Leading the debate on manufacturing innovation

14 July 2014
IET Communications team
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David Evans, Barry Brooks and David Willetts

The IET's David Evans and Barry Brooks with David Willetts MP.

David Willetts MP stresses the importance of manufacturing to the UK economy at IET event.

The IET plays a leading role in promoting discussions on important engineering-related public policy issues. To progress the debate on the future of manufacturing in the UK, we organised a conference on manufacturing innovation at IET Birmingham: Austin Court on 10 July 2014.

The event heard from David Willetts MP on the importance of manufacturing for the Government. Mr Willetts outlined what the Government will be doing to help create a pipeline of new engineers to support the future of UK manufacturing.

There were also presentations from a number of local manufacturing organisations including Mondelez (owner of Cadbury’s), Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham Science City, Aston University and the Manufacturing Advisory Service.

The audience included senior representatives from large and small businesses, and key stakeholders from the UK Government.

Organised with the support of the Technology Strategy Board, ARUP and Birmingham Science City, the conference was an opportunity to collect views on priorities for manufacturing innovation policy for 2015-2020.

These views will inform a new IET manufacturing policy statement that we will publish later this year – advising all political parties on how best to ensure that British manufacturing innovation can continue to boost the UK’s economy.

For more information on our work with the UK Government, please visit the Policy section of our website.