Industrial Strategy examined at the Manufacturing Technology Centre

26 October 2016

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee holds an evidence session at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry as part of its inquiry into the Government's industrial strategy. 


Thursday 27 October 2016, Meeting Room 8, Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, Pilot Way, Ansty Business Park, Coventry, CV7 9JU

At 10.30am: First panel - Catapult centres and advanced manufacturing

  • Hamid Mughal, Director of Global Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce
  • Professor David Greenwood, Warwick Manufacturing Group

At 11.15am: Second panel - LEPs and Combined Authorities

  • Councillor Bob Sleigh, Leader, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Chair, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Jonathan Browning, Chair, Coventry and Warwickshire LEP
  • Matthew Rhodes, Board Member, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP

At Midday: Third panel - Lessons from the automotive sector

  • Andy Palmer, Chief Executive, Aston Martin
  • David Bailey, Professor of Industrial Strategy, Aston Business School
  • Rachel Eade, Automotive Supply Chain Specialist
  • Tony Burke, Unite Assistant General Secretary for Manufacturing


Seating is allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Members of the public should also allow time to pass through security checks. Any media wishing to attend are advised to contact BEIS Committee media officer Alex Gore in advance on / 0792 129 3656.

Chair's comments

Iain Wright MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said:

"The BEIS Committee is delighted to be holding a public evidence session at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, a world-class facility which drives industrial innovation and growth by bringing together academics and industry to develop new technologies and equip young people with skills in engineering.

A competitive manufacturing sector and skilled workforce are vital for a well-balanced and prosperous economy. That is why we are keen to hear the views of manufacturers, business leaders, academics and local government on what the Government’s industrial strategy must look like if it is to help the sector, the Midlands and the UK as a whole to thrive."

Chris White, MP for Leamington and Warwick and a member of the BEIS Committee, said:

"The Midlands is a centre of excellence for manufacturing, with a skilled work force and world-class research facilities. It makes a vital contribution to the UK economy and I am glad that my Committee colleagues will see and hear first-hand why the Midlands has developed such a reputation. 

If the Government is to succeed with its forthcoming industrial strategy then it must recognise and understand better from regions such as the Midlands in order to create the conditions necessary for continued growth."

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