Over the course of the Summit, four rounds of Discussion Sessions will take place. You will have the opportunity to choose your preferred topics for a 60-minute interactive Q&A, hosted by a world-class manufacturer and a technology expert.

Streams include: Enterprise Stream (manufacturers over £100m revenue) and Growth Stream (manufacturers under £100m revenue)

Explore 2024 discussion topics below:


Manufacturers are facing numerous challenges to implement or integrate processes and digital technologies as part of their digitalization strategy. This interactive roundtable session will discuss these challenges and provide practical example of successful solutions.  

 We’ll review the complex world of digital adoption in manufacturing, discussing how to smoothly shift company culture and integrate technologies seamlessly. You can expect to walk away with practical insights on driving innovation through digital transformation. Don’t miss this opportunity to exchange your ideas and experiences. 

  • How can manufacturers overcome resistance and foster a culture that embraces digital change?
  • What strategies can be employed to effectively integrate legacy systems with cutting-edge digital technologies?
  • In what ways can businesses ensure cybersecurity and regulatory compliance

Discussion Leaders:

Daniel Bostridge, Production Manager, Lisi Aerospace

Frederick Baudart, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Accruent

This interactive discussion will delve into practical strategies for leveraging e-commerce and digitalisation to achieve scalability, optimise operations, and navigate complexity effectively. Through interactive dialogue, attendees will gain valuable insights into the tools, techniques, and real-world case studies shaping digital sales success in manufacturing today. 

  • How can you develop and implement sales strategies tailored to leverage digital channels effectively for business growth and expansion?
  • What are the key areas within manufacturing processes that can be streamlined through digitalisation to enhance efficiency and responsiveness to market demands?
  • In what ways can digital tools and technologies be utilised to identify and implement cost reduction measures across the manufacturing value chain?

Discussion Leaders:

Simon Martin, Head of Global Manufacturing, Yunex Traffic

Tim Van Hattem, EVP Global Sales Enterprise & EMEA, Sana Commerce

Integrating digital and physical systems empowers manufacturers to accelerate innovation through IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual & Augmented Reality and Collaborative Robots; moving humans from passive to highly interconnected resources to drive increased productivity, quality and efficiency. In this session we will explore how digitisation of collecting and transmitting data presents the opportunity to enable collaborative automation and process flexibility. 

  • What are the biggest challenges to adopting digital innovation?
  • Where are you impacted most due to no visibility, data or control?
  • How could smarter decisions and control make an impact on your OKR

Discussion Leaders: 

Alastair Henniker-Heaton, Manufacturing Systems Solutions Architect, Johnson Matthey

Duncan Hawkins. VP of Sales, Ericsson

Mike Barlow, Enterprise Sales Director, Ericsson

Connected Factory, like Industry 4.0, is the current buzzword, but what does it actually mean. And how do you really achieve it. Join our roundtable to hear experiences, views and solutions. 

  • What defines a digital connected factory?
  • What commitments have we made to reporting on sustainability?
  • Is there a single solution to acquire data from both legacy and modern equipment?  

Discussion Leaders:

Scott McManus, Project Manager – UK Digital Factory, Leonardo

Matt Mould, Partner,  Storm Reply

Miguel Blasco, Director, Storm Reply

The drive towards optimising manufacturing efficiency and productivity should no longer centre solely around performance and profit but equally revolve around sustainability, with sustainable practises being at the forefront of any manufacturer’s digitalisation strategy.

Discussion Leaders:

Katherine Dixon, Group Environmental Data & Reporting Manager, Babcock International

Prasanth Thomas, Head of UKI Consulting for Manufacturing, Logistice,  Energy & Utilities (MLEU) Cognizant

In the quest for supply chain excellence, integrating advanced data tools heralds a new era of agility and resilience. Businesses transcend traditional limits by seamlessly adopting data-driven solutions, foreseeing disruptions, optimising inventory, and swiftly addressing challenges. Explore with us the transformative power of this approach, steering toward operational excellence and enhanced customer satisfaction in today’s dynamic market. 

  • Real-Time Monitoring: How do you efficiently monitor supply chain activities in real time to swiftly identify disruptions and track shipments, boosting your responsiveness to market changes and customer demands?
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making: What strategies ensure your decisions are consistently backed by data insights, helping mitigate risks and maintain operational continuity during crises or uncertainty?
  • Case Studies: What lessons can we learn from successful data integration implementations, showcasing benefits like cost savings and improved customer satisfaction?

Discussion Leaders:

Rashitha Jayasekara, Director Digital & Technology, GSK

David Brader, Strategic Advisor, Manufacturing Practice Lead, Domo Europe

Youssef Alla, Enterprise Account Executive, Domo Europe

This interactive discussion will explore the revolutionary Industrial Metaverse technology as a digital twin, offering virtual replicas of physical systems for real-time monitoring and optimization in manufacturing. The session highlights product development, prototyping, factory planning, unlocking cost savings, reduced footprints, and faster time to market. 

  • Informed Decision-Making: Learn how digital twins provide crucial data and analytics for superior operational decisions
  • Operational Transparency: Discover how comprehensive virtual
  • overviews help identify potential issues early
  • Eco-Friendly Production: Understand how digital twins enhance sustainable manufacturing

Discussion Leaders: 

Christian Poss, Digitalisation and Innovation Manager, BMW Group

Martin Schiesser, Senior Partner – Head Manufacturing Industries, Detecon (T-Systems)

Sakari Palko, Head of Cloud Sales, T-Systems

The session will show how data from your plant and equipment can improve KPI’s in quality, productivity OEE, inventory and reduce energy usage. Attendees to the session will engage in an interactive discussion and share their thoughts, experiences and advice to others for successful, performance-led digitisation.  

  • What is the #1 manufacturing challenge you are facing today? 
  • Which areas of manufacturing are you most looking to improve with digitisation? 
  • What is the biggest factor inhibiting smart manufacturing?

Discussion Leaders:

Edward Markey, Manufacturing Intelligence & Visualization Team Lead, Rolls-Royce

Matt Barber, VP & General Manager MES, Infor

Andrew Dalziel, VP Industry & Solution Strategy, Infor

Join our roundtable to engage with your peers and uncover actionable strategies for smarter manufacturing. 

  • Harnessing Data for Operational Excellence: Explore how real-time data analytics and IoT are revolutionizing manufacturing operations, driving efficiency and productivity.
  • Smart Technologies in Action: Discover practical insights on leveraging AI, predictive maintenance, and intelligent automation, to optimise supply chains, reduce downtime, and enhance decision-making.
  • Future-Proofing Manufacturing: Learn about how the transformative impact of digital thread technologies and private 5G networks can help make your manufacturing operations more agile and resilient.  

Discussion Leaders:

Alice Quinn, Senior Manufacturing Technology Engineer, 3M

Sundeep Samra, Manufacturing Client Partner, Verizon Business

As industry landscapes rapidly evolve with digitalisation, it becomes imperative for organisations to optimise team dynamics, foster collaboration, and implement efficient workflow automation processes. Through interactive dialogue and exchange of insights, participants will explore strategies, best practices, and challenges associated with enabling these key elements to propel successful digital transformation in a manufacturing environment. 

  • How can you effectively align team management strategies with digital transformation objectives to drive organisational change?
  • What are the primary barriers to effective team collaboration in a digital manufacturing environment, and how can they be overcome?
  • How can emerging technologies such as AI, IoT, and cloud computing be leveraged to streamline workflow processes and enhance productivity?
  • In what ways can manufacturers ensure data-driven decision-making is integrated into team management practices to drive continuous improvement and operational excellence? 

Discussion Leaders:

Lucy Hawker, Digitalisation Leader, JLR

Holger Kleist, Lead Solutions Consultant, Wrike

Tomas Susedik, Industry Lead Manufacturing, Wrike


Potential stumbling blocks include cultural resistance to change, leadership and stakeholder buy-in. It’s therefore important to identify digitalisation objectives and formulate a strategy.  

Discussion Leader:

Giles O’Sullivan Wade, Head of Operations PolarSeal


It’s clear that automating routine and repetitive tasks in manufacturing can enhance efficiency and reduce operational costs. But, how do you really make this a reality? Join us for an interactive discussion on how to break down the critical initial investments vital for seamlessly integrating automation technology within your existing systems. 

  • How can automating routine tasks in manufacturing enhance efficiency and reduce operational costs?
  • What are the critical initial investments required to seamlessly integrate automation technology within existing systems?
  • How can businesses overcome challenges and obstacles when implementing automation in their manufacturing operations?
  • How can companies ensure a smooth transition and adoption of automation technology in their existing systems?

In this session, we will explore the seamless and efficient process of automating routine and repetitive tasks. By doing so, we can significantly enhance efficiency and reduce operational costs. 

Discussion Leaders:

Matt Carr, Owner & Director, Carrs Pasties

Lauren Molino, Director, Customer Success, Quickbase

Leverage AI to boost efficiency (optimise lines, predict maintenance, streamline inventory), improve quality (AI inspection & data insights), and drive innovation (generate new ideas & optimise materials).

Discussion Leader:

Ben Richards, IT Manager, Dynex  Semiconductor

Energy management and reduction initiatives need to be integrated with other processes and systems in the manufacturing plant to be effective. 

Ensuring that the workforce is equipped with the necessary digital skills is crucial for successful digitalisation. Challenges include costs associated with training, resistance to change, and finding time for employees to learn new skills.