Robotics and Automation: For a Sustainable Future 2024
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Start Date: Tuesday 14 May 2024
Start Time: 8:30 AM

End Date: Wednesday 15 May 2024
End Time: 4:15 PM

Robotics and Automation: For a Sustainable Future

We are delighted to announce that Robotics and Automation: For a Sustainable Future is returning to the MTC on 14th & 15th May 2024. This free event is aimed at anyone interested in discovering new manufacturing technologies and exploring the future of robotics and automation in UK industry.

Robotics and Automation: For a Sustainable Future is proudly hosted by the Manufacturing Technology Centre and aims to bring the robotics and automation community closer together with UK industry. Following on from the success of last year's event, we look forward to welcoming anybody with an interest in robotics and automation including industrial companies, robot vendors, system integrators, researchers and educators. Delegates will be able to enjoy a multitude of activities that will help raise awareness of automation and robotic technologies, explore the future challenges we face in industry, and take part in sector focused sessions.

There will be companies of all sizes in attendance and we strongly welcome SMEs to come and discover routes to adoption and gain support in their own automation journey from the various vendors, integrators and experts present on the day.

This isn't just your typical event - it's an opportunity to meet, discuss and address challenges with automation and robotics. Whether you would like to watch inspiring talks by industry experts, join educational workshops, discover innovative technologies or simply network with likeminded individuals, this event has something for everybody.

Take a look at last year's video for a flavour of what you can expect at this year's show:



Why Attend?

  • Live keynote presentations and speakers
  • Audience led Q&A panel discussions
  • Speak directly with event sponsors and browse exhibitions
  • Network with likeminded individuals from manufacturing
  • Meet potential collaborators and integrators from the robotics and automation sector
  • Live demonstrators and tours of the MTC facility



In addition to the core programme of presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions, tours and networking opportunities, we’ll be focusing on a number of key themes each day.

Day One:


Productivity and Adoption

UK productivity is suffering due to low adoption of robotics and automation. Find out why this is important and the benefits to be gained from automation. SMEs from various sectors will share their experiences of adopting automation and the lessons they learnt along the way.

Speakers: Jonathan Thacker – Walsall Wheelbarrow, Rhys Gerrard – AE Sewing Machines, Troy Barratt – Contracts Engineering


Automation Adoption Support

Keen to find out more about the support available to help companies successfully adopt robotics and automation to enhance business performance? Then join this session to find out more. There will be a particular focus on sources of support for SMEs.

Speakers: Chris Corkan – MAKE UK, Chris Rooum – MTC Training, Soren Peters – How To Robot


Academic Engagement

Join this academic engagement workshop to discuss current challenges in robotics and automation within manufacturing. Explore how low-TRL research can address these issues and learn about live and upcoming academic collaboration with the MTC to support automation adoption.


ARIA Robotics Programme

Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) Programme Director, Professor Jenny Read, will provide an update on the development of the ARIA robotics research and development programme. To be followed by a discussion/Q&A with the audience.


UK Automation Forum Discussion: Why a Change in Culture will Benefit Productivity in this Country

This panel discussion will discuss how changing company culture can benefit the bottom line in modern manufacturing. Securing support from all stakeholders in a decision to adopt automation – from the board room to the shop floor – is key to the success of any project. Expert panellists from across industry sectors will share their insights on this important topic.

Speakers: Chris Corkan – MAKE UK, Clare Porter – High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Henry Anson – The Manufacturer, Mike Wilson – UK Automation Forum


The National RAS Regulations, Standards and Ethics Committee Workshop

As many of the United Kingdom’s significant industrial sectors advance capabilities for smart machines, robotics and autonomous systems, The National RAS Regulations, Standards and Ethics Committee has come together to understand and address the regulatory and ethical challenges that can hamper development.  This session has been organised to facilitate open discussion where conference delegates are invited to share their experience, challenges and case histories and influence the Committee’s work to set out a modern framework to guide regulatory processes and the development of knowledge bases and tools that will federate best practice. This is an opportunity to learn about and participate in the Committee’s efforts to advance a competitive UK regulatory landscape for technology innovation.


Drinks Reception

Join us for our drinks reception at the end of day one to network with exhibitors and fellow delegates, talk with the speakers, and hear from some of the start ups who are beginning their journey in creating transformational robotics and automation solutions.

Day Two:


Circular Economy and Business Resilience 

Industry is on a journey to minimise resource usage, eliminate waste and reduce emissions by making the circular economy a reality. Explore how automation and robotics can play a key role in addressing challenges associated with the circular economy, contributing to increased competitiveness and business resilience. 

Speakers: Ben Goodare – Renishaw, Nathan Ghundoo – Schneider Electric, Dr David Greenfield – Circular Economy Institute, Dr Russell Hall – Warwick Manufacturing Group


Start-ups Workshop 

What more could be done to support the scale-up, growth and long-term stability of automation and robotics start-ups? In this interactive workshop, hear first-hand from UK-based automation and robotics start-ups, exploring challenges they are facing, identifying gaps in support and generating recommendations to address these moving forward. 

Speakers: Azmat Hossain – Extend Robotics, Baran Sahan and Santosh Govindaraj – Swift Robotics, Zeke Abry - HausBots


Robotics Proving Ground 

Participants in the recently launched Robotics Proving Ground, led by Innovate UK Business Connect, will outline the details of the programme, discuss the objectives and benefits and discuss the initiative with the audience. 

Speakers: Agnes Wamagui – Innovate UK Business Connect, Gurpreet Ghataore – MTC, Jeremy Hadall – SatApps, Jonahtan Walker – Innovate UK


Emerging Applications 

To remain competitive, it’s crucial that UK manufacturing continues to innovate when it comes to automation application. Join this workshop to learn more about applications whose development, and practical deployment, will provide significant impact once fully industrialised. Hear directly from industrial end users and their supply chain on how they are deploying these new solutions and the benefits and challenges that they face. 


Closing Panel Session 

The event will close with the launch of an exciting new initiative, led by MTC and University of Birmingham, aimed at accelerating the development and exploitation of robots and robotics technologies in the UK.


Registration is essential for anyone wishing to attend Robotics and Automation: For a Sustainable Future. We only have limited places available, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Places can be booked here: 



Headline Event Sponsor

Made With Industry Experts, For Industry Experts
Epicor offers specialised ERP solutions for the industries we serve. For manufacturers, Kinetic is an excellent out-of-the-box fit. Kinetic, our leading Enterprise Resource Planning Solution, is designed to manage your most critical business tasks, such as Production Management, Planning and Scheduling, MRP, Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, Project Management, Service and Asset Management, CRM, and more. In addition, Epicor offers optional capabilities for Kinetic, delivering additional benefits through EDI connections, Financial Planning and Analysis Tools, AI and Machine Learning integrations, Business Intelligence Tools, Cybersecurity and MES options.


gOLD SponsorS

Your one-stop shop partner for industrial automation and services

As a worldwide single-source provider, Schneider Electric combines mechanical, electrical, software, and services domains to offer solutions embedded with end-to-end integrated smart automation, robotics, PLC logic, safety, HMI, vision, communications, and IT data acquisition.

Our automation control, software, robotics, and digital services experts across key applications and industries support machine builders (OEMs), systems integrators and end users throughout their project solution lifecycle design, development, installation, and support stages.


INSPHERE have developed IONA, a scalable network of sensors providing metrology-grade positional data to automated manufacturing processes.

Live positional data enables robot simulations and programs to be updated in real-time. This can be used to correct for variation in part location, cell setup or inherent errors in the automated system.





ICART systems are modular robotic solutions designed to handle industry standard roll cages, trolleys and pallets, improving the efficiency of intralogistics operations. ICART modules integrate with one another, are quick to install, easy to use and require minimal maintenance.

The i-Series brings about new levels of flexibility in container handling, automatically reconfiguring itself to be used in transfer, queue and warehouse pick applications.

Designed and manufactured in the UK; improving productivity around the planet.


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Sponsorship opportunities available

If you are interested in sponsoring this year's Robotics and Automation: For a Sustainable Future then we'd love to hear from you. We have a number of packages available which include the option to exhibit within the venue, be part of live demonstrations, have brand coverage throughout the event, and much more.

For more information on our sponsorship packages, please contact


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