Monthly Industry Meetup

Monthly Industry Meet-Up with Pinnacle International Freight, Control Energy Costs & Agemaspark Ltd

Monthly Industry Meet-Up with Pinnacle International Freight, Control Energy Costs & Agemaspark Ltd

Wednesday, 22 May at 09:00am


73 minutes


Monthly Industry Meetup

Join our Monthly Industry Meetup!

Join us for a captivating virtual event where industry experts, thought leaders, and professionals gather to share knowledge, insights, and best practices. Our mission is to foster collaboration, inspire innovation, and drive growth within the manufacturing community.

Each month, we feature 3 engaging talks from Made Members, focusing on best practice around key themes that shape the future of manufacturing. Our Meetup series covers a wide range of headline topics, including:  Future Factories, Sustainable Manufacturing, Growth Strategies, and People & Skills.

Our virtual events attract a diverse audience of Made Members, including esteemed senior manufacturing leaders, executives, and professionals. We believe in the power of shared experiences and strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone can contribute, learn, and connect.

In addition to the thought-provoking talks, our Meetup series offers interactive virtual roundtable sessions. Engage in lively discussions, exchange ideas, and gain further insights on the chosen subtopic. Collaborate with peers who share a passion for shaping the future of manufacturing.

May's lineup of speakers and Roundtable Session subtopics includes:


  • Ben Shenton, Sales & Marketing Director at Pinnacle International Freight: Join us for a myth-busting session presented by Ben explaining why shipping Ex-Works may not always represent the best approach.

    Understanding Incoterms is essential for exporting businesses as it forms the basis of shipping terms and responsibilities between buyers and sellers. In this informative talk, Ben will help you understand what Ex-Works is, highlighting its advantages and limitations, and why it may not always be the best choice for every scenario.

    Ben will cover the benefits of alternative shipment terms and how they can provide added control, convenience and risk mitigation for exporters. He will also emphasise the importance of maintaining control over freight movements, highlighting how proactive management of shipping terms can lead to enhanced delivery reliability, cost management and overall supply chain efficiency.

    Attendees can expect to gain practical insights into choosing the most suitable option for their specific export needs. Don't miss this opportunity to optimise your export operations and enhance your competitive edge in the global market. Join us for a thought-provoking session that promises to empower you with strategies for navigating international trade complexities effectively. Growth Strategies: "Ex-Works Unboxed” Virtual Roundtable Session


  • Nigel Addison-Evans, Client Relationship Manager at Control Energy Costs: Join us for an insightful exploration of quick wins for reducing carbon footprint in manufacturing operations.
    During this engaging talk, Nigel will underscore the imperative for manufacturers to prioritize carbon reduction efforts, highlighting both the environmental and economic benefits of such initiatives. He will discuss the compelling factors driving this shift, including market demand for sustainability and evolving legislative mandates.
    Navigating the complexities of carbon footprint measurement across all 3 Scopes, Nigel will delve into the challenges faced by manufacturers, particularly SMEs, in accurately assessing and addressing emissions. Drawing from his wealth of experience, Nigel will share insights into identifying emission 'hotspots' and offer practical examples from real-world customer cases.
    Attendees will gain valuable insights into the positive impact of implementing quick wins for carbon savings, including cost reductions, enhanced reputation, and improved operational resilience. Nigel will emphasize the ripple effects of these initiatives on the broader community and environment.
    Furthermore, Nigel will provide proactive advice and actionable strategies for businesses to initiate immediate carbon reduction efforts within their operations. From data collection and stakeholder collaboration to staff education and progress tracking, attendees will learn essential steps to kickstart their journey towards sustainability.
    Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Nigel's expertise and discover effective strategies for reducing your carbon footprint while driving manufacturing success. Join us for an enlightening discussion on quick wins for carbon savings and take the first steps towards a greener and more sustainable future. Sustainable Manufacturing: Quick Wins for Carbon Savings Virtual Roundtable Session


  • Paul Stockhill, Managing Director of Agemaspark: Join us for Paul's talk as he shares invaluable insights into aligning educational curriculums with the evolving needs of the engineering sector. In a time where the UK engineering sector faces an annual shortage of 60,000 skilled technicians and graduates, it's crucial for companies to actively engage with their local education systems to address this challenge.
    In this enlightening talk, Paul will delve into the pressing need for increased collaboration between industry and education to ensure that students are equipped with relevant and sufficient skills for the workforce. He will discuss the common challenges faced in aligning the curriculum with industry needs, such as rapid technological advancements, limited resources, and communication barriers.
    Drawing from his experience in helping establish the Doncaster UTC (University Technical College) and his ongoing role in shaping its curriculum, Paul will showcase real-life examples of successful industry-education partnerships. He will highlight the positive impact of the UTC model on young people, the local region, and Agemaspark as a business.
    Furthermore, Paul will offer practical advice and recommendations for other manufacturers looking to engage with their local education systems. From fostering industry-education partnerships to leveraging technology for curriculum development, attendees will gain valuable insights into driving positive change in the education sector.
    Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Paul's expertise and discover how aligning education with industry needs can benefit both students and businesses alike. Join us for an engaging discussion on bridging the gap between education and industry. People & Skills: Aligning Curriculums with Industry Needs Virtual Roundtable Session


  • Join us as we discuss the complexities of Artificial Intelligence (AI), a technology poised to revolutionize every aspect of the manufacturing process, and discover how it's transforming Future Factories into centers of innovation, productivity, and sustainable growth.
    Through insightful dialogue and practical insights, we'll explore the diverse applications of AI across the manufacturing value chain. From predictive maintenance and quality control to demand forecasting and supply chain optimization, we'll discuss how AI-powered solutions are driving efficiency, agility, and competitiveness in modern factories.
    Moreover, we'll demystify the implementation of AI in manufacturing, addressing common misconceptions, challenges, and best practices. Whether you're a seasoned industry professional or new to the world of AI, this discussion will provide valuable clarity and actionable strategies for harnessing the power of AI in manufacturing. Future Factories: Demystifying AI Virtual Roundtable Session

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