The UK’s Business Minister Anna Soubry will give the keynote opening address at the National Manufacturing Debate being held at Cranfield University’s Bedfordshire campus on 25 May.

This year’s debate will pose the question “How can UK Manufacturing Growth match the best of the G7?" and feature discussion between leading manufacturing professionals from global industries in a range of sectors.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Hamid Mughal - Global Director of Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce
  • Terry Scuoler - CEO, EEF
  • Anna Leach - Head of Economic Analysis, CBI
  • Phill Cartwright - Chief Technology Officer, HVM Catapult
  • John Reid - General Manager, Michelin Tyres (Dundee) and Director of Michelin Tyre PLC

Rajkumar Roy, Professor of Manufacturing at Cranfield University said “Cross-sector collaboration, through-life engineering services and a joined-up environment for manufacturing can all help to create new businesses and new opportunities for the UK to grow its manufacturing base. Anna Soubry’s perspective on this topic will be invaluable to all our participants, from industry, government and academia.

Notes for editors

The National Manufacturing Debate is an annual event hosted by Cranfield University and is in its eighth year. It brings together manufacturing professionals to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry. The event encourages networking and collaboration across the sector to enable continued and long-term growth.

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