And chief among their arsenal is the ability to outsource — whether within the
With pressure from low-cost economies continuing to grow,
Outsourcing and offshoring are fundamental strategies for manufacturing companies as they strive to maintain a competitive edge. Many have taken that first tentative step, but without the experience to navigate the many pitfalls, such as maintaining quality, protecting IP and managing what can become an extended supply chain, it can be a painful experience.
At next month’s Subcon 2006 (NEC, hall 3A, 16-18 May) there will be an ideal opportunity to learn from firms who have successfully adopted this strategy.
Folllowing the popularity of last year’s free seminars the organisers are again hosting a specially-commissioned programme. The sessions aim to provide high-powered insights into sourcing that will give delegates valuable practical knowledge they can apply to their own businesses.
There will be three free seminar sessions daily, with places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Each will last around 45 to 50 minutes and can be booked individually. The presentations cover themes such as world-class supply chain best practice, strategic issues, and sessions on global sourcing.
The opening day’s keynote presentation will be by John Fitchett, purchasing director, New Product Introduction and Customer Interface, at Rolls-Royce, who will be looking at creating world-class supply chains for new product introductions and comparing the different approaches taken for the
Strategy themes that will be addressed over the three days include a presentation from Leigh Holloway of Envirowise that asks ‘Is your supply chain sustainable?’ This is an area of growing concern, as environmental legislation such as the WEEE Directive and ROHS regulations means buyers need to know exactly what is going into their products.
But there is more than seminar sessions to enjoy. One of the exhibition highlights will be the Quicksilver boat that will attempt to break the world water speed record at Coniston next year. The boat is an impressive feat of engineering that has brought together a notable group of
Nigel Macknight, the driving force behind Quicksilver, was just a boy in January 1967 when Donald Campbell’s record attempt on
Powered by a Rolls-Royce Spey 101 engine from an ex-RAF Buccaneer, Quicksilver combines a high-tensile steel tubing space frame with honeycomb sandwich panels. The tubing, made to aircraft standards, was manufactured by West
The honeycomb sandwich panels were made by the
‘Quicksilver is a wonderful example of subcontracting in action, with all these great engineering companies coming together to create a craft that will take on the world. I don’t see how anyone with an interest in engineering could fail to be fascinated by it,’ said event director Jon Hughes.