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Ahead of the Make UK National Manufacturing Conference, taking place on Tuesday 25 February at the QEII Exhibition Centre in Westminster, Manufacturing Management spoke to Jackson Bond, co-founder of event sponsor, relayr.

Tell us about how relayr can help manufacturers

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) specialist relayr has entered into a strategic partnership with trade association MAKE UK, champions of the UK manufacturing industry. The partnership will focus on how the implementation of IIoT business transformation and servitisation can revolutionise the UK manufacturing industry, future-proofing businesses and empowering them to embrace industry 4.0.

Why are relayr sponsoring the Make UK National Manufacturing Conference?

Currently UK manufacturing faces the biggest technology driven change in its history, with groundbreaking opportunities to innovate through digitisation. relayr will give Make UK members the opportunity to explore the digital transformation process by collaborating with Make UK in a series of conferences, roundtables and workshops focused exclusively on this topic. relayr are delighted to have the opportunity to empower Make UK members to respond to an ever-changing industry with innovation and confidence. Our business models represent a true ‘win-win’ and help UK manufacturers avoid risky capital outlays.

What are the key challenges facing UK industry?

Economic pressures, including the uncertainty around Brexit, skills and labour shortages which can undermine confidence to go 'all in' with a business transformation and the capabilities of a business to successful disrupt there marketplace with digital transformation.

You are participating in the ‘Small Steps for Big Results’ workshop at the conference, which is focusing on the impact of technology in manufacturing. How do you see the future of the industry evolving?

Customer demand will drive evolution in Manufacturing with key business transformation messages around bringing productivity back into focus which will drive better a performance to optimise returns. These three pillars will be underpinned by technology and the expertise to deliver customer-centric solutions.

Why should delegates attend the conference?

The manufacturing industry is operating within a highly changeable and evolutionary environment. The MAKE UK conference provides the perfect opportunity to learn new processes and practices that businesses can implement now to help navigate these uncertainties. Make UK are bringing together industry and thought leaders along with key policy makers for a day of analysis, debate and inspiration so make sure you're clued up and business ready. Whether it’s identifying new trading opportunities, optimising your workforce or unlocking new ways to make money.
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