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  • Date and time: Wednesday 27 January 2021, 4pm to 5pm
  • Location: Zoom (online)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Why does a global industrial superpower have a factory located in the heart of Cheshire in the UK? Learn how we at Siemens, Congleton have achieved a step change in productivity through innovation. We will discuss why people and culture is the foundation of our past and future success. As our industrial supply chain models become more consumer driven, we will explore how this is changing the way we think about our manufacturing processes and the underlying technologies. Learn how we have built upon our Lean heritage and are avoiding the mistake of digitalising and automating waste, to become a sustainable factory of the future. We will end with a brief insight into the motivation of our new business strategy.

Sarah Black-Smith and Carl German

Sarah Black-Smith is passionate about Manufacturing and heads the Factory Operations at the Siemens Digital Industries factory in Congleton. Sarah has worked for Siemens for 18 years carrying and prior to working in Congleton held a number of Operational positions within the Siemens Energy business in Lincoln.


Celebrating over 25 years at Siemens, Carl German currently holds the position of Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Lead. Carl is passionate on how digitalisation and automation can be a positive disrupting influence on the life-cycle of the company’s product portfolio and also how innovation complements their historical classical Lean manufacturing heritage, to provide a sustainable productive and flexible foundation for the future.

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