Manufacturing Digitalisation Summit has an interactive format that enables in-depth peer-to-peer discussions around your key business challenges, providing real insight and value. This includes a combination of plenary (keynotes, 5-minute idea, and a panel discussion) and our ‘deep-dive’ discussion breakout sessions, which are limited to 5 to 8 delegates in each session. 
See the below agenda from the July 2022 event. 

Plenary

Our Plenary sessions bring together all delegates in a single room – concentrating the event’s focus on to a series of high-profile content sessions. These content sessions include case studies delivered by our keynote speakers as well as expertly moderated panel debates. 

Discussion Tables

Select the topics that matter most to you! Over the course of the Summit, three rounds of Discussion Sessions will take place. You will have the opportunity to choose between six Discussion Tables for a 50-minute interactive Q&A, hosted by a world-class manufacturer and a technology expert.

09:30 - 09:40

Chair's Welcome

Joe Bush

Joe Bush

Editor
The Manufacturer
09:40 - 09:55

Keynote: Digitise what you make. Revolutionise how you make it.

Times are currently tough for manufacturers. Geopolitical instability is piling pressure on global supply chains, many of which are already stretched to breaking point. Meanwhile, spiralling inflation is driving up the cost of energy and materials and highly skilled labour is scarce. And all the time, meeting the sustainability imperative is becoming ever more urgent. While a challenge, these megatrends also represent a huge opportunity for renewal. By revolutionising how products are designed and manufactured, manufacturers can become exponentially more efficient, cost-effective, customer-centric, and sustainable.

In this session, Maddie Walker, UK&I Industry X Lead (Digital Engineering and Manufacturing) at Accenture, explores what successful product design and build looks like in today’s challenging environment. Join Maddie to discover how technologies including AI, robotics, and “lights-out” systems, the new digital frontier of manufacturing, are turning the industry on its head. In her talk, Maddie will provide examples of pioneers that are charting a new course for manufacturing and map some of the practices they’re using to reimagine the industry.

Maddie Walker

Maddie Walker

Industry X Lead UK&I (Digital Engineering and Manufacturing)
Accenture
09:55 - 10:10

Keynote: Build Back Better with Resilient Business Operations

Since the onset of the pandemic, Industrial manufacturing has come a long way and continues build for similar unforeseen future triggers. There are four key areas of investment that necessitates a different approach than prior to the pandemic – Resilient Business Operations, Business Models of the Future, Greener and Sustainable Business and Workforce Reskilling. Key tenets of resilient business operations that can sustain future shocks as well as lay the foundation of the future enterprise can be summarised in the 4 Ps of Purpose, Path / Operating Model,  Plan & Process and People & Productivity.

Ashutosh Apte

Ashutosh Apte

Director - Industry Value Advisory (Manufacturing)
SAP
10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Enhancing your End-to-End Customer Journey and Experience through Digitalisation

Customer journey, customer experience, digital transformation… all terms that in recent times have become ‘buzzwords’ and in some cases lack actionable meaning. As consumers, we have grown used to intuitive online shopping. Rich content.  Seamless experiences. Interactive functionality. These expectations are now being reflected in the business-to-business landscape. This increased interest in these consumer-style digital interactions is leading to panic among many manufacturers and distributors. Why? Because they are realising the need to significantly enhance their customer experience activities, it is now more urgent than ever.

  • What improving your end-to-end customer journey really means, including how to enable your customers to buy the way they want to buy.
  • How monitoring customer behaviour is not only the key to selling and marketing more effectively but also for differentiation and new product development.
  • A number of tools that reduce complexity, make it easy to scale, manage and grow over time.

Rob Watson

Rob Watson

Senior Advisor - Digital Commerce
Columbus
Rupert Firmstone

Rupert Firmstone

Director
Inriver
10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Turning your data into insights for competitive advantage

Analysing data can be confusing for manufacturers, but it doesn’t need to be. Think of data as business intelligence. What are your needs and objectives? What questions do you want answered? This will help you determine where to start.

Data is everywhere. It is intrinsic to all activities in an organisation. Each data source is unique but when it is combined with other data sets tremendous value can be added. However, the more data is used and combined the more complex it is to manage and the greater the need to think strategically about its use.

  • What are your needs and objectives? What questions do you need answered?
  • Are you able to monitor your business performance real-time?
  • Do you have the tools that give you insights – not only into your processes, but also your people, and even further to supporting net-zero and sustainability?

David Wheatley

David Wheatley

DevOps Manager
Leonardo
Matt Birtwistle

Matt Birtwistle

Manufacturing IMU Director
HSO
10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Creating a data-driven digitalisation strategy

Companies are investing in new capabilities and technologies, reskilling their teams and redefining their products, services and even business models to align to a digital future. Yet, there is a critical area that often gets overlooked – turning your data into a decision intelligence tool to inform your plans.

 

It’s clear the future is digital. For manufacturing industry leaders, an increasingly important point of competitive differentiation will be how they use data to tackle business challenges of improving operations and customer experiences.

 

Join this session as we explore the valuable and often untapped data sources that can power speed and agility and opportunities.

  • What role do analytics and AI have to play in processing, understanding, and using data?
  • What should inform a digitalisation strategy?
  • Do you see technology and particularly digital technologies providing a major contribution to assisting the challenge?
  • What solutions and help is available to identify the available technology solutions?

Ondrej Polak

Ondrej Polak

Process Development Manager
LISI Aerospace
Steve Edmonds

Steve Edmonds

Sales Engineering Manager
8x8
10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Leveraging optimisation, governance and edge computing to deliver a competitive advantage.

  • How IT teams can ensure they have a leadership role driving transformation programs enabled by hybrid IT, edge, and big data
  • How new technologies such as IoT, AI, Blockchain and Edge Computing are being used in manufacturing industry transformation programs
  • Building the business case for IT infrastructure and operations investments based on improving optimisation and governance to support cost savings, risk reduction, and sustainability 

David Forrest

David Forrest

Senior Engineer Digital Innovation
Nissan
Tom Moran

Tom Moran

Senior Lead Technology Strategist, EMEA
Lumen
10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Sustainability: The next manufacturing Imperative

10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Building Digital Talent to Accelerate Digitalisation

Demand is rising across all sectors for more advanced digital skills. The workplace will need upskilling to gain new skills and reskilling to keep up with the advancements in technology and to take on new roles.

  • How successful has your business been, so far, with digital transformation & how has effective talent contributed to the success?
  • Have you formally attempted to retrain staff for digital roles? How successful has it been? What has worked? What has not?
  • The need for digital skills is outpacing supply – What are you doing to attract & retain new talent? Is the new post-covid remote/hybrid working environment making talent management & development, harder or easier?

Beth Smith

Beth Smith

Programme Manager
BAE Systems
Jason Burton

Jason Burton

Director EMEA Manufacturing
Blue Prism
10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Delivering the shift in business models & the role of digitalisation

A shift to service and outcome-based service business model from traditional product manufacturing and maintenance is no small ask. It requires re-thinking and re-engineering the ways of working, delivery, supply chain, people management, planning, customer interaction and financial management. Really, such shift has implications across all functions and processes. Technology can be a great enabler of this change, but when you have to change everything – where do you start, and if you’ve already started where do you go next? Join us to have a discussion on:

  • How are the market dynamics impacting the changes in business models e.g. ‘Anything-as-a-Service’, Outcome based contracts etc.?
  • What challenges are the above shifts creating? Which business processes are being impacted the most or can drive the biggest benefit?
  • How is the current technology landscape coping with the shifts? How are you leveraging data today?
  • How do business models need to adapt to deliver a first class digital employee experience? How can technology help?
  • What steps do companies need to take to create and retain engaged, futureproof teams to thrive in the age of Industry 4.0?

Rashitha Jayasekara

Rashitha Jayasekara

Chief of Digital Manufacturing
Rolls-Royce
Vikram Singla

Vikram Singla

Digital Transformation Director
Oracle
10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Integrating Digital and Physical Systems – IT/OT Collaboration

IT/OT integration is not a new topic. And despite the advent of many new technologies in the past decade, it is an area where most manufacturers are still struggling to extract all the value available. This session will discuss why IT and OT are only two of several factors that must considered. Business value identification, operational excellence methods, change management, technology silos, KPI’s and value delivery are just some of the other factors impacting success in this area. This roundtable will discuss (with case studies) how this problem can be solved.

  • Integrating Digital and Physical Systems – IT/OT Collaboration
  • Data is the moving force of digitalisation in the manufacturing sector but creating truly scalable value means seamlessly bridging OT and IT at all levels
  • The integration of IT and OT will bring a more coordinated response to business requirements and shared resources

Matt James

Matt James

Controls and Facilities Engineer
Polytec Group
John Robinson

John Robinson

Strategic Client Advisor - Manufacturing & Industry 4.0
SAP
10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Deliver Business Value with Data Sharing

How would you describe the digitalization journey? Where are you on your journey? How digitally mature is your organization?
We often say that digital and data are two sides of the same coin. As companies become more digital they generate more data on processes and products. One of the highest levels of maturity is being truly insights-driven: Being able to capture and use that data to inform processes (identifying bottlenecks, optimizing processes) and products (detecting defaults, predicting maintenance needs, optimizing production or use, prioritizing improvements).

  • To what extent is your organization becoming insights-driven? What’s your data maturity?
  • What are the challenges to becoming more digital? And, for leveraging the data that you produce?
  • How do you measure success? What metrics do you track to assess your digital journey and data use?
  • To what extent does your organization share data internally or externally?
    Are you able to share sensitive data? How?
  • Do you commercialize your data?
  • Building data products or services that you offer to partners or customers?
  • What other challenges do you face (people, process, technology)?

Michelle O’Brien

Michelle O’Brien

Digitalisation Engineer
Bilfinger
Jennifer Belissent

Jennifer Belissent

Principal Data Strategist
Snowflake
10:20 - 11:10

Discussion Session: Supply Chain Resilience Through Digitalisation

Supply Chain strategies have had to drastically change in the aftermath of Brexit, Covid, Geo-Political challenges and critical materials shortages.
Join the roundtable discussion to gain valuable insight in how digital transformation can provide the necessary resilience to address these supply chain challenges.

  • Are some of the traditional approaches to supply chain (lean / JIT / off-shoring) under re-examination in the aftermath of Brexit, Covid, Ukraine, critical materials shortages?
  • What do you think is needed to build a more resilient supply chains?   What actions are you taking?
  • What technologies are most effective in building a resilient supply chain?
  • What inhibitors are constraining supply chain transformation?

Jake Green

Jake Green

Head of Engineering
Avica Aerospace
Richard van der Meulen

Richard van der Meulen

VP Solution Consulting
Infor
11:30 - 12:20

Discussion Sessions

Delegates choose from the same 10 topics for their second discussion session:

  • Enhancing your End-to-End Customer Journey and Experience through Digitalisation
  • Turning your data into insights for competitive advantage
  • Implementing a Digitalisation Strategy
  • Leveraging optimisation, governance and edge computing to deliver a competitive advantage
  • Sustainability: The next manufacturing Imperative
  • Building Digital Talent to Accelerate Digitalisation
  • Delivering the shift in business models & the role of digitalisation
  • Integrating Digital and Physical Systems – IT/OT Collaboration
  • Smarter Manufacturing With Secure Data Collaboration
  • Supply Chain Resilience Through Digitalisation

12:20 - 12:35

Keynote: The brave new supply chain world

In recent years Supply chain management has been propelled from relative obscurity into the news, has become a recurring topic on the agenda of the board and has become a acceptable topic at many dinner parties. In this presentation we will cover :

  • Why we find ourself in the current limelight
  • What the expectations of us are
  • How we ensure we have the tools and processes to run a resilient supply chain operation

Richard van der Meulen

Richard van der Meulen

VP Solution Consulting
Infor
12:35 - 12:40

5 Minute Idea: Is Industry 4.0 overhyped?

What’s the key to adopting Industry 4.0 innovation? Simplicity.

Suranjan Ghosh

Suranjan Ghosh

Global Operations Director, Thermal Products Divisions
Morgan Advanced Materials
12:50 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:00

Panel Debate: How are your peers tackling and overcoming digitalisation challenges?

  • What are the key barriers for introducing digitalisation into your organisation?
  • Is your digitalisation strategy driven from the bottom up or the top down?
  • How do you define your requirements for a Digital System when you don’t know what the system capabilities are?
  • What did you use to define your start point for digitisation, and a follow-on deployment plan?
  • Did you have a minimum set of current system standards/process knowledge and tools in place before digitisation?
  • What is the most effective method of communication around new digital technologies to the shop floor?
  • How do you motivate staff and ensure that digitalisation is in the core of the organisation strategy?
  • How do you drive culture change in your employees, to accept the change to digital manufacturing?

Rashitha Jayasekara

Rashitha Jayasekara

Chief of Digital Manufacturing
Rolls-Royce
David Forrest

David Forrest

Senior Engineer Digital Innovation
Nissan
Jennifer Belissent

Jennifer Belissent

Principal Data Strategist
Snowflake
14:00 - 14:50

Discussion Sessions

Delegates choose from the same 10 topics for their third discussion session:

  • Enhancing your End-to-End Customer Journey and Experience through Digitalisation
  • Turning your data into insights for competitive advantage
  • Implementing a Digitalisation Strategy
  • Leveraging optimisation, governance and edge computing to deliver a competitive advantage
  • Sustainability: The next manufacturing Imperative
  • Building Digital Talent to Accelerate Digitalisation
  • Delivering the shift in business models & the role of digitalisation
  • Integrating Digital and Physical Systems – IT/OT Collaboration
  • Smarter Manufacturing With Secure Data Collaboration
  • Supply Chain Resilience Through Digitalisation

15:05 - 16:30

Visit to Siemens Transform 2022 Exhibition

Transform 2022 is taking place in an adjacent main hall of Manchester Central and will bring together hundreds of industry leaders, influencers and regulators from across the UK and Ireland to collaborate and solve some of the most pressing organisational challenges.

From electrification to digitalisation, from finance to e-mobility, Siemens’ Transform 2022 is all about connecting organisations across the sectors that form the backbone of the nations’ economies, from utilities to transport to manufacturing.

There will also be the opportunity to experience the latest cutting-edge technologies and game changing solutions from the UK and around the world.