News story: Leading business leaders and academics join forces with government to make manufacturing ‘smarter’

first_imgfirst meeting of the Made Smarter Commission includes senior members from Airbus, EEF, BAE Systems and the TUC the commission will drive the boosting of productivity, create more highly-skilled jobs in the manufacturing industry the meeting co-chaired by Business Secretary and Siemens CEO Professor Juergen Maier follows the Made Smarter Review in November 2017 The UK sits in top 10 largest global manufacturing economies and is the fourth largest in the EU. In 2017, manufacturing GVA totalled £186 billion, supporting 2.7 million jobs (with estimates of 5 million across the whole manufacturing value chain) and still accounts for 48% of the UK total exports of goods and services.Commission membersChairs TUC: Frances O’Grady, General Secretary Accenture: Oliver Benzecry, Managing Director Airbus UK: Katherine Bennett OBE, Senior Vice President BAE Systems Plc: Nigel Whitehead CBE, Chief Technology Officer AT Engine Controls: Andrea Hough OBE, Managing Director Jaguar Land Rover Ltd: Grant McPherson, Executive Director (Deputy attending, Graham Jones, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Director) The commission was formed following the launch of the Made Smarter Review that brought together input and recommendations from over 200 stakeholders, including companies such as Rolls Royce, GKN, IBM, and Accenture. The review had substantive input from SME’s as well as academic institutions including the University of Newcastle and the University of Cambridge.The Made Smarter Commission is designed to oversee and take forward a plan for the sector, including how manufacturing will help realise the Grand Challenges, putting the industry at the heart of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.Stephen Phipson CBE, EEF CEO said: Members Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens said: The commission is tasked with developing the vision for the future of UK manufacturing and driving the digitalisation of the sector, boosting productivity, creating more highly-skilled jobs and enabling more efficient, cleaner production systems, as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.Mr Clark and Juergen Maier will be joined by 8 women and 9 men from the some of the world’s leading businesses, and trade bodies and academic institutions.Key priorities for the first meeting include discussing the North West pilot for adoption of digital technology by manufacturers in the North West and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund bid for digital manufacturing in development which aims to bring together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time.The commission will also discuss the how the manufacturing industry can be transformed by new techniques such as 3D printing and other innovative uses of digital technologies as well as the need for stronger and more ambitious leadership.Business Secretary Greg Clark said:center_img As a society we face huge challenges and manufacturing is going to play an ever more key role in how we tackle them. The establishment of the commission is a bold step in harnessing the expertise right across our sector and companies right across the spectrum should applaud the government for setting it up. We look forward to helping it play a key role in helping unleash the potential of manufacturing as part of the fourth industrial revolution and a modern industrial strategy. Co-Chair: Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Co-Chair: Prof Juergen Maier, CEO Siemens UK The Made Smarter Commission promises to deliver our core recommendation of driving digitalisation across UK and invigorating industrial strategy. We need now more than ever to unite business, employees and government behind a strategy that boosts industrial productivity and improves living standards We will build on our North West Pilot, and look at how we can scale our efforts up across the country. If we get this right I believe we can kick start a new industrial revolution, that puts digital tech at the centre of economic policy making. Britain has a long and proud manufacturing heritage currently supporting 2.7 million jobs across the country, and through our modern Industrial Strategy we are creating opportunities for UK manufacturing to continue to grow. The increased adoption of digital technologies will bring enormous benefits potentially generating £455 billion over the next 10 years – boosting productivity, creating thousands of new highly skilled jobs and enabling more efficient, cleaner production systems. We need strong partnership between government and industry which is exactly why we have established the Made Smarter Commission. I am proud that leading men and women from industry, business and academia are working with us to turn the ambition into a reality and enable everyone to reap the rewards. EEF: Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair GSK: Regis Simard, President Pharma Supply Chain GE Digital: Deborah Sherry, Chief Commercial Officer Renishaw Plc: William Lee OBE, CEO Royal Academy of Engineering: Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO ICW: Margaret Wood MBE, Chair Lambert Engineering: Mike Lewis, Associate Sales Director Confederation of British Industry (CBI): Carolyn Fairbairn, CEO ABB limited: Ian Funnell, CEO Nestle UK and Ireland: Dame Fiona Kendrick, Chair and CEO Rolls Royce Plc: Hamid Mughal OBE, Director for Global Manufacturinglast_img read more

Mobius Welcomes New Board Member

first_imgMobius, the Mentoring Movement, expanded its Board of Directors recently, welcoming five new members including Burlington resident Joe Speidel. Joe is Director of Local Government and Community Relations, at the University of Vermont where his goal is to strengthen relationships between the University and the local community, local government representatives and organizations. He brings a deep understanding of the local educational community and expertise in public relations, fundraising, and event planning.Mentoring involves pairing a volunteer adult with a child. The pairs spend an hour or two together every week and develop trusting relationships by exploring common interests. Programs screen volunteers, match mentors with children on their waiting lists, and provide ongoing training and support for mentors.Mobius, whose mission is to develop a culture of mentoring in our community, recruits these mentors and refers them to one of 20 school or community based mentoring programs within Chittenden County. Mobius is about to begin their second year of an HHS grant which is focused on finding mentors for children with parents in prison.To learn more about mentoring opportunities at mentoring programs in your community, please contact Mobius, the Mentoring Movement at (802) 658-1888 or e-mail [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Biden defeats Trump in Nevada.

first_imgJoseph R. Biden Jr. won the state of Nevada on Saturday, according to The New York Times, defeating President Trump by two percentage points.The country had anxiously awaited the results in the battleground state for days, viewing it as a potential tipping point. But when they finally came, the moment was somewhat anticlimactic: Mr. Biden had already been declared the winner of the presidential race roughly an hour earlier, after Pennsylvania was called for him.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In Nevada, where Hillary Clinton beat Mr. Trump by 2.4 percentage points in 2016, Democrats control the governor’s office and legislature, both Senate seats and all but one House seat. It was not widely expected to be a battleground state in the presidential election.- Advertisement – Still, that Mr. Biden has clinched Nevada’s six electoral votes adds to his lead in the Electoral College.The Trump campaign had identified Nevada, which allows any losing candidate to request a recount, as one of the battleground states where it hopes to use the courts and procedural maneuvers to stave off defeat. Less than 24 hours before Election Day, a Nevada judge rejected a lawsuit filed by Republicans who had tried to stop early vote counting in Clark County. But while recent polls consistently showed Mr. Biden ahead of Mr. Trump in Nevada, Democrats worried that some of their base working-class voters, many of whom lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, might not show up at the polls because of they would be focused on immediate concerns, like feeding their families. The state has reported more than 107,000 coronavirus cases.last_img read more

By 2023, Adris will invest 2.2 billion kuna in the tourism part of the group

first_imgMaistra – continued growth of all key business indicators In 2018, the Adris Group generated total revenue in the amount of HRK 5,79 billion, which is an increase of five percent. Operating revenues amounted to HRK 5,65 billion or 13 percent more than in the previous year. Revenues from the sale of goods and services amounted to HRK 5,06 billion, which is 16 percent more than last year. Revenue of HRK 3,55 billion was generated on the domestic market, and HRK 1,51 billion on foreign markets, or 12 percent more than last year. Net profit amounts to HRK 446 million, which is an increase of 19 percent. By 2023, Adris will invest almost three billion kuna in the development of its business. The majority of investments, worth 2.2 billion kuna, relate to further raising the quality of service in the tourism part of the business. In 2018, the process of ownership consolidation in the company HUP-Zagreb was completed. The session of the General Assembly of the Adris Group, held in Rovinj, ended the holding of the annual general meetings of the companies within the Group. HUP-Zagreb is a company that significantly contributes to the strengthening of the tourism part of the Group and which also achieves the growth of all key business indicators. These indicators, in addition to Zagreb hotels, include the operations of Dubrovnik hotels in the branch Dubrovnik Riviera Hotels. In 2018, HUP-Zagreb achieved seven percent more overnight stays, with an increase in the average price of overnight stays of eight percent. Operating revenues increased by 10 percent and amounted to HRK 448 million. Profit before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to HRK 176 million and is 17 percent higher than last year. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) increased by 25 percent and amounted to HRK 135 million.  In accordance with the published agenda, after the General Assembly adopted the financial statements for 2018, it also made a decision on the use of the 2018 profit. In 2018, Maistra achieved four percent more overnight stays, with an increase in the average price of overnight stays of four percent. Operating revenues increased by nine percent and amounted to HRK 1,25 billion. Profit before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from ordinary activities amounts to HRK 449 million and is five percent higher than last year. Profit before interest and taxes (EBIT) from ordinary activities increased by four percent and amounted to HRK 275 million. The realized net operating profit amounts to HRK 201 million.  Ante Vlahović is leaving the head of the Adris group  In accordance with the decision of the General Assembly on the payment of a dividend of HRK 18,2 per share, the amount of HRK 298,5 million will be allocated from the undistributed retained earnings of the Company for the payment of a dividend. The dividend will be paid on July 19, 2019, to the accounts of the shareholders according to the balance and statement of the Central Depository and Clearing Company on June 28, 2019. The calculated amount of dividend on treasury shares is retained in retained earnings.  At the beginning of 2019, Adris completed the process of acquiring a 2018% stake in the company. In June 75, the process of functional merger in the tourism part began in order for Maistra and HUP-Zagreb to function as a single system, which will enable the use of economies of scale and synergy effects. The tourism part of the Group has 84 percent of products in solid facilities and as much as XNUMX percent of hotel accommodation at the level of four and five stars. Maistra is a leading Croatian tourist company according to the quality criteria of the tourist portfolio. A dividend of HRK 18,2 per share will be paid on July 19 By 2023, Adris will invest more than two billion kuna in the tourism part of the Group, which will put 95 percent of hotel capacity at the highest level of supply. In addition to investments in Rovinj, Vrsar, Zagreb and Dubrovnik, investments are also planned in Split, a growing and recognizable Croatian tourist destination. In addition to capital investment, a key lever for growth is investing in visibility and experiences in tourist destinations, which directly and positively affects pricing management policy. In 2018, all Adris companies recorded growth in key quantitative and financial business indicators. All three businesses saw double-digit net profit growth: healthy food 11 percent, tourism 24 percent and insurance 33 percent. Consolidated, growth is 29 percent. If the company HUP-Zagreb is added to that, Adris’s operations recorded a consolidated growth of net profit of 52 percent. With the acquisition of HUP-Zagreb, Adris has further strengthened its tourism business, and has made all the necessary reservations related to Agrokor, reports Adris. Finally, the Assembly gave discharge to the members of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board. The current President of the Management Board, mr. Vlahović, was elected a member of the Supervisory Board with the beginning of his term on January 1, 2020. Vitomir Palinec, Finance Director of the Adris Group, was also elected a member of the Supervisory Board, and his term of office begins with the conclusion of the General Assembly at which he was elected.last_img read more

Werner expects improvement

first_img “We do believe Brendan is the right man for Liverpool and the right man to take the club forward,” Werner said in an interview with the Liverpool Echo. “When we hired Brendan we wanted to see improvement. “Hopefully when we have a conversation in a year’s time he will have demonstrated and the squad will have demonstrated that we’ve regained top form again.” FSG backed Rodgers in the transfer market this summer and Werner added: ” We had some very constructive discussions with Brendan. We learned a lot and we are very much looking forward to the start of the season because we’re a stronger team now than we were a year ago. “Brendan was very instrumental in the transfer targets that we went after this summer. We expect we’re going to see a strong improvement.” Liverpool expect a “strong improvement” this season from last year’s disappointing campaign, according to chairman Tom Werner. The Reds have brought in big-money signings like Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke this summer in a bid to make sure they at least get back into the Champions League. Brendan Rodgers’ position as manager came under scrutiny last term as the Anfield club could only finish sixth, but Warner said the club owners Fenway Sports Group retained belief in the 42-year-old. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly: Virender Sehwag attributes his success to Dada

first_imgSourav Ganguly, former Indian captain and current member of the Cricket Advisory Committee, turns 45.After making a memorable Test debut after scoring a century at Lord’s in 1996, Ganguly has never looked back.His most memorable and iconic moment came in the final of the Natwest series at Lord’s, when he celebrated by opening his shirt and waving it in the air after India won the match.  Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, who all made their debuts under the ‘Prince of Calcutta’, led the birthday wishes for their former captain on Twitter.   Whatever success I could achieve in Test Cricket,I truly attribute it to the wonderful support you gave me @SGanguly99 . #HappyBirthdayDada Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2017  #HappyBirthdayDada! It was always a pleasure to play with you, @SGanguly99! Have a good one! sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 8, 2017  Wishing dearest @SGanguly99 many happy returns of the day lots of love dadi. yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 8, 2017#HappyBirthdayDada! You’ve always been an inspiration and a true hero. Have a great one, @SGanguly99 ?????? God bless you ??? #Topman ???- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 8, 2017A very #HappyBirthdayDada ?????? Wishing you many healthy, happy and joyful years ahead. @SGanguly99 ?????? Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) July 8, 2017 Happy Birthday to the Dada of Indian Cricket. The man who changed Indian Cricket for the good forever #HappyBirthdayDada Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) July 7, 2017   Many many happy returns of the day dada! Hope you continue to show direction to #bengal cricket as always! @SGanguly99 #HappyBirthdayDada Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) July 7, 2017 #HappyBirthdayDada ,the man who brought about a great transition in Indian cricket. Forever a legend @SGanguly99 ! May you have a grt life. Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2017 Happy birthday to the man who has given us innumerable moments to cherish. Happy birthday, @SGanguly99!- cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 8, 2017 Happy Birthday, @SGanguly99. Here’s wishing you a great year ahead #HappyBirthdayDada BCCI (@BCCI) July 8, 2017 Happy Birthday to one of India’s finest cricketers, Sourav Ganguly! ????What is your favourite memory from his career? ICC (@ICC) July 8, 2017last_img read more