Doors officially open at Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool

The Manufacturer has officially launched Smart Factory Expo, the world’s leading manufacturing show at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool.

Female design engineer tests virtual reality software - image courtesy of This is Engineering.
Virtual Reality (VR) exhibitors will be on hand to discuss their latest innovations at Smart Factory Expo

The annual conference, during Digital Manufacturing Week, brings together thousands of industry professionals from around the world to showcase and celebrate the very best technology and people working in manufacturing.

Doors to the public officially open at 9am, at which point visitors from America, China, South Korea and Japan, as well as delegations from inside Europe and the UK will file in to take part in the largest exhibition of its kind.

Those lucky enough to be part of the proceedings will be given to a host of free ‘show and tell’ events across 12 theatres and featuring well over 200 industry-leading exhibitors showcasing their latest innovations.

Inside the main room the show’s broad-ranging content is distributed under eight key Visitor Zones, each featuring a dedicated Solutions Theatre, promising a true deep dive into the relevant business issues.

Every aspect of the industry has been included as part of the exhibition, from manufacturing innovation and digital transformation, to supply chain and logistics, industrial data and cybersecurity, automation, IoT, smart factories and the future of manufacturing.


 More than 6,000 industry leaders and innovators, as well as well over 50 of the hottest tech start-ups


Innovation Alley at Smart Factory Expo 2018 – image courtesy of The Manufacturer.

Innovation Alley, the backbone of Smart Factory Expo’s entire show, runs down the centre of the exhibition hall showcasing emerging companies and SMEs in stall-like booths with their newest industry inventions.

Kicking things off with a bang, day one will also see the ‘Father of Industry 4.0’, Henrik Von Scheel speaking in the Smart Factory Solutions Theatre at 3pm, as well as delivering a full-day workshop on 14 November.

Having decisively established itself as Europe’s largest digital manufacturing show over the past four years, Smart Factory Expo is expected to welcome more than 6,000 industry leaders and innovators, as well as well over 50 of the hottest tech start-ups from a range of disciplines. Around a third of those in attendance are also C suite level decision makers and company directors.

It promises to be two days of world-leading industry content, inspiring people with new approaches in thought and process and a prime opportunity for delegates to expand their business networks.

SFE is running from 13-14 November.

Five Reasons to Get Involved:

  • Grow. Sharpen your competitive advantage with access to the latest technologies
  • Evaluate. Assess emerging technologies, business models, and markets
  • Partner. Meet fellow travellers on the digital manufacturing journey
  • Develop. Increase the capacity of your manufacturing operations
  • Mentor. Engage with the next generation of manufacturing talent