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As a result of the Made Smarter Review, the government has announced £147m support to improve UK manufacturing productivity through digital manufacturing. This workshop will identify key challenges and opportunities with the aim of developing a digital vision for Northern Ireland manufacturing. It will also outline the funding available through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), the eligible costs and the type of project the ISCF is keen to support.

Why attend?

As well as offering guidance on how to make a strong application, the workshop will provide an opportunity for networking to encourage collaboration and cluster development. This will enable the formation of a platform for local clusters to develop strong consortia and make a strong case for support to the ISCF.

The event is primarily targeted at:

  • manufacturing companies
  • technology providers
  • public bodies
  • councils
  • government and academia

We hope you will be able to come along and help shape a digital manufacturing vision for Northern Ireland.

12:00 Registration & lunch
12:30 Welcome: Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI
12:40 What is Productivity? The influencing factors and the Productivity Puzzle: Richard Pelan, Invest NI
13:00 Made Smarter findings and Industrial Digital Technologies and Industry 4.0: Lynne McGregor, Innovate UK
13:20 DRL, 4 Manufacturing, tools the KTN have developed and the NW Pilot: Ben Peace, KTN
13:50 The demonstrator portal: Lynne McGregor, Innovate UK
14:00 Q&A: Innovate UK & KTN
14:10 Tea & Coffee break
14:25 The workshops overview: Ben Peace, KTN
14:30 Workshop 1: Why is NI Productivity 15% behind the rest of the UK? What are the issues for NI?

Workshop 2: If the UK target is to improve productivity by 30% how can NI businesses achieve a 45% improvement?

• Research
• Innovation
• Growth, Commercialisation
• Network accessing and sharing digital information and learning

16:15 Collaborative Networks: Joanne McMullan, Invest NI
16:25 Summary: Richard Pelan, Invest NI
16:30 Networking
17:00 Close

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Titanic Quarter,


United Kingdom