Smart Hub Lanarkshire and Business Gateway have partnered to provide advice on the use of automation for the region’s manufacturing sector.
Throughout June, the centre of excellence for manufacturing innovation and robotics will offer a programme of six free events, entitled “Manufacturing Month”.
These include helping manufacturing businesses to understand and embrace innovation, assessing sustainability and adopting circular business models, as well as a demonstration on how Cobots can help automate processes in manufacturing workplaces.
The programme will kick off with a Launch Event at Pitreavie Packaging Solutions in Cumbernauld, which will spotlight the importance of manufacturing to Lanarkshire’s economy and set the scene for a month of sector-focused events.
The Smart Hub, which is a partnership between North Lanarkshire Council, New College Lanarkshire and the University of Strathclyde, is home to a robotics and automation training facility and a dedicated space for SMEs to meet, learn and access business support and academic expertise.
Guest speaker Stephen Heslop, Managing Director at Pitreavie Group will share Pitreavie’s investment and scale-up story.
Guests will also hear from Paul Sheerin, Chief Executive at Scottish Engineering and Barry Skea, Head of Science & Technology at New College Lanarkshire. In addition, they will hear about available grant funding for capital and infrastructure projects and join a tour of Pitreavie’s manufacturing facility.
Skea said: “Manufacturing is a key industry sector in Lanarkshire, and Smart Hub Lanarkshire is here to support SMEs in this sector to modernise, digitise and automate to improve efficiency, boost productivity and grow.
“The Manufacturing Month events will be invaluable for anyone within the manufacturing sector who is keen to connect and develop their business.”