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 and panel discussions) and our ‘deep-dive’ roundtable discussion breakout sessions, which are limited to 5 to 8 delegates in each session.

Share your ideas, opinions, and experiences in a collaborative and inclusive environment. Learn from others’ experiences and expertise and gain insights and knowledge from your peers who have faced similar challenges and overcome them.

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 two days, four rounds of Discussion Sessions will take place. You will have the opportunity to choose between Discussion Tables (either Enterprise or Growth Stream depending on your company size) for a 60-minute interactive Q&A, hosted by a world-class manufacturer and a technology expert.

Day 1
2024-06-05
Main Stage
Day 2
2024-06-06
Main Stage
Main Stage
Main Stage
09:00 - 09:40
Registration with exclusive preview of Smart Factory, Design & Engineering, Drives and Controls & Maintec Expos
09:40 - 10:00
Arrival to Summit Hall, Tea & Coffee & Networking
10:00 - 10:10
Chair’s Welcome

Chair’s Welcome

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Gerard Bartley
OCI Chemical
Data Migration & Data Governance Programme Lead
10:10 - 10:25
Keynote: The Key to Protecting Your Value Chain
  • Embracing Digital Transformation: Discover how digital technologies like AI and IoT are revolutionising manufacturing, helping companies adapt to supply chain disruptions and enhance overall resilience.
  • Leveraging Smart Technologies: Learn how smart manufacturing tools can optimise your supply chain by diversifying suppliers, improving inventory management, and automating routine tasks to address labor shortages.
  • Future-Proofing with the Industrial Metaverse: Explore the next phase in digital manufacturing transformation and how advanced technologies, including private 5G and edge computing, can future-proof your operations and drive long term success.
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Professor Jason Plent
Verizon Business
Partner - 5G Acceleration
10:25 - 10:40
Keynote: What are the key components of a successful digitalisation and data strategy?

The foundational pillars that underpin a successful digitalisation strategy, drawing insights from industry best practices, real-world case studies, and cutting-edge research. From fostering a culture of innovation to leveraging advanced technologies, from optimising data-driven decision-making to nurturing agile and resilient organisations, we’ll explore how each component contributes to a holistic and transformative approach to digitalisation. 

10:40 - 11:00
Q&A with Keynote Speakers and Audience
11:00 - 12:00
Roundtable Discussion Session 1

Click here to view the extensive list of discussion topics available. Delegates get the opportunity to choose one table to join in each session.

12:00 - 12:30
Panel Discussion: Maximising Efficiency Through Data-Driven Digitalisation

In today’s rapidly evolving manufacturing landscape, the integration of data analytics and digital technologies has become paramount for driving efficiency and staying competitive. This panel brings together experts in data analytics and digitalisation to explore how manufacturers can harness the power of data to optimise operations, streamline processes, and enhance productivity.

  • What cultural transformations are necessary within a manufacturing organisation to fully embrace a data-driven approach, and how can leaders facilitate this change?
  • How can manufacturers effectively integrate AI and IoT into their operations, and what are the best practices for managing the data these technologies generate?
  • In what ways can data analytics be leveraged to drive operational efficiency in manufacturing, and can you provide examples of analytics transforming manufacturing processes?
12:30 - 12:35
Audience Survey
12:35 - 13:20
Lunch Break and Networking
13:20 - 13:35
Keynote: Is AI going to drive the next industrial revolution?

We will explore the transformative impact of AI on manufacturing and beyond. Our focus will be to navigate past the hyperbolic noise to a clearer understanding of AI’s practical applications and its potential to redefine our industrial landscape.

  • De-mystify the hype and find out how AI is been used in manufacturing and the wider industry
  • Is AI driving a fundamental change in IT consumption and changing the way we work?
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Paul Fryer
SoftServe
Enterprise Solutions Principal
13:35 - 13:50
Keynote: Drive Business Value through Insights – The Leonardo Production System

A case study detailing Leonardo’s digital transformation journey underpinned by our core values, people first, process driven and technology led. How to disrupt habits of a lifetime and embed a digital culture within an organisation that enables future growth. 

  • Why. Business and market overview, exploring the common efficiency drains that exist in organisations. 
  • Method. Business led transformation, how to engage and inspire digital ownership within an organisation. 
  • Outcome. Unlocking the true value of a digital led organisation, detailing the roadmap to success – ‘one platform’. 
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Scott McManus
Leonardo
Project Manager – UK Digital Factory
13:50 - 14:00
Q&A with Keynote Speakers and Audience
14:00 - 15:00
Roundtable Discussion Session 2

Click here to view the extensive list of discussion topics available. Delegates get the opportunity to choose one table to join in each session.

15:00 - 15:05
Chair’s Closing Remarks
15:05 - 17:00
Visit to Smart Factory, Design and Engineering, Drives and Controls and Maintec Expos 
17:30 - 19:30
Top 100 Ceremony and Networking Drinks Reception

A drinks reception awards ceremony to celebrate the launch of The Manufacturer Top 100 2024. One of the biggest nights in the manufacturing industry’s calendar, attended by the newly crowned Top 100 brightest manufacturing stars, judges, Top 100 alumni and the wider manufacturing community. Included in Summit tickets, but pre-registration required.

09:00 - 09:40
Registration with exclusive preview of Smart Factory, Design & Engineering, Drives and Controls & Maintec Expos
09:40 - 10:00
Arrival to Summit Hall, Tea & Coffee & Networking
10:00 - 10:10
Chair’s Welcome

Chair’s Welcome

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Gerard Bartley
OCI Chemical
Data Migration & Data Governance Programme Lead
10:10 - 10:25
Keynote: Case Study – Fully Connected Digital Twin & Generative AI at BMW

In an era defined by rapid technological advancement, the manufacturing industry stands at the forefront of innovation, leveraging cutting-edge technologies to enhance efficiency, productivity, and sustainability. Join us in this presentation as we delve into a captivating case study of the implementation of fully connected Digital Twin and Generative AI at the BMW plant Hams Hall.

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Christian Poss
BMW Group
Digitalisation & Innovation Manager
10:25 - 10:40
Keynote: Supply Chain Agility and Resilience Through Digitalisation   
10:40 - 11:00
Q&A with Keynote Speakers and Audience
11:00 - 12:00
Roundtable Discussion Session 1

Click here to view the extensive list of discussion topics available. Delegates get the opportunity to choose one table to join in each session.

12:00 - 12:30
Panel Discussion: Overcoming the problems of workforce skills in digitalisation for manufacturers

Digitalisation requires new skills and expertise, such as data analysis, programming, and cybersecurity. Manufacturers need to invest in training and upskilling their workforce to ensure they have the skills to operate in a digital environment.   

  • What are the specific workforce skills that manufacturers need to succeed in digitalisation?  
  • How can manufacturers attract and retain talent with the necessary digital skills?  
  • What training programs can be put in place to upskill the existing workforce?  
  • How can manufacturers encourage collaboration between employees with different skill sets to ensure that everyone benefits from digitalisation?  
  • How can manufacturers balance the need for automation with the need to retain human workers?  
  • How can manufacturers ensure that workers are able to adapt to new technologies and processes as they are introduced?  
12:30 - 12:35
Audience Survey
12:35 - 13:20
Lunch Break and Networking
13:20 - 13:35
Keynote: AI-Empowered Manufacturing: Unleashing the Power of Generative AI

The future of manufacturing is here, enhanced by the transformative power of Generative AI. This technology has the potential to take you far beyond automation to actively create innovative solutions and optimise processes across your entire organisation. In this program, you’ll see 5 ways that Gen AI will help you:

  • Build Smarter: Leverage AI to create groundbreaking products, personalise marketing and sales campaigns, and optimise data-driven decision-making, giving you a competitive edge.
  • Boost Performance: Empower your entire ecosystem with AI-powered chatbots, streamline communication, and personalise experiences for a more engaged and productive team.
  • Save Time: Automate tasks, generate reports, and free up valuable time for leaders to focus on strategic initiatives.
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Julie Holmes
Smarter HQ
AI Strategist & Tech Founder
13:35 - 13:50
Keynote: Going Digital on a Shoestring

Shoestring’s inventive approach helps small- and medium-sized manufacturers embrace digitalisation one step at a time by using simple components and software to create practical low-cost, low risk digital solutions. Shoestring was developed via pilot deployments in industry using these to examine how companies use the solutions to help improve product quality, save time and costs.

In this presentation we will show the way Shoestring’s hands-on approach has helped initiate cultural change with companies hesitant to use digital systems, giving employees first-hand knowledge of how simple digitalisation can support continuous operational improvement.

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Duncan McFarlane
University of Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing
Professor of Industrial Information Engineering
13:50 - 14:00
Q&A with Keynote Speakers and Audience
14:00 - 15:00
Roundtable Discussion Session 2

Click here to view the extensive list of discussion topics available. Delegates get the opportunity to choose one table to join in each session.

15:00 - 15:05
Chair’s Closing Remarks
15:05 - 16:00
Visit to Smart Factory, Design and Engineering, Drives and Controls and Maintec Expos 
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