The Royal Mint takes inspiration from its origins in metalwork and design to forge a new future

Wednesday 13th September 2023

Theatre :  Sustainability and Circular Economy 


In a world where cash use is changing, The Royal Mint took inspiration from its origins in metalwork and design to forge a new future…

The Royal Mint is the oldest manufacturer in the UK and with a history and heritage forged in precious metals, it is transforming for the future. Director of Operations, Leighton John will talk through the fascinating history of the coin maker, including its most famous Master of the Mint, Sir Isaac Newton, its unique manufacturing capabilities (and challenges) and exciting new ventures.

Leighton will share his expertise in lean manufacturing, a commitment to technical and operational excellence and how innovation is propelling the business. This was particularly evident during Covid, when the Mint supported NHS workers by making over 2 million visors for front line staff.

He will share the vision for the future of the business, including a world-first approach to recovering precious metals from electronic waste and the introduction of a luxury jewellery arm called ‘886 by The Royal Mint’. Both business find their origins in The Royal Mint’s 1,100 year heritage of craftsmanship and expertise in precious metals. Sean will talk about The Royal Mint’s commitment to sustainability and the circular economy through the new business units, and the commitment to become a leader in sustainably sourced precious metals.

A business steeped in history but pioneering innovative new ways of working with metal, Leighton’s experience and knowledge will make for a fascinating look at the transformation of one of the world’s oldest companies.

Leighton John, Director of Operations at The Royal MintLeighton John Director of Operations
The Royal Mint

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