The events of this year have highlighted both the critical importance and the frailties of manufacturing supply chains and have prompted organisations across a range of sectors to rethink their supply chain strategies.
This special panel discussion - hosted by The Engineer and RS Components took place on Wednesday 9th December from 2 – 3 pm (GMT) and brought together experts from across industry to explore some of the latest thinking around ensuring resilient supply chain management and to examine some of the measures that can be taken to manage supply chain risks and disruption, and to build future fit supply chains.
Key Discussion areas
- Short term measures to protect vital manufacturing capability
- Designing a resilient future fit manufacturing supply chain through, for example, structural flexibility measures such as multiple suppliers
- Innovative approaches to supply chain planning and management (e.g. predicting and anticipating fluctuating demands) to build resilience
- Reshoring the supply chain
- Growing supply chains in emerging strategic sectors
- How the Circular economy can shore up the supply chain (i.e. through repair, remanufacture and redistribution)
- The broader opportunities for strengthening the resilience of supply chains in the UK
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Meet the panel
Professor Richard Wilding OBE - Professor in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management UK
Richard Jeffers – Director, Industrial Digital Solutions, RS Components
Andrew Peters – Managing Director of Siemens Digital Industries, Congleton
Paul Kilmister - Head of Airframe Supply Management, Airbus