BARA Chair Joins MTC As Chief Automation Officer

28 Jul 2020

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has, today (28 July 2020), announced the appointment of BARA Chairman, Mike Wilson, as its Chief Automation Officer.

Wilson will lead the MTC’s drive to increase the adoption of automation throughout UK manufacturing. Supported by the existing expertise and extensive resources within the MTC, he will be looking to assist companies aiming to gain benefits from the increased application of automation. This will include building a community of automation suppliers and equipment vendors to ensure the appropriate solutions can be delivered to meet the needs of the customers.

With over 35 years’ experience in robotics and automation gained across a broad range of manufacturing sectors throughout Europe, North America and Asia, Wilson is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the application of industrial robot systems in the UK.

During this time, he has been Chairman of the International Federation of Robotics and his book, the “Implementation of Robot Systems”, was published in 2014. Wilson has also been on the Board of Directors for the PPMA since 2009.

Discussing his recent appointment as Chief Automation Officer, Wilson said: “I have worked with the MTC over a number of years and I am both excited and pleased to be joining this outstanding team.”

Ken Young, Technology Director at the MTC, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Mike Wilson to the MTC in the new role of Chief Automation Officer. He brings strong business expertise as well as broad manufacturing experience and is well-respected in the sector, and by important stakeholders such as government, banks, and various trade bodies.

“Automation and robotics will be key to ensuring the UK addresses the productivity challenge as we build a competitive manufacturing sector for the future. The MTC wants to be at the centre of the drive to support an increase of automation adoption in the UK,” added Young.

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