- Date: Friday, 17 June 2016
- Where: Exhibition Centre Liverpool
- Time: 11:30 – 13:30
A number of keynote speakers are set to discuss the rail industry at the Insider Made in the UK 2016 Railway Conference, including members of the North West Rail Industry Leaders Group (NWRILG), including Mike Hulme, managing director of trains and
modernisation at Alstom Transport UK.
The rail industry in the UK has never been busier, with large-scale projects across the country providing massive opportunities. Speakers at Made in the UK will outline how manufacturers can take advantage. Representatives from the North West Rail Industry Leaders Group will also be in attendance.
Projects such as HS2 and the major improvements to the rail links across the North of the country continue to make headlines, which has led to the rail sector being under increased scrutiny.
The industry’s supply chain in particular is set to benefit from these network projects and the supply chain needs to take advantage of what’s on offer.
These opportunities will be the key focus of The Railway session at Made in the UK Conference in Liverpool on 17th June.
The session will hear from a number of high-quality experts. Giles Thomas, rail systems director, HS2 will be one of them and he told Insider: “There is a huge opportunity for us to utilise technology to improve on the way we work in building the HS2 infrastructure. The innovation that the rail supply chain offers us will be crucial to making HS2 happen.”
Another speaker at the session is Mike Hulme, managing director of trains and modernisation at Alstom Transport UK. He commented: “60 per cent of value within the rail manufacturing sector comes from the supply base. Engagement and collaboration between the major Tier 1 companies and the supply chain is absolutely critical.”
Alstom is set to open its Transport Training Academy next year which the company says will act as a UK centre for R&D, providing training in engineering, manufacturing, project management and other vital transport sector skills. This will support apprentices and new graduates for the rail industry across the North West.
Other speakers at the Railway session include:
• Gordon Wakeford, managing director, Siemens Mobility Division UK, who will set out the vision of the Rail Industry Group which is helping the supply chain to grow at home and abroad.
• Simon Iwnicki, professor of railway engineering at the University of
Huddersfield, will explain some of the funding streams that SMEs can tap into in order to bolster innovation.
• Jake Rudham, a rail specialist at UKTI, will describes the support the is available for rail companies looking to work on overseas projects.