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A breakfast event in Ashton-under-Lyne on 22 March will bring together a group of experts to discuss the macro trends and innovations that are opening up new opportunities for SME manufacturers.

The Made in Greater Manchester Breakfast will explore how the city region is re-emerging as a world-class centre for advanced manufacturing. In particular, delegates will discover how to tap into emerging markets and exploit new trends in areas such as lightweighting, net zero, sustainability and advanced materials.


Tony Bannan OBE, CEO of Precision Technologies Group, will discuss how Greater Manchester manufacturers can take advantage of the AMPI institute in Rochdale (pictured), a new centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing innovations.


Other expert speakers include:

  • James Baker, CEO of Graphene@Manchester, who will explore opportunities around the industrial applications of advanced materials like graphene
  • Stephen Rector, Managing Director of packaging manufacturer Ribble Packaging, who will provide an overview of recycling and recyclable packaging, lightweighting and how packaging can be made and used sustainably
  • Kevin Smith, Lead Industrial Digital Technology Advisor at Made Smarter, who will discuss the opportunities for SMEs to improve competitiveness and productivity through the adoption of digital technologies such as robotics, additive manufacturing and artificial intelligence.


The event will run from 9.00-10.45 on 22 March at the Village Hotel in Ashton-under-Lyne and will also be streamed online for those unable to attend in person. To register, click here.

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