UK-India Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Insight Study: Digital Manufacturing and Connected Supply Chains

Webinar Description

The UK-India Advanced Manufacturing Partnership initiative, delivered by Innovate UK KTN, aims to map key emerging opportunities for creating India-UK research and innovation links in various fields of the advanced manufacturing sector.

UK India Webinar on Digital Manufacturing and Connected Supply Chains commissioned by Innovate UK KTN, UK’s innovation network, to Finovista, India & Unconventional Connections, UK.

India and the UK share strong economic and social ties. India is the second-largest investor in the UK. As of 2019, Indian companies in the UK generated 48 billion pounds and employed roughly 105,000. The UK is also the sixth-largest foreign investor in India, with a total investment of around US$ 31 billion till September 2021. Both countries also share strong cultural ties, with the United Kingdom having an Indian diaspora population of over 1.8 million.

To take forward the existing research and technology related to the next level to meet the challenges emerging from climate change issues, new policy moves, and technological changes, both countries have agreed to work together to: share knowledge and expertise regarding advanced materials, digital manufacturing, smart supply chain, sustainable manufacturing and artificial intelligence; provide scientific support to policies and regulatory aspects including ethics; and promote dialogue in research and innovation.


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0900 / 1330 hrs ●  Welcome Dr Geraldine Durand, Knowledge Transfer Manager ‑ Global Alliance, Innovate UK KTN
0905 / 1335 hrs ●  Inaugural –    Mr Krunal Ramesh, Innovation Analyst – Manufacturing & Materials, Innovate UK

–    Ms Geeny George Shaju Dip CIPR, Acting Deputy Director, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) India, British High Commission (BHC) India

0920 / 1350 hrs ●  Presentation on Research Findings Joint presentation by Mr Vimal Kumar, Finovista and Dr Nick Rousseau, Unconventional Connections
0935 / 1405 hrs ●  Panel Discussion on Digital Manufacturing


Moderator: Dr Nick Rousseau

CEO and International Collaboration Consultant, Unconventional Connections


–    Prof Ashutosh Tiwari, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Airbus / RAEng Research Chair in Digitisation for Manufacturing, University of Sheffield

–    Mr Joe Smith, Product Lead, Intellegens

–    Prof Sunil Jha, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi & Director, IITD AIA Foundation for Smart Manufacturing (IAFSM)

1020 / 1450 hrs ●  Panel Discussion on Connected Supply Chains


Moderator: Ms Nicole Ballantyne, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Manufacturing, Innovate UK KTN


–    Mr Vikas Saxena, Director & Head – Software Division, Renishaw India

–    Prof Mukesh Kumar, University Lecturer, University of Cambridge and Research Associate, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge

–    Mr George Paul, Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT)

–    Mr Khushal Kalra, Smart Factory, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering

1105 / 1535 hrs ●  Q&As
1115 / 1545 hrs ●  India internationalisation opportunity for UK Advanced Manufacturing high-growth companies Ms Ciara Fitzgerald. Head of Innovation & Business Advice, Innovate UK EDGE
1125 / 1555 hrs Closing Remarks and Way-forward Dr Geraldine Durand, Knowledge Transfer Manager ‑ Global Alliance, Innovate UK KTN

About the Programme

Innovation is increasingly a global endeavour and the ambition of businesses to become truly international enterprises is at its highest, Innovate UK has identified a need for a multi-year, bilateral research and innovation (R&I) partnership with India on Advanced Manufacturing and Materials to be backed up by funding commitments from both sides.

This study aimed to provide a holistic understanding of the potential scale of collaboration between India and the UK and promote Indian market opportunities across key industry sectors to UK businesses, agencies, and academia.

Under this Innovation Insight Study, we are conducting this webinar, to understand, the strengths of the UK & India in the Digital Manufacturing and Connected Supply Chain sector and potential areas of collaboration on research and innovation. As one of the prominent agencies in the Indian Digital Manufacturing and connected supply chains sector, we request your participation as a panellist for this webinar and share your inputs. The findings from this webinar would be captured in the innovation insight study.