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Business Breakfast Networking Events: Industry 4.0 Follow Up

We are in a new era of enlightenment.

The forefathers of the original enlightenment, back in the 17th and 18th centuries, delivered philosophy, science and progress amongst many of their achievements.

Fast-forward to today and those same elements form part of the cornerstones of Sci-Tech Daresbury, which is very much about knowledge creation and knowledge sharing.

One of the most successful ways we do this is via our events, when we bring people together to share our knowledge or that of leading experts, maintaining our position as a leading centre for R&D in the UK.

These events provide a great platform to ‘enlighten’ the audience. Our most recent event focused on Industry 4.0 – and among the areas explored was access to funding, and the impact and benefits of digitalisation.

Speaker Tom Kirkham, business development manager at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), based in the Hartree Centre on Sci-Tech Daresbury, revealed how it benefits STFC.

“These events are excellent at providing us with an arena to engage with [the] industry and explain what we do and the funding we can offer. Not everyone is aware of who we are and what we can do help.

“I was able to promote how we are motivated to help those business[es] and give support as we’re keen to create clusters in the north west with those interested in using and developing Industry 4.0 technology.”

Already at the forefront of Industry 4.0 technology is Siemens, led by their chief executive Juergen Maier, who produced the Made Smarter review last year.

The document is already on its way to becoming a defining publication on adopting Industry 4.0 technologies.

For David Moss, Digital Programme Manager for Siemens R&D and another of the event speakers, the Made Smarter review enabled him to draw on key points and share with an audience that can’t always be reached.

“An event like this brings together a good mixed audience, some who are knowledgeable about Industry 4.0, some who are curious and others who [are] still at the start of the journey and wondering what they need to do.

“The Made Smarter review enables me to provide some mind-blowing statistics, that illustrate just how key Industry 4.0 is.

“Digitalisation is here and is going to be necessary across all industrial sectors. I can point to Siemens’ factory in Congleton as a good example of that.

“In addition, I was able raise the issue of digital skills and how important they are to the future. We need to recruit engineers that are rounded but also have digital knowledge; it’s also about upskilling our existing workforce and giving them the new skills.”

Moss added, “Sci-Tech Daresbury is a great place to meet entrepreneurs and people with great ideas. It is a safe and energised environment to develop and at a pace that suits the businesses. I think Sci-Tech Daresbury is going to be strategically important as part of the future challenges in the Made Smarter Review and via the government’s Industrial Strategy.”

On Friday 15th June, Sci-Tech Daresbury is holding another event which will look at Innovate UK Support and Funding and will follow their hugely popular business breakfast networking event. Why not come and be enlightened?