12/02/2019

Belfast To Host First NI Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference

Belfast's Titanic Quarter is expected to host over 3,000 manufacturers from companies across Northern Ireland for an industry conference.

The event on Wednesday 13 February aims to challenge political decision makers to create a business environment in Northern Ireland which the manufacturing industry deserves.

Hosted at the Titantic Exhibition Centre, the Conference will incorporate a comprehensive programme along with 175 exhibition stands displaying the latest technological solutions and business services on offer.

A forum for manufacturers and operators involved throughout the supply chain will also take place to discuss pressing issues facing the following areas: food and drink, biopharma, medtech, healthcare, construction, procurement, and precision engineering sectors.

An impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies will deliver a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates.

Bob Barbour, Director and Chief Executive of the Centre for Competitiveness and one of the speakers, said: "The timing of this event could not be better as it affords the sector the opportunity to come together, connect, celebrate their successes, share knowledge and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the sector."
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The conference aims to address the challenges felt by businesses operating in the industry, in relation to changing customer demands, rapid technological advances in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and robotics, along with growing environmental concerns and intensifying competition both domestically and in international markets.

165 carefully selected speakers from industry, relevant Government agencies and leading academics will cover various areas of the manufacturing industry.

A number of co-located events are also on offer:

• Northern Ireland High-tech Manufacturing & Precision Engineering Expo

• Northern Ireland Food & Drink Business Expo

• Pharma2Biopharma Northern Ireland

• Medtech2Biotech Northern Ireland

• Northern Ireland Health Expo

• Northern Ireland 3D Printing Expo

• Northern Ireland IoT & Industry 4.0 Expo

• Northern Ireland Procurement Conference and Expo

• Northern Ireland Supply Chain & Logistics Expo

• Northern Ireland Lean, Productivity & Continuous Improvement Summit

• Northern Ireland Construction Expo

• Northern Ireland Smart & Green Building Expo

A Brexit summit with a panel of experts will take place to give practical advice on the implications of the UK's exit from the EU and highlight some of the opportunities therein.

The free conference will run from 8am to 5pm tomorrow.

To register your attendance at the conference or any of the co-located events, click here.

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