BEIS Committee hold industrial strategy session at MTC
Date: Friday 21 October 2016
The Manufacturing Technology Centre has been chosen to hold an evidence session of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS).
Leading figures from business, local government, academia and manufacturing will sit before the panel of 11 MPs on Thursday 27 October as part the committee’s inquiry into the Government’s industrial strategy.
The session, which is open to the public and will be streamed live on Parliament TV, has been brought to the Midlands as it is recognised that the region has a strong industrial and manufacturing base, while the MTC is at the forefront of innovation for British manufacturing.
Witnesses will include Hamid Mughal, director of global manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, Andy Palmer, chief executive of Aston Martin, and Tony Burke, assistant general secretary for manufacturing at the Unite trade union.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, West Midlands Combined Authority, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Aston Business School and the Warwick Manufacturing Group will also be represented.
The Committee will hold three panels which will focus on Catapult centres and advanced manufacturing; Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities; and lessons from the automotive sector.
Following the session, the Committee will be given a tour of the MTC, a purpose-built facility to develop and demonstrate new technologies on an industrial scale, by MTC CEO Dr Clive Hickman and strategic development director Neil Rawlinson.
Iain Wright MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said: “The BEIS Committee is delighted to be holding a public evidence session at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, a world-class facility which drives industrial innovation and growth by bringing together academics and industry to develop new technologies and equip young people with skills in engineering.
“A competitive manufacturing sector and skilled workforce are vital for a well-balanced and prosperous economy. That is why we are keen to hear the views of manufacturers, business leaders, academics and local government on what the Government’s industrial strategy must look like if it is to help the sector, the Midlands and the UK as a whole to thrive.”
Chris White, MP for Leamington and Warwick and a member of the BEIS Committee, added: “The Midlands is a centre of manufacturing, skilled workers and world-class research facilities and makes a vital contribution to the UK economy and so I am glad that my Committee colleagues are coming to see first-hand the excellent work that is being done here.
“If the Government is to succeed with its forthcoming industrial strategy then it must also listen to and learn from regions such as the Midlands in order to create the conditions for their continued growth.”