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Join the High Value Manufacturing Conference 10th Anniversary

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

Chair for day: Professor Sir Mike Gregory CBE
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister (invited)
Indro Mukherjee, CEO Plastic Logic
Ray Southam, CEO Tonejet

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



Amantys CEO on Electronics & the Smart Grid at Cambridge’s flagship Grids & Cleanpower Event

This talk at Smart Grids 2012 Cambridge (tiny.cc/cleanpower) notes that the current market dynamic pits growing demand and global population against the pressure for a reduced emissions and lower dependency on fossil fuels. This introduces instability at both ends of the system. Renewable energy sources are inherently variable, unstable and remote at one end. And meanwhile, consumers are being pushed to change behaviour.
Bookings for the 4th Annual Smart Grids & Cleanpower Conference can be made here.

Power Electronics and the Smart Grid – Bryn Parry, CEO Amantys Ltd

The energy sector is often labelled as – or maybe even accused of! – being a slow traditional industry, one that is resistant to change, and reluctant to adopt new ideas and innovation. This is reflected in the relative scarcity of new companies in power electronics, and the dearth of young engineers coming into the industry.

Existing national grid systems are based on long-established, proven technology and architectures, an aging infrastructure that has changed little in many decades, and a user who is passive whether he or she likes it or not.

The traditional grid has no link between generation and consumption; it operates with centralised control, a passive architecture, and as a result, lacks any degree of operational flexibility – supply is generally on or off, and so is demand.

The current market dynamic pits growing demand and global population against the pressure for a reduced emissions and lower dependency on fossil fuels. This introduces instability at both ends of the system.

Renewable energy sources are inherently variable, unstable and remote at one end. And meanwhile, consumers are being pushed to change behaviour by governments and suppliers, keen to shift them towards a heavily interactive mode, whether with energy monitors in the home, or smart meters and new models of usage.

Amantys believes that one of the core building blocks of an efficient and reliable Smart Grid is effective power switching – something more sophisticated than on, off or fault; something that combines advanced digital control techniques with precision analogue and power engineering.

The intelligent power switch offers real-time adaptation to varying system, load and environmental needs. It deploys a simple, reusable architecture, with a standard digital communications exporting real-time and non-real-time data from the switch to allow remote monitoring and control.
There is a common demand across all medium and high voltage power switching applications for greater reliability and efficiency, for better control and for simpler design.

Perhaps this is why an industry – normally so resistant to change – is engaging with Amantys to deliver the Intelligent Power Switch to meet the challenges of the Smart Grid.


Short Biography – Bryn Parry 

Bryn Parry is the CEO and co-founder of Amantys, a start up company based in Cambridge, which is developing intelligent power switching products for the smart grid, renewable energy and motor drive markets. Bryn was previously a General Manager at ARM Ltd. He started his career as an electronics design engineer before moving into applications support and eventually into general management.

About Cleantech Conferences of Cambridge

This 4th Annual Smart Grids & Cleanpower Conference, uniquely covering the core and range of technologies and strategic vision for grids and power, is brought to you by CIR Strategy in association with ARM plc and Schneider Electric, and is part of the Cleantech Conferences of Cambridge Series which has run 16 times since 2007.

Bookings online at: http://www.cir-strategy.com/events/register or by phone at 01223303500