EVENT: Robots - friend or foe?

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Recent media headlines have berated poor UK productivity figures, particularly in the regions. There are a large number of historical contributory factors to this issue, not least poor skills, skills repatriation to Europe ‘post Brexit’ as well as ensuring the education curriculum reflects the needs of the manufacturing sector. 

Our 2015 ‘The Robots are coming’ seminar predicted the increased adoption of robotics and AI in the manufacturing sector – in 2018 they are now amongst us! In this seminar, we explore whether investment in robotics and AI can create regional competitive advantage? Can we further embed this technology in the education curriculum and leverage it in manufacturing to improve efficiency, enhance quality and allow ‘the human’ to move to higher value/higher skilled tasks? What are the employment and cultural issues associated with this agenda? To help us navigate these themes, we have a number of specialists including:

John Pendleton - MD of Rosti Automotive and Chair of Made in Yorkshire, will highlight the benefits of his significant investment in Robotics.

Adam Hurst – Premier Farnell, will explore the increasing number of applications for Raspberry Pi in the manufacturing sector as well as the importance of its use in education in engaging student in programming and electronics.

Mike Hodge – MD of Cimlogic, will share how he helps world class manufacturers improve productivity through data.

Shaun Bedford – Head of Operations at Holmesterne, one of the leading food businesses in North Yorkshire, will share his recent experience in enhanced productivity through automation.

Deborah Warren – Senior Associate, Clarion, will discuss the employment dynamics of mixing robots and people!

When? 27 March 2018 

Where? Elizabeth House, 13-19 Queen Street, Leeds LS1 2TW


 8.30am Registration and breakfast

 9.00am Seminar commences 

10.45am Seminar to close followed by networking


To reserve your place or if you have any questions regarding the event please contact Lauren Perry on 0113 336 3352 or via email at [email protected]

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