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We Can Make: re-imagining manufacturing in Bristol

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Smart factories, digital fabrication technologies, new materials and changes in distribution networks are among the changes that are radically re-shaping who makes what, where and how.

WE CAN MAKE explores how Bristol can re-localise and grow manufacturing in the city:

What will be the impacts from these technological and social changes and who will be affected?

Will new technologies open up the opportunity of a more participative and localised approach to manufacturing?

How will novel technologies and social change translate into new business ideas and is there an appetite to finance these?

Will there be environmental benefits through repair, re-use and recycling of products and materials in a circular economy?

How should a city region, its citizens and institutions, respond to the manufacturing possibilities in a changing world?


This event brings together leading manufacturers, decision makers, thinkers, makers and artists to share new research and ideas. Contributors include:

James Durie Executive Director, Business West: Chair

Karin Smyth MP: on supporting skills and jobs through re-localised manufacturing to create opportunities for all.

Chris McMahon, University of Bristol: sharing new research that seeks to understand the reality of redistributed manufacturing in Bristol and the South-West.

James Tooze, Royal College of Arts: on makerspaces and rethinking the products and services we want and need.

Carolyn Hassan, Knowle West Media Centre: on creating pro-manufacturing communities where needs, from jobs to housing, are locally produced?

+ Bristol manufacturers and makers



6-6:30pm: Meet the Makers Open Studios: meet the people and get hands-on with tech and tools

6:30-7:30pm: Panel presentations followed by discussion with an open Q&A session.

7:30-8pm: Networking, drinks and Polar Ice Pops


For more details contact Melissa Mean: or 0117 903 0444.



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Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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