Responsible Manufacturing and Procurement – the Way Forward

february, 2021

09feb11:00 am12:30 pmResponsible Manufacturing and Procurement - the Way Forward

Event Details

Chair – Damon Schunmann, Strategic Consultant at Barbour ABI

Bill Hewlett – Technical Director – British Board of Agrement (BBA)
Iain Mcilwee – Chief Executive – Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS)
Peter Caplehorn – Chief Executive – Construction Products Association (CPA)
Graeme Whitty – National Product Director – Willmott Dixon Construction

The aspirations for public sector construction came back into the limelight with December’s publication of the government’s Construction Playbook, a document that provides guidance on sourcing and contracting public works projects and programmes. While broad in scope, the document places an emphasis on “outcome-based specifications” and a will to “standardise designs, components and interfaces”.

In another shake-up, January saw the government announce the formation of a new construction products regulator which will be granted the power to remove any product from the market “that presents a significant safety risk and prosecute any companies who flout the rules on product safety.”

In light of these initiatives, Barbour ABI and Barbour Product Search will be holding a webinar to examine how manufacturing and procurement best practise can be improved. Topics for debate will include:

• How both contractor and manufacturer responsibilities and best practice for product safety and quality controls can be improved.

• The role digitisation and technology can play in the verification of manufacturing, product sourcing and installation.

• How the industry can embrace the innovative, digitally enabled manufacturing approaches which have long been standard practice in other major sectors.

• How the industry can standardise designs and components and whether this is always appropriate.

• The role that methodologies like modern methods of construction or the Construction Innovation Hub’s Platform approach will play in influencing standardisation and aggregation of demand.

For further details, click the Learn More link below.


(Tuesday) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm



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