Title: Breaking the barriers
Speaker: Dr Tom Enders, CEO, EADS
Chair: Sir John Parker GBE FREng
October 1 is the anniversary of Concorde breaking the sound barrier for the first time. As CEO of leading aerospace and defence company EADS, Tom Enders marks the occasion by exploring some of the other barriers that need to be broken for UK engineering to continue driving economic and industrial growth.
Throughout the last 200 years, the world has seen repeated economic cycles that turned on the latest technological advances, from the steam engine and electricity to the microchip and, of course, air travel. At each turn, the pace has become quicker, the competition stiffer and the stakes higher; a situation that will accelerate with the arrival of new areas like nanotechnology, 3D printing and alternative energies. Dr Enders examines how the aerospace industry can respond to such challenges and nurture cross-sector cooperation to help maintain industrial competitiveness for the UK and Europe.