Bristol-Myers Squibb's manufacturing director John Hiney is set to speak at the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference in the Aviva Stadium next month on the ‘Rationale of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s €730m investment in Ireland’
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As MD of Bristol-Myers Squibb, the pharmaceutical giant investing €730 million in a new plant in Dublin, John Hiney is ideally placed to speak on the subject of ‘Maintaining Ireland as a High Value, Sustainable & Competitive Manufacturing Location’.

This is the theme of the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition being held at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Tuesday, 27 January 2015. Hiney is just one of the keynote speakers at the conference, which is being chaired by Sean Gallagher – entrepreneur, former dragon on RTE’s ‘Dragon’s Den’ and 2011 presidential candidate.

The conference is being run in conjunction with an exhibition of the latest processing and supply-chain technology available to Irish industry.

The event will be of interest to senior management, established practising engineers and researchers together with those at a much earlier stage in their careers. To date, delegates have registered from leading companies within the food, pharmaceutical, medical, chemical, life sciences, electronics and engineering manufacturing sectors.

Whilst many European companies have identified the benefits of lean manufacturing and factory automation, in Ireland many companies are struggling to move from the ‘make do and mend’ attitude. Slowness to adopt technological advances within manufacturing will hamper Ireland’s efforts to compete internationally.

The implementation of lean techniques improves time and cost savings, increases product quality and overall efficiency, and enhances health and safety levels. The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition will address the current issues facing Irish manufacturers and give attendees key tools and techniques to successfully compete in an increasingly cost-sensitive global market.

Speaker line-up


The 2015 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition has assembled a line-up of leaders from manufacturing, academia and government agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates. More expert speakers are still be announced, but the following keynote speakers, in addition to John Hiney, include:

  • Dr Richard Keegan, manager, Competitive Department, Enterprise Ireland;
  • Edward Sweeney, professor of logistics and head of the Engineering Systems and Management Group at Aston University;
  • Paul Brennan, head of marketing at Celtic Forwarding/fellow at the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport;
  • Dave Cagney, site lead, Pfizer Ireland;
  • Suzanne Gough, senior technical specialist in the Global Technical Operations, MSD Ireland;
  • Cathal O’Reilly, director of quality operations strategy and process excellence, Johnson & Johnson;
  • Arthur Stone, CEO, OEEsystems;
  • Nuala Calnan, member of the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Team, DIT;
  • Keith Finglas, consultant, Innovation Delivery;
  • Con Leddy, head of sustainable energy engineering services, PM Group;
  • Patrick Daly, founder and MD, Alba Consulting; and
  • Richard Hayes, continuous improvement & energy manager, Rottapharm|Madaus.

Innovative approaches to business


New approaches and technology have been introduced in recent years that have created significant organisational and process improvements. The aim of the Conference & Exhibition is to showcase such innovative approaches and to disseminate the cutting-edge research that underpins them.

The exhibition area will cover all aspects of the manufacturing process and supply chain, including:

  • Procurement;
  • Lean manufacturing;
  • Control and automation;
  • Supply-chain optimisation;
  • Information technology;
  • Logistics;
  • Energy management;
  • Facilities management;
  • Sustainability;
  • Project management;
  • Health and safety;
  • Warehouse management; and
  • Materials handling and robotics.

The conference and exhibition have been designed to provide delegates with an understanding of how cost and time efficiencies can be achieved through automation and the implementation of business improvement techniques and systems, such as Change Management, Continuous Improvement, Operational Excellence, Six Sigma, Overall Equipment Effectiveness, etc.

The layout of the Conference & Exhibition is intended to maximise the opportunity for colleagues in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, chemical, electronics and general production and processing industries to network and make new contacts.

Registration for the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition is between 8.00-8.50am with the conference commencing at 8.55am. An ‘early bird’ booking offer of €170 per delegate is available – offer ends December 31st 2014. Full price is €295. Discounts are available for multiple bookings.

For exhibition and sponsorship options, contact Ronan Meagher at ronan@prempub.com. For further information, contact Premier Publishing & Events on 01 612 0880 or info@manufacturingevent.com, or visit www.manufacturingevent.com.

Exhibitors at the 2015 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition include:

Access Control Technology (ACT)

AIS

Anecto

Bolster Group

Camfil Ireland

Carbon Group

Celestica

Contax Production Automation

Eastway Global Forwarding

Innovative Total Solutions

Irish Warehousing & Transport (IWT)

ISIS Automation

KUKA Robotics

Lean Business systems (LBS)

Metrology Direct

MM Barcoding

OEEsystems International

Portalis

Repak

S A Partners

SMC Pneumatics (Ireland)

Solid Solutions Ireland

STL Logistics

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  As MD of Bristol-Myers Squibb, the pharmaceutical giant investing €730 million in a new plant in Dublin, John Hiney is ideally placed to speak on the subject of ‘Maintaining Ireland as a High Value, Sustainable & Competitive Manufacturing Location’. This is the theme of the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain...