World Manufacturing Prospects and Opportunities

Date: 22 Aug 2004 - 22 Aug 2004

Venue: Auditorium, Tower Block, SIMTech, 71 Nanyang Drive


World Manufacturing will continue to grow despite the current difficulties by global due to growing disposable incomes and increasingly open markets particularly in Asia . Stable governments, economic convergence and greater transparency than ever are giving investors and consumers ever greater confidence.

This will continue to lead to a restructuring of the location for large parts of manufacturing activity. The way forward however for the total manufacturing family is the process of the development of greater global partnerships as manufactured products and manufacturing processes become increasingly complex. The promise of information technology as a tool in managing these partnerships and the greater complexity of manufacturing systems is still in its infancy and we have yet to see the benefits of the greater IT density in manufacturing activities. 


Prof. Sir Kumar Bhattacharyya has published extensively in the field of manufacturing and is advisor to many companies and organisations in the UK . He is a member of the UK Council for Science and Technology, the Government’s premier advisory body on major science and technology issues of strategic importance to the United Kingdom. Prof. Bhattacharyya is also a board member of Advantage West Midlands, the Regional Development Agency, a member of the DTI Committee for Investment and Competitiveness and a Member of the Export Committee on Education and Training. He is Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research and a former member of the National Consumer Council and the UK Further Education Funding Council’s West Midlands Regional Committee. 

Prof. Bhattacharyya also advises Governments in various countries on the matters of industrial policy and strategy. He is also a member of the Business and Technology Advisory Committee in Kuala Lumpur . He has received many Honours and was recently awarded a Doctorate of Engineering by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for services to Malaysian industry. He holds Honorary Professorships in many countries. For his significant contribution to manufacturing in Britain and internationally, he has recently been awarded the Honour of Knighthood.