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14 - 17 September 2021

Excel - London

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Industry Engagement & Acquisition

DSEI ZONES & HUBS

Industry Engagement & Acquisition

Day One (Tuesday 14 September) is dedicated to military-industry engagement and acquisition strategy, providing in-depth analysis of key capabilities and technology programmes from their service leaders, as well as where the business development opportunities are for solution providers to join the supply chain.

It is crucial to have a strong shared understanding of requirements between military and industry, to ensure that ambitions for military capability align with existing industry capability. A key focus of this strategy is the expansion of the supply chain to find new and non-traditional partners in key emerging technology areas, with more direct-access opportunities on offer for SME’s through grants and technology accelerators.

This day will shine a spotlight on the unique procurement challenges of each force. This is an opportunity for the industry to understand precisely what their customers want, and for the military to outline how they plan to procure it.

DSEI 2021 has worked in close partnership with a number of UK MoD Working Groups to develop this theme in accordance with the needs of the industry. There is a focus on clarifying routes to contract, and strengthening partnerships between user and vendor.

Forum panels on Tuesday 14 September

It is crucial to have good relationships and a strong shared understanding of requirements between military and industry, in order to operate seamlessly. This theme will be present throughout the entire show, but Tuesday 14 September will shine a spotlight on the unique procurement challenges of each force. This is an opportunity for the industry – including non-traditional suppliers – to understand precisely what their customers want, and for the military to outline how they plan to procure it.

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Defence Leaders Webinar

The introduction of new equipment technology is not only dependent upon the ability to design and develop a product, but also upon the capability of the supply chain to manufacture the product. A key consideration in reducing the time to entry into service is the technology’s Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRL) and the Supply Chain Readiness Level (SCRL).

The panel discusses the challenges facing equipment development, from the design stage through to manufacture and availability in service, and how the key requirements of that design impact the manufacturing and the supply chain. To start the conversation in the best way possible, DSEI 2021’s chief Defence advisor AVM Gary Waterfall caught up with key figures, including:

  • General Robin Anderton-Brown, Multi-Domain Integration Change Programme Director, StratCom
  • Professor Ken Young, Director of Technology, MTC
  • Roy Woods, UK Industrial Director, Thales 

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Manufacturing Hub & Theatre

The manufacturing industry is a key part of the UK and world economy. UK manufacturing currently employs 2.6 million people, accounts for 44% of total exports and represents 70% of business research and development.

After a successful launch in 2019, DSEI’s Manufacturing Hub will return in 2021, supporting UK manufacturers to break into the defence sector and strengthen their relationships within this industry, including with prime contractors who rely on skills and technology to deliver complex equipment programmes.

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The Manufacturing Theatre will enable practical demonstrations of the latest developments in supply chain management at every point along its lifecycle. Manufacturing Hub exhibitors will also provide insight into their products and services and how they have been adapted for the defence and security sectors. 

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