UWTSD & MADE Cymru celebrates manufacturing in Wales with industry summit


MADE Cymru Industry Summit

As part of their commitment to manufacturing in Wales, MADE Cymru and University of Wales Trinity Saint David have organised a series of events 8th – 10th June to inform, engage and inspire businesses during this critical period of post-Covid recovery. All the events are led by key industry speakers and are free to attend. You can pre-register for as many as you like.

8th JUNE – day one – “Agile thinking”

Session 1, 9.30am – 11.00am 

“Summit launch and how Welsh manufacturing looks post-pandemic”

Manufacturing in Wales has survived and, in many cases, thrived during the Covid 19 pandemic. It is testament to the agile thinking of our businesses who have adapted by seeking out new processes, products and technologies. As we now look towards the future, hear from James Davies, Industry Wales, about his reflections and insights on how we move forward in Wales.

James Davies, Executive Chairman, Industry Wales

Barry Liles OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Graham Howe, Executive Head of MADE Cymru, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Session 2, 12:00pm – 1:30pm 

“Boosting the Welsh Economy – The Power of Collaboration” 

Two case studies demonstrating how Industry and Academia can work together to make a positive economic impact to industry in Wales.

Tim Hawkins, Managing Director, Markes International

Luca Pagano, Sam Minshell, Akash Gupta & Alan Mumby, MADE Cymru, UWTSD

9th JUNE – day two – “Creative action”

Session 1, 9.30am – 11.30am 

“Thinking Circular: What is Circular Economy and what difference can it make to you?”

Eoin Bailey discusses what having a circular economy can mean for SMEs and the growing need for businesses to adopt sustainable solutions. Discover the huge impact this can make by listening to some organisations who have taken a circular economy approach to their business models. Including a round table discussion to kickstart some ideas for an action plan on how we can take the circular economy debate forward. In particular, how can we engage SMEs in thinking circular?

Eoin Bailey, UK Innovation Manager, Celsa Steel

Graham Howe, Executive Head of MADE Cymru, UWTSD

Julia Chesney-Roberts, Commercial Manager, Riversimple Movement Ltd

Angus Grahame, Founder of Splosh

Session 2, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

“Lean first and then digitalise” 

Some practical insights on how continuous improvement initiatives could begin with a lean approach before considering Industry 4.0 technologies.

James Davies, Executive Chairman, Industry Wales

Daryl Powell, award-winning Lean author, Norwegian University of Science & Technology

Jacques Bonfrer, Co-Founder and Team Lead, Bot-Hive

Richard Morgan, School of Engineering, UWTSD

Graham Howe, Executive Head of MADE Cymru, UWTSD

JUNE 10th – day three – “Resilient legacy”

Session 1, 9.30am – 11.00am

“What support is available for businesses in Wales?”

This session will provide a brief overview of some of the funding, R&D opportunities, grants and other support available to your business.

Development Bank of Wales

Chris Probert, Innovation Specialist, Welsh Government

Geraint Jones, Knowledge Transfer Adviser, KTN

Session 2, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

“MADE Cymru surgery”

Open the door to industry expertise in universities. In addition to the other Summit sessions, the MADE Cymru team and their colleagues would love to offer you the opportunity to meet (in a group or individually) to comment, discuss, signpost and/or support in any way we can. Whether that be to discuss upskilling, R&D, look over new product designs/ideas, share advice or just have a chat!

Simply send your contact details to [email protected] – include a line about what you would like to discuss, an ideal time slot and they will do the rest (happy to sign NDAs prior to meet if required).

For information, call 01792 481199, email [email protected]

MADE Cymru is a suite of programmes designed to navigate organisations through Industry 4.0 via collaborative research & development and upskilling. Part/fully funded by the European Social Fund/European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Delivered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David.