Sustainability, supply chain and skills form the bedrock of a world-class speaker line-up as the Manufacturing Management Show heads to the NEC for 2020

The conference programme for the 2020 Manufacturing Management Show (MMS) can now be revealed. With only a handful of speaking slots yet to be filled, the line-up already includes a masterclass in engaging your workforce in lean manufacturing, tips on building a brand allegiance on the shopfloor and a panel discussion exploring novel ways of bridging the skills gap.

MMS will take place from 9-11 June at the NEC in Birmingham, and is designed to provide best-practice advice to today’s senior manufacturing leaders, covering everything from continuous improvement to post-Brexit trade barriers. As well as the thought-leader conference sessions, some of the industry’s biggest suppliers will be exhibiting their products and services as part of an engaging and informative trade show.

A number of hands-on workshops will bring these products to life, giving delegates the chance to experience virtual reality, learn more about ERP systems and much, much more.

Co-location benefits

For the first time, MMS is being co-located with the long-standing Subcon show, the primary event for the subcontract manufacturing market, and the Engineer Expo. Run by the team behind The Engineer magazine, the two events bring over 350 exhibitors and 4,000 visitors from across the UK’s manufacturing and engineering sector, adding significant weight to MMS.

Delegates to MMS will also be able to attend the world-class conference sessions at the Engineer Expo, which include speakers from the AMRC, Rolls-Royce and the University of Nottingham. The conference will be focused on the future of the industry, looking at how changing technologies will impact the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

“The high calibre of speakers already on the bill for MMS 2020 demonstrates the importance of this event, and its sister event, Subcon, for the market,” says MM editor, Chris Beck. “We are in talks with a number of extremely high-profile companies to deliver the opening keynote sessions – and I’m excited to announce these in the coming weeks.

“The conference sees a mix of company sizes and sectors, with everything from international automotive giants and chemical manufacturers to gas sensor experts and subcontract panel-builders on the bill. One thing that unites all the speakers, however, is the fact that they are leaders in their field and will provide real-world advice to help our visitors boost productivity and profit at their sites. We also have a number of panel discussions around three of the biggest issues facing the industry today: sustainability, skills and supply chains.

“Add to that the equally world-class conference line-up at the Engineer Expo, and there is a wealth of learning opportunities to delegates to the show. I look forward to welcoming you to the NEC in June.”


DAY 1 – 9 June 2020

  • 10.00-10.45: Speaker TBA
  • 11.00-11.45: Responsible leadership: promoting natural human behaviour amongst your teams; Guy Ratcliffe, consultant, Recreate Coaching
  • 12.00-12.45: Overcoming barriers to learning & engagement in lift-truck training; Laura Nelson, MD, RTITB and Ruth Edwards, business development director, Talent in Logistics
  • 13.00-13.45: Topic TBC, Warwick Manufacturing Group
  • 14.00-14.45: Panel Discussion: Ensuring a sustainable future for UK manufacturing; speaker TBC, Inenco; Michael McGowan, group sustainability manager, Ibstock Brick
  • 15.00-15.45: Topic TBC, PP Control & Automation

DAY 2 – 10 June 2020

  • 10.00-10.45: Speaker TBA
  • 11.00-11.45: Lean engagement on the shopfloor; Frazer Mackay, operations director, Crowcon Detection Instruments
  • 12.00-12.45: Implementing carbon capture at a leading manufacturing site; Peter Houghton, energy director, Tata Chemicals Europe
  • 13.00-13.45: How to use Continuous Improvement to see an increase on the bottom line; Andy Watt, managing director, Goldratt UK
  • 14.00-14.45: Panel Discussion: Tackling the skills crisis – a new approach; Bekki Phillips, MD, In-Comm Training, Ian Green, Senior Controller / Section Manager - Nissan Skills Foundation, Nissan UK, Lance Harris, Ministry of Justice, Professor Dave Allan, NMiTE
  • 15.00-15.45:   Speaker TBA

DAY 3 – 11 June 2020
  • 10.00-10.45: Topic TBC, Daniel Sharp, manufacturing manager, RNLI
  • 11.00-11.45: Building a brand and engaging your employees; Scott McCubbin, associate director, Uniform
  • 12.00-12.45: Panel Discussion: Understanding the complexities of post-Brexit supply chains; David Salter, head of funded trade finance, NatWest, Peter Ward, chief executive, UK Warehousing Association, speaker TBC, DHL Supply Chain
  • 13.00-13.45: Topic TBC, Inenco