Scotland’s largest manufacturing conference to go ahead digitally


A MANUFACTURING conference exploring the industries’ response to the pandemic and future goals will go ahead this month.

The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) will hold Scotland’s largest manufacturing conference, the SMAS National Manufacturing Conference 2021, virtually from June 15 to 16.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Making Scotland’s Future’ and will explore how Scottish manufacturers responded to the pandemic, bringing 600 manufacturers together across Scotland.

The Scottish manufacturing conference will be held virtually - Scottish News
(Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash) The Scottish manufacturing conference will be held virtually this year.

The SMAS has said that the pandemic has proven that technology and innovation have helped Scottish manufacturers improve and will help in any future catastrophes.

Nick Shields, SMAS director at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Similar to many parts of the world, Scottish manufacturing has been deeply affected by the pandemic, with output contracting more than 20% over the past 12 months and nearly half of industrial businesses reporting a decrease in turnover as a result.

“As manufacturers now emerge from the pandemic, they have an opportunity to re-imagine a business resilient future. Scottish Enterprise can help businesses consider new technologies that will not only help them do this but make them more efficient and productive to exploit future growth opportunities.”

The event will also place a focus on how new technologies can facilitate Scotland in meeting its climate target of generating net zero emissions by 2045.

Businesses who attend the SMAS conference will be able to partake in workshops, clinics and practice sessions on topics surrounding supply chain and resilience, leadership and culture, operational excellence and sustainability.

Recognised industry speakers from around the globe will speak at the event, including Henrick von Scheel who is known for originating the concept of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and Rami Goldratt who invented a solution to industrial bottlenecks known as the ‘Theory of Constraints.’

Other important speakers will include Kevin Sneader, a Scottish born global managing partner of New York-based management consultancy McKinsey & Company.

The SMAS National Manufacturing Conference 2021 is sponsored by the Bank of Scotland, the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), Booth Welsh along with iTech and Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc.

To book a ticket for the SMAS National Manufacturing Conference, visit here.