The Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN) has announced that its popular event series is returning this month (17 August) with a focus on digital adoption and the evolution of the sector.

Ahead of EMCON 2021, which takes place at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe on 9 September, the EMCONF event will see a range of industry leaders deliver interviews and presentations on how industrial businesses have been transformed by digital technologies.  

As the second event in the series, ‘Moving with the times’ will follow on from the success of last year’s virtual session, which focused on business recovery and saw more than 230 individuals engaged via Zoom.

It will be held as an in-person event at South Durham UTC, giving engineering and manufacturing peers the opportunity to engage with one another in a safe and relaxed setting, while joining an informative and relevant discussion.

Numbers will be limited for safety reasons, so book today to avoid disappointment.

Ben Gilhespy, Director of Operations at EMN will chair the event and will be joined by speakers including:

  • David Land (ex-Gestamp) and Jim Imrie (ex-BAE Systems)
  • Richard Bradley (Dyer Engineering) and Richard Egginton (Sotech)
  • Kaye Collins (EMN) and Mark Coatsworth (Bignalls)
  • Sarah Slaven (Business Durham) will discuss how businesses have made their digital journeys from the perspective of the local authority
  • Representatives from the SAM Project (Sunderland University) who will highlight how the adoption of technology has supported businesses across the region

There will be opportunities to network and enjoy some refreshments both before and after the discussions.

Ben Gilhespy said: “Throughout the years our businesses have evolved greatly.

“Time moves on and our work with manufacturers has shown us the various stages of digital adoption and the successes and failures it involves.

“For many, understanding what improvements digital can make can become confusing, with everything from new computer systems/programmes to full factory automation on offer, hence this opportunity to meet, enjoy some networking and listen to our peer’s experiences.”

Register for this special event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/moving-with-the-times-tickets-165865922439

Key takeaways:

  • EMN works to support the continued growth of the North East’s engineering and manufacturing industries by building a strong collaborative community: https://cdemn.org.uk/
  • Formerly known as ‘Durham Oktoberfest’, this year’s EMCON takes place on 9 September and is sponsored by Stadler Rail: https://emcon.show/
  • Visitor registration for EMCON 2021 is now open: https://emcon.show/visitor-registration/

Related campaign:

Digital Drive County Durham

Digital Drive is a £4m initiative delivered by UMi that aims to help SMEs in County Durham to maximise their growth potential and sustainability through digital technology.

​Digital Drive is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Business Durham, which works on behalf of Durham County Council, and private investment.

Find out more here: https://www.digitaldrivedurham.co.uk/

Richard Dawson
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