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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

Here at ASTUTE 2020, we can support your business throughout this period of uncertainty. Our world-class academics and technical experts from across our strong Welsh Universities partnership are available to support you through research and innovation activities. If you wish to discuss opportunities for working with us e.g. to modify your production to develop solutions to support the fight against COVID-19, you can contact us via email.


Innovation & Knowledge Exchange - Investing in future manufacturing technologies

Innovation & Knowledge Exchange - Investing in future manufacturing technologies


7th February 2019
College of Engineering, Bay Campus, Swansea University, SA1 8EN

Innovation & Knowledge
Investing in Future Manufacturing Technologies

Future Manufacturing Technologies i.e. disruptive technologies, have been identified globally as a priority area for nations that wish their manufacturing sector to remain relevant with major economic wealth creating activities.

This free event will allow manufacturing companies to engage with highly qualified technical experts and business advisors to understand what support and development opportunities are available for adding value to businesses and helping Welsh technology and manufacturing businesses to grow.

Hear first-hand from ASTUTE 2020, NatWest Business and Industry Wales about the support on offer to help your business exploit opportunities and gain competitive advantages.

Why should you attend?

Industry Support

Hear first-hand the benefits of future manufacturing technologies and how ASTUTE 2020 is supporting the manufacturing industry in adapting to change.

Collaboration Benefits

Understand how ASTUTE 2020 is working with the Welsh Manufacturing Industry across Wales, and how Industry is gaining a competitive advantage in future manufacturing technologies through collaboration.

Manufacturing Focus

Hear from Continental Teves on how industry-academia collaboration has benefited the company. 

Business Boost

Hear from Richard Hill, Head of Manufacturing and Automotive, Royal Bank of Scotland - Richard is a prominent figurehead in the Automotive industry, having worked in the sector for over 25 years.


7:30 am  - Registration & Breakfast

8:15 am - Welcome

8:20 am - Natwest
                 Richard Hill, Head of Manufacturing & Automotive Sector, Royal Bank of Scotland

8:50 am - Bevan Buckland LLP - R&D Tax Relief
                 Paul Arnold, Director of Tax

9:15 am - ASTUTE 2020 - Working with the Welsh Manufacturing Industry across Wales
                Gaining a competitive advantage through Future Manufacturing Technologies
                 Prof Hans Sienz, Operation Director, ASTUTE 2020

9:40 am  - Continental Teves – Benefits and impact of industry-academia collaboration
                 Matthew Price, Continental Teves

10:00 am -  Industry Wales - Impact of Disruptive Technologies in Wales’ Manufacturing sector
                    James Davies, Executive Chair, Industry Wales

10:20 am - Event Close and Networking
                   Prof Hans Sienz, Operation Director, ASTUTE 2020

10:30 am - College of Engineering Tour (Optional)
                  Tour of the facilities and equipment available at the College of Engineering

11:30 am - Event Close

Speaker Biographies

Prof Johann Sienz, Operations Director

Benefits of future manufacturing technologies and how ASTUTE 2020 is supporting the manufacturing industry adapt to change.

The ASTUTE 2020 (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) operation, supporting manufacturing companies across Wales, has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and the participating Higher Education Institutions.’

NatWest Business
Richard Hill, Head of Automotive & Manufacturing

Richard is a prominent figurehead in the Automotive industry, having worked in the sector for over 25 years.

Richard’s previous roles include Marketing Manager at Rover Group; Brand and Marketing Manager at BMW Financial Services and Group Sales Director at Manheim Europe. Richard continues to work closely with industry, representing the banking industry on the main UK Automotive Council.

Industry Wales
James Davies, Executive Chairman

Born on the Gower and graduating from Swansea University (Mech Eng), he worked for 32 years at Calsonic Kansei, a Tier 1 Automotive supplier, in UK, Europe and Japan, leading their Thermal Management Division ($2.5bn).

In April 2017, he became Executive Chair of Industry Wales, to bring voice of Manufacturing industry to Welsh Government including responsibility for three Industry sector forum (ESTnet, WAF and AFW)

A Member of the HEFCW Council, he also sits on the Ministerial Advisory Board (MAB) for Economy & Transport in Wales.

Industry Wales, together with its specialist aerospace, automotive and electronics, software and technology Forums, is helping to grow Welsh technology and manufacturing businesses, globally.
Led by the private sector and working closely with the Welsh Government, Academia and other bodies, Industry Wales is focussed on addressing key areas of improvement to achieve sustained, profitable growth in the economy: Innovation, Investment, Skills, Supply Chain capability and reach, Integration with UK and EU wide programmes. The Forums, with a combined membership of 500 leading Welsh companies, provide a range of services to support companies already established within Wales and to attract and support companies that are seeking a world class location for their business.

Continental Teves

Continental Teves is part of the global Automotive supplier continental Ag. The manufacturing plant based in Ebbw Vales specialises in niche, low volume OES and aftermarket production of hydraulic brake callipers and other components for the automotive industry.