The Third Industrial Revolution: Industrial policy and disruptive technologies

Tuesday 11 September 2012, 1-3pm, Committee Room G, House of Lords

POST and the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group are hosting a seminar to discuss the relationship between Government policy and cutting-edge technologies that are soon to change the face of manufacturing in the UK

More so than other parts of the UK economy, manufacturing is often associated – in the minds of Government, MPs, the public – with history: traditions, techniques and craftsmanship originating in our Victorian industrial past. It is often argued that barriers to growth in our manufacturing sector come from this association with the past, an association that is outdated, misguided, and potentially damaging.

Much UK manufacturing is now characterised by innovation: the use of cutting edge technologies, ultra-modern and efficient processes, and new kinds of business models that give companies competitive advantage and help bring growth to the wider economy. On the immediate horizon are a number of technologies that are set to change the face of UK manufacturing for good and will fundamentally change the kinds of supportive policy landscapes that Government needs to provide for industry.

At this APMG/POST meeting, we will be highlighting just what these technologies are, how they are applicable across sectors, and question whether or not Government policy is keeping up with the pace of change in industry. We will also be launching the POSTNote on Advanced Manufacturing, which will highlight just how close we are to adopting these new kinds of processes and techniques across sectors.


  • Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director of Innovation Policy, BIS
  • Clive Hickman, Chief Executive, Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • Richard Hague, Director, EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing
  • Phil Goodier, CEO, Plaxica Limited

If you would like to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Thomas Kohut to book your place.