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Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are some of the phrases being used today to describe a series of game-changing innovations that are changing the way products are manufactured for ever.
The UK’s first dedicated Industry 4.0 conference & exhibition was held in Manchester on 4-5th April 2017 and attracted over 270 conference delegates, to hear from senior speakers from government and large technology, automation & manufacturers.
Get involved in the next edition of the Industry 4.0 Summit & Factories of The Future Expo. The event will showcase, discuss and demonstrate hundreds of innovations to help manufacturers digitize and upgrade operations. Industry 4.0 is revolutionizing manufacturing worldwide. Visit, sponsor or exhibit and join the 4th Industrial Revolution.
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  • Naomi Climer Co-Chair, Industry 4.0 Summit & Past-President IET, UK

    Naomi Climer

    Co-Chair, Industry 4.0 Summit & Past-President IET, UK

    Naomi Climer is Trustee and Past President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Chair of the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) Council and Chair of the UK Government (DCMS) Future Communications Challenge Group (FCCG) looking at the technology opportunities for the UK around 5G and the Internet of Things. Naomi also works as a consultant with the Board of Sony’s UK Technology Centre.

    Naomi is an engineer, her career has been spent in the Broadcast and Communications technology industry including at the BBC, ITV and Sony both in Europe and the US.

    Naomi is listed in the Daily Telegraph and Women’s Engineering Society 50 Most Influential Women in UK Engineering in 2016 and in Computer Weekly’s 50 Most Influential Women in UK IT 2015 and 2016.

    In her spare time, Naomi is and a keen sailor, motorcyclist and all things outdoors.

  • Tanuja Randery Schneider Electric, Zone President, UK & Ireland

    Tanuja Randery

    Schneider Electric, Zone President, UK & Ireland

    Tanuja Randery joined Schneider Electric in 2015 from BT Global Services, where she served as President, Strategy, Marketing & Transformation responsible for the growth transformation agenda. Prior to BT, Tanuja spent 10 years at Colt Group, in both strategy and operations roles – while at Colt she led the UK/IE Enterprise Business, was MD of Benelux and setup Colt’s Global Business division. Tanuja also led the acquisition of MarketPrizm – a low latency trading infrastructure company and was CEO of the entity driving the expansion into Asia and cross asset classes.

    Tanuja’s professional career has also seen her working as Vice President of Strategy at EMC Corp where she led a number of key M&A initiatives and she worked seven years as a Consultant at McKinsey, specialising in technology and sales and marketing effectiveness, both in the United States.

    For more information on Schneider Electric visit www.schneider-electric.com

  • Lord Prior of Brampton Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    Lord Prior of Brampton

    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    Lord Prior of Brampton was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 21 December 2016. Previously he served at the Department of Health as Minister for NHS Productivity from May 2015 until December 2016. He is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

    He graduated from Cambridge University with an Exhibition and MA in Law and subsequently qualified as a Barrister in 1976.

    Political career
    Lord Prior served as Member of Parliament for North Norfolk from 1997 to 2001 and went on to be deputy chairman and CEO of the Conservative Party. He was also on the Commons Select Committee for Trade and Industry.

    Career outside politics
    Lord Prior has held a number of jobs during his career including:

    – Chairman of the Care Quality Commission from 2013 to 2015
    – Chairman of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard Strategic Advisory Group
    – Adviser to the health authority of Abu Dhabi
    – Chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital from 2002 to 2013
    – Associate with Lehman Brothers and Lazard Freres
    – Senior executive with British Steel
    – Managing a number of private companies, mainly in manufacturing and engineering

    As Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, his responsibilities include:
    – Industrial strategy
    – Lords lead on all BEIS issues
    – Industrial policy (with the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry)
    – Technology
    – Infrastructure/construction
    – Professional services
    – Rail supply chain
    – Defence
    – Maritime
    – Life sciences
    – EU single market
    – Deregulation and regulatory reform
    – Land Registry
    – Ordnance Survey
    – Companies House
    – Corporate minister

  • Jens Gralfs Vice President Research & Technology, Airbus Group, Germany

    Jens Gralfs

    Vice President Research & Technology, Airbus Group, Germany

    Jens Gralfs was appointed in January 2013 as Airbus Operations Architect for the Overall Physical Design. He is in charge of all Research & Technology activities in this field, managing the transnational activities for system structure and cabin. His team develops solutions for new aircraft programs as well as new ideas for all running programs in Airbus.

    Before taking over this role, he was in charge of manufacturing engineering for all assembly and installation processes in Airbus for 5 years, leading the transnational manufacturing engineering team for all assembly/installation activities at Airbus, covering all ten assembly plants across Europe.

    Jens Gralfs began his professional career in 1992 in Airbus as project leader for automation systems. After several positions he became R&D Manager for the Airbus plant Stade, where he was in charge of coordinating all R&D activities (mainly Carbon Fiber Composite techniques). In 2001 Jens Gralfs became Head of New Technologies/New Programmes. In this role he was responsible to guarantee the technological innovation of composites products and their suitability in terms of technical solutions. Furthermore he defined the strategy for new product manufacturing and assembly processes, tooling concepts and technological solutions; being applied in the development and realisation for the A380/ A400M/ A350.

  • Ian Funnell Managing Director, ABB, UK

    Ian Funnell

    Managing Director, ABB, UK

    Ian Funnell is a graduate of Aberdeen University in Engineering Science.  He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of the World Economic Forum Taskforce for Infrastructure Investment.

    Mr Funnell has had a long and distinguished career in the global energy sector. He started in the UK utility sector, joining ABB originally in 1999, in manufacturing, utility and global oil & gas sectors.  He rejoined the UK utilities in 2008 as the Director of Major Projects, and latterly as the Managing Director of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc. Ian rejoined ABB in November 2012 in France as Group Vice President in the global utility sector and latterly as CEO and President of ABB SA (France). Ian was appointed Managing Director of ABB in the UK in January 2015.

    For more information on ABB please click here.

  • Alan Norbury Chief Technology Officer, Siemens, UK

    Alan Norbury

    Chief Technology Officer, Siemens, UK

    Alan Norbury is the Central Technology Officer for Siemens industrial activities – a leading global supplier of industrial plant and software, manufacturing automation and drive technologies to industrial customers across the UK and Ireland.

    Alan started his career as an Apprentice in Siemens Congleton in 1978 moving into the role of Technical Specialist where he specialised in automation and low voltage products. In 1998 Alan spent time in Germany acting as Global Account Manager for key accounts such as Philip Morris & ICI.

    He later became the UK Product Specialist for a number of advanced technologies, developing into the role of Applications Specialist primarily focussing on the UK OEM market. Alan setup a team of Application Specialists in 1997, a team of pre-sales technical consultants located around the UK and Ireland who advise customers on the best use of Siemens technologies.

    Alan spent the past two years working closely with High Value Catapult Centres, particularly the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry and more recently the AMRC Sheffield. He is now Siemens Central Technology Officer, and dedicates his time to developing leading technology innovation which seeks to benefit Siemens UK manufacturing facilities and also Siemens industrial customers.

    For more information on Siemens UK please visit http://www.siemens.co.uk

  • Stephen Mellor CTO Industrial Internet Consortium, USA

    Stephen Mellor

    CTO Industrial Internet Consortium, USA

    Stephen Mellor is the Chief Technical Officer for the Industrial Internet Consortium, where he directs the standards requirements and technology & security priorities for the Industrial Internet. In that role, he coordinates the activities of the several engineering, architecture, security and testbed working groups and teams. He also co-chairs both the Definitions, Taxonomy and Reference Architecture workgroup and the Use Cases workgroup for the NIST CPS PWG (National Institute for Standards and Technology Cyberphysical System Public Working Group).

    He is a well-known technology consultant on methods for the construction of real-time and embedded systems, a signatory to the Agile Manifesto, and adjunct professor at the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Stephen is the author of Structured Development for Real-Time Systems, Object Lifecycles, Executable UML, and MDA Distilled.

    Until recently, he was Chief Scientist of the Embedded Software Division at Mentor Graphics, and founder and past president of Project Technology, Inc., before its acquisition. He participated in multiple UML/modeling-related activities at the Object Management Group (OMG), and was a member of the OMG Architecture Board, which is the final technical gateway for all OMG standards. Stephen was the Chairman of the Advisory Board to IEEE Software for ten years and a two-time Guest Editor of the magazine, most recently for an issue on Model-Driven Development.

    For more details on the Industrial Internet Consortium visit www.iiconsortium.org

  • Guillaume Vendroux CEO, DELMIA, Dassault Systemes, France

    Guillaume Vendroux

    CEO, DELMIA, Dassault Systemes, France

    Guillaume joined Dassault Systèmes in 2016 and leads the DELMIA brand, DS’s industrial solutions portfolio. Before joining Dassault Systèmes, he spent 10 years at Alstom Transport, where he was VP Industrial from 2010 to 2016. Before that, he held several leadership positions in engineering and R&D at Alstom Transport, Valeo Electrical Systems and Aerospatiale. He has a PhD in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology.

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