Protolabs will host event to examine manufacturing innovation in turbulent times


Protolabs, will be reintroducing its popular InspirON event at Birmingham’s NEC on 7th June 2023.

Attendees will hear insights from new research conducted by Protolabs into changing attitudes towards innovation, and new technologies being adopted by manufacturing businesses across the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors.

The afternoon event brings together technology and industry experts, and will share the results of new research from Protolabs and FT Longitude on innovation in manufacturing. There will be a keynote speech from Josh Valman, CEO and founder of RPD International.

Protolabs engineers will also discuss successful strategies and disruptive technologies that are impacting the manufacturing sector, sharing real-world experiences of how these can be implemented.

Peter Richards, VP Marketing and Sales EMEA at Protolabs, said: “We are excited to be hosting our first physical InspirON event, after running so many successful online events during the pandemic. We feel that the appetite is high for manufacturing experts to get back to face to face discussions.

“InspirON gives manufacturers, as well as those involved in design, production and the supply chain, the opportunity to meet other innovators and hear the latest perspectives on how technology continues to revolutionise manufacturing.”

Protolabs invites manufacturers to register for its free InspirON event, taking place from 1pm – 5pm in the Piazza Suite at NEC Birmingham, 7th June 2023.

About the research
Protolabs conducted research with FT Longitude into innovation post-pandemic in the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. With over 450 respondents from within companies across Europe, the report provides a credible, real-time look at the state of play for innovation in manufacturing.

Keynote speaker
The keynote speaker at InspirON, Josh Valman, is the founder and CEO of RPD International. He started designing and manufacturing at 13, was a consultant at 15, and still in his early 20s, he heads an innovative design and manufacturing business that specialises in making sure that innovation happens and is not just talked about. Josh delivers practical steps for those seeking to change their operations and seeks to disrupt established business models and challenges received wisdom on innovation strategy, out-sourcing and supply chain whilst looking at the future of R&D and technology.

1:00 pm – Arrivals and Lunch
1:45 pm – Innovation in practice | Case Study: Using rapid manufacturing to solve complex development challenges
2:35 pm – Piers Tomlinson, FT Longitude | Panel Discussion: Manufacturing Innovation in the Face of Adversity
3:25 pm – Sam Guest, Richard Anthony, David Ewing, Protolabs Product Management and Application Engineering | Panel Discussion: Practical innovation for production methods
4.15 pm – Josh Valman, CEO and founder of RPD International | Seminar: What is innovation?
5:00 pm – Networking and refreshments

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