That Engineering Chat
Tim Willoughby, MA Exhibitions
Season 1, Ep. 28
In the final episode of That Engineering Chat EDS takeover, Nicole chats to Tim Willoughby, the managing director of MA Exhibitions. Nicole and Tim speak about the success of the show and how delighted MA Exhibitions is to have been able to create EDS once again. Tim shares, as others have, how the quality of people attending has been fantastic and is so pleased to have hosted the Engineering Design Show in Coventry.
Professor Rab Scott, University of Sheffield, AMRC
Season 1, Ep. 27
In this episode of That Engineering Chat EDS takeover, Nicole chats to Professor Rab Scott, the head of digital at AMRC. AMRC is part of the University of Sheffield and is a world-leading research and innovation centre. Rab has come to chat to Nicole after his talk on the future of manufacturing, which focussed on what comes next after Industry Four. Nicole and Rab talk about the pillars of sustainability and how these must be considered in the next steps of the manufacturing industry. Rab also shares how data is an enabler and should be shared between companies, but equally, there are many challenges to this that need to be addressed. He also shares that Industry Five will be resilient and sustainability-focused, but also human-centric. This means that although job roles will change, they will not be replaced by automation and there is scope for the creation of more job roles with people coming from varying demographics. This is an exciting chat all about the future of manufacturing!
Alice Wise, Manufacturing Technology Centre
Season 1, Ep. 26
In this episode of That Engineering Chat EDS takeover, Nicole chats to Alice Wise, a research engineer at The Manufacturing Technology Centre. Alice did a talk earlier that day discussing 3D printing with colour and handling colour in workflow. The Manufacturing Technology Centre uses additive manufacturing to create engineering parts from 3D printing. Alice’s role sees her supporting clients in the uptake of additive manufacturing. Nicole and Alice talk about Alice’s journey from university to where she is today and also speak about the increased capacity and scope that comes with additive manufacturing.
Robert John Webber, Powell Electronics
Season 1, Ep. 25
In this episode of That Engineering Chat EDS takeover, Nicole chats to Robert Webber, the European Applications Manager for Powell Electronics. Powell Electronics has started to distribute across Europe after years of success in the US. Robert works with connectors and helps save engineers time and help them with a range of interesting designs. Powell Electronics used EDS as a way to raise brand awareness and Nicole and Robert talk about how they made the most of their stand by making sure that people knew that Powell were here to solve people’s problems. Robert shares how this has been very successful as EDS has a very high-quality audience. Nicole and Robert also speak about the joy of having face to face interactions again rather than playing email tennis!
Neil Mantle, Rolls-Royce
Season 1, Ep. 24
In this episode of That Engineering Chat EDS takeover, Nicole chats to Neil Mantle, the director of manufacturing at Rolls-Royce. Nicole starts by asking the all-important question of whether Neil drives a Rolls-Royce, and she was not impressed with the answer! Neil explains how Rolls-Royce has actually moved away from cars and is now focused on power systems. Neil gives us an overview of his keynote talk about the journey to net-zero, as Rolls-Royce transitions away from fossil fuels. Nicole enquires about electric aircraft once more and Neil shares that they have been flying them already and partners are looking to fly in 2026! Neil also touches on the hardships of the pandemics and how it is now so enjoyable being able to bump into people again and have high-quality conversations. Neil and Nicole finish by speaking about the importance of ensuring that equal opportunities are being provided for people coming into the industry.
Rob Shropshire, Origin Engineering Solutions
Season 1, Ep. 23
In this episode of That Engineering Chat EDS takeover, Nicole chats to Robert Shropshire, director of Origin Engineering Solutions. The company is focused on providing engineering solutions to the manufacturing sector and service the design side of the market. They help to streamline the design process and fix mistakes early on as well. Robert shares how he is very impressed with the guests that are attending EDS and how excited they are to engage in conversation. He speaks about how great it has been to hear different speakers and walk around different exhibitors stands. Rob and Nicole also have fun chatting about the possibilities of electric planes after listening to a Rolls-Royce talk!
Rob Dando, FINALLY
Season 1, Ep. 22
In this episode of That Engineering Chat EDS takeover, Nicole chats to Rob Dando, co-founder of FINALLY Agency. Nicole speaks with Rob ahead of his talk at EDS which is about using LinkedIn to generate leads and sales. Rob explains that you need to be creating consistent content and ensure you understand that LinkedIn is still a social platform like Facebook. Rob identifies that LinkedIn is very important for the B2B market and is the number one place for engineering and manufacturing. Nicole and Rob speak about the importance of growing your personal brand and talking about personal experiences as a way to build rapport and trust. Rob shares how the agency came about and also the reasoning behind the name FINALLY. Rob also shares his reasons for enjoying working in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
Paul Michael, Coventry Building Society Arena
Season 1, Ep. 21
In this episode of That Engineering Chat EDS takeover, Nicole chats to Paul Michael, the managing director of Coventry Building Society Arena. Paul shares that EDS has been here since 2012 and engages with exactly what Coventry represents - a hub of engineering and manufacturing. Paul and Nicole talk about pre-pandemic event numbers and the importance of nurturing these relationships throughout the pandemic. The venue benefits from multiple assets and businesses and Paul talks about the expansion of the exhibition area. Coventry Building Society Arena offer personalisation for its visitors and Paul is always looking for ways to improve and make things new and exciting. He is very happy with the diversity that a show like EDS offers and is pleased to see the number of people that are attending.
John McNicholas, Lord Mayor, City of Coventry
Season 1, Ep. 20
In this episode of That Engineering Chat EDS takeover, Nicole chats to The Lord Mayor Councillor for the city of Coventry, John McNicholas. John speaks about Coventry as being the city of culture for 2021 and how the city has many strengths as it has been involved in engineering across time, it is the centre of the country and so is easily accessible and it is a fantastic multicultural place to be. John chose Coventry to be his home, and has previously worked for Jaguar and has been on the council for 35 years. John says that EDS showcases what an innovative place Coventry is.