Digital Manufacturing Week 2020 – leading the way

Posted on 30 Sep 2020 by The Manufacturer

Now more than ever manufacturers need to come together. We need leadership, we need vision - we need to create a blueprint for a brighter digital future. This year has undoubtedly been challenging for a multitude of different reasons, but out of adversity comes opportunity, out of challenges come solutions and out of darkness comes light.

Digital Manufacturing Week has been at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution since its inception five years ago. It brings the industry’s brightest minds and most innovative companies together on one platform under one banner – Digital Manufacturing Week. Yes, we will miss welcoming you all in person to Liverpool this November, we would love to have the industry physically gather together to learn, collaborate and party! But unfortunately, we cannot, and here at The Manufacturer we pride ourselves on being the voice of our sector, strong advocates of change and champions of global manufacturing, so the event will go on…

If ever an event lent itself to going online, it is Digital Manufacturing Week. The constant drumbeat of Industry 4.0 has dominated the conversation within manufacturing over the past decade. How to properly adapt and thrive in this constantly evolving environment can be very challenging. We know it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation, we know it’s not as simple as flicking a switch but, like you, we know it is vital.

Digital Manufacturing Week 2020 - Smart Factory Expo hall

Every business has its own challenges, what works for one might not work for another, that is not just the variety life but of business too. That is why Digital Manufacturing Week is not an option, it is a must.

Going online What can you expect from a digital exhibition? Will you have the same opportunities to network? Will you still be able to see all the amazing companies and solutions they are offering?

The simple answer is yes. We will have all the things you have come to expect from the face-to-face event. Our Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit will still have the brightest minds in the industry giving practical advice on how to adopt the latest technologies and make those game-changing digital advances. Smart Factory Expo will still be packed full of the most cuttingedge companies providing ways to optimise your business processes, increase productivity and drive growth.

There will still be plenty of chances to network, understand and evaluate the very latest tech and make those vital connections. We will still have break-out sessions and the chance to voice your opinions. To put it simply we are still pushing forward and embracing change and we are excited to take you along with us. Digital Manufacturing Week is still the place to get business done.

Getting involved

The beauty of a digital exhibition is that the limitations of time and travel have been removed. Traditionally we see companies sending a couple of representatives to the exhibition and going back and reporting to their teams on what they have seen and experienced. Digital Manufacturing Week will have content that is applicable to the whole of your business, so make sure you start planning and curating your visit now to get the best out of the event.

The constraints of physical exhibitions have often limited who companies send – time out of the office/factory and away from the day-to-day running of the business can be costly. But with Digital Manufacturing Week 2020 you can participate from the comfort of your desk. Tune in and out of the sessions that are relevant for you and create a digital pathway to success. Get the whole company involved, ensure your staff know the event is happening, it is not just for CEOs and MDs so encourage your CFOs, production managers, designers and engineers to register for sessions most relevant to them.

Empower your workforce to engage in the running of your company, the ideas of today are the productivity gains of tomorrow. This is an event for manufacturers, we are being very selective on registrations to ensure only the right people have access. Time is valuable, we know our visitors want to be making meaningful connections that will benefit them.

DMW 2019 Layout

Adapt and innovate

COVID-19 has been devastating, it has been difficult for all businesses. But in times of turmoil there are only two options, innovate or disappear. The only option we have ever considered is to innovate – now is the time for rapid acceleration and adaption of the digital world. We have taken those steps by taking the exhibition online; how will you and your business react to these challenges?

In short, going digital is not an option, it is a must. To remain competitive, to be more productive, we must take those first tentative steps along the digital highway and begin the journey. Digital Manufacturing Week is the place to start mapping that journey, to learn best practices to unite and come together as an industry, proud, bullish and always ready. We look forward to welcoming you to the only manufacturing event that matters this year – Digital Manufacturing Week, so start planning your visit today.