The National Manufacturing Debate is an annual event hosted by Cranfield University. The event brings together manufacturing professionals from a range of sectors to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry, and encourage networking and collaboration across the sector to enable continued and long-term growth.

2019 NMD Focus: Supply Chains in 21st Century Manufacturing: Developing sustainable supply chains for UK Manufacturing growth.

In 2019 it will be the 10th National Manufacturing Debate. Each year a project team carries out research that helps to inform the debate. This project will explore and evaluate the role of supply chains in today’s UK Manufacturing sector. In particular, the project will illuminate the current status, the gaps to excellence and the impact of supply chain architecture, availability, management, integration, location, regulations and capabilities on the UK Manufacturing’s prospects of sustainable growth.  The project output is used to help inform the debate and to this end, the project team publish a report in the form of a white paper that is made available to all National Manufacturing Debate delegates.  After the event, the white paper will be available for general download.

The 2018 report can be viewed here.

Video including interviews with some of our 2018 speakers: The Institute of Engineering and Technology at the National Manufacturing Debate 2018.

Debate topics

    Morning debate: Are UK manufacturing supply chains ready and flexible enough to ensure growth in turbulent times?

    Afternoon debate: How can UK manufacturing create an ‘ecosystem of success’ for its supply chains?


    Keynote speakers for 2019

    Annual Manufacturing Alumni Lecture 2019

    Alumni will be hosting the Manufacturing Alumni Awards, Dinner and Lecture on the 21 May 2019. Alumni are invited to attend, please indicate your attendance on the registration form.
    For more information please visit the Alumni event page.

    Please note this is for Alumni only.