EEF is delighted to welcome Canon UK and Ireland as a sponsor for its flagship annual national manufacturing conference taking place in London 26th February. The move further highlights the importance of technology to the future of manufacturing.
Canon has over 75 years of heritage in the manufacturing industry, developing innovative business imaging solutions and provisioning high quality, reliable hardware including a comprehensive portfolio of document solutions, professional services support and expert consultancy.
Canon works in partnership with manufacturers to drive operational efficiencies and help them to gain competitive advantage by enhancing the way they engage with customers, managing their essential business processes and shaping new ways of working across the entire value chain. These credentials make it an ideal partner for this year’s conference.
The move will see it joining headline sponsors, Lombard, and other leading technology companies, Infor and IBM, in backing the manufacturing sector’s main national event.
The announcement follows a report, specially-commissioned for the conference and published yesterday, which looks in-depth at the impact of technology on manufacturing and the opportunities and challenges it presents. It predicts that Britain is on the cusp of a 4th industrial revolution, but warns that it is not fully equipped for a leading role.
Canon will be joining forces with EEF and member companies, The Manufacturer and a Canon customer – Wrightbus - which manufactures buses for the European market, in co-delivering a roundtable: Productivity in the UK. This will explore the benefits of transformative technologies on the manufacturing industry.
Combining leaders from across the sector, the roundtable will focus on maximising productivity; a challenge faced by almost every UK manufacturer. The expert panel will discuss the key themes that will define the ongoing success of industry, including innovation, technology and the key skills required to drive productivity.
Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, says: "The ability to successfully harness rapid advances in modern technology will be a key factor in British manufacturing’s future success. Manufacturing leaders say that the 4th industrial revolution will be a reality for their business within a decade and they want to see the UK take a leading role. At the same time they warn that the UK is not yet fully equipped to deliver success and there is a real danger of being left behind.
“Technology companies will be pivotal to our sector’s future, which is why I welcome Canon’s strategic involvement in our conference.”
Robert Pickles, Head of Corporate & Government Affairs, Canon UK & Ireland, says: “British manufacturers can be proud of their recent resurgence, but continued success is all about change and we must be looking to build on this momentum.
“It’s encouraging to see that manufacturers are proactively looking for new ways to drive productivity and business growth again and that they’re increasingly turning to technology in order to achieve this. There’s a real acknowledgement across the sector that the digital transformation of modern manufacturing represents an opportunity for all areas of the sector to improve operations, while introducing efficiencies and smarter ways of working.
“But change also comes with challenges and it’s more important than ever that manufacturers are leveraging the innovative technology that’s available today in order to manage the amount of documents and information that comes with this modern model.”
To find out more and to book a place at the conference, visit: www.manufacturingconference.co.uk