Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit – a sneak peak at this year’s biggest manufacturing event

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

The past year’s exceptional operational challenges have put manufacturers to the test. Some successfully maintained operations, while others struggled with supply shortages, worker safety, and dramatic spikes and dips in demand.

A key factor that differentiated the companies that adapted and flourished, was their use of Industry 4.0 digital technologies such as AI and Machine Learning, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud computing, advanced analytics, digital twins and AR/VR.


Sarah Black Smith, Head of Factory Operations, Siemens ; Graham Leadbetter, Head of Operations - Manufacturing Engineering, BAE Systems Dale Crow, Electricity & Automation Engineering Lead, Nestle R&D Rashitha Jayasekara, Chief of Digital Manufacturing, Rolls Royce Andrew Caroll, Manufacturing Systems Manager, Rotork

A few of the speakers – from left to right: Sarah Black Smith, Head of Factory Operations, Siemens; Graham Leadbetter, Head of Operations – Manufacturing Engineering, BAE Systems; Dale Crow, Electricity & Automation Engineering Lead, Nestle R&D; Rashitha Jayasekara, Chief of Digital Manufacturing, Rolls Royce; Andrew Caroll, Manufacturing Systems Manager, Rotork


The Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit, now in its 14th year, is an integral part of Digital Manufacturing Week and Smart Factory Expo.

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.

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.

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Speakers corner – highlighting some of this year’s speakers

Andrew Wall Head of Technical Data at Airbus Defence and Space

Andrew Wall, Head of Technical Data at Airbus Defence and Space is looking forward to sharing his thoughts on the Extended Enterprise and calibrating his thinking and experience with others, especially in light of the fact that a large percentage of overspend is in the supply chain and due to late or misunderstandings of design information intent. Can we overcome it with the Digital Era?

Daniel Smale, Head of Continuous Improvement at Gousto. Real time data analytics is important to Daniel as is understanding how their product line is performing at any given time. Daniel also works hard to find out how to develop synergy and interaction between people and partially automated processes.

Carolina Delgado Head of Operations at Aerotron Composites

Carolina Delgado, Head of Operations at Aerotron Composites is interested in discussing challenges including attracting talent, developing and building skills and making sure time is put aside for training and upskilling.

Steve Miller Manufacturing Supply Chain Director at Muntons

Steve Miller, Manufacturing Supply Chain Director at Muntons is looking forward to discussing implementing a continuous improvement mindset ‘what are we going to do better today than we did yesterday?’ and challenging everything every day.

Trevor Newman Manufacturing Cluster Director at

Trevor Newman, Manufacturing Cluster Director at Firmenich is keen to engage with his peers on the topic of leadership throughout the supply chain and how to engage and motivate people.

Who’ll be there?

We’re bringing together senior executives from the UK’s largest manufacturers across a range of sectors to ensure a full industry cross-section of ideas and viewpoints. We’ve already confirmed leaders from automotive, aerospace, defence, electronics, pharma, food and electronics manufacturers.

What’s in it for you?

Our 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.

How does it work?

Choose which discussion tables to join for each 60-minute discussion – enabling you to participate in four different discussions during the course of 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.

  • Explore the business cases for Digitalisation
  • Discover the pros and cons of implementing a Data strategy and the commonest reasons for failure
  • Learn how technology disruptors such as IoT, AI and Digital Twin can transform your operations
  • Discover how to create visibility of supply and demand at each stage of the end-to-end value chain • Explore digital culture and driving organisational change
  • Learn how to connect disparate systems and break down functional silos

Registration info

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit is for all senior professionals responsible for the development of manufacturing businesses including data, technology and innovation, or those looking for new ideas to bring into their business model. To ensure a diverse cross-section of industry ideas and viewpoints, the 200 top-tier attendees are drawn from across a range of sectors including automotive, aerospace, defence, electronics, pharma and food. If you’d like to attend, simply head over to the website and register your interest.

https://digital-manufacturing-week.com/leaders/

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