Sheffield Hallam University welcomes Siemens CEO to business innovation networking event

Sheffield Hallam University will welcome Siemens UK’s CEO Juergen Maier to an innovation network event aimed at connecting the city’s manufacturing businesses with digital entrepreneurs.

The Digital Transformation event has been organised by the University’s Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) team along with colleagues from the University of Sheffield and will feature a talk by Juergen on how digital technologies can help manufacturing businesses to lead a 4th Industrial revolution.

On 15 March, The Cutlers Hall in Sheffield will host Juergen and also Mark Webber, managing director of Tinsley Bridge, who will give a regional perspective and talk about the impact of innovation for manufacturing on his business and also its importance to the city region.

SIP provides expertise, workshops and networking that help regional businesses to grow through adopting new technologies and skills. The Digital Transformation evening event comes following a two-day innovation workshop for regional digital businesses looking to find out more about how they can help manufacturers to further grow their operations

Alex Prince, head of knowledge exchange at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event, bringing together these two critical sectors and creating opportunities for collaboration and innovation, with the aim of boosting manufacturing and increasing productivity for the region.

“Juergen was commissioned by government to put forward proposals for an Industrial Digitalisation sector deal and led on the Made Smarter Review. These set out how UK manufacturing can be transformed through the adoption of industrial digital technology and play a stronger leadership role in driving the 4th Industrial Revolution.

“Tinsley Bridge is an award winning engineering and manufacturing business based in Sheffield, and will talk about their perspective and the impacts and importance of innovating for them.

“Events such as this are part of a broader innovation programme; bringing world-leading entrepreneurs, companies and technologies into the region, helping to develop economic growth and offering practical support and innovation for businesses.”

Tickets for the two day event and evening talk with Juergen Maier are available to businesses from the city region. If you wish to attend please secure your spot by visiting HERE

The event is the latest in a series of workshops hosting by SIP. For more information, please visit


The Sheffield-based William Cook group has secured export orders of £5m for its tank track systems.

The engineering company will supply its custom-designed tracks for an allied regional power in the Middle East in a deal worth £3m. It is also manufacturing tracks worth £2m for a friendly nation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Chris Seymour, managing director, said: “We are proud to be flying the flag for British manufacturing as the trusted supplier of track systems to defence ministries and their contractors in Anglophile countries around the world.

“We continue to invest in our business for future growth by adding new technology and talent at our manufacturing plants in Sheffield, Leeds and Stanhope.”

William Cook’s defence division is on target for a record year with sales in excess of £25m.

The business is also set to unveil a new investment at its Stanhope plant in County Durham later this year.

Source: Stephen Farrell, Insider Business, 21st February 2018