Boeing chief is guest speaker at Global Manufacturing Festival

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TOP UK aerospace chief Sir Roger Bone has been named as the first high-profile guest speaker at this year’s Global Manufacturing Festival.

Sir Roger, who is President of Boeing UK, will officially launch the Festival when he delivers the annual Sheffield Management Lecture on March 21 – the same day that Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers his Budget.

The former career diplomat, who was British Ambassador to Sweden and then Brazil, joined Boeing in 2005 and was appointed an honorary ambassador for British business in 2010.

Boeing and Sheffield University were the founding partners who created South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in 2001.

On the same day that Sir Roger launches the Festival, a special Get Up To Speed – Skills and Education Show, designed to help schools, young people and their parents to learn more about engineering and manufacturing and meet local firms, will take place at Ekspan’s Blue Shed facility, off Brightside Lane.

The two day Global Manufacturing Festival is designed to re-affirm the UK’s position as a global leader in advanced manufacturing and innovation and build on the success of last year’s inaugural Festival.

Headline sponsors for the Global Manufacturing Festival include Nabarro LLP, The University of Sheffield and Siemens Plc. Events will include a convention focusing on the critical areas of UK strategy and support, new markets and opportunities, and technology and commercialisation.

Speakers at the convention will include Ric Parker from Rolls-Royce, Dr Alan McLelland from the National Metals Technology Centre, Alan Cumming of EDF Energy, Andrew Peters from Siemens Drive Technologies, former Smith and Nephew chief executive Sir Chris O’Donnell and Professor Keith Ridgway Executive Dean of Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute.

The festival will close with the Made in Sheffield awards dinner at the Cutlers’ Hall.