A commitment to research and development and a relentless lean manufacturing strategy are the twin keys to manufacturing success, a summit of industry leaders will hear next month.
A battery of big hitters from manufacturing industry is lined up to address The Manufacturer Live 2005 in Telford, and many will echo the same message: innovation and a proper understanding of lean manufacturing are vital for prosperity and ultimately survival.
Alan Barlow, chief executive of Poole-based Hamworthy Combustion will explain how his company's research and development-led strategy has led to double-digit organic growth.
Ray Stone, managing director of Hereford-based Special Metals Wiggin will demonstrate how his company hauled itself back from the brink.
Dawn Gibbins, a former businesswoman of the year and culture change catalyst at Cheshire-based Flowcrete UK will tell how she kept employees enthusiastic and inspired while the company launched a war on waste.
M e a n w h i l e Birmingham-born Paul Lester, chief executive of S o u t h a m p t o n - b a s e d defence and shipbuilding contractor VT Group will underline the role of leadership in taking these strategies forward.
The Leadership and Strategy area of The Manufacturer Live will also include the first feedback from the Department of Trade and Industry's recently established Manufacturing Forum and give delegates the chance to ask searching questions about its progress and results.
The two day event at the Telford International Centre on September 28 and 29 will be attended by more than 2,000 manufacturing decision makers who will hear from more than 50 speakers from leading companies hosting workshops, seminars and debates on UK manufacturing's big issues.
Glen White, group chief executive of Conquest Business Media said he was looking forward to a series of presentations.
"We are going to be hearing from people who have been there and done it. Academics have a voice in the debate, but there's nothing like first hand experience."