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FT Future of Manufacturing Summit 2016

London |
Speakers include:
Andrew  Liveris

Andrew Liveris

The Dow Chemical Company

Andy Palmer

Andy Palmer

Aston Martin

Rodney  Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Rethink Robotics


As the manufacturing sector continues to rapidly evolve propelled by a series of disruptive forces, existing business models are undergoing a profound transformation.

Major technological innovations are fueling momentous change and creating novel, revolutionary approaches to the way that products are designed, manufactured and used. The emergence and convergence of complex new materials, processes and technologies – such as big data analytics, advanced robotics, the internet of things and additive manufacturing – are shaping the economics of production and distribution within the sector. 

As consumer demands change, products become smarter, traditional boundaries between industries disappear and operating models get transformed into digital ones, what strategies are forward-thinking manufacturers adopting to create and capture value? What do manufacturers need to do now to adapt, shape and harness the technological revolution? How can they best prepare to face the challenges that lie ahead and benefit from the new forms of optimisation and revenue sources that digital capabilities deliver? In this dynamic and uncertain environment for manufacturing, what are the key priorities for government and business? How can government, industry and academia work in tandem to create ecosystems conducive to innovation? After Brexit, which way forward for manufacturing?

The FT Future of Manufacturing Summit will once again bring together senior business leaders and policy makers for a unique, high level discussion on the latest developments that are shaping manufacturing into the future. Join us in London to gain valuable insights on the key areas impacting the sector, including drivers and megatrends, technological advancements, new forms of collaboration and the renewed role of the workforce.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/04/2016 08:30:0010/04/2016 17:20:00trueFT Future of Manufacturing Summit 2016As the manufacturing sector continues to rapidly evolve propelled by a series of disruptive forces, existing business models are undergoing a profound transformation.Major technological innovations are fueling momentous change and creating novel, revolutionary approaches to the way that products are designed, manufactured and used. The emergence and convergence of complex new materials, processes and technologies – such as big data analytics, advanced robotics, the internet of things and additive manufacturing – are shaping the economics of production and distribution within the sector. As consumer demands change, products become smarter, traditional boundaries between industries disappear and operating models get transformed into digital ones, what strategies are forward-thinking manufacturers adopting to create and capture value? What do manufacturers need to do now to adapt, shape and harness the technological revolution? How can they best prepare to face the challenges that lie ahead and benefit from the new forms of optimisation and revenue sources that digital capabilities deliver? In this dynamic and uncertain environment for manufacturing, what are the key priorities for government and business? How can government, industry and academia work in tandem to create ecosystems conducive to innovation? After Brexit, which way forward for manufacturing?The FT Future of Manufacturing Summit will once again bring together senior business leaders and policy makers for a unique, high level discussion on the latest developments that are shaping manufacturing into the future. Join us in London to gain valuable insights on the key areas impacting the sector, including drivers and megatrends, technological advancements, new forms of collaboration and the renewed role of the workforce.FT-Future-of-Manufacturing-Summit-20162a9cc3947b1aeb756c3a070395c7e49bMM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (26)

Andrew  Liveris

Andrew Liveris

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Dow Chemical Company

Andrew N. Liveris is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a materials, polymers, chemicals and biological sciences enterprise, with 2015 annual sales of nearly $49 billion.

A 40-year veteran of Dow and recognised global business leader, Mr Liveris' career has spanned roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management around the world. During more than a decade as Dow’s CEO, Mr Liveris has led the Company’s transformation from a cyclical chemicals manufacturing company into a novel enterprise – one powered by science, driven by innovation and delivering solutions to the world.

An international advocate for the criticality of manufacturing to the long-term health of national economies, Mr Liveris is the author of Make It in America, a book which presents a comprehensive set of practical policy solutions and business strategies to achieve the Company's vision of an 'Advanced Manufacturing' economy, and served as Co-Chair of U.S. President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee. Mr Liveris believes that a clear roadmap is vital for countries, regions and the global community to drive the future of advanced manufacturing. To this end, he has led Dow to collaborate with governments on for the U.S., Australia, Europe and Kenya, while simultaneously driving the Company’s world-class investment and industry leadership in fast-growing regions around the globe.

In addition to his work at Dow, Mr Liveris’ breadth of experience and expertise is broadly represented across business, government, academic and non-profit sectors. He sits on the Board of Directors of IBM, is Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable, an Executive Committee Member and Past Chairman of the U.S. Business Council, and a member of the U.S. President's Export Council and the Australian government’s Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee. Mr Liveris serves on the Board of Trustees for the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, California Institute of Technology and the United States Council for International Business.

Born in Darwin, Australia, Mr Liveris attended the University of Queensland in Brisbane, graduating with a Bachelor's degree (first-class honors) in Chemical Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Andy Palmer

Andy Palmer

Aston Martin

Andy Palmer, CMG, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. He joined the business on 1 October 2014. Mr Palmer is a British-born chartered engineer, chartered manager and businessman with 35 years of automotive industry experience. He is an indentured apprentice and graduated from Warwick University with a Masters Degree (MSc) in Product Engineering in 1990, and acquired a Doctorate (PhD) in Management from Cranfield University in 2004. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 2010, Coventry University awarded Mr Palmer an Honorary Doctorate of Technology and in 2014 he was appointed Professor, advising the university in the automotive field.

Prior to joining Aston Martin, he held the post of Chief Planning Officer at Nissan Motor Co and was a member of the Nissan Executive Committee. He held a number of senior positions with the Japanese car manufacturer, including being Chairman of Infiniti, over the course of a 24-year career with the firm. He started his professional career in 1979 aged 16, as an apprentice at Automotive Products Limited (UK).

In the 2014 New Year’s Honours list Mr Palmer was named a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in recognition of services to the British automotive industry.

Rodney  Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Founder, Chairman and CTO
Rethink Robotics

A mathematics undergraduate in his native Australia, Rodney Brooks received a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as a Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007. In 1990, he co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT), where he served variously as CTO, Chairman and board member until 2011.  Mr Brooks has been honored by election to the National Academy of Engineering, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Tony  Cocker

Tony Cocker

Chief Executive Officer

Tony Cocker, Chief Executive Officer, E.ON UK


Tony Cocker is the Chief Executive Officer, E.ON UK. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management of Düsseldorf-based E.ON Energy Trading from 2008 and September 2011.

Prior to heading up E.ON Energy Trading, Mr Cocker spent 11 years with E.ON UK, where he served on the Board and held a number of senior roles including managing director of the trading and generation businesses and head of corporate strategy. He joined E.ON UK (then Powergen) from Bass plc, the brewery company.   

Mr Cocker has an MBA from IMD in Lausanne and a BA and D.Phil in Mathematics from Lincoln College, Oxford.

Martin Sandbu

Martin Sandbu

European Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Sandbu has been writing about economics for the FT since 2009, when he joined the paper as Economics Leader Writer. He now writes the FT's Free Lunch. Before joining the FT, he worked in academia and policy consulting. He has taught and carried out research at Harvard, Columbia and the Wharton School, and has advised governments and NGOs on natural resources and economic development. He is the author of two books, one on business ethics and one on the eurozone, and has degrees from Oxford and Harvard.

Stephen  Nigro

Stephen Nigro

President, 3D Printing Business
HP Inc.

Stephen Nigro is the President of HP Inc.’s 3D Printing business.  In this role, he is responsible for bringing disruptive innovations to market, leveraging our proven technology and 2D expertise to lead the 3D print market.

Mr Nigro previously served as the Senior Vice President of HP’s Imaging & Printing business, bringing the industry’s leading imaging and printing solutions to market. He has more than 30 years of print expertise spanning business leadership, product, and technical roles – all in driving the success of HP’s print business. 

Mr Nigro’s career involves leading many of the new breakthrough initiatives in the business.  As one of the early inkjet pioneers, Mr Nigro was part of the team that developed and delivered HP’s first color inkjet printer.  He was responsible for setting up the first HP inkjet manufacturing operation outside the U.S.  Mr Nigro led the team that delivered HP’s first off-axis Inkjet printer targeting the office market, and was responsible for the creation and scaling of the HP Graphics business. Most recently, his team developed and delivered HP’s PageWide strategy, taking Inkjet into new markets.  

He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Carlos  Härtel

Carlos Härtel

Managing Director, Global Research Center–Europe

Carlos Härtel took the helm at GE’s European research centre in 2007, located near Munich, Germany, after managing the centre’s laboratory for alternative energies. Since joining GE in 2003, he has developed strong partnerships between the center and a number of universities and companies. GE employs 11.000 technologists in Europe and spends one third of global R&D or over 1Bn$ in the region. Earlier in his career, he held positions as a scientist and manager in gas turbine development at Alstom Power and as a researcher and university lecturer at ETH Zurich. He is currently Chairman of EUROGIA, a cluster for low-carbon energy technologies, and is President of EIRMA, the European Industrial Research Management Association. Mr Härtel holds degrees in aerospace engineering from RWTH Aachen and the Technical University of Munich and a doctorate from the Institute of Fluid Mechanics of the German Aerospace Center in Göttingen. He holds several patents and has authored more than 50 papers.

Khalil   Rouhana

Khalil Rouhana

Director, Digital Industry, DG CONNECT
European Commission

Khalil Rouhana is the Director for "Digital Industry" in DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology). The mission of the Directorate is to strengthen the competitiveness and to ensure that any industry in any sector in Europe can make the best use of digital innovations to compete on a global scale, grow and create jobs. The directorate is responsible for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy. It supports R&D&I in key digital industrial technologies including micro and nano-electronics, microsystems, photonics, robotics and AI, embedded software and cyber-physical systems as well as digital technologies for manufacturing spanning from simulation and design to process optimisation and Product life cycle management. It is responsible for the Public Private Partnerships in these fields including the Joint Technology Initiative ECSEL.

The directorate also follows the legal issues regarding digitisation of industry such as liability and safety of autonomous systems as well as related societal implications notably on, transformation of work in industry. It also follows all the framework conditions for the development of digital and digitised industries including access to finance and SMEs growth.

In his previous experiences in the Commission, Mr Rouhana was the Director for "Digital content & Cognitive systems", the Head of Unit in charge of ICT research and Innovation strategy, and started as a project officer in the ESPRIT programme in the areas of High Performance Computing and Future and Emerging technologies.

Before joining the Commission in 1992, he was for 5 years, the director of an institute and school of engineering (Grande Ecole) in France.  He started his career as research and development engineer for the aeronautics industry, worked for the French University in Beirut and created also his own engineering company. He has a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic engineering from the Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (Supelec, France).

Zoë Webster

Zoë Webster

Head of High Value Manufacturing
Innovate UK


At Innovate UK, Zoë Webster leads the High Value Manufacturing team.  Ms Webster joined Innovate UK in July 2007 with a focus on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and consulted widely to produce the UK innovation strategy for ICT launched in Oct 2008.  She then led the Enabling Technologies team covering Advanced Materials, Biosciences, Electronics, Sensors and Photonics and ICT, before joining the High Value Manufacturing team.

Ms Webster graduated from the University of York in 1999 with a BEng Degree in Computer Science, undertaking a year-long sandwich placement at Marconi Communications where she spent time working within software development, testing and strategy teams.  Ms Webster then graduated from the University of Sussex with an MSc in Intelligent Systems in 2000.  She joined the DERA later that year as a research scientist working primarily in the area of artificial intelligence.  In July 2001, QinetiQ was formed from part of DERA and, along with the majority of other DERA employees, Ms Webster joined QinetiQ.  While at QinetiQ, she led several civil and MoD-funded research projects, and completed a PhD in the area of personalised information prioritisation.  She joined SEA in Somerset as a Consultant in Intelligent Systems in 2007 before joining Innovate UK. 

Ms Webster is a Chartered Engineer through the IET.

Thomas  Visti

Thomas Visti

Mobile Industrial Robots


Thomas Visti is the CEO of Mobile Industrial Robots. He has led the company in which he is also a shareholder since 2014. Mr Visti is also a member of the board and shareholder of On Robot ApS. Previously, Mr Visti was a Vice President and shareholder at Universal Robots ApS from 2012 to 2014 and a Sales Director and Shareholder from 2009 to 2012.  In these positions, he was responsible for marketing, sales and technical support. 

Before joining Universal Robots, he was a Sales Manager at Thrige/Sauer- Danfoss.

Mr Visti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the Southern University of Denmark.

William  Sheehy

William Sheehy

Engineering Director
Corning Glass Technologies

William A. Sheehy was appointed Engineering director, Corning Glass Technologies in February 2015. In this role, Mr Sheehy is responsible for the engineering function across the Corning Glass Technologies group which includes Corning Display Technologies, Corning Precision Materials, Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Advanced Optics, High Performance Display, and Advanced Glass Innovations. Mr Sheehy is responsible for developing and deploying engineering programs to increase the group’s engineering and technology effectiveness, reduce cost, and help the businesses achieve their strategic and financial objectives.

Mr Sheehy joined Corning in 1996. Since then he has held various positions in engineering and manufacturing operations in multiple businesses. Most recently, he held the position of engineering director for Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Prior to working at Corning, Mr Sheehy was a U.S. Navy Submarine Officer. Mr Sheehy received his Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1989.

Greg Conary

Greg Conary

Vice President, Group Strategy and Government Affairs
Schneider Electric
Reinhold  Achatz

Reinhold Achatz

Head of Corporate Function Technology, Innovation and Sustainability,

Reinhold Achatz is Head of the Corporate Function Technology, Innovation and Sustainability at ThyssenKrupp AG in Essen, Germany. In this position he is globally responsible to initiate and implement future oriented projects, to identify and leverage synergies between ThyssenKrupp’s businesses and to define, implement and improve processes.

Before joining ThyssenKrupp, Mr Achatz worked for Siemens in a number of management positions including Head of Siemens’ global research organization, Head of Development for Industrial Automation Systems (SIMATIC) and project manager for the development of the Computerized Numerical Control SINUMERIK 840D. From 2000 - 2002 Mr Achatz served as Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Siemens Energy and Automation in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been honored as a “Siemens Top Innovator” for his outstanding innovations in software-based components for set-up, operations and execution accuracy of machine tools.

Mr Achatz holds a degree in Electrical Engineering (Dipl. Ing.) from the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg (1979), a PhD. in Information Technology in Mechanical Engineering (Dr. Ing.), from the Technical University of Munich (2009) and was awarded an honorary advisory professorship from the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China (2010). Mr Achatz is member of the German Council for Science and Humanities and a member of board of trustees of a number of institutes of the Fraunhofer Society and the Max-Planck-Society and a member of the board of the working group Research, Innovation and Technology of the Federation of German Industry (BDI).

Tomas Hedenborg

Tomas Hedenborg



Tomas Hedenborg is President of Orgalime and Group CEO of FASTEMS, a supplier of flexible manufacturing systems and robotics-based automation with a strong emphasis on software.


Mr Hedenborg previously held the position of President and CEO of both Finn-Power Oy (machine tools) and HBPO (front end modules for the automotive industry).


He has a strong background in mechanical engineering, specifically in the automotive and machine tool sector. Having spent half of his professional life in management positions in the R&D area, the last 15 years he has managed companies with high development potential, through times of radical strategic renewal.


Born in Finland, Mr Hedenborg holds an MSc in mechanical engineering from Teknillinen korkeakoulu-Tekniska högskolan.


Other positions include: Board member of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, Chairman of the Board of FIMECC (Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster), Chairman of the Manufacturing Finland Cluster (340 companies)  andChairman of the Board of SME contract manufacturer Suomen Levyprofiili Oy

Diane Mullenex

Diane Mullenex

Pinsent Masons


Diane Mullenex is a Partner in the London office of Pinsent Masons. She is the head of the Global Telecommunications practice and leads the firm's activities on telecommunications matters worldwide.

She brings her unique international experience in the sector to our clients and, in particular, leads the firm's activities on telecommunications and smart cities matters worldwide.  Dual qualified in France and England, she worked for seven years in Asia before returning to Europe. She has worked in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa where her clients seek her advice notably on entry into new markets, cross border telecoms transactions globally, broadband strategy and rollout as well as digital transformation projects.

In relation to digital transformation projects, Ms Mullenex has developed extensive experience on smart cities project (either newly-built or retrofit) and regularly provides advice to networks providers, local councils, infrastructure consultants on the roll out of networks and integrated systems.

Ms Mullenex is acknowledged as a telecommunications expert in the Who’s Who Legal section “Regulatory Communications” as well as in several international rankings.

Andy  Neely

Andy Neely

Head of the Manufacturing and Management Division
University of Cambridge Engineering Department and of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM)

Andy Neely is Head of the Manufacturing and Management Division of the University of Cambridge Engineering Department and of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).

Mr Neely is also the Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance and the Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Complex Services. He is widely recognized for his work on the servitization of manufacturing, as well as his work on performance measurement and management. Previously he has held appointments at Cranfield University, London Business School, Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Churchill College, Nottingham University, where he completed his PhD and British Aerospace. He was Deputy Director of AIM Research – the UK’s management research initative – from 2003 until 2012 and was elected a Fellow of the Sunningdale Institute in 2005, a Fellow of the British Academy of Management in 2007, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2008 and a Fellow of the European Operations Management Association in 2009.

Mr Neely is widely recognised as one of the world's leading authorities on organisational performance measurement and management. He has authored over 100 books and articles, including Measuring Business Performance, published by the Economist and The Performance Prism, published by the Financial Times. He has won numerous awards for his research and chairs the Performance Measurement Association, an international network for those interested in the performance measurement and management. Currently he is researching issues of performance and business model innovation in service businesses.

Mark  Gilligan

Mark Gilligan

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman,
Blacktrace Holdings

Mark Gilligan isChairman and CEO of Blacktrace Holdings. Having worked in Aerodynamics, Formula 1 racing cars, mail handling equipment and developing the world’s first DVD players, Mr Gilligan stumbled into lifesciences having moved to The Technology Partnership in 1997. In 2001 Mr Gilligan set up Syrris Ltd to develop cutting edge new technologies for acceleration of R&D Chemistry. Four years later a US-based sister firm was established to meet growing needs. Meanwhile, Syrris was being contacted about possible development of microfluidic technologies in other application areas, so Mr Gilligan won a UK government competition and set up Dolomite Microfluidics to create a Microfluidic application centre to meet these rising demands. Through the mid '00s Syrris’ growth accelerated and it established distribution relationships across Asia, Europe and Latin America. New Syrris subsidiary companies were launched in Japan, India and Brazil, and Blacktrace was created to cap three years of explosive expansion. With a now unstoppable momentum, the group restructured in Jan 2013 to make Blacktrace the holding company, and acquired new talent in Glass Solutions and Centeo.

Amar  Hanspal

Amar Hanspal

Senior Vice President, Products

As Senior Vice President, Products, Amar Hanspal leads Autodesk’s development of solutions for designers and engineers. He oversees the company’s core cloud platform and Autodesk's full range of product design, manufacturing, architecture, engineering and construction, digital manufacturing and cross-industry products. His team also leads user experience design and engineering for all professional products.

Prior to his current role, Mr Hanspal was Senior Vice President, IPG Product Group. He joined Autodesk in 1987 and has served in a variety of roles including VP of Autodesk Collaboration Solutions. Mr Hanspal holds a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bombay. He is passionate about the power design and engineering have to address the world’s biggest concerns: sustainable products and transportation, clean water and energy, and livable cities.

Bardia  Pezeshki

Bardia Pezeshki

President and Chief Executive Officer

Bardia Pezeshki is currently the CEO of Kaiam, a company focused on advanced multi-lane transceivers for data center interconnects.  Prior to Kaiam, Mr Pezeshki was the CTO and VP of Engineering of Santur Corp, developing tunable lasers for metro and long haul fiber optics.  Before starting these two companies, Mr Pezeski was managing the development of novel optical devices at SDL Inc and IBM’s T.J. Watson Research center.  He received his PhD from Stanford University with a thesis on vertical cavity optical devices.

Hamid Mughal OBE

Hamid Mughal OBE

Director, Global Manufacturing

Hamid Mughal is an internationally acclaimed manufacturing leader with over 28 years of experience in the automotive and aerospace Industries. During this period he has held senior positions in a variety of disciplines ranging from Product Engineering to Supply Chain Management. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2001 from BMW Group where he was Director of New Product Programmes.

In his current role as Director of Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce plc, Dr Mughal is responsible for leading the manufacturing activities and strategies across the company’s manufacturing base. This includes the development and deployment of manufacturing methods, standards, technologies, systems and lean practices to achieve Best in Class performance. He is also responsible for the professional development of the global manufacturing community in the company.

Dr Mughal has an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, BA in Mathematics and Technology, MSc in Production Engineering & Management and a Doctorate in Manufacturing Systems.  He has a keen interest in the latest developments in manufacturing and supply chain management and contributes regularly to professional bodies in his capacity as Pro Chancellor University of Nottingham and External Professor at Manufacturing at Cranfield and Sheffield Universities. He is a Chartered Engineer, winner of the IET’s International Manufacturing Gold Medal, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, IMechE and IET and a Board member of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. 

Dr Mughal passionately believes in the social and economic value of Manufacturing. He plays a leading role in the advancement of competitive manufacturing by promoting collaborative programmes such as the Global network of Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres, the development & application of Lean Production Systems, The Future of Manufacturing project with the UK Government Office of Science and cross-sector education and training programmes for industrial leaders.

Dr Mughal received an OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to Innovation, Technology and Manufacturing.

Egbert-Jan  Sol

Egbert-Jan Sol

Vice chairman,
European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), Program Director, Smart Industry, CTO, TNO Industry

Egbert-Jan Sol, CTO of TNO Industry, is running as director the Dutch Smart Industry program and part-time professor at the Science Faculty of the Radboud University in Nijmegen. At European level he is vice-chairman of EFFRA, the Factory-of-Future PPP, member of the high level group of Manufuture.

Mr Sol (MSc and Doctor Mechanical Engineering) started his industrial career as robotics system architect, followed a carrier from software project manager, development manager (Philips) and managing director of a 500 person Ericsson R&D centre. From 199-98 he was part time professor at Technology Management on Manufacturing Automation at the TU/e.

Peter Feehan

Peter Feehan

Pinsent Masons


Peter Feehan regularly advises on smart city projects in the UK focusing on how "smart" projects impact the energy sector, looking closely at smart grid and enabling technologies.  He is also a former Divisional Head of Legal for a large UK utility.  Mr Feehan sits on various UK Government working groups on smart and energy initiatives including de-centralised energy solutions and green technologies.

Mr Feehan has been the main adviser to Peterborough City Council on its transition to becoming a world smart city.  Peterborough was recently named World Smart City of the Year 2015 at the Smart City EXPO World Congress in Barcelona. Mr Feehan is also recognised for his understanding of energy efficiency projects having advised the UK Government on its energy efficiency framework and was involved in writing the UK guidance on energy efficiency projects (which has been incorporated into the European Union Guidance on energy efficiency impacting all Member States).

Cenk Alper

Cenk Alper

President and CEO
Kordsa Global


Cenk Alper is the Chief Executive Officer of Kordsa Global.


Mr Alper started his professional career in 1996 as a Process Engineer at Beksa and continued working at various managerial positions within technology and production departments.

After working at Bekaert Technology Center (Belgium) as a Project Manager, where he was appointed in 2002, he assumed Plant Director position in Tennessee/USA, overseeing plants in North and South America. He subsequently returned to Belgium as the Technology Centre's Product Development Director.


He joined Kordsa Global in 2007 as Global Technology Director. He worked as the Vice President responsible of Technology and Market Development between 2009 and 2010. Between October 2010 and June 2013 he served as Vice President responsible of operations.

He was appointed as CEO in June 2013.

Mr Alper graduated from Middle East Technical University, Mechanical Engineering Department in 1991, and received his MSc degree from the same department in 1994. He later went on to complete an Executive MBA at Sabancı University in 2002.

Tim  Brooks

Tim Brooks

Vice President, Environmental Sustainability

Tim is the Vice President for Environmental Responsibility at LEGO. Based in Billund, Denmark he leads a global team responsible for the company's global sustainability strategy, performance, and the impact of its products.

Tim established and co-leads the new LEGO Sustainable Materials Centre which is a $150m project to find and implement sustainable raw materials by 2030, most recently seen in the launch of ‘Plants from Plants’ the new bio-based LEGO bricks.

He is also responsible for driving projects addressing renewable energy and sustainability impact in the value chain. The most recent is commitment to solar power across LEGO factories and working with KIRKBI who have invested over $800m in offshore wind farms in the UK and Germany in order to meet the LEGO Group target of 100% renewable energy by 2020.

Prior to joining LEGO Tim worked for Tesco, and led environmental R&D within its property division developing new environmental technologies, processes and systems.

He has nearly 20 years’ experience in sustainability, focusing on corporate sustainability strategy with particular knowledge of renewable energy technologies, sustainable buildings, and product manufacturing.

He started his career with the Building Research Establishment and has worked for international engineering consultancies, FTSE 100 companies, the Carbon Trust, and as an environmental policy advisor to the Mayor of London.

Jennifer Holmgren

Jennifer Holmgren


Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of revolutionary carbon recycling company, LanzaTech. Prior to joining LanzaTech, Dr Holmgren was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. She was one of the key drivers of UOP’s leadership in aviation biofuels, and under her management, UOP technology became instrumental in producing nearly all of the initial fuels used by commercial airlines and the military for testing and certification of alternative aviation fuel. Today, under Dr Holmgren’s guidance, LanzaTech is working towards developing a variety of platform chemicals and fuels, including the world’s first alternative jet fuel derived from industrial waste gases.

Dr Holmgren is the author or co-author of 50 US patents and more than 30 scientific publications. In 2003, she was the first woman in history to be awarded the Malcolm E. Pruitt Award from the Council for Chemical Research (CCR). In 2010, she was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Civil Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) for her work in establishing the technical and commercial viability of sustainable aviation biofuels. In 2015, Dr Holmgren and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology.

She currently serves on the boards of The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Biofuels Advisory Committee and EcoMotors. Dr Holmgren is also on the board of the Governing Council for the Bio Energy Research Institute in India. The institute has been set up by the DBT (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Government) and IOC (Indian Oil Corporation).


Dr Holmgren holds a BSc degree from Harvey Mudd College, a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Yannick  Fierling

Yannick Fierling

Haier Europe

Yannick Fierling is the CEO of Haier Europe. Mr Fierling follows predecessor René Aubertin as only the second European to be responsible for the overall management of Haier Europe, the European entity of Haier Group. His appointment reinforces the commitment of Haier to becoming a major player in the European market through a localisation strategy. As a worldwide leader in home appliances, Haier aims to be within the top five European household electrical appliance manufacturers in the coming years.   

Mr Fierling has over 18 years of international experience in the automotive and white goods industries, with strong business leadership expertise and a reputation for turning around business areas through unique product launches and optimising production capacities. He joins Haier following fifteen years at multinational home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool, where he most recently acted as General Manager of the Fabric Care business unit and Vice President of Whirlpool EMEA. During his time at Whirlpool, Fierling occupied positions of increasing responsibility in Europe and North America.

Mr Fierling’s academic resume includes two Master’s degrees in Engineering from institutions in North America and Europe. He obtained an MSc from the UTC Engineering School in Compiègne, France (1992 – 1994), followed by an MSc from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1993 – 1995). Most recently, Fierling was awarded a degree in Finance for Executives from INSEAD in France (2009).


Moderators (3)

John Thornhill

John Thornhill

Innovation Editor
Financial Times

John Thornhill was appointed Innovation Editor in February 2016 with a brief to deepen the FT’s coverage of technology and write a regular column on its impact on our economies, societies, and lives. For the previous seven years he was deputy editor and news editor helping to steer the FT’s global news agenda.

Since joining the FT in 1988 as a graduate trainee, John has also worked as the Europe edition editor, Paris bureau chief, world news editor, Asia editor, Moscow bureau chief, Lex columnist and companies reporter.

He founded and runs the FT's 125 executive forum, which holds monthly meetings for senior executives from a range of industries. Previous speakers have included Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Ana Botin, and Mark Carney. He hosts FT Tech Tonic, a weekly podcast on the impact of technology. John is also the founder of Sifted, an FT-backed startup media site for Europe's next generation entrepreneurs.

Peter Marsh

Peter Marsh

former Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times
Author of The New Industrial Revolution


Peter Marsh is a journalist, and lecturer and commentator on 21st century manufacturing. His best known book is The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production, published in 2012 by Yale University Press. Mr Marsh has a programme of speaking engagements in 2016 on how countries can revitalise their economies using new ideas, following his other presentations on this subject in the US, UK, South Korea, China, Italy, Germany and Lithuania. In 2015, Mr Marsh started MadeHereNow, a website about UK manufacturing. From 1983 to 2013 he worked at the Financial Times where his most recent job was manufacturing editor. Mr Marsh has a degree in chemistry from the University of Nottingham. His other books have covered microchips (The Silicon Chip Book, Abacus), robotics (The Robot Age, Abacus) and the space industry (The Space Business, Penguin). Before the FT, Peter was employed as a journalist at the Luton Evening Post, Building Design magazine, and New Scientist.

Peggy Hollinger

Peggy Hollinger

International Business Editor
Financial Times

Peggy Hollinger was appointed the FT’s industry editor in September 2014. Prior to this, she had been a leader writer since September 2011. Ms Hollinger has also held the positions of the Paris bureau chief and Paris correspondent. Before that she was a UK company news editor and the retail correspondent. Joining the FT in 1987, she has also covered UK utilities and oil and gas and written for Lex. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with an honours degree in history.

Agenda - 4th Oct

  • 8:30am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Opening Keynote and Interview

    Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin

    Interviewed by

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:35am
    Panel Discussion: Disruption in Manufacturing - Strategies for the Next Era

    Major shifts on the demand side, the exponential advancement in technology and the changing economics of production and distribution are forcing manufacturers to adapt the way they design, market and deliver their products. How is disruption impacting the demand and supply side of manufacturing businesses? In which key ways is it modifying manufacturing value chains? As barriers to entry and commercialisation erode, what innovative manufacturing models are being developed to take advantage of these changes?  How can new entrants and small players make the most of the available opportunities? How are large scale manufacturers reconfiguring their business models to navigate the new manufacturing landscape? How will Brexit impact manufacturing?

    Yannick Fierling, CEO, Haier Europe

    Tomas Hedenborg, President, Orgalime and Group CEO, Fastems

    Hamid Mughal, Director, Global Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce

    Khalil Rouhana, Director, Digital Industry, DG Connect, European Commission

    Moderated by:

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times


  • 10:20am
    Special Presentation

    Amar Hanspal, Senior Vice President, Product Development, Autodesk


  • 10:40am
    Networking Break
  • 11:00am
    View from the Top Interview: The 3D Printing Revolution

    Stephen Nigro, President, 3D Printing, HP Inc.

    Interviewed by

    Peter Marsh, former Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times and Author, The New Industrial Revolution


  • 11:25am
    Panel Discussion: Manufacturing in the Smart Environment

    Introduction to the session

    Peter Feehan, Partner, Pinsent Masons

    Diane Mullenex, Partner, Pinsent Masons


    Technology and connectivity are transforming the urban environment.  Open data and the internet of things are helping to reduce pollution, increase energy efficiency and citizen engagement by providing better access to public services.  The result is that our cities are becoming greener, more efficient, accessible and sustainable. So how can manufacturers be part of this? This session will explore how the smart environment may provide opportunities for manufacturing businesses at all levels of the supply chain.  In particular, how the internet of things may lead to new business models and end-to-end solutions, and the opportunities that the increased engagement with data empowered citizens presents to manufacturers.  In which key ways can the internet of things be leveraged to link factories, plants and fleets to cities’ digital infrastructures?  Will the smart environment change approaches to the supply chain and what are the prospects for the coming years?  What are the underlying or new challenges which the smart environment may create for the manufacturing industry?

    Reinhold Achatz, Head, Corporate Function Technology, Innovation and Sustainability, ThyssenKrupp

    Peter Feehan, Partner, Pinsent Masons

    Egbert-Jan Sol, Vice chairman, European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), Program Director, Smart Industry, CTO, TNO Industry


    Moderated by

    Peter Marsh, former Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times and Author, The New Industrial Revolution


  • 12:20pm
    Keynote Address and Interview - Advancing the Competitiveness Agenda

    Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company

    Interviewed by

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:50pm
  • 1:50pm
    After Brexit: Which way for Manufacturing?

    Martin Sandbu, Economics Leader Writer, Financial Times

    In Conversation with:

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times


  • 2:10pm
    Panel Discussion: Clusters, Knowledge and Innovation - Bringing Key Players Together

    The panel will explore case studies, best practices and frameworks that create environments conducive to innovation in the manufacturing sector. In which key ways are partnerships and collaborations between government, academia and industry accelerating technological developments? Where is cross-industry collaboration and interdisciplinary thinking succeeding? How are clusters across the globe accelerating innovation, attracting investment and stimulating start-ups?  What lessons can be learned from successful innovation clusters around the world? What role should the public sector play in shaping the innovation ecosystem? What type of support is needed and how can policies and regulation become true enablers of innovation?What will be the impact of Brexit in Britain’s start-ups, R&D and in the general tech and scientific communities?

    Greg Conary, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Industry Business, Schneider Electric

    Mark Gilligan, Chairman and CEO, Blacktrace Holdings

    Andy Neely, Head of the Manufacturing and Management Division, University of Cambridge Engineering Department and of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM)

    Bardia Pezeshki, President & Chief Executive Officer, Kaiam

    Zoe Webster, Head of High Value Manufacturing, Innovate UK

    Moderated by:

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:55pm
    Special Presentation

    Tony Cocker, Chief Executive Officer, E.ON UK

  • 3:10pm
    Breakout session: By invitation only Roundtable Discussion hosted by Pinsent Masons

    The discussion facilitated by Nicole Livesey, Head of Advanced Manufacturing at Pinsent Masons, will bring together senior manufacturing sector representatives, opinion formers and technological experts to assess the possibilities for wider change in the smart environment through technology and connectivity. It will be focused around the following key themes:

    Will the smart environment change approaches to the supply chain?

    Will the internet of things lead to new business models?

    What are the underlying or new challenges which the smart environment creates for the manufacturing industry? 

  • 3:10pm
    Panel Discussion: Remaking Manufacturing - Circular Economy Opportunities

    An estimated $4.5 trillion in economic growth could be unlocked by 2030 if companies and society switch from a linear to a circular economy. What are companies doing to increase their resource efficiency performance and re-think material usage and product design? Which changes are expected in processes, materials and functioning of the supply chain? How can the manufacturing sector work together to tackle systemic barriers to a circular economy? Does the circular economy offer an alternative to today’s ‘take-make-dispose’ economy?

    Cenk Alper, President and CEO, Kordsa Global

    Tim Brooks, Vice President, Environmental Sustainability, Lego

    Carlos Härtel, Director, Global Research Europe,GE

    Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech


    Moderated by:

    Peter Marsh, former Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times and Author, The New Industrial Revolution


  • 3:50pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:10pm
    Spotlight and Interview

    Thomas Capek, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Manufacturing Technology and Engineering, Corning

    William Sheehy, Engineering Director, Corning Glass Technologies

    In conversation with:

    Peter Marsh, former Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times and Author, The New Industrial Revolution

  • 4:30pm
    Pre-panel Keynote Address

    Rodney Brooks, Founder, Chairman and CTO, Rethink Robotics


  • 4:50pm
    Panel discussion: The New Generation of Robots Transforming Manufacturing – and its Workforce

    As industrial robots become smarter, cheaper and more collaborative, they are increasingly taking on human capabilities and skills and multiplying the number of jobs they can do. The new generation of robots, which can work alongside with humans, is already promising to bring major changes to the factory floors. What impact will a widespread adoption of advanced robotics have in manufacturing in the years to come? Will it deliver in improving flexibility, adaptability and productivity? How will human-machine collaboration evolve? What changes will the interaction with robots bring about on the type and skills of manufacturing workers?  Will robots end up creating or replacing jobs?

    Rodney Brooks, Founder, Chairman and CTO, Rethink Robotics

    Thomas Visti, CEO, Mobile Industrial Robots

    Moderated by

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:15pm
    Chair’s Closing Remarks

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times


  • 5:20pm
    Networking Drinks Reception

Who Attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

The FT Manufacturing Summit will be attended by: 

  • Senior Executives from the UK and Global Manufacturing Industry (apply for VIP ticket here
  • Automotive companies
  • Aerospace & defence companies
  • Precision engineering companies
  • Consumer electronics companies
  • Robotics & Machine Tool companies
  • IT companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Food and Beverage companies

Why Attend?

  • Hear from corporate leaders on the game-changing trends and technologies impacting manufacturing
  • Gain critical insights on the latest in advanced materials and how they are transforming manufacturing
  • Take advantage of the opportunities offered by the circular economy
  • Benefit for insightful perspectives on how to integrate human skills with technology
  • Hear first-hand from manufacturers on the proactive measures that they are taking to adapt, shape and harness the technological revolution
  • Discuss the key strategies to embrace disruption in your organisation

Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.


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Lead Sponsors (3)

Autodesk makes software for people who make things.  If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software.

Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. Autodesk software is available free to students, teachers and educational institutions around the world to help cultivate the next generation of designers, engineers and manufacturers.

The future of manufacturing is being driven by disruption in the way products are created and consumed. Autodesk equips designers, engineers and makers to thrive in this “new industrial revolution” underway. We provide manufacturing software solutions that enable customers to innovate and create products that take advantage of changes in digital fabrication, consumer expectations and connected services. Our solutions are built on the Autodesk Forge platform; a set of cloud services that connect design, engineering, visualization, collaboration, production and operations workflows. The Autodesk Forge Fund will invest up to $100M in companies that develop innovative solutions or services that are connected to this platform. 

The company is developing cutting-edge 3D printing technology, generative design software, machine learning capabilities, human-robotics interfaces and more that make it possible to create things in entirely new ways.  Together with its customers, Autodesk is changing the way the world is designed and made.

More than just an energy supplier, we offer a range of innovative and tailored energy solutions to help you use energy more efficiently. From Building Energy Management Systems to monitor and manage your energy, to battery storage to optimise your energy and improve security of supply, we offer a fully managed end-to-end service delivering solutions to help make your business more profitable.

The world needs a new industrial revolution. 3D printing has the potential to usher in a new era by disrupting virtually every aspect of manufacturing, from initial design to shop-floor setup and from manufacturing and assembly to supply chain, logistics, and distribution. In the not so distant future, 3D printing will shift from prototyping and short-run manufacturing to a full-scale, production-ready technology. Companies that adopt 3D prototyping today will lead in production tomorrow.  

In October 2014, HP unveiled Multi Jet Fusion --- a new and disruptive voxel level 3D Printing Technology. Announced in May this year, and leveraging  HP’s 30 years of leadership in 2D printing, the HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 and 3D 4200 printers offer prototyping and manufacturing customers radically faster build speeds, high-quality functional parts, and breakthrough economics – up to 10 times the speed at half the cost of competing 3D systems.

One company can’t contain innovation to transform the manufacturing industry alone. HP has been working with leading manufacturers, co-development partners and strategic partners, including Nike, BMW, Johnson & Johnson, Jabil, Siemens, Materialise, Shapeways, Autodesk, and Proto Labs. Long term success also requires an open platform. HP and certified partners are working together to enable materials innovation and new applications for the HP Multi Jet Fusion Solution, leading to reduced 3D printing costs and faster industry adoption of 3D printing. HP launched the 3D material app store and is collaborating with certified partners Arkema, BASF, Evonik and Lehmann & Voss, with plans to expand the open platform ecosystem over time.

Created in 2015 and based in Silicon Valley, the new HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) combines the heart and energy of a start-up with the scale and power of a Fortune 100 multinational corporation. Backed by nearly 50,000 employees and drawing from a 76-year legacy of engineered innovation, the company is focused on creating technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through its portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, HP Inc. engineers experiences that amaze

Legal partner (1)

Pinsent Masons is a market-leading international law firm built around the needs of our clients across five global sectors: energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology. We respond to the pressures and opportunities facing businesses globally with legal excellence and innovation.

We were named the most innovative law firm in Europe by the Financial Times in 2015 and since then have consistently featured in the law firms rankings whilst achieving recognition in the Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The firm employs over 3000 people worldwide, including over 1500 lawyers and over 400 partners. The firm's international footprint encompasses seven offices across Asia-Pacific, two offices in the Middle East, six offices in continental Europe and one in Africa. The firm also has comprehensive coverage across each of the UK's three legal jurisdictions.

We recognise that giving a first class service goes beyond just legal excellence. Pinsent Masons is a modern professional services business with law at its core. This means that we deploy a wider range of professional disciplines, enabled by process and technology, to collaborate with our clients and deliver new and innovative ways of addressing their challenges.

Associate Sponsors (2)

DataSwitch from K3 Syspro, is a purpose built system integration and data manipulation tool that enables businesses to become more efficient through automating processes.

Being a fully autonomous tool, DataSwitch can be used to link your ERP solution with multiple end-points ensuring information can automatically pass back and forth making data import / export jobs hassle free.

Whatever your reason for improving the flow of data in your business, be that better services levels, reduced costs or heightened visibility of management information, let DataSwitch do the work for you.

By automating processes with DataSwitch you can interact more quickly, in more agile ways and more efficiently with both customers and suppliers.

Manufacturers are as varied as their products. That’s why at Travelers we promise not to treat the 3,700+ manufacturers we insure globally all the same. Whether they're making electronic components and computer equipment or kitchen utensils and nuts and bolts, we've got industry specialists who know the risks they face, and can provide the customer with the insurance cover they're likely to need.  We also provide a range of risk management services and industry specific cover, giving customers peace of mind and allowing them to get on with the business of making things. 

Partner association (1)

Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association, speaks for 42 trade federations representing the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking and metal articles industries of 23 European countries. The industry directly employs nearly 11 million people in the EU and in 2016 accounted for some €2,000 billion of output. It represents over a quarter of the output of manufactured products  over a third of the manufactured exports of the European Union.

The companies represented by Orgalime are at the forefront of the digital transformation of industry,enabling innovation across sectors to deliver solutions to major societal challenges –in areas as diverse as energy, resource efficiency, mobility, the circular economy and healthcare. At EU level, Orgalime promotes a holistic industrial strategy that connects the dots between policy areas, with the aim of building on European industry’s competitive strengths to support innovation and strengthen manufacturing investment in Europe.


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