About the commission


The Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission was created to deliver a positive impact for Midlands’ manufacturing and its role as a cornerstone in our economic recovery.


The Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission (M2R) is the brainchild of Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, whose vision it was to create a Commission that reviewed the region’s competencies and provided recommendations to rebuild the manufacturing sector in the Midlands.

Chaired by Chief Executive of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Dr. Clive Hickman, the Commission has gathered evidence from over 200 participants from industry, academia, and government, all united by a passion for the Midlands and for manufacturing.

Discussions centred around a number of key themes, from productivity to emerging technologies, with the aim of delivering a set of actions to propel the manufacturing sector forward and cement the Midlands as the innovation region, once again.

The work of the Commission has been detailed in a report, which will be launched at a virtual event on Wednesday 2nd December.

Dr. Clive Hickman

Chair, Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission, Chief Executive – the MTC

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Andy Street CBE

Mayor of the West Midlands

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Sir John Peace

Chairman – Midlands Engine

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"We know manufacturing is in the lifeblood of the Midlands, and we’ve seen, through the power of manufacturing, how we can adapt through the COVID-19 crisis. But the Commission is all about the future, and this is mission critical to the region and the country as a whole."

Andy Street

Mayor of the West Midlands