M2R announces virtual launch event


The Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission has confirmed it will host its official launch and showcase the findings of the Commission’s first report at 12:00 on 2nd December 2020.

The report, which details the challenges faced by the region’s manufacturers, sets out a clear vision for the future, shaped by the views, opinions and testimony of more than 200 contributors from across the breadth of the East and West Midlands manufacturing might, following an extensive consultative process launched by M2R in the summer of 2020. 

Presented by M2R Chair Clive Hickman, the Commission, which was created to help create a positive impact for Midlands’ manufacturing and its role as a cornerstone in our economic recovery. Launching the Commission and the findings of our research is the next stage in beginning to deliver the positive impact for the Midlands manufacturing industries. 

In line with events of this type in 2020 the launch will take place virtually and across a host of locations. It will include panel discussions and contributions from former John Lewis Chair and now West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street and former Chair of Burberry and current Chair of the Midlands Engine, Sir John Peace.

On announcing the launch event M2R Chair Clive Hickman said, "Through the COVID-19 pandemic, as the sector has done so often before, we demonstrated our ability to respond to the emergency, and in so doing, we emerged with a newfound confidence.

My concern was that when the pandemic was over, we would slip back to our old ways - we needed to improve our productivity, embrace these emerging technologies, and develop our skill set to build resilience into the system,  so as to meet the needs and challenges facing this generation. 

Our vision must be to enable not just the Midlands, but the whole nation to again become a resilient manufacturing powerhouse, prepared for whatever future shocks that may lie in store, whether those be political, environmental, technological, or even another pandemic.

To understand better the need for resilience in manufacturing, I have chaired more than 20 virtualroundtables with more than 200 participants from industry, academia and government – all specialists in their field, but perhaps more importantly, people who shared my vision for the Midlands and for manufacturing.

The report is the culmination of this phase of the Commission’s work and we look forward to sharing the findings to all those attending the launch."