Subcon conference agenda released


Sustainability, supply chain distribution and the skills gap are set to dominate the agenda at Subcon 2021, which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC on 14 – 16 September 2021. Make UK CEO Stephen Phipson CBE will present his state of the industry address, and 20 sessions over two streams will make up the event’s packed conference programme.

Make UK CEO Stephen Phipson CBE will present a state of the industry address at Subcon this September, one of many highlights of this year’s conference programme that also includes sessions on sustainability, e-vehicles, additive manufacturing, industrialising innovation, managing the cost of supply chain disruption and the skills gap, delivered by some of the UK’s leading manufacturers and engineers and its most innovative disruptors.

The 2021 Subcon conference is a three-day, two-theatre, 20-session programme showcasing cutting edge innovation and best practice from the worlds of engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management. It is free to attend for all Subcon visitors, and the agenda can be viewed online.

The Subcon event is co-located with The Engineer Expo and – new for 2021 – Manufacturing Management Show. Sessions in The Engineer Expo Theatre include the ‘PrintCity story: how industry and academia are collaborating to bridge the digital skills gap, fuelling innovation in engineering and manufacturing’, plus ‘Additive manufacturing – moving beyond geometry for the printing of functional, multi-material products’. 

Over in the Manufacturing Management Theatre, sessions include ‘Normal to excellence: the simple ten steps to achieve greatness” and ‘Understanding the materials as a service market’.

Two huge themes weaving their way through both conference theatres are sustainability and the skills gap, particularly in relation to the importance of attracting and retaining young people into the sector.

Made in Britain CEO John Pearce will explore how and why UK manufacturing growth is at a 30-year high and how future procurement will be inextricably linked to sustainability. John Pearce commented: “My goal at Subcon is to tell the story of Made in Britain. There is a fabulous, strong, interesting and meaningful story of manufacturing in Britain under the Made in Britain mark. What is the UK economy without British manufacturing? These are essential things we’re making – components, machinery and products – that are essential to human existence and the human experience.”


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