The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo: the best bits

Posted on 11 Nov 2016 by Victoria Fitzgerald

From November 2-3, thousands of visitors pounded the floor of The NEC at the inaugural The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo. If you missed out on the action catch up via podcast interviews with Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation and Siemens.

The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo is the nation’s only Industry 4.0 exhibition for business leaders in UK manufacturing – showcasing the best solution providers and technology offerings for manufacturers to adopt the relevant tools and knowledge to drive business growth.

No one can deny that the manufacturing industry is changing and transforming rapidly. If companies don’t adapt and embrace developing and new technologies now, then they run the risk of losing ground to the rest of the world.

Exhibitor Interviews

Schnieder Electric

Rockwell Automation


Exhibition director of The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo, Adrian Sell explained: “The two days saw aisles packed with senior decision makers, all of whom were benefiting from the expertise, knowledge sharing and the very latest products which will allow their businesses to compete and grow in the world of connected manufacturing.

“The Manufacturer is passionate about UK manufacturing. We are determined to place our wonderful industry at the forefront of the global marketplace.”

The Expo showcased some of the most cutting-edge technologies, with more than 50 exhibitors including companies such as Siemens, IBM and Cisco to name but a few. To see the full list of exhibitors, visit

Paul Reeves, national sales manager, Romi Machines  (UK) commented: “Just a quick message to say ‘thanks’ for all your help at last week’s show. We picked up lots of positive leads and are currently working through these.”

Vincent Post, international marketing manager, Forcam, said: “The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo was a great success for FORCAM. Not only did we have an exciting platform to showcase our Industry 4.0 technology, but we also had the chance to speak with many potential customers. With that amount of decision makers and senior level visitors, it’s definitely an event worth attending.

“After two days of Smart Factory Expo at the NEC, we conclude: Industry 4.0 is one of the hot topics in manufacturing. Great to see that companies are starting to embrace digitalisation as the future of manufacturing. Thank you Hennik Group for a successful event!”

Mark Higgins, Fast Technologies said: “We have wasted time and resources in the past at poor events, butThe Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo was excellent. With regard to next year, we will definitely be exhibiting.”

The message that came out of The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo is the definite need for an event that focuses on the enablers of industry 4.0. With so much rhetoric about the need to invest in technology, events such as this connect service providers with the companies who need them to make sure the UK manufacturing sector stays at the forefront of European and global industry.

After such a successful first Expo, it has been confirmed that the show will be back next year and promises to build on the success of this year. 

If you would like more information on exhibiting and booking for next year’s Expo then please click here.