Manufacturing Connect at Bristol Robotics Laboratory | EEF

Manufacturing Connect at Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Future Skills for Future Factories

Our Manufacturing Connect events are hosted at manufacturers' facilities and include a factory tour, enabling best practice and information sharing with your peers.

Most manufacturing businesses realise that embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is a mandatory step for companies looking to compete in the global economy. However, many British SMEs are still uncertain about how to apply digitisation to their own operations. This Manufacturing Connect event brings together three perspectives – business investment, new skills and new technologies – to equip manufacturers with the knowledge and tools needed to start their 4IR journey.

Held at the world leading Bristol Robotics Laboratory, this FREE FOR MEMBERS event provide you with insights into the world of advanced robotics and gives you the opportunity to explore the most comprehensive academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK.


Get Inspired

  • Get the latest insights on current and future technologies to digitalise your manufacturing and boost productivity.
  • Get the latest insights on how to maximise the productivity potential of your workforce and new technologies.
  • Attend an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at the futuristic Bristol Robotics Laboratory and its innovative projects.

Get Informed

  • Get the information you need when considering investing in robotics production automation.
  • Learn from recruitment expert Johnathan Lee the new skillsets workers and leaders will need for the factory of the future.        

Get Connected

  • Find out about the resources, services and support EEF can give its members around 4IR, including the new online Problem Solving Network.
  • Leverage on the power of EEF’s network to solve problems and seize opportunities.

Who should attend?

You will get the most value out of this session if you are:

  • A CEO/Managing Director
  • An Operations/Manufacturing Director
  • A HR Director
  • Looking to digitalise your production processes and drive a 4IR programme



  • Stuart Cochrane - Numatic
  • Farid Dailami - Bristol Robotics Laboratory
  • Jason Cole – Jonathan Lee Recruitment
  • Mark Sage - Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA)

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09:00 Registration, tea, coffee and networking


Welcome and Introductions
09:40 Cobotics project, working with BRL and engaging with our employees - Stuart Cochrane, Numatic
10:10 Cobotics project with Numatic - Farid Dailami, Bristol Robotics Laboratory


Comfort Break
10:40 Tour of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory
11:10 Skills for Future Factories - Jason Cole, Jonathan Lee recruitment
11:30 Mark Sage, Executive Director, Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance - AREA
12:00 Thanks and roundup
12:10 Lunch & Networking 
12:30 Close

EEF will not normally refuse entry to events, however, it is our policy to not admit competitors of EEF or our host facility into Manufacturing Connect events.

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