The Future of UK Manufacturing Supply Chain Strategies for Securing Growth
This lecture outlines the changing nature of UK manufacturing and the need for industry to continually adapt and change to the global pressures for low cost and higher quality products. The lecture will identify the strategic and technological challenges and opportunities that face UK manufacturing companies before outlining the role that HEIs should play assisting UK Industry to become more sustainable.
Professor Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas is a Professor of Production and Supply Chain Management. He has worked for over 23 years in FE and HE institutions across Wales. He entered academia having followed an industrial career in aerospace, manufacturing and production engineering including eight years in the Royal Air Force. He has held roles at all levels in education including, positions as Associate Dean, Dean and Director. His main research interests include; maintenance strategy and management, production systems design, manufacturing strategy and operations management and has published over 170 research articles, journal papers and delivered a number of key note speeches in these areas. He has led twenty KTP projects and has managed a number of EPSRC and EU FP7 projects. He also sits on a number of Welsh Government Advisory panels for manufacturing and supply chain development.
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