Speakers corner: Subcon updates conference programme


As part of the ongoing countdown to Subcon, more details have been revealed on the conference content.

In collaboration with The Engineer Expo, a six-stream, 36-session conference programme will be held across two theatres delivering some of the strongest content the industry has seen.

Topping the bill, Rolls Royce CTO Paul Stein will present the keynote within a programme that also features sessions on digitalisation, robotics, prosthetics, Blockchain, smart materials and technology transfer delivered by some of the UK’s leading engineers and its most innovative disruptors.

A key theme of this year’s conference is cross-sector collaboration and technology transfer with Dr Caroline Hargrove, CTO of McLaren Applied Technologies, talking about how technological expertise in motorsport can be spun out into other sectors.  Elsewhere, BAE Systems’ Dr Henry White will show delegates how technology from the defence sector can be applied to the world of elite sport.

Other programme highlights include cybernetics specialist Nadine Stech who helped to design Linx, the world’s most intelligent prosthetic limb, and the CTO of Fujitsu UK who will treat visitors to an explanation of blockchain and how it can be applied to the engineering supply chain. Visitors will also be able to hear about the latest developments in driverless cars from Jaguar Land Rover’s head of autonomous projects, Mark Cund.

These free to attend presentations will showcase cutting edge innovation and best practice from the worlds of engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management.

On the manufacturing side, the conference programme will cover everything from the practicalities of implementing Industry 4.0 technology to the latest developments in 3D printing, composite materials, and advanced metrology technologies. Highlights here include Xaar’s Professor Neil Hopkinson, one of the pioneers of 3D printing in the UK.

“Delegates at my session will learn to appreciate the immediacy of the opportunity of 3D printing for part production – it’s a field that is moving quickly – and understand where the technology does and does not make sense,” explained Professor Hopkinson. “They should also draw inspiration on where and how they can best add value to their organisations through 3D printing.”

Other key speakers include The AMRC’s head of digital Prof Rab Scott, Prof Dame Jane Jiang, who heads up the EPSRC’s Future Metrology hub at the University of Huddersfield and Prof Rajkumar Roy, Director of Manufacturing, Cranfield University.

Such prestigious speakers and varied content cements the reputation of Subcon as the defining event in the manufacturing supply chain calendar, bringing together the contract manufacturing community for three days of intense networking, learning and collaboration.

Now in its 42nd year, Subcon returns to the NEC in Birmingham across 5th – 7th June 2018. More than 4,500 manufacturing and engineering professionals across all industry sectors are expected to attend.  Register at www.subconshow.co.uk.


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