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Welcome and Introduction to the National Manufacturing Debate 2013

Lord Alec Broers, Kt, FRS, FREng

From: National Manufacturing Debate 2013
Cranfield University, 21st May 2013

21 May 2013  Manufacturing channel

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Welcome and Introduction to the National Manufacturing Debate 2013 - Lord Alec Broers

The National Manufacturing Debate is an annual event hosted by Cranfield University. The event brings together manufacturing professionals from a range of sectors to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry, and encourage networking and collaboration across the sector to enable continued and long-term growth. Now into its fourth successful year, this FREE event will take place over two days, 20 and 21 May 2013.

The UK will drop from its current ranking as 15th most competitive manufacturing nation to 19th over in five years' time, and will be increasingly challenged to maintain a competitive edge by emerging nations such as Brazil and India, according to the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report from Deloitte. This timely event will therefore examine whether the UK really needs a manufacturing strategy, what such a strategy should include and who should deliver it.

About the speaker

Lord Broers has had a distinguished career in electrical engineering, including almost 20 years in research with IBM, and is the immediate past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1996 – 2003 and Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee for Science and Technology from 2004 – 2007. Lrod Broers is strong believer that engineering and science are two sides of the same coin and that both disciplines having vital roles to play in society.

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