Digital Manufacturing Week 2019: Industrial innovation unleashed

Posted on 5 Apr 2019 by The Manufacturer

Check your diary now and ensure you have the week of 11-15 November free, because for anyone involved in manufacturing, this is the greatest concentration of learning, networking and celebration of our sector, anywhere in the UK.

What is Digital Manufacturing Week?

Digital Manufacturing Week 2019 was also launched at the reception – image courtesy of The Manufacturer.
More than 200 UK manufacturing leaders and supporters gathered at The House of Lords to help launch Digital Manufacturing Week 2019.

Digital Manufacturing Week is a national festival of advanced manufacturing, bringing together 6,000 manufacturing executives across dozens of events over four days in Liverpool.

The festival is created and curated by The Manufacturer magazine – a publication supporting industry for more than 20 years.

Digital Manufacturing Week is also the perfect platform for solutions and service providers to engage with digitally minded manufacturers – with a comprehensive range of events to reach into specific audience segments.

There’s a lot going on at Europe’s largest celebration of digital manufacturing: Smart Factory Expo, Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit, The Manufacturer MX Awards and The Manufacturer Top 100.

But there is so much more, including factory visits, multiple networking dinners/breakfasts and summit meetings – all focusing on issues of paramount importance to manufacturers.

Five reasons to get involved

  • Mentor – send the lift down to the next generation of manufacturing talent
  • Develop – increase the capacity of your manufacturing operations
  • Evaluate – assess emerging technologies, business models and markets
  • Partner – meet fellow-travellers on the digital manufacturing journey
  • Grow – sharpen your competitive advantage with access to the latest technologies.

Details of the four core activities are explained below, but you can learn more by downloading our brochure from here, and then registering here.

There are some very attractive early-bird ticket offers, so do hurry!

Smart Factory Expo

Europe’s biggest digital manufacturing show

Virtual Reality practical demonstration at Smart Factory Expo 2018 - image courtesy of The Manufacturer.Smart Factory Expo is a platform where digitally savvy manufacturers meet world-class solutions providers and their partner ecosystems, digital manufacturing specialists, tech start-ups, consultants, and some of the award-winning manufacturers that are setting the pace for entire industries.

There is a huge array of things to see, places to meet contacts and lectures to attend. Special features include Innovation Alley, where tech start-ups set out to catch the eye of manufacturers, and every year, magic happens.

A special attraction is the Manufacturing People & Skills Summit, where you can learn from your peers how to look after the greatest asset any manufacturing business possesses.

Click here to register for this and Smart Factory Expo

Manufacturing Leaders Summit

Future-proof your business

Manufacturing Leaders Summit 2018 - image courtesy of The Manufacturer.

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit has been attracting the leaders of UK manufacturing for more than a decade, setting the industrial agenda with contributions from the CEOs of UK FT500 companies, entrepreneurial high-growth ‘gazelles’, and some of the finest minds from academia.

Peer-to-peer learning 

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit is run in our exciting discussion table conference format, which lets delegates choose which discussion groups they join and provides ample opportunity for our audience of senior manufacturers to learn from one another.

Each of these roundtables is led by a renowned industry expert, with up to six senior manufacturing delegates at a time leaning in to pose questions and collaboratively problem-solve.

This year, Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit is focused on growth and innovation – with expert discussion groups on the technologies and best business practices that generate business growth.

Who should attend?

Board-level manufacturing directors responsible for driving business and decision-making.

Click here to secure your place

The Manufacturer MX Awards

Celebrating the best of British

Manufacturer of the Year 2018 - Richard Lloyd (third from left) celebrates with the Accolade Wines team after his company won three The Manufacturer MX Awards, includ¬ing The Manufacturer of the Year – image courtesy of The Manufacturer.Manufacturers are achieving great things in all aspects of their businesses, large and small, and there are plenty of opportunities for businesses of all sizes and sectors to be recognised for excellence.

Top five reasons why you should enter:

  • Extensive media exposure for your company or manufacturer – local and national
  • Benchmark your business against peers and competitors
  • Valuable business improvement advice from top experts
  • Positive impact on staff throughout the business, boosting morale and team spirit
  • Highlight to customers and clients that they are associated with the best in class.

Click here to learn more about the categories and to enter

The Manufacturer Top 100

CROP - The Manufacturer Top 100 2018 officially revealed - image courtesy of The Manufacturer.Now entering its sixth year, and judged by a cohort of industry experts, The Manufacturer Top 100 project aims to raise the profile of industry role models by creating a platform to publicise their achievements.

Nominate your heroes in manufacturing against one or more of the following criteria:

  • Bold investor in new markets
  • Inspiring leader
  • Young pioneer
  • Driver of cultural change
  • Unsung hero

Nominations are now open!

The big reveal of The Manufacturer Top 100 2019 will be at a glittering ceremony on the evening of 13 November 2019, where 300+ of the industry’s elite will be gathered to celebrate.

Sponsorship opportunities

By sponsoring The Manufacturer Top 100, you position your business as a supporter of the best and brightest in this generation of UK manufacturers, and the next. Contact [email protected] for more information.