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Automated Britain

Automated Britain

6th March 2012, The Commonwealth Club, London

Keynote Address - The view from government

Mark Prisk MP

Minister for Business and Enterprise


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Are we able to rebalance our economy?

Juergen Maier

Managing Director, Siemens UK Industry Sector


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Automated Britain is a joint initiative between GAMBICA and Intellect to promote automation as a key factor in growing the UK economy. Automation enables UK industry to be more efficient and competitive in a global market, so manufacturing is boosted, jobs are created and the economy grows. Furthermore, less energy is consumed and pollution is controlled, bringing both economic and environmental benefit.

The conference alerted manufacturing industry, government and the media to the economic benefits that automation offers and to spread best practice by having senior executives from the Automation and Manufacturing industries jointly present case studies on successful uses of automation to improve competitiveness.

The conference also explored whether there are any perceived obstacles that discourage industry from making more of this type of investment.

Case studies were presented by manufacturing companies such as Rolls Royce, Kraft Foods, National Grid and Ricoh in tandem with their automation partners ABB, Emerson, Honeywell, Rockwell, PCME and Siemens.

There were 2 panel discussions, themed around "economic growth & employment" and "drivers to encourage investment" which included representatives from BIS, Carbon Trust, Michelin Tyre, Rittal, Logica and more.

Conference Review

Dominic Molloy Steve Seddon Brian Holliday Nigel Cook Elgonda La Grange

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Press clippings

The Engineer

Plant Engineer

Plant Engineer (2)

Industry Today


Food Processing

Energy Live News


Conference programme
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8.45 Coffee & Registration; Exhibition 
9.30 Opening Address Dr Mike Short, Vice President - Public Affairs, Telefonica Europe. President, Institution of Engineering and Technology
9.40 The view from government Mark Prisk MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise
10.00 Are we able to rebalance our economy? Juergen Maier, Managing Director, Siemens UK Industry Sector
10.20 An End User perspective Bob Spooner, Group Supply Chain Director, Premier Foods
10.40 A skills perspective Lynn Tomkins, UK Operations Director, Semta
11.00 Coffe Break; Exhibition & Networking 
11.20 Case Study: Convergence in Production - gaining competitive advantage

Geoff Friswell, Process Development, Kraft Foods UK
Dominic Molloy, Marketing Director, EMEA, Rockwell Automation

11.50 Case Study: Power & Utilities - saves fuel and reduces emissions

Steve Seddon, Business Director, Emerson Process Management
Sam Thiara, European Industrial Energy Sales and Marketing Manager, Emerson Process Management

12.20 Panel Discussion: Does Automation really create growth and increase employment?

Peter Marsh, Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times
Alan Courts, Finance Director, Rittal UK
John Frieslaar, CTO - Western Europe, Huawei Technologies
Atul Mehta, Partner and Industrial Sector Leader, IBM Global Business Services
Mike Berridge
, Director of Business Improvement, AWS Electronics Group
Ian Schofield, Key Account Manager, ABB Robotics

12.50 Lunch; Exhibition & Networking 
13.50 Case Study - Automation systems integration to Product Lifecycle Management
Chris Biddle, Manufacturing Executive, Rolls Royce
Brian Holliday, Division Director - Industry Automation, Siemens
14.20 Case Study: £100,000 annual saving with plant-wide drive applications Andy Smith, Specialist Maintenance Engineer, Ricoh
Nigel Cook, Area Sales Manager, ABB
14.50 Case Study: Training improvment with simulation technology Simon Culkin, Importation Terminal Manager, National Grid - Grain LNG
Elgonda La Grange, Global Consulting Services Director, Honeywell Control Systems
15.20 Coffe Break; Exhibition & Networking 
15.40 Case Study: Worldwide leverage from UK leadership
in emissions monitoring - An SME perspective
William Averdieck, Managing Director, PCME
Duncan Mounsor, Sales & Marketing Director, Enviro Technology Services
16.10 Automating Manufacturing Chris Buxton, Chief Executive, BARA
16.40 Panel Discussion: Investment in Automation - What are the drivers to encourage uptake? Keith Hodgkinson, Head of Electronics, Materials, Chemicals and Product Regulation, BIS
Eric Le Corre, Managing Director, Michelin Tyre
Myles McCarthy, MD Implementation Services, Carbon Trust
Danny Wootton, Global Innovation Director, Logica
Prof Mike Jackson, Director, EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation, Loughborough University
17.10 Closing Address Geoff Young, President - British Electrotechnical Committee
17.20 Drinks Reception; Exhibition & Networking 

You can download a pdf version of the programme here



If you would like more information on the event, please contact Steve Brambley - 020 7642 8090 -


Event Sponsors

  Omron   Danfoss   semta


Supported by

  BIS   Carbon Trust
  Automating Manufacturing   BARA



  Emerson Process Management
  Mitsubishi Electric   PCME
  Rittal   Schneider Electric


Media Partners

Electronics Weekly   The Engineer