A two-day summit to help UK manufacturing industry achieve and maintain world class standards in the face of mounting overseas competition is to be held in the Midlands.
More than 2,000 manufacturing decision makers are due to attend Manufacturer Live 2005, one of the UK's biggest manufacturing teachins.
Senior figures from BAE Systems, Unipart, Siemens, Airbus UK, Rolls- Royce, Microsoft, Red Bull Racing and Boots will be among more than 50 speakers delivering presentations on all aspects of the manufacturing process.
Delegates at the two-day event will scrutinise the industry's leadership and look at its ability to innovate and achieve world class standards.
Others will try to unravel the conundrum of skills shortages in a country that shed 82,000 manufacturing jobs last year, look at the cost-down pressures facing supply chains, examine the role of IT and discuss how a streamlined shop floor operation can lead to peak efficiency.
The event, which is sponsored by Barclays and supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, will be held at the Telford International Centre on September 28 and 29.
It will offer manufacturers the chance to learn from their peers and share their own best practice, and will culminate in the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year Awards.
The presentations and exhibitions will be based around the 'seven pillars' of manufacturing excellence: leadership and strategy, world class manufacturing, design and innovation, skills and HR, logistics and supply chain, IT in manufacturing and manufacturing operations.
Glen White, group chief executive of Conquest Business Media, which organises the event, said he was looking forward to an occasion even bigger and better than last year.
He said: "We've heard a lot of bad news about manufacturing this year, with the collapse of MG Rover and the associated pain within the supply chain, and the drop in manufacturing output, not to mention the assault on our country's industry from cheap imports from China and other countries exploiting low cost labour.
"But this event is the other side of the coin. This is all about lean and hungry UK manufacturers building on their strengths, seeking out new opportunities, and celebrating success."