MADE Cymru Industry Summit | 8th – 10th June 2021


Agile | Creative | Resilient
Celebrating manufacturing in Wales.

As part of our commitment to manufacturing in Wales, MADE Cymru and University of Wales Trinity Saint David have organised a series of events to inform, engage and inspire businesses during this critical period of post-Covid recovery. All the events are led by key industry speakers and are free to attend. You can pre-register for as many as you like via the links below.

8th JUNE - day one - “Agile thinking"

Session 1, 9.30am – 11.00am 

“Summit launch and how Welsh manufacturing looks post-pandemic”

Manufacturing in Wales has survived and, in many cases, thrived during the Covid 19 pandemic. It is testament to the agile thinking of our businesses who have adapted by seeking out new processes, products and technologies.  As we now look towards the future, hear from James Davies, Industry Wales, about his reflections and insights on how we move forward in Wales.

  • James Davies, Executive Chairman, Industry Wales
  • Barry Liles OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Graham Howe, Executive Head of MADE Cymru, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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Session 2, 12-1:30pm 

“Boosting the Welsh Economy – The Power of Collaboration” 

Two case studies demonstrating how Industry and Academia can work together to make a positive economic impact to industry in Wales. 

  • Tim Hawkins, Managing Director, Markes International
  • Martin Leahy, Vice Chairman, FuelActive
  • Luca Pagano, Sam Minshell, Akash Gupta & Alan Mumby, MADE Cymru, UWTSD

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9th JUNE – day two - “Creative action”

Session 1, 9.30am – 11.00am 

“Thinking Circular: What is Circular Economy and what difference can it make to you?”

Eoin Bailey discusses what having a circular economy can mean for SMEs and the growing need for businesses to adopt sustainable solutions. Discover the huge impact this can make by listening to some organisations who have taken a circular economy approach to their business models. Including a round table discussion to kickstart some ideas for an action plan on how we can take the circular economy debate forward. In particular, how can we engage SMEs in thinking circular?

  • Eoin Bailey, UK Innovation Manager, Celsa Steel
  • Graham Howe, Executive Head of MADE Cymru, UWTSD
  • Julia Chesney-Roberts, Commercial Manager, Riversimple Movement Ltd
  • Angus Grahame, Founder of Splosh

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Session 2, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

“Lean first and then digitalise” 

Some practical insights on how continuous improvement initiatives could begin with a lean approach before considering Industry 4.0 technologies.

  • James Davies, Executive Chairman, Industry Wales
  • Daryl Powell, award-winning Lean author, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
  • Jacques Bonfrer, Co-Founder and Team Lead, Bot-Hive
  • Richard Morgan, School of Engineering, UWTSD
  • Graham Howe, Executive Head of MADE Cymru, UWTSD

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10th JUNE – day three - “Resilient legacy”

Session 1, 9.30am – 11.00am

“What support is available for businesses in Wales?”

This session will provide a brief overview of some of the funding, R&D opportunities, grants and other support available to your business.

  • Carol Hall, Regional Investment Manager, Development Bank of Wales
  • Chris Probert, Innovation Specialist, Welsh Government
  • Geraint Jones, Knowledge Transfer Adviser, KTN
  • Rod Howells, Programme Director, Innovate UK EDGE

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Session 2, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

“MADE Cymru surgery”

Open the door to industry expertise in universities. In addition to the other Summit sessions, the MADE Cymru team and their colleagues would love to offer you the opportunity to meet (in a group or individually) to comment, discuss, signpost and/or support in any way we can. Whether that be to discuss upskilling, R&D, look over new product designs/ideas, share advice or just have a chat!

Simply send your contact details to - include a line about what you would like to discuss, an ideal time slot and we will do the rest (happy to sign NDAs prior to meet if required).

For information, call 01792 481199, email or visit

MADE Cymru is a suite of programmes designed to navigate organisations through Industry 4.0 via collaborative research & development and upskilling. Part/fully funded by the European Social Fund/European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Delivered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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