  • 09:55 Harnessing Spend Data Visibility to Enhance Business Performance - Mark Wood, Director Alliance Procurement Solutions Ltd

And this would highlight areas of where businesses can use data to drive insightful business decisions such as:-

  • Driving a competitive edge
  • Supplier relationships
  • Understanding the impact of the economic climate in UK and Europe
  • Risks of cost increases and focused cost reduction


  • 10:15-10:30  Final Q&A, points of interest, future topics

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