A report on the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 25th-26th May 2022 | RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin

The IEA presented and exhibited at the Manufacturing & Supply Conference, in the RDS on the 25th & 26th May. Paul Corbett, Howard Knott, Brian Maher, Michelle Hegarty, and Roisin Coleman attended over the two days and attracted visitors from all over the country.

Day 1 focused on Manufacturing, Digital Transformation and Innovation. Day 2 focused heavily on Supply Chain & Logistics, Sustainability, Skills and Life Sciences.

The Conference & Exhibition was well attended by large and small businesses, exhibiting everything from Robotics and Automation to Pharmaceuticals and Logistics. Among the impressive line-up of industry professionals who spoke was Howard Knott, Logistics Consultant. Howard’s presentation: “How can Irish International Supply Chain be mended?” addressed the ongoing challenges being faced by exporters and importers alike, issues which are all too familiar to many of our members, and issues the IEA is actively representing those members on. Following his presentation Howard also participated in a lively panel discussion on “People, Performance and Automation: the Future of Supply Chain Operations.”

Over on the Sustainability Stage, Paul Corbett presented on: “Preparing for a more sustainable future” and the growing need for businesses across all industries to focus on this area. Paul introduced the Institute of Sustainable Trade (IST), a new division of the IEA.  The IST is a professional membership and education institute supporting international professionals at every stage of their career.

There was a notable level of interest shown by the delegates and it was great to meet so many people from various industries who approached the IEA stand expressing an interest to advance their own knowledge and skills in sustainability and training.

The overall demand for education, upskilling and continuing professional development increased exponentially during the pandemic and this was evident across the event.

The IEA was pleased to reengage with so many of our members who support us throughout the year. The energy and passion displayed by exhibitors and delegates alike was refreshing.

The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition is an event the IEA enjoys supporting annually and we are already looking forward to next year!