Watch the recordings of the UWTSD & MADE Cymru Industry Summit (21st – 23rd June)


After the huge success of last year’s event, we held the second MADE Cymru Industry Summit 2022 last week. MADE Cymru and University of Wales Trinity Saint David organised a series of FREE online and in-person events to inform, engage and inspire businesses during this period of post-Covid recovery. All the events were led by key industry speakers the in-person events were being held at UWTSD, Swansea and AMRC Cymru, Flintshire.

It was an incredible success and we have had many requests asking us to share the photos and recordings of the online sessions.


Some photos from the MADE Cymru Industry Summit 2022.

“Summit launch and the role of Welsh industry in making environmental changes”

What is the role of Welsh industry in tackling climate change? And how can being sustainable be good for business? Opening speech from Julie James, MS, Minister for Climate Change.

  • Barry Liles OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Julie James, Minister for Climate Change, Welsh Government
  • Graham Howe, Executive Head of MADE Cymru, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

“Design and innovate for Net Zero”

If our Welsh manufacturing base is to be encouraged to ‘tackle climate change’ or more broadly, to consider moving from a linear business model to a more circular economy, then a more considered and thoughtful approach must be given to how we design our products and services.

In this session Chris Probert and Gethin Roberts will discuss some of their thoughts on ‘Design for Net Zero’, followed by a roundtable discussion focusing on how a commitment to strategies and processes can reflect the values of our environmental, cultural, social, and economic responsibilities.

  • Gethin Roberts, Managing Director, ITERATE
  • Chris Probert, Innovation Specialist, Welsh Government
  • Eoin Bailey, UK Innovation Manager, Celsa Steel
  • Alan Mumby, Innovation Management Lecturer, MADE Cymru

“Digital road to sustainability”

Streamed live from the Robotics Lab at UWTSD, listen to Richard Morgan share case studies of manufacturers who have gained a competitive edge through digital adoption. This will be followed by an industry led round table on the subject, with discussions looking at how this can increase the sustainability of tomorrow’s Wales.

  • Richard Morgan, UWTSD
  • Lynn Davies, Probe RTS
  • Dafydd Davies, Safran Seats
  • Matt Booth, AMRC Cymru
  • Martin Rees, Fit Factory

“The importance of investing in people”

Hear from Lloyd Bank’s David Atkinson who introduces day 2 by talking about the importance of continuous improvement in creating resilience in Welsh industry.

  • David Atkinson, Regional Director and UK Head of Manufacturing, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Lisa Lucas, Industrial Relationship Manager, MADE Cymru

“Making Apprenticeships work for you”

The UWTSD Apprenticeship Unit will introduce several employers & apprentices in a virtual session made up of short videos and a panel discussion. This will help you identify opportunities in your workforce strategy and your career development pathway.

  • Bridget Moseley, Head of Apprenticeships, UWTSD Apprenticeship Unit

“Introducing UWTSD’s new Innovation Matrix”

Professor Ian Walsh will introduce the plans for the new Innovation Matrix building and how this is an exciting chapter for local industry. Located in our SA1 Innovation Quarter, the Innovation Matrix will deliver a state-of-the-art centre to inspire innovation, research and enterprise and provide a new platform for delivering true academic/industry partnership.

  • Professor Ian Walsh, Provost Swansea & Cardiff, UWTSD

“The impact of collaboration”

If you are wondering how partnering with a university can help your business, hear from organisations who have done just that. We’ve planned some sessions and a round table discussion that demonstrate the huge changes that partnership working has made to Welsh businesses. Never an academic exercise, these are hands-on, practical, and game-changing. Facilitated by James Davies from Industry Wales.

  • James Davies, Chairman, Industry Wales
  • Luca Pagano, Senior Research Associate, MADE Cymru
  • Graham Howe, Head of MADE Cymru, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Jason Murphy, Operations Director, AMRC Cymru
  • Nigel Roberts, Chief Commercial Officer, GRAFMARINE Ltd
  • Craig Jones, Tooling and Maintenance Manager, Fibrax

“Funding for collaboration”

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

  • Graham Howe, Head of MADE Cymru, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Samantha Williams, Welsh Government
  • Mick Card, Innovate UK KTN
  • Steven Barr, Innovate UK KTN

Big thank you to everyone who attended and took the time to send us such positive feedback. Here is some of the feedback:

    “I was pleased to be asked to open the MADE Cymru Industry Summit. This event is important, not only because of the conversations that took place, but the collaborative legacy it set in motion. As a sector, manufacturing can play a considerable role in tackling the challenges of climate change. Together we must work towards achieving a net zero Wales and this event plays a part in this process. I look forward to seeing the power of industry, academia and key stakeholders combined.”

    Julie James MS, Minister for Climate Change

    “Big thank you to the MADE Cymru team for the opportunity to support their innovation and collaboration programme and share Grafmarine’s commercialisation journey. We have been incredibly pleased with our experience with the MADE Cymru programme, finding the journey inspiring and incredibly rewarding in terms of the commercialisation of our NanoDeck solution. Thank you Graham, Luca, Lisa and all the MADE Cymru team for the amazing support"”

    Nigel Marc Roberts, Chief Commercial officer, Grafmarine

    “It was so refreshing to see the level of collaboration that you managed to achieve during the MADE Cymru Industry Summit event with so many different partners coming together with a clear aim to work together in order to support Welsh manufacturing businesses. During the session on Thursday afternoon, it was particularly encouraging to see this in action with close working between UWTSD, AMRC Cymru, KTP, KTN 4 Manufacturing and Welsh Government Innovation team.”

    Gwion Williams, Operations Manager, SMARTInnovation, Welsh Government

    “Delighted to have been invited to share a few thoughts to kick off day 2 of such an important summit to support the “Welsh Makers”. Thank you for the kind invitation.”

    David Atkinson, Regional Director and UK Head of Manufacturing at Lloyds Banking Group

    “A great event to showcase the capabilities of the University, stakeholders and local industry. Congratulations to all involved and thank you.”

    Vince Minchella, Industry Expert & MADE Cymru collaborator

    “Thoroughly enjoyed being part of the panel today. In particular, I think we raised some interesting points about barriers to collaboration. I look forward to seeing momentum around the MADE Cymru program continue to grow, and I'll be looking for more opportunities to advocate the great work the team is doing to support and bolster Welsh Manufacturing. Thanks again for the opportunity to contribute”

    Craig Jones, Tooling and Process Development manager, Fibrax Ltd

    “Collaboration is key in the manufacturing/engineering sector. Great discussion this morning around partnership working.”

    Denise Harries, Membership Manager, MAKE UK

    “Another fantastic summit delivered by a very dedicated team. Congratulations to you all”

    Lee Pratt, Advanced Manufacturing Skills Academy Manager, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

    “It was great to meet the MADE Cymru team at AMRC Cymru today and to have the opportunity to see that wonderful facility and also to join a number of the sessions over the past three days.”

    Andrew Roberts, Head of Manufacturing and Litigation Partner at Weightmans LLP

    ““Great experience at the MADE Cymru Industry Summit. Interesting from a cyber perspective to hear about the R&D projects and digital innovation strategies from the speakers and businesses in the room. Particularly interested in the collaboration and partnership opportunities the new Innovation Matrix Building can offer. The tour of the workshop facilities was also fascinating and immensely impressive. Big thank you to the MADE Cymru, UWTSD team and students for their time and for sharing their work with us””

    Ceri Maund, Engagement Lead, PureCyber Ltd

If you’d like to discuss any of the content in the Summit or you are interested in our fully funded short courses, please get in contact.