Sheffield to host event promoting high-value medtech manufacturing

9 June 2011

A national event designed to raise the profile of high-value manufacturing within the UK’s healthcare technologies industry is being held in Sheffield on 29 June 2011.

Organised by Medilink Yorkshire & Humber (Y&H) the event, titled High Value Manufacturing in Healthcare, will engage with the national healthcare technologies community and the wider manufacturing sector to look at the issues relating to high-value added manufacturing.

In the UK, healthcare manufacturing is extremely fragmented representing a huge range of products, technologies and processes.

At the same time the role of manufacturing has expanded and companies, who once just specialised in manufacturing now have to be inventors, global supply chain managers and service providers in order to add value to their processes and maintain a competitive position.

The High Value Manufacturing in Healthcare event will focus on what high value manufacturing is, why it is important and what the challenges are within the healthcare sector.

Delegates will learn from case study examples about the innovative processes and technology integration, how new technologies have been successfully commercialised and how new materials and processes have developed for healthcare or adopted from other sectors.

They will also be given a detailed analysis of future developments and anticipated advances for the sector.

Speakers on the day will include representatives from Smith & Nephew Extruded Films & Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI), JRI Orthopaedics, Invibio Biomaterial Polymer Solutions, Surgical Innovations and the Mercury Centre.

Giles Proffitt from Medilink Y&H said, “The purpose of this event is to bring people together to share experiences and demonstrate how the UK is leading the way in High Value Manufacturing through successfully developing and commercialising new products, processes and materials.

“We are delighted that so many key speakers from the industry are speaking at the event to share their wealth of expertise and experience across the sector. This collaborative approach will hopefully highlight best practice and help stimulate manufacturing companies to add greater value to products.”

The High Value Manufacturing in Healthcare event is taking place 09:15am to 4.00pm at the Advanced Manufacturing Park on the 29th June 2011. For event or sponsorship opportunities contact Julia Fu, Health Technologies Network Co-ordinator on 0114 232 9278

Source: Medilink Yorkshire & Humber.


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