Background on working groups
The UK5G Advisory Board (UK5G AB) has decided to create a number of working groups (WG), covering the following subject areas:
Local Enterprise Partnerships & SMEs
Testbed & Trials review
The general purpose of each UK5G Working Group is to understand specific needs and challenges in the UK 5G ecosystem and to develop practical ways of overcoming these, normally within a relatively short timescale (12-18 months).
Each WG will have a Chair, taken from the UK5G AB, and will be made up of between 12-20 interested and relevant individuals (who must be registered on the UK5G website).
The Chair, in conjunction with UK5G will choose a list of relevant applicants. WGs will be organised routinely, at the discretion of the Chair, supported by the UK5G team. An action plan will be developed after the inaugural meeting.
The progress of the WGs will be reviewed twice-yearly at the full UK5G Advisory Group meetings (normally July, January).
Representing almost 10% of the UK economy and generating over £162bn GVA the UK manufacturing sector is critical to current and future prosperity. Some 7.7m people are employed both directly and in the wider supply chain making it the 3rd largest sector in Europe and the 8th largest worldwide (2017).
5G networks provide unparalleled opportunities for manufacturers to adopt Industry 4.0 through the application of Integrated Digital Technologies to drive transformational improvements across the whole value chain, bringing inclusive growth that benefits business, individuals and society as a whole.
The Made Smarter review identified growth opportunities of 1.5 – 3% per annum and work underway within the Worcestershire 5G testbed is already proving productivity gains of over 2%, with more to come.
The UK5G Manufacturing working group will seek to explore how the unique characteristics of 5G can be exploited to the benefit of high value growth areas in manufacturing (Aerospace, Pharmaceuticals, Food and Drink, Construction) plus other key sub-sectors such as automotive, along with developing our understanding of the challenges and opportunities for SMEs in the supply chain and where vertical collaboration can fast-track digitalisation.
We will use our findings to influence policies that will translate into practical solutions on the ground.
Applications to the UK5G Manufacturing Group are sought from OEMs and their supply chains along with Providers of technology equipment, network and services.
This is a unique opportunity for senior business leaders motivated to achieve improved company performance through digitalisation to play a part in influencing Government and shaping the new paradigm.
The call for applications is now open and will close at midday, 11th July. We will inform successful applicants by the end of July. If you would like to apply to join this group please submit your interest here.