Manufacturing Connect at ZF Lemforder | EEF

Manufacturing Connect at ZF Lemforder

Future Factories

Most manufacturing businesses realise the Fourth Industrial Revolution is an important tool for companies looking to compete in the global economy. However, many UK SMEs are still uncertain about how to apply digitisation to their own operations. This event brings together three perspectives – business investment, new skills and new technologies – to equip manufacturers with the confidence and tools needed to become 4IR leaders.

Held at automotive part manufacturer ZF Lemforder in the West Midlands, the event includes a presentation by company Director Tim Kibble on their investment in the latest robotics technology as well as a tour of their facility.

Jonathan Lee Recruitment, an expert in recruitment for industry, will also share their advice for manufacturers on the new roles needed to power 4IR and how to fill those skills gaps.

Finally, the Manufacturing Technologies Association will lift the lid on new technologies available today to manufacturers looking to boost their productivity.

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

What you will take away from this event...

  • An understanding what to consider when investing in robotics equipment, from a manufacturer who has done so
  • A business leader’s perspective on Industry 4.0 and the opportunities it poses to manufacturers
  • An appreciation of the future skills requirements for your business and the UK as a whole, as new technologies demand new skill-sets of workers and leaders
  • A behind-the-scenes look at production in a high-tech and lean manufacturing environment

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08:00 Registration, tea, coffee and networking


Welcome and Introduction - EEF Region Director
08:35 Our journey: ZF Lemforder take us through their investment in the latest robotics technology
08:55 The skills behind the technology: Jonathan Lee Recruitment talk about recruiting the right skills for the digital age


New technologies: The Manufacturing Technologies Association give their overview of the sector
09:30 Factory Tour
10:00 Networking and 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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