Manufacturing leaders meet to help rebalance economy

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Global leaders from manufacturing and engineering will gather in Sheffield later this month to address how the industry can support Prime Minister David Cameron in his mission to ‘rebalance the economy’.

The Manufacturing Convention, on March 15, hosted as part of the Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield, will bring together senior leaders from Boeing, Siemens UK, Tata Steel and Westinghouse to discuss how manufacturing will contribute to the UK economy.

Speakers at the event include some of the most influential companies in the world including Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing; Mike Tynan, Vice-President of Westinghouse and Juergen Maier, Managing Director of Siemens UK Industry Sector.

They will join Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who will attend the Global Manufacturing Festival to inspire the next generation of engineering talent and bridge the gap between innovation and commercial success, bringing education and businesses closer together.

Juergen Maier, Managing Director of Siemens Industry UK said: “Manufacturing has made a magnificent turn-around to drive the UK’s broader economic recovery in 2011.

“As the economy slows, manufacturers now need to hold their nerve and stay confident by boosting investment in skills, plant and technology and the coalition government can do more to support the whole image and profile of manufacturing.

“As a business with 250 employees in Sheffield and 16,000 across the UK, I am pleased to be part of the Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield, an event that will face these hot topics head on.”

Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber and Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humber Manufacturing Task Group, will be the Master of Ceremonies. He said: “Sheffield City Region continues to be strong in manufacturing because we are good at it. We have to be prepared to invest in it and because of that we are important to the future of this country.

“Manufacturing is one of the sectors which can generate wealth from abroad but it can also reduce imports. Both are necessary to balance the UK budget.

The Manufacturing Convention is sponsored by Made in Sheffield and Outokumpu.

The Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield, from March 14-24, is organised by Square 5 in partnership with Creativesheffield and Business and Education South Yorkshire, and is sponsored by Firth Rixson and Nabarro LLP.

It has announced a link-up with National Science and Engineering Week where manufacturing companies across the region will be opening their doors to young people in an effort to inspire and nurture the UK’s next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent.

Companies, including Rollem, DavyMarkham, Sheffield Forgemasters, Ancon, Firth Rixson, MTL Group, Tata, Newburgh Engineering, Siemens VAI and Joint Replacement Instrumentation, will kindly invite groups of young people to experience the opportunities which are available within the industry first hand and learn about the exciting prospects that a career in manufacturing and engineering can bring.

National Science and Engineering Week is organised by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with local schools, museums, industry and commerce.