National Shipbuilding Strategy - Innovation, Productivity & Export Support

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Monday 11 November | 09:00-16:00
Manufacturing Technology Centre | Ansty Park | Coventry | CV7 9JU


The National Shipbuilding Strategy called for an increase in shipyard and supply chain productivity to enhance UK competitiveness in export markets. To enable Industry to benefit from the support available to assist in improving productivity and exports, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) have convened a full day conference at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). The MTC exists to increase the productivity of UK businesses.

Join us for the day to garner ideas and contacts to assist in building your maritime business.  Throughout the day there are valuable opportunities to network and build contacts across the UK supply chain.

Photo ID will be required on the day and non-UK nationals need to contact SMI due to ongoing defence projects at the MTC.


  • 0900-0930: Registration and coffee with a welcome by Peter French, Chairman of the Maritime Enterprise Working Group
  • 0930-1000 Key Note Address (Mark Turner BEIS, Derrick Osgood MoD): An address on the importance placed by Government on shipbuilding and its associated supply chain, recognising that the UK remains at the forefront of technologyand the importance of maintaining this lead if exports are not only to be sustained but to grow.
  • 1000-1100 Research & Innovation: 
    Simon Masters from Innovate UK on the research funding opportunities that are available and how to access these.
    Alex Duffy from MarRI-UK on its establishment and its role in co-ordinating and facilitating research and innovation in the maritime sector.
    Martin Aston from Airbus on the Brunel Challenge and the importance of re-engineering engineering if we are to deliver the next generation of complex products – going beyond an evolutionary development of today’s capability.
  • 1100-1120 Break/Tea & coffee
  • 1120-1200 Innovation and Production:
    Dick Elsy from the MTC on High Value Manufacturing Catapults and the role they play in de-risking innovation through the provision of facilities and expertise to solve key problems and develop new products and services on a commercial scale.
    Andy Barnes from the MTC and how it helps manufacturers to meet the industry challenges of lowering cost, reducing waste, improving quality and reliability, producing quicker in higher volumes and developing more efficient logistics.
  • 1200-1400 Lunch and tours of MTC facilities: You will need Photo ID with you on the day to do the Tour.
  • 1400-1500 Export opportunities, Department for International Trade (DIT): 
    Mark Goldsack - DIT DSO on export opportunities in the defence sector and how to access them.
    Michael Essex, John Strang - DIT & the Maritime UK 5 Year Plan and export opportunities in the commercial sector and how the DIT can assist exporters in overseas markets.
    Joe Shephard- UK Export Finance on how it can support exporters through the provision of credit, loan and working capital guarantees
  • 1500-1530 Type 31e update: Mark Harvey, Babcock International Group, on the design of the Type 31e, the supply chain opportunities and export potential.
  • 1530-1600 National Shipbuilding Strategy Updat(Sean Brady MoD, Derrick Osgood MoD): Presentation on the Royal Navy’s Thirty Year Shipbuilding Forecast, providing an indication of the future opportunities which will stem from this programme.
  • Approximate 1600: Event end


  • Member: £59.05
  • Non-member: £84.94


Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Mon 11 Nov 2019 (Deadline for booking is Wed 06 Nov 2019)
  • Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park , Coventry



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