It has been announced today that Dr Chris Owen has been appointed Chief Executive of SMMT Industry Forum – the world-leading productivity improvement and training business. Since 1995, the organisation has provided support services to global companies across manufacturing industries, capitalising on its unique automotive heritage.

“I am delighted that Chris has agreed to lead SMMT Industry Forum through its next stage of development,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “There is renewed enthusiasm for the value of manufacturing and SMMT Industry Forum has the tools and techniques to help companies attain global competitiveness.”

“The unique automotive heritage embedded in the DNA of SMMT Industry Forum is of significant value to companies in every manufacturing industry,” said Chris Owen. “There are great new opportunities for this business and I am honoured to have the chance to lead it during such an exciting period.”

From 10 October, Dr Owen will take charge of the business – now in its 16th year of operation – calling on his experience in technology, product engineering and quality roles at Perkins Engines and as General Manager of a Caterpillar manufacturing business in France.

SMMT Industry Forum is crucial to the UK and global automotive industries and impacts on a diverse range of other sectors, from aerospace to pharmaceutical, through its best-practice training and business improvement services. The organisation’s engineers and trainers deliver practical solutions, crucial learning and development and, through internationally accredited audit and assessment processes, enhance the productivity and efficiency of businesses across the globe.

For more information about SMMT Industry Forum, please view our website, www.industryforum.co.uk and keep up to date with us on Twitter – @smmtif 

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