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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: Siemens Congleton, Crane Payment Innovations in Oldham and Crystal Doors in Rochdale. 

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

Alan Purvis, Mettler Toledo-Safeline leading a discussion on Industrial Digitalisation

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Manufacturing Champions: Resource Productivity

This session will focus on Resource Productivity and will provide attendees with an understanding of the techniques and processes which can impact efficiency and cost savings within your business.

Date: 23rd May 2018
Format: Workshops
Location: Crystal Doors, 1-2 Unit Trans Pennine Trading Estate, Rochdale OL11 2PX
Time: 8:00am - 12:30pm

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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

Dr Tony Bannan OBE

Dr Tony Bannan OBE

Group Chief Executive, Precision Technologies Group

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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, Vitrex 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

Head, Chemicals, Luxfer Group

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Event image gallery

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Industrial Digitalisation workshop materials
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Delegate discussions at Siemens Congleton
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Delegates capturing examples of best practice on a factory tour
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Delegates and Champions touring Crane Payment Innovations in Oldham
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Dr Tony Bannan leading a workshop on productivity
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Using swimlanes to map a process
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Roundtable on Values and Culture at Diodes Inc
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Factory tour of CPI, Oldham viewing visual management boards
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David Birch, McKinsey and Co leading a workshop on productivity and leadership
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Vikram Singla, Oracle speaking about Industrial Digitalisation in April 2017
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Practical lean techniques workshop
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Visual Management boards at Crane Payment Innovations
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Tim Monaghan supporting delegates during a workshop

Champions news and events

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Industry 4.0 for the SME Factory

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Champions recognising manufacturing people at awards

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Blog Blog

Women in manufacturing - the secret to her success?

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