The Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, which is being held at the SEC Glasgow on the 25th October 2023, will serve as a national forum for manufacturers and operators involved throughout the associated supply chains from across Scotland to gather to discuss pressing issues facing the industry. The event is being organised in order to successfully connect key stakeholders across the full manufacturing spectrum in Scotland, including the food and drink, energy, renewables, electronics, aerospace, biopharma, medtech, healthcare, construction, textiles, procurement, and precision engineering sectors.
Once boasting the most sophisticated shipbuilding industry in the world, the manufacturing sector in Scotland has changed rapidly in recent years and, following a period of sharp decline in the 1980s and 1990s, has now been regenerated and successfully diversified. Employing more than 180,000 people across the country, manufacturing plays a vital role in the Scottish economy, accounting for half of all exports and half of the research and development spend. Furthermore, the diversification of the manufacturing industry in Scotland has resulted in the creation of highly skilled jobs with median earnings almost 20% higher than those for the economy as a whole.
Scotland still enjoys global pre-eminence in traditional sectors like whisky, seafood and handmade clothing but also now in newer areas including software development, particularly international gaming. Scotland also enjoys an international reputation for fostering a highly supportive business environment, where companies across all sectors are helped to innovate, scale up and create high-value employment.
An impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates is being assembled for the Scottish event. The Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition in Glasgow will also feature an extensive exhibition showcasing the latest technological solutions and business services.