Tom Bouchier, FANUC UKâs managing director, gave a keynote speech at FANUCâs UK facility in Ansty Park, Coventry on Thursday, the 16th of March, in which he mentioned that in order to improve productivity and global competitiveness businesses across the UK need to work together.
As a nation, our manufacturing output is consistently behind other countries each and every month. Businesses of all types and sizes need to come together to support one another, particularly as we enter the age of Connectivity (Industry 4.0, IoT), said Tom at the event. The next decade will be challenging, which is why events such as this are critical. UK businesses will need to establish these links as competition from abroad, skills shortages and technological advancements combine to provide further hurdles, particularly for SMEs.
A Made in the Midlands breakfast meeting provided local business representatives with the opportunity to build relationships and discuss the latest manufacturing developments. Delegates were also given a tour of FANUCâs £19m facility, including its workshop, showroom and training academy.
It was a pleasure to host Made in the Midlandâs latest breakfast meeting at FANUCâs UK facility, and we look forward to hosting similar events, for local and national businesses alike, in the future, commented Tom.
Charles Addison, Director at Made in the Midlands, said about the event: We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to FANUCâs facility, which provided valuable insight into the latest industrial automated solutions within robotics, RoboMachining, CNC controls and servo-drives.
Our breakfast meetings are a great way for decision makers from local manufacturing and engineering firms to meet one another, share best practice, and build lasting relationships. Weâre proud to be supported by FANUC and look forward to working with them on similar events in the future, he added.