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Wednesday 22nd February

BTETalks – Developing a Multinational Net Zero Manufacturing Business

BTETalks - Developing a Multinational Net Zero Manufacturing Business

Chris Rea, entrepreneurial leader of AES Engineering will discuss Net Zero, a Digital Roadmap, and running a global business from Rotherham

The event explores the role that manufacturing companies play in lowering emissions, reducing water use while providing an excellent return on investment.

The talk will cover AES Engineering’s drive for Net Zero, psychological topics including; purpose, a sense of ownership, morale, motivation, culture, leadership and followship.

The AES Engineering Ltd. Group employs 1800 people globally and is headquartered in Rotherham. The Group produces environmental products and employs over 500 people in Rotherham and Sheffield and providing customer service from 230 locations in 104 countries.


17:00 – 17:30 Welcome reception with light refreshments (in-person only)

17:30 – 18:30 BTETalks – AES Engineering Ltd – followed by Q&A with Chris Rea.

18:30 – 19:30 Networking opportunity with light refreshments (in-person only)

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Chris Rea Biography

“Chris Rea, founder and managing director of the AES Engineering Group of companies. Since forming AESSEAL® in 1979, the company has grown to become one of the world’s leading specialists in the design and manufacture of mechanical seals, bearing protection and seal support systems. Our solutions not only help to improve the reliability of rotating equipment but also lower emissions, reduce water use and provide an excellent return on investment.

In 2021 the AES Engineering Group was verified as Net Zero Carbon Emissions thanks to our own policies and procedures, our crusade to help prevent global warming and the positive response of our customer-base.

Today we employ more than 1800 people and provide customer service from 230 locations in 104 countries.

Betterworld Solutions

In view of the urgency of the climate crisis, we have created the Betterworld.Solutions movement to encourage Boards of companies worldwide to create a simple to understand policy to encourage sustainability projects. We believe that profitability, jobs and economic growth can go hand in hand with environmentally-friendly policies.

Our Group of Companies at AES Engineering has made environmental projects a priority for many years, but recent events have convinced us that we need a direct conduit from our own operators and suppliers.

We estimate that widespread adoption of more climate-friendly policies in industry globally, could have the equivalent impact of taking 529.5 million cars off the roads.

Find out more about the drive to encourage business leaders to adopt a policy supporting the fight against global warming at

Chris has a degree in economics from Queen’s University Belfast, has an Honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University. He is a qualified Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is now one of a very elite group of people who were already Fellows prior to becoming an Honorary Fellow 2020. Chris is a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire and in the New Year’s Honours for 2020 was awarded a CBE for services to business, innovation and exports. Additionally, Chris has been shortlisted for the South Yorkshire Sustainability awards Business Leader of the Year 2022.”