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Dick Elsy, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Dick Elsy

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

21 May 2013  Manufacturing channel

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Dick Elsy, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

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

Dick Elsy, Chief Executive, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Dick Elsy is the Chief Executive of the UK's High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The role brings together 7 world class centres of industrial innovation in the UK which help accelerate new concepts to commercial reality and thereby create a sustainable high value manufacturing future for this country. The Catapult has capability and manufacturing facilities which span basic raw materials through to high integrity product assembly processes.

He joined the Catapult from Torotrak plc, the global innovator in gearless traction drive technology which reduces CO2 emissions in vehicles. As Chief Executive, he led this technology and licensing business which is one of the few UK listed companies involved in innovative automotive engineering and one of the very few engineering companies in the UK making a success of the licensing business model.

Prior to this Dick was Product Development Director at Jaguar Cars Limited. Earlier roles were also in the automotive industry with a period of time spent with BMW in Munich and a long career with Land Rover as a member of the executive board.

Through his career, Dick has gained extensive experience in the process of innovation management and of the introduction of new technologies to market. He has led both small scale and large scale organisations and is a passionate believer in value creation through technology. Dick is the holder of a Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for his outstanding contribution to British engineering. He is also a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a past director and trustee of Engineering UK.

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