Podcasts

My guest today is Tomas Hedenborg. He is the Group CEO of Fastems, in Tampere, Finland. Fastems is a leading independent manufacturer of factory automation systems. Unique because of their focus on the business, unique because of the software connecting very sophisticated hardware and unique because of remote diagnostics that rectify 85% of issues. The way the company is run has changed drastically over the last 2 years too...
My guest today is Tim Lawrence. Tim is Head of Manufacturing at the PA Consulting Group. He explains about a shift in mindset in the way manufacturing has redesigned itself. An entrepreneur arrives with an idea (and some money to invest), a team of experts in technology, innovation and marketing analyse the idea and identify a way forward to make the dream a reality! Fascinatingly simple don't you think? We just need to change our minds...
In this episode, Stefano tells us about a journey into marine engineering that can truly be regarded as a gift - not the normal route followed by most! In February 1998, when he was 17 years old, Stefano had a very serious accident when a car struck him and crushed him against a wall whilst he was entering his house...
In this episode, John tells about the 'smart' in smart metering, smart homes, smart appliances and smart grids. Landis+Gyr provides metering solutions for electricity, gas, heat/cold and water for energy measurement solutions for utilities. Since 1896 the company has been helping customers overcome operational, regulatory and consumer driven challenges by capturing the advantages and benefits of technology.
The Economist said "A fizzing analysis of the history and geography of manufacturing and where it is heading" when reviewing the book “The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production” written by my guest, Peter Marsh. Peter had a long career at the Financial Times where until recently he was their manufacturing editor. Who better then to talk to about manufacturing than someone who has monitored the topic for so many years.
My guest this week is Lucy Taylor, a young lady who left university with a Masters in chemistry. Call it fate, call it destiny - somehow Lucy found herself as a team leader in a manufacturing facility. Her love affair with manufacturing had begun. Lucy discovered she had a knack in resolving production issues and has gone from agriculture to coal to confectionery! Now, she's Head of Operations for the Fabulous Bakin’ Boys.....
My guest this week is Professor James Woudhuysen. Having graduated with a degree in physics back in the seventies, James has been surrounded by technology in one form or another throughout his professional career. He is a writer, designer and forecaster of all things tech. James gives us an academic insight on the European perspective of manufacturing, where we are now and what may need to be done in order to truly realise the industrial renaissance.
My guest on this my first show is Cathie Hall, Chief Executive of Syspro Europe, a company which develops ERP solutions. An ERP System automates and integrates core business processes such as taking customer orders, scheduling operations, and keeping inventory records and financial data. Cathie explains what ERP is, what it does and how she became obsessed by manufacturing. I'm hoping that Cathie will be influential in convincing the younger generation of an exciting career in manufacturing.