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German British Forum

Digitalisation and The Future of Work – GBF Conference, 14 November 2017

Digitalisation and The Future of Work

In association with EEF, the German British Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Liverpool LEP and LCR 4.0

The 2017 German British Forum conference, “Digitalisation and The Future of Work”, will be held on 14th November 2017 at the Liverpool Town Hall, 08:00 – 17:30.

The conference will debate the challenges for recruitment and training for businesses in the age of digitalisation and automation.

How will jobs change in the future and how can we communicate this to the education sector? The conference focuses on manufacturing, engineering and logistics. Keynote speeches and panel discussions will exchange understanding of the future employment needs of industrial companies.

What are the aims of the UK’s Industrial Digitalisation Strategy? What is needed from education and business?
What has been done to improve manufacturing processes? How is this affecting modern training and college courses?
What is the future of moving product – Logistik 4.0 and “Smart Ports”?
What does the future of food retail recruitment look like?
How will transformation from a traditional industry to a digital/IT company be managed?

Speakers include:
•  Dr Peter Ammon, German Ambassador to the United Kingdom
•  Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham, Chair of Vote Leave Watch, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration
•  Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK
•  Dieter Geuss, Director of the BMW Hams Hall engine plant
•  Carl Arntzen, CEO of BOSCH Thermotechnology Ltd
•  Gary Hodgson, Strategic Projects Director, Peel Ports Group which operates Liverpool2, the new deep water port that handles the new “SuezMax” class container ships
•  Dr Frank-Stephan Hardt, chief financial officer of T-Systems Ltd
•  Terry Scuoler, CEO of manufacturers’ organisation EEF
•  Burkhard Sommer, director of PwC Maritime Competence Centre in Hamburg
•  Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics
•  Prof. Alan McKinnon, Professor of Logistics in the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg
•  David Swann, Technical Director of Universal Wolf, makers of robotic systems for online retail
•  Plus panellists from Airbus, DHL, University of Liverpool and more

Following the conference, there will be a drinks reception and dinner which requires a separate ticket.




Tuesday 14-11-2017

08:00 - 08:45
Registration & Opening Address
Opening address: Dr Peter Ammon, German Ambassador to the UK
08:45 - 09:00
Speaker:Chuka Umunna MP for Streatham

Main topic : Chuka will discuss digital automation and its impact on the labour market. He will address Brexit and how this may affect the UK’s digital industrial future.
09:00 - 09:20
The Industrial Digitalisation Strategy
Speaker: Juergen Maier, CEO Siemens UK

Main topic : The Industrial Digitalisation Strategy is a key component of Britain’s Industrial Strategy.
  • How UK industry can benefit from the accelerated adoption of digital technology across advanced manufacturing? And other sectors like logistics and construction?
  • What are the aims?
  • What is needed from education and business and what is the relation to the digitalisation programmes in Germany & Europe?

09:20 - 09:40
The Future of Production, Logistics and Jobs - Video Montage-
Supporting companies provide video of their current and future “2025” industrial operations, combining people with autonomous systems.

Industrial, from:
  • Siemens
  • BMW / Bosch / ThyssenKrupp
  • Pan-European = Airbus
  • UK company: Jaguar Land Rover / Unipart / Rolls-Royce or GKN
Service sector, from:
  • Amazon, Uber
  • DHL
  • DZ Bank - Fintech, Telecoms
  • Others

09:40 - 10:00
BMW: Digital Production Methods, now and tomorrow
Speaker: Dieter Geus, Director, BMW Hams Hall

Main topic : Manufacturing processes at BMW are always changing to respond to customers needs and achieve quicker delivery.
  • What have the BMW UK plants done to improve these KPIs? How is this affecting training?
  • Which new technologies is BMW looking at? Composite materials and automated assembly, 3D printing of parts, laser identification of bespoke components to deliver mass customisation.

10:00 - 10:30
Computing, Automation and People: The Future of Moving Product
Speaker: David Swan, Technical Director, Universal Wolf

Universal Wolf is the provider of robotic delivery systems to large retailers,for example Ocado.
Main topic :
  • Explain how picking and packing operations have become fully automated, and the technology used to take and pick orders and deliver them with low labour.
  • What skills does this automated company need now?
  • What does the future of food retail employ look like?

10:30 - 11:00
Digital Disruption at BOSCH
Speaker: Carl Arntzen, CEO, BOSCH Thermotechnology Ltd
Main topic:
  • Impact of digitalisation on employment in the Bosch Group.
  • Changes to business models.
  • Smart Home Revolution.

11:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 11:50
The effect of digital on jobs in manufacturing - EEF, the manufacturers' organisation
Speaker : Terry Scuoler CBE, CEO of EEF
11:50 - 12:05
The impact of digitalisation on jobs and the economy
Speaker : Stephen Brambley, Director of Public Affairs, GAMBICA
Main Topic: Looking at the findings of several key academic and research studies, this session will compare short term displacement of jobs with the long term growth through productivity and new jobs and skills needed
12:05 - 12:50
Panel Session : Manufacturing and Industry
-Presentation from each panellist.
-Q&A with the audience.
-Panellist main topics: :
  • Overview of current automation within operations.
  • How does this effect recruitment?
  • New job opportunities and the future of recruitment within the next decade.

12:50 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:25
Speaker: Dr Frank-Stephan Hardt, CFO, T-Systems Ltd

Connecting the energy regimes with the communication system is seen as the fundamental step that shifts mankind from the Second to the Third Industrial Revolution. The development of the digitised Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure enables the convergence of the energy infrastructure with the communication infrastructure which is seen as the kernel of the Third Industrial Revolution. Deutsche Telekom\T-Systems present two Smart City solutions – Smart Port Logistics and Air Pollution – which help multiple partners to accelerate their efficiency, increase their productivity and more importantly to establish a more sustainable low-carbon ecosystem to mitigate climate change.
14:25 - 14:50
Speaker: Burkhard D. Sommer, Co-Head, Maritime Competence Centre, PwC Germany

Main topic: SmartPort Logistics
The march of digitalization is continuing to change logistics processes around the world. After many successful decades of digitalization and automation in contemporary ports, the next big step is to look at innovative ways for extracting more value from new and existing data sources to achieve competitive advantages. The trend is particularly driven by powerful information technology and paradigms already available and widely discussed in the port industry, including the internet of things, cloud computing, big data, blockchain, augmented reality — you name it. Under the umbrella of digital ports or smart ports, new innovative business models, concepts, and ideas have begun to be implemented.
14:50 - 15:45
Panel Debate: Logistics, Logistik 4.0 and smart ports
Panel debate and Q&A with audience:
Panellists from:
  • Potential guest speaker, DHL Supply Chain UK :Paul Dyer, CEO
  • 15:45 - 16:10
    Peel Ports
    Speaker : Mark Whitworth, CEO, Peel Ports Group
    Main Topic: Digitalisation is changing employment in port operations, material handling and logistics
    • Peel Ports was a prime contractor for constructing the new deep water port at Liverpool2
    • Only commercial port in UK that can handle new "SuezMax" container ships
    • Port operations are automating rapidly
  • The speaker will discuss how their current and future use of digital tools to handle high volumes of containers to and from the Liverpool port will change both the speed of delivery and the nature of employment in this fast-moving port industry

  • 16:10 - 16:35
    BASF Group
    Speakers: Tom Urwin, Head of Finance & Administration UK/Ireland, BASF
    Main topic: Finance-Road Map & Application of "Soft-bots” in Finance processes
    Details to follow.
    16:35 - 17:00
    Education: How is education in the UK & Germany preparing for the Future?
    Headmasters from German Berufsschule and leading University Technical College.
    Main topic:Are schools in UK/Germany equipped to change for a digital age & industry’s needs?
    17:00 - 17:30
    Summary: “What next?”
    Speakers: Bob Bischof,Chairman of GBF , Frank-Stephan Hardt,Finance Director ,T-Systems

    Main topic:
    • How is technology affecting the way companies -especially those involved in manufacturing and logistics-Will recruit in the future?
    • How do the approaches to the “digitisation of jobs” in Germany and the United Kingdom differ?
    • Q&A with the audience.