Everything you need to know about Digital Manufacturing Week


Produced by The Manufacturer magazine, Digital Manufacturing Week (DMW) is taking place from 8-12 November. It is a national festival of advanced manufacturing which every year attracts thousands of manufacturers, industry leaders, and technology providers.

Every aspect of the week celebrates excellence from expert speakers, industry-shaping influencers, delegates from the best manufacturers, and the brightest emerging talent. The event brings them together to help businesses at all stages of their Industry 4.0 development, arming them with real insights from the industry we have been at the heart of for over 25 years.

It is about learning, providing a showcase for the best of manufacturing, and celebrating successes. Our two awards programmes, The Manufacturer Top 100 and MX Awards, honour the talented individuals and companies that represent the top tier of the industry.

This year’s Digital Manufacturing Week will be particularly special as it will also play host to The Manufacturing Technology Centre’s (MTC) Digitalising Manufacturing Conference. The partnership will see these two huge dates in the manufacturing calendar combine to create one enormous value proposition for a voracious manufacturing audience.

Here we take a look at the events happening across the week.

Smart Factory Expo

Smart Factory Expo brings together all the technologies enabling the digital manufacturing revolution, creating a carefully curated shop window for manufacturers at all stages of their digital journey.

It is a showcase for the revolution in technology, process and thinking behind Industry 4.0. Smart Factory Expo features nine content theatres and ten visitor zones, focused on different digital manufacturing opportunities and featuring world class presentations and exhibitors, alongside Innovation Alley – a dedicated startup corridor brimming with entrepreneurial energy.

A full calendar of activity including solution theatres with free-to-attend presentations, demonstrations and networking spaces, all located within the exhibition hall, means visitors can research and purchase the latest technologies transforming manufacturing, network with peers and gain invaluable insights from industry leaders, all in one place.

To find out more about what to expect at this year’s Smart Factory Expo, click here.


Smart Factory Expo
The Smart Factory Expo show floor at Digital Manufacturing Week 2019.

Manufacturing Leader’s Summit

The Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit 2021 will take place in Liverpool on 10th-11th November, where key figures from the sector will get together to discuss the issues and pressures facing the whole industry.

It will bring senior manufacturing executives together from across the manufacturing sector, to talk about sustainable growth and innovation in their businesses in an interactive conference format with roundtable discussion groups, keynote presentations and panel discussions.

The interactive conference format revolves around a series of intimate roundtable discussions, enabling you to sit next to your peers and topic experts and have your questions answered first-hand. This isn’t about passively listening to hours of keynotes – you’ll sit down face-to- face with leaders like you to share challenges and collaboratively develop solutions.

Choose which discussion tables to join for each 60-minute discussion – enabling you to participate in four different discussions during the two days and have the conversations that matter most to you. Hear from your industry peers how they’re achieving step changes in productivity.

Confirmed round table discussion leaders include senior representatives from organisations such as Airbus Defence and Space, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Dyson, McLaren Automotive, Rotork, Nestle, Firmenich, Muntons, Bimbo, Glen Dimplex and Jaguar Land Rover.

Read a sneak peek about this year’s biggest manufacturing event here.


Manufacturing Leader's Summit
The Manufacturing Leader’s Summit 2019.

SME Growth Summit

SME Growth Summit 2021, in partnership with the MTC’s Digitalising Manufacturing Conference, takes place in Liverpool on 9th-11th November, where strategic leaders of UK SME manufacturers get together to discuss the issues that matter relating to people, platform and process.

SME Growth Summit is exclusively for organisations with a turnover up to £100m. The event will offer a unique opportunity for you to get the information you need from leading experts in digital manufacturing through presentations and panel discussions, as well as being able to sit down with your peers at interactive roundtable discussions to discuss and identify the most effective avenues of growth and equip you to act on them.

Read more here to find out what you can expect at the event, and what delegates are looking forward to.

Innovation Alley

Innovation Alley is one of the hottest dates in the UK event calendar. Each year KTN and Innovate UK provide a space to young fledgling digital technology innovators at DMW. In its 5th year, many of the companies who have previously exhibited on Innovation Alley have now gone on to become successful, growing businesses.

Read the full article here to learn more about two companies who have had outstanding success since their early days on the Alley.

MX Awards

With 2021 being such a challenging year, it’s arguably more important than ever to encourage, benchmark and celebrate manufacturing excellence, so we are delighted to announce a record year of nominations for The Manufacturer MX Awards 2021.

The evening will be the culmination and highlight of Digital Manufacturing Week, attracting more than 500 attendees to celebrate the very best of British industry over a sumptuous three-course dinner with a very special guest speaker.

The Manufacturer MX Awards are organised by The Manufacturer in partnership with IMechE. Entry and judging are at no cost to the participants, and it could not be possible without the support of The Manufacturer MX Awards sponsors: HVM Catapult, Capgemini, Santander UK, Hunter and Cranfield University.

Read more about this year’s finalists in the full article here.


The Manufacturer MX Awards
The Manufacturer MX Awards 2019.

The Manufacturer Top 100 Awards

The Manufacturer Top 100 is a showcase of those individuals who go that extra mile in their work. Nominated by their peers and judged by an expert panel, they represent the very best of the UK manufacturing industry. Discover individuals who played no small part in that collective effort, whether it be diversifying their businesses to meet demands for PPE or those who were part of the Ventilator Challenge.

Find out more about this year’s Top 100 Awards here.


The Top 100 Awards Courtesy of The Manufacturer
The Top 100 Awards 2019.

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