Monthly Industry Meetup

Monthly Industry Meet-Up with Wavenet, SGS and Ellis Patents

Monthly Industry Meet-Up with Wavenet, SGS and Ellis Patents

Wednesday, 24 April at 09:00am


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.

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


  • Tom Harris, Wavenet : Join us for an informative session presented by Tom as we delve into the critical topic of cybersecurity in manufacturing. With cyberattacks on the rise, manufacturing has emerged as a prime target, representing one in five attacks in 2023. As factories become increasingly digitized, interconnected, and automated in the era of Future Factories, they also become more susceptible to cyber vulnerabilities.

    In this educational talk, Tom will provide an overview of common cyber threats facing the manufacturing industry, offering real-world examples of recent incidents. He will explore the inherent vulnerabilities in manufacturing operations, including legacy systems, high interconnectivity, inadequate cybersecurity measures, and human factors that contribute to cyber risks.

    Furthermore, Tom will share best practices for mitigating cyber threats in manufacturing, emphasizing the importance of securing networks, implementing regular training programs for employees, and adopting a proactive approach to threat detection. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights and practical strategies for safeguarding their manufacturing operations against cyber threats, ensuring resilience and continuity in an increasingly digitized landscape. Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and fortify your manufacturing operations against evolving cyber risks. Join us for an enlightening session that promises to empower you with the knowledge and tools needed to protect your factory from cyber threats. Future Factories: Mitigating Cyber Threats in Manufacturing Virtual Roundtable Session


  • Rui Coelho, Product Certification Operations Manager, SGS: Join us for an insightful talk delivered by Rui on navigating the complexities of Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) to facilitate successful market expansion. In this talk, our speaker will provide a concise yet valuable overview of the challenges and opportunities inherent in expanding into new markets. They will underscore the importance of compliance with local regulations and standards for seamless market entry, emphasizing the critical role of product safety, performance, and reliability in building trust with consumers.

    Drawing on Rui's expertise, the talk will highlight how the company simplifies the compliance process for manufacturers, offering practical solutions to address complexities such as varying standards, cultural differences, and logistical challenges. Attendees can expect to gain insights into best practices for efficiently managing TIC processes, enabling them to navigate the intricacies of global markets with confidence and success.

    Don't miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and gain practical strategies for overcoming hurdles in market expansion through effective Testing, Inspection, and Certification practices. Join us for an enlightening session that promises to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to thrive in an increasingly competitive global landscape. Growth Strategies: Navigating the complexities of Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) to facilitate successful market expansion Virtual Roundtable Session


  • Harry Taylor, Technical Manager at Ellis Patents  : Join us for an insightful presentation on building a 'GREEN CV' with Harry Taylor. In an era where sustainability is a growing focus for companies, understanding how to foster a 'green culture' is imperative. Harry will share their company's journey in fostering a green culture, discussing how this objective is being driven from the top down, delving into the when, why, and how of developing a sustainable business ethos.  

    Discover initiatives undertaken by Ellis Patents, from solar panel installations to investing in energy-efficient machinery, new builds, and addressing sustainability in legacy facilities. The presentation will highlight the significance of obtaining ISO 14001 accreditation and shed light on how the company considers the environmental impact in product designs.

    Not just good for the planet, these initiatives also place Ellis Patents ahead of the curve in industry regulations, making them a favored supplier for buyers with green initiatives. The presentation will touch on specific initiatives led by their Environmental Engineer, such as calculating the carbon footprint of their business and product ranges, and their strategies to minimize waste. Gain insights into their efforts to ensure products can be recycled at the end of their life cycle and their innovative approaches to packaging.

    Of particular interest is Ellis Patents' collaboration with their Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to develop local, collaborative circular economy approaches. This presentation promises to be both compelling and instructive for companies navigating the evolving landscape of sustainable business practices. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and engage in the sustainability conversation. Sustainable Manufacturing: Green CV Virtual Roundtable Session.


  • Join us for the discussion as we delve into the value and best practices of hosting open days within our manufacturing community. Open days offer a unique opportunity to showcase our facilities, processes, and products to stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, students, and the local community. Through interactive dialogue, we'll explore the benefits of hosting open days, such as fostering transparency, building trust, and enhancing brand reputation. Participants will share their experiences, challenges, and success stories, offering valuable insights for maximising the impact of future open day events. Join us as we discuss strategies for effectively planning, promoting, and executing open days to strengthen community engagement and support the growth of your manufacturing ecosystem.  People & Skills: Hosting Open Days Virtual Roundtable Session.

Join us for this powerful and inspiring 75-minute event that will ignite your passion and creativity!

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