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Manufacturing Champions

Lead with the best

The Manufacturing Champions was established to provide ambitious executives access to the leaders of some of the most productive factories in Greater Manchester.

The Network enables busy manufacturers to take time out of the factory to consider the long-term strategy for their business. 

Practical workshops and factory tours

Over a series of events, delegates will hear from experts on methodology proven to boost productivity, hear first-hand accounts from the Champions personal experience of the topic and participate in workshops and round table discussion to take away a plan to integrate these methods within their operation.

There is also the opportunity to explore local businesses with recent factory tours including: Luxfer MEL Technologies, Siemens Congleton, Crane Payment Innovations, Crystal Doors abd J.A Harrison.

The events are exclusively for manufacturers, by manufacturers, providing a forum for mentoring, peer learning and collaboration. 

Luxfer MEL Technologies Factory Tour

Upcoming Events

Manufacturing Champions - Growing through new markets

This session will focus on new markets and will provide manufacturers with an understanding of the basic steps, tools & techniques required to identify new markets (domestic and international) and new routes to market with the view of sustaining their competitive advantage and further growing.

Date: 5th June 2019
Location: Whitecroft Lighting, Burlington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 0AX
Time: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Champions in attendance

  • Leanne Holmes, Site Managing Director & Operations Director, Crane Payment Innovations
  • Dr Paul Hunt, R&D Director, Victrex plc
  • Andrew Peters, Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory

Confirmed Speakers

  • Julie Graham – Brand Strategist & Expert in Insight for Growth, Distinction Consulting
  • Nicole Whittingham – Brand, Digital & Integrated Marketing Expert, Wilson Cooke

Luxfer MEL Technologies Factory Tour


Martin Shepherd of JA Harrison & Co participating in a discussion on Industrial Digitalisation

“The Manufacturing Champions events provide tangible support for aspiring SMEs from established manufacturing leaders.

"The time and expertise which the Champions have been able to offer our business has been invaluable to JA Harrison, enabling us to feel confident in the changes we’ve made to our business and providing a direct route to growth.”

Martin Shepherd, Production Director, JA Harrison & Co Ltd

Meet the Champions

Leanne Holmes

Leanne Holmes

Site Managing Director & Operations Director, Crane Payment Innovations

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Julian Humphreys

Julian Humphreys

Senior Vice President & General Manager BG Mos Discretes, Nexperia

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Dr Paul Hunt CSi CChem

Dr Paul Hunt CSi CChem

R&D Director, Victrex plc

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Paul Kingston

Paul Kingston

Site Manager, Cargill Manchester

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Tim Monaghan

Tim Monaghan

European President, Diodes Inc

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Andrew Peters

Andrew Peters

Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory

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Alan Purvis

Alan Purvis

Managing Director, Mettler Toledo Safeline Ltd

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Matthew Smallman

Matthew Smallman

Divisional Managing Director (Joint), Hyde Aero Products Ltd

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Graham Wardlow

Graham Wardlow

Managing Director, Luxfer MEL Technologies, a division of Luxfer Holdings PLC

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