Digitalising Manufacturing 2017

Digitalising Manufacturing 2017

Driving competitiveness and productivity of UK industry through digitalisation

Digital Manufacturing is already here - but is your business ready to take full advantage and be at the forefront of this exciting new era?

This year's sell-out Digitalising Manufacturing Conference took place on 30th & 31st October 2017. Expanded to two days, the conference addressed international collaboration opportunities, national policy as well as practical knowledge to drive industrial digitalisation from within UK value chains. All the presentations from the conference are available in the Event Material section below.

There was a real buzz this year with many issues discussed and solutions put forward on how to meet the challenges of digitalising manufacturing, and it was great to see so many delegates looking to discuss the opportunities that industrial digitalisation holds. 

With the launch of the Industrial Digitalisation Review - Made Smarter - led by Prof. Juergen Maier of Siemens, delegates found the conference a useful tool to support their digitalisation journey and a real catalyst to a successful digital future. Please click here to download a copy of the Made Smarter Review 2017.

We are currently planning next year's conference which will take place on 29 - 30 October 2018. 

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The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park, Coventry

Date: 30th October 2017

End Date: 31st October 2017

The packed two-day programme features thought-provoking and informative seminars from leading UK and international figures in industry and government; insightful panel discussions; interactive workshops and digital manufacturing demonstrators - making this the 'must-attend' conference on this topic in the UK.

Agenda highlights

Day One: Policy, skills, international benchmarking and collaboration

• Prof. Juergen Maier - Industrial digitalisation review on behalf of the UK Government
• UK Government representative - UK perspective on Digital Manufacturing
• Eva Lindstroem - State Secretary, Swedish Ministry for Enterprise and Innovation
• Lina Huertas - Challenges and societal impacts of changing work environments
• Markus Hess - Deputy Director General Industrial Policy, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Panel discussions:
• Panel One: Policy, skills, work environment and society
• Panel Two: Competitiveness and international collaboration

Featuring international panellists from the EU and G20 nations, including:

• Thomas Hahn, Chair, Labs Network Industrie 4.0 & Chief Expert Software, Siemens
• Tim Page, Senior Policy Officer, TUC
• Emilie Anér - Policy Adviser, Swedish Ministry for Enterprise and Innovation
• Lokesh Payik, chief of business for Industry 4.0, Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions

Day Two: How to drive digitalisation in your business

Discover the information, knowledge and support available to position your business for the digitalisation journey.

A day focused on the end-user with a series of topics, short presentations, interactive sessions, workshops and demonstrators. An array of speakers and presenters from across the industrial landscape will deliver a highly-interactive and knowledge-rich day focussing on 'Implementation' and 'Mechanisms & Support'

Speakers include

• Prof. Juergen Maier, CEO, Siemens UK
• Chris Biddle, global business development manager, ATS
• Christian Warden, head of skills development, Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre
• Sam Turner, chief technology officer, HVM Catapult
• Lynne McGregor, innovation lead for manufacturing and materials, Innovate UK

Topics include

• Cybersecurity
• Connectivity and interoperability
• Use of data analytics
• Skills and training
• New business & ecosystems

Please click here to view the conference agenda.

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Venue Location:

Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre
MTC Campus
Ansty Park

*CV7 9JU

*PLEASE NOTE this postcode will not work in older sat nav systems.
Please use CV7 9RD, which will direct you to Ansty Business Park or refer to the directions above.

A selection of local hotels:

Double Tree by Hilton, Coventry
Paradise Way, Walsgrave Triangle, Coventry
Tel: 02476 603000

Holiday Inn, Coventry M6 J2

Hinckley Road, Coventry
Tel: 0871 942 9021

Coombe Abbey Hotel
Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry
Tel: 02476 450450

Macdonald Ansty Hall Hotel
Ansty, nr Coventry
Tel: 0344 879 9031

Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel
Main Street, Brandon, nr Coventry
Tel: 02476 546000

Jury’s Inn Hinckley Island
Watling Street, Hinckley, LE10 3JA
Tel: 01455 631 122

Conference 2017 - Conference Summary

A comprehensive summary to the 2017 Digitalising Manufacturing Conference.

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Conference 2017 - Day One Presentations

Presentations from Day One of Digitalising Manufacturing 2017.

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Conference 2017 - Day Two Presentations - Topic One: Implementation

Presentations from Day Two of Digitalising Manufacturing 2017. Topic One: Implementation
- Cybersecurity and data sovereignty - Lars Nagel, Managing Director, Industrial Data Space
- Connectivity and interoperability - Chris Biddle, Global Business Development Manager, ATS Global
- Skills & training - Christian Warden, Head of Skills Development, Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre

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Conference 2017 - Day Two Presentations - Topic Two: Mechanisms & support

Presentations from Day Two of Digitalising Manufacturing 2017. Topic Two: Mechanisms & Support
- Use and value of data analytics - Lokesh Payik, Chief of Business - Connected Industry, Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions, India
- Support for new business and ecosystems - Lynne McGregor, Innovation Lead for Manufacturing and Materials, Innovate UK
- Access to demonstrators and capabilities - Prof. Sam Turner, CTO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

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Conference 2017 - Day Two Workshop Presentations: Connectivity & Interoperability

Presentation slides from the Connectivity & Interoperability Workshop

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Conference 2017 - Day Two Workshop Presentations: Cyber Security

Presentation slides from the Cyber Security Workshop.

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Conference 2017 - Day Two Workshop Presentations: Data Analytics

Presentation slides from the Data Analytics Workshop.

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Conference 2017 - Day Two Workshop Presentations: Skills & Training

Presentation slides from the Skills & Training Workshop.

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Conference Report 2015

Industry 4.0 - the digitising of the factory and supply chain and the introduction of intelligent automation - is set to be the biggest change in the manufacturing industry in a generation. Although most in the UK manufacturing sector are now familiar with the term, many manufacturers don't understand what Industry 4.0 actually means, its potential impact on industry in general and their business in particular. In 2015, our conference helped end users understand how to maximise the opportunities of digitalisation.

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Conference Report 2016

This conference was created primarily for end users and designed to create momentum at a national level, mobilising Government and private organisations to take actions which will drive the digitalisation of UK manufacturing industries. It aimed to provide leadership as to what to do and when to create transformational incentives and mechanisms to make major advances at a national level.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution Demystified

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is the go-to place for advanced manufacturing technologies in the UK. Here, we explain how we work with UK businesses to prepare for the many opportunities and challenges arising from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0

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Images from 2017 conference


ATS Applied Tech Systems | Gold Sponsor

As Gold Sponsor, ATS Applied Tech Systems is proud to be able to lend its voice and its experience to the conference to help shape the conversation of where Industry 4.0 will lead us next.


Festo | Silver Sponsor

Festo is a leading international supplier of automation technology, technical training and educational equipment. Based in the UK, and with a world of manufacturing experience, they bring knowledge and expertise to clients, helping them compete and succeed in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.


Bosch | Gold Sponsor

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of 31 December 2016).


Bosch Rexroth | Gold Sponsor

As a global partner, Bosch Rexroth supports mechanical and plant engineering efforts around the world with its cutting-edge technology and unique industry knowledge.


Salesforce | Gold Sponsor

Salesforce began in 1999 with a vision of reinventing Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Since then our pioneering use of cloud computing has revolutionised the way enterprise software is delivered and used, changing the industry forever.


Beckhoff | Silver Sponsor

Beckhoff is transforming the industrial environment with fast, compact, accurate and secure control technology.


Siemens | Bronze Sponsor

From inventiveness to Ingenuity for life. Through our expertise in the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation, we improve the lives of people today and create lasting value for future generations.


GAMBICA | Conference Partner

GAMBICA is the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in the UK.


IET | Conference Partner

The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries.


Manufacturing Technologies Association | Conference Partner

The MTA was founded as the Machine Tools and Engineering Association in 1910 and reconstituted as the Machine Tools Trade Association in 1919.


The Manufacturer | Media Partner

The Manufacturer is the premier UK industry publication providing manufacturing news, articles and insights while promoting best practice in the manufacturing industry.


Omron | Silver Sponsor

Omron Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation. It provides a variety of products and services in the fields of industrial automation, electronic component industries and healthcare.


The MTC has fantastic potential to shape the UK’s manufacturing future and I’m proud to be a part of that vision.
Redland Sanders
Research Engineer – Intelligent Automation