The impact of Brexit on Ireland’s supply chain and potential border issues will be a prominent topic at this years National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference. The conference is the largest gathering of manufacturing and supply chain professionals in Ireland and will take place on the 31st January in the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin.

The impact of Brexit on Ireland’s supply chain and potential border issues will be a prominent topic at this years National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference. The conference is the largest gathering of manufacturing and supply chain professionals in Ireland and will take place on the 31st January in the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin.

The annual event will welcome 3,000 manufacturing and supply chain industry professionals, 200 speakers and 170+ exhibitors.

There will be 16 conferences taking place within the event including the National Sustainable Summit, Wind Power Expo and Waste and Recycling Summit. Ireland’s supply chain post Brexit, big pharma, smart factories, renewable energy are all on the agenda with top speakers this year including:

  • Lucinda Creighton, CEO, Vulcan Consulting
  • Peter Nolan, Worldwide President, BD Medical Pharmaceutical Systems
  • Andrew Lynch, CIO, Irish Manufacturing Research
  • Ivan Kelly, Global Supply Chain R&D Programme Manager, Hewlett Packard
  • Edward Sweeney, Professor of Logistics and Director, Aston Logistics and Systems Institute, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

The National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference takes place as concern mounts about the prospect of a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland. The potential impact could have a significant impact on trade with the over 30,000 people who cross the border everyday facing disruption. According to the conference organiser Colin Murphy, the event presents a chance for the manufacturing and supply chain industry to discuss the likely challenges head on.

“The more time goes on the greater the uncertainty seems to get with respect to Brexit, border controls and customs. Manufacturers and supply chain professionals are facing massive disruption that could be potentially catastrophic if a solution isn’t found. The National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference provides an opportunity to explore the likely challenges that are expected to emerge over the coming months so those in the industry can start preparing.”

Attendees and Exhibitors

The 3,000 attendees at this years conference will include senior executives from across Ireland and the UK’s manufacturing and supply chain industries including Managing Directors, Finance Directors, Marketing Directors and Operations Directors from the largest manufacturers, supply chain management companies.

Attendees will also be treated to a showcase of the latest technology driving innovation in the manufacturing sector along with new products, services and debates on the latest trends across 16 stages.

Car maker Fiat is expected to showcase their award winning cars, the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Quadrifoglio. The two cars recently won best Best Medium car and Best Performance car at the Irish Car Awards respectively and will be available to exhibitors to view and interact with at the event.

RS Components (RS), the global distributor for engineers, will also be exhibiting at the event with their new version of its mobile interactive technology truck, Titan 2. The new 35-tonne truck showcases technologies such as Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, robotics, the Internet of Things and thermal imaging and is also packed with the latest technology including demonstrations of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to really bring innovation to life.

Sustainability, Smart Factories and more…

Sustainability will be another major theme at this years conference as Ireland’s largest manufacturers increasingly focus on improving energy efficiency and sustainable manufacturing and trade practices to deliver quantifiable eco results.

Main stage at the National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference is expected to see talks on the internet of things and the European economy, the digital reinvention of industry and factory floor operations while seminars spread out across the event will feature talks on smart factories, automation and industry 4.0.

Other conferences of interest include: Wind Power Expo, Ocean and Hydropower Summit, National Procurement Summit and the Sustainable Energy Show.

Source: Industry & Business

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