How time flies! That’s almost 10 years since the inaugural HVM Conference in 2002. This year the date for the 10th Anniversary HVM Conference is 14 November, organised by CIR Strategy, the Cambridge-based strategy consultancy. With an all keynote lineup, this year’s decade anniversary festivities promise to be super. But what will be talked about at the celebration of this 10 birthday?
It will be an opportunity for private sector companies to discuss their strategy alongside other private sector companies and supply chain companies offering routes to market for products, and experts & service providers whose companies can add value. An ideal mix!
Cambridge has punched well above its weight in technology and innovation, with a cluster of over 800 genuine innovators, and this is mirrored in High Value Manufacturing. HVM is the present and the future of industry in the UK. HVM companies can make and market difficult-to-make, well-designed, IPR-rich products to global markets, scale quickly, reinvest in their own product development pipeline and spawn new emergent industries.
This is why this conference came into being 10 years ago, with a meeting bringing together such companies as Plastic Logic, CDT, Xaar, and Inca Digital. While the share of services in our economy has continued to rise to around 87%, the value of manufacturing as an anchor to the economy has grown, and its presence enables some of the services businesses that are created.
On 14 November, HVM companies young and old will come together and we’ll discuss segments such as printed electronics, 3D deposition, electronics & sensors, regenerative medecine, nanomaterials, chemicals, nuclear, and core manufacturing needs such as CNC, precision forging, sheet forming, folding and so on.
The 100-strong director level group will discuss trends and drivers, R&D, the economy, investment, government influence & limitations, competitiveness, competencies, processes & products, servitisation, growth strategies and several case studies.
What does UK HVM landscape look like now? What will UK HVM look like in the future? Who are the key private sector players: large and SME companies and investors and channels to market? How has success been achieved by some? What are the barriers to growing HVM companies in the UK?
“I’m very proud of our modest influence on our UK manufacturing segment in terms of high level discussions and reporting during the last decade.” said Justin Hayward, Consultant and Conference Director. “It seems to me that there are great opportunities for those who dare.”
The speaking and panel lineup for the day is building rapidly now and includes
Phil O’Donovan, Founder Cambridge Silicon Radio plc
Billy Boyle, Founder Owlstone Technologies
Richard Archer, former CEO TAP Biosystems
Tony Abri, MD, BritonEMS
Nathan Hill, Qi3 Accelerator
Will Barton, TSB Lead HVM
Dick Elsy, CEO HVM Catapult tbc
Nigel Brown OBE, IQ Capital
Sir Michael Marshall CBE, Owner, Marshall Group
Panel: Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Chancellor Cambridge University, Former Minister Innovation, Matthew Bullock, Former CEO NPBS