Digitalising Manufacturing 2018 Grasping the opportunity

Digitalising Manufacturing 2018 Grasping the opportunity

Leading change and capitalising on the benefits across industry

Digitalising Manufacturing 2018 brought together one of the most authoritative gatherings of international experts on digital factories ever assembled. Delegates heard that international co-operation has never been more important if the UK is to stay competitive, and that many nations around the world were embarking on the same digital journey.

One year on from Prof. Juergen Maier's launch of the Made Smarter review at our conference, we welcomed our headline speaker Prof. Maier back to the MTC to find out how the Made Smarter vision is becoming a reality.  We learnt that the initiative has moved to the implementation stage and was looking to create an innovation eco-system to support the implementation of digital programmes, with a National Adoption Programme being piloted in the North West.

The two day conference brought together international authorities on digital manufacturing from German, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico and the UK, as well as other countries. Manufacturing leaders shared experiences with delegates, and underlined that the digital revolution opens up huge potential for UK manufacturers prepared to invest in skills and technology to reap the benefits.

We also welcomed keynote speaker Marcus Burton, director at Yamazaki Mazak and a member of the Made Smarter leadership team, who gave delegates an industry perspective on the expected impact of the initiative.

For more information on the topics of this year's conference, please download the conference agenda.

This year we are launching our innovation pitches - a brand new part of the conference where entrepreneurs, technologists and inventors get the chance to pitch their innovative ideas on factory digitalisation to the UK's manufacturing decision makers.

Thanks to those who put in an idea for factory digitalisation. We've received some brilliant ideas and our judges are now busy deciding who will get to pitch their idea at the conference. Want to find out who made it to the conference? Book your ticket today.


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

Date: 29th October 2018

End Date: 30th October 2018

The packed two-day programme features thought-provoking and informative keynote speeches 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.

Download the full conference agenda here.

Agenda highlights

Day One: Leading Change

A UK Perspective

• Prof. Juergen Maier, Siemens - Made Smarter - one year on
• Marcus Burton, Yamazaki Mazak - An industry perspective
• Prof. Sam Turner, Chief Technology Officer, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
• Steven Phipson, CEO, EEF 'The Manufacturers' Organisation'

Panel One: International Collaboration and Learning

• Ernst Stoeckl-Pukall, Head of Division of Digitalisation & Industrie 4.0, German Ministry of Economics
• Faouzi Grebici, Senior Global Business Development, Omron
• Ennio Chiatante; Comau, Head of Digital Transformation
• Chris White; "Institute for Industrial Strategy", King's College London, Director
• Abraham Tijerina-Priego, Strategy Coordinator, Nuevo Leon
• Valentina Ivanova, 'Industrie du Futur', France

Panel Two: Skills and Work environment

• Paul Rowlett; Director, AMTC
• Martin Kamp; (Germany) "Work, Education and Training", Platform Industrie 4.0
• Anu Kull; (Estonia) Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
• Dominic Gorecky; (Switzerland) "Kanton Bern" and "Smart Factory"
• Alejandro Nieto; (Mexico) Softtek, Vice President Global Sales

Day Two: Capitalising on the benefits across industry

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

Moderated by Dr. Steven Barr of Edge Digital, day two will focus 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 designed to help capitalise on the benefits of digitalisation across industry.

Topics include:

• Asset utilisation 
• Quality
• Time to market
• New business models
• Labour and human-centred work environments


Peter Corby, Relationship Manager MTC
• Iain Crosley, Managing Director, Hosokawa-Micron
• Desi Macheva, Customer Validation Lead, HiETA
• Kostas Efthymiou, AR&T Technical Architect, Meggitt PLC
• Prof. Sam Turner, Chief Technology Officer, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
• Simone Pereira, Project Manager, DRL

Download the full conference agenda here.

Registration is now open! Click here to book your place.

We are offering SMEs 50% off the ticket price. Drop us an email for the discount code.

Two-day Conference Pass: £120 +VAT Available until 24th October 2018

Ticket includes entry to both days of the conference only.

Two-day Conference Pass - including networking dinner: £150 +VAT Available until 19th October 2018

Ticket includes:
  • entry to both days of the conference
  • networking dinner held on the evening of 29 October

Please note that there are 250 seats in the main conference theatre. These seats will be available to delegates on a first come first served basis on the day of the conference. We will have a live streaming lounge outside of the lecture theatre for delegates to view the conference proceedings once the theatre is full.

Conference 2018 - Day One Presentations

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Conference 2018 - Day Two Presentations

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Conference 2018 - Sponsorship Brochure

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Digitalising Manufacturing Conference 2018 Brochure

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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.


DXC Technology | Gold Sponsor

DXC Technology is the world's leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, serving nearly 6,000 private and public sector clients from a diverse array of industries across 70 countries. The company's technology independence, global talent and extensive partner network help clients harness the power of innovation to thrive on change and guide their digital transformation journeys.

Omron I Gold 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.


Outsystems | Gold Sponsor

Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development.


Bosch Rexroth | Silver 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.


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.


iBASEt I Bronze Sponsor

iBASEt solutions replace a myriad of disparate shop floor and supply chain solutions – such as manual paper and email processes – with one integrated suite of software designed to synchronize data and foster collaboration between internal and external teams.


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.


The MTC facility exudes excellence from the moment you step through the front door.

Steve and his team carry an air of calm and confidence whilst transmitting an absolute passion for what you do.

Best afternoon I’ve spent away from the office for a long, long time.

Send me some boxes to tick, because the visit ticked them all.

Colin St.John
Freefoam Plastics