Monthly Industry Meetup

Monthly Industry Meetup with Unison, Ricoh UK Products and Rowan Precision

Monthly Industry Meetup with Unison, Ricoh UK Products and Rowan Precision

Wednesday, 11 October 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.

October’s lineup of speakers and Roundtable Session subtopics includes:

  • Alan Pickering, Managing Director at Unison: Join us for an inspiring talk by Alan, as he shares the remarkable journey of Scarborough Science and Engineering Week—an event that Unison pioneered to engage local schools in STEM. Discover how this initiative has inspired over 33,000 students since its inception 14 years ago and cultivated a future workforce for skill-based careers. Alan's talk will motivate businesses to explore their own school engagement initiatives and unlock the potential of young minds in shaping a sustainable and thriving economy. Learn from Unison's success, which, through creativity and collaboration, raised nearly £3 million in sponsorship. Let's together embark on a journey of empowering the next generation and driving positive change in our communities. People and Skills : School Engagement Virtual Roundtable Session
  • Robert Farr, Senior Engineer at RICOH UK Products: Dive into the realm of circular thinking with an insightful talk by Robert.  In this illuminating session, Robert will delve into the innovative Comet Circle concept, which forms the bedrock of RICOH's journey towards a circular economy. The Comet Circle encapsulates RICOH's commitment to sustainable manufacturing by encompassing the entire lifecycle of their products – from design to end-of-life considerations. As a pioneer in environmental impact reduction, RICOH's expertise in circular economy practices will be unveiled through this talk.

    Discover the essence of Comet Circle and its transformative potential in realising a circular economy. Robert will navigate through the four action guidelines that guide RICOH's approach, ranging from identifying and reducing environmental impact across the product lifecycle, to deploying effective reuse and recycling practices. Get a glimpse of how RICOH establishes circular business models, collaborating with stakeholders to create sustainable partnerships that extend beyond the organisation’s boundaries.

    Join us to explore the Comet Circle's role in shaping a greener future and learn how RICOH's circular thinking is revolutionising the landscape of sustainable manufacturing. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from an industry expert who is at the forefront of driving positive change through circular practices. Sustainable Manufacturing : Circular Thinking Virtual Roundtable Session

  • Jaz Khunkun, Commercial Director at Rowan Precision: Discover the essential elements of effective succession planning in our upcoming session featuring Jaz. With three decades of experience working closely with manufacturing clients at renowned financial institutions like NatWest, HSBC, and Barclays, Jaz is uniquely positioned to shed light on this critical business strategy. During this talk, Jaz will guide us through the intricacies of succession planning, focusing on its practical applications and real-world significance. His insights will focus on the strategies and considerations vital for businesses, particularly from an internal perspective. Jaz's expertise lies in understanding the complex dynamics within a company and identifying the alignment of individual goals with broader organisational objectives, including those of company directors. Moreover, Jaz's experience in dealing with family businesses, especially during pivotal moments like retirements, underscores his familiarity with succession planning, business valuation, and related challenges. These insights will provide you with actionable knowledge to navigate transitions and ensure the long-term sustainability of your business.
    Join us for a discussion that goes beyond theory and delves into the heart of succession planning's practical implementation. Gain confidence in shaping the future of your organisation by attending this engaging session. Growth Strategies: Succession Planning Virtual Roundtable Session

  • Future Factories: Industry 4.0 and Cybersecurity Virtual Roundtable Session.  In today's rapidly evolving manufacturing landscape, Industry 4.0 has ushered in an era of unprecedented innovation and connectivity. As smart factories harness the power of digital technologies, IoT, automation, and data analytics, they also face a new frontier of cybersecurity challenges. Join us for a discussion exploring the delicate balance between reaping the benefits of Industry 4.0 and safeguarding against emerging cyber threats. Discover strategies and insights to ensure a secure and prosperous future for your manufacturing endeavours. Future Factories: Industry 4.0 and Cybersecurity Virtual Roundtable Session


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