Manufacturing and the Circular Economy Workshop




Date: 13 February 2023

Time: 9:30 AM – 16:30 PM GMT

Venue: The Manufacturing Technology Centre Pilot Way Coventry CV7 9JU


The Manufacturing and the Circular Economy one day workshop, aims to bring together policy makers, funding bodies, industry and academia.

About this event

Delivery of net zero by 2050 requires development and implementation of a circular economy approach to energy-intensive materials. For example, the reliance on global supplies of rare, or critical, elements linked to battery manufacturing and the deployment of offshore wind farms could present significant future challenges. Onshore recycling and re-processing of high-value materials presents significant sustainability, materials security and economic opportunities. The establishment of new manufacturing and de-manufacturing processes will be essential in ensuring materials are readily re-processable. The Midlands is well placed to take a leading role in high-value recycling within the UK.

The Manufacturing and the Circular Economy one day workshop aims to bring together policy makers, funding bodies, industry and academia to understand the current economic, technological and industrial landscapes for recycling, reuse and remanufacture of high value components. Key challenges and opportunities will be identified to strengthen and accelerate recycling activity in the West Midlands. The understanding and alignment of all stakeholders is critical to unlock the full potential of an on-shore, localised recycling industry in the region and the UK as a whole.

This event is jointly organised by the Manufacturing Technology Centre and the University of Birmingham.




9:30am     Registration and Networking, Including Tea and Coffee

9:45am     Opening Statement:  Size of the Opportunity, On-shoring, Materials Security

10:00am  EPSRC Energy Theme – Research Council Strategy

10:30am  Birmingham Waste Strategy

11:00am   Break

11:30am     WMCA Waste Strategy

12:00pm     UKRI – Circular Economy – Research Coucil Strategy

12:30pm     Lunch

1:30pm       Hypromag – Recycling of Rare Earth Batteries

1:45pm       ReLib – Recycling of Li Batteries

2:00pm      Robotics in Recycling

2:15pm        HVMC Recycling Programme

2:30pm       Break

2:45pm        Automotive Perspective on Recycling

3:15pm        Aerospace Perspective on Recycling

3:45pm       Waste Management Perspective on Recycling

4:15pm        Closing Remarks

4:30pm       Event Close and Depart


Workshop Tour Information

If you would like to attend a tour of the MTC workshop, it is essential that you bring photographic ID on the day. This is a security measure and is required for you to gain access to the MTC building. This should be in the form of the following:

A valid passport OR;

A driving licence PLUS one of the following: birth certificate, naturalisation certificate or leave to stay certificate

Due to MTC security requirements, unfortunately we are unable to offer tours to nationals from the following countries (this does not affect participation in the main event):

  • Belarus
  • China (including Macau, Tibet & Hong Kong)
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Syria
  • Ukraine