Be part of the fourth industrial revolution
Manchester - 2019
10th - 11th April
Factories of the future Expo
Showcasing the latest products and services for Industry 4.0, IIoT, Smart Factories and Digital Manufacturing
Industry 4.0 Academia
Revealing the science behind the latest manufacturing revolution


  • Professor Juergen Maier, FREng Chief Executive, Siemens plc, UK

    Professor Juergen Maier, FREng

    Chief Executive, Siemens plc, UK

    Juergen Maier was appointed Chief Executive on 1 July 2014. He has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Board since 2008, and held senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany including Managing Director of Industrial activities for the UK and Manufacturing Director of the award-winning Drives factory in Congleton.

    Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 with a BSc in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University, on a Siemens-sponsored graduate programme. He was made an honorary professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014 and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2017. Juergen has also received honorary doctorates for his services to UK Science and Engineering for the Universities of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent and Salford Manchester.

    Juergen is a passionate advocate of the UK rebalancing its economy and has supported many UK-wide initiatives championing manufacturing, improved infrastructure and engineering skills. He has recently been asked by the Government department BEIS to lead a new review on Industrial Digitalisation for UK Manufacturing. Juergen also supports the modern re-industrialisation of the Northern Powerhouse and in that capacity is Chairman of the North West Business Leadership team and a board member of Greater Manchester LEP as well as the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

    Born 1964 in Germany with Austrian nationality, he came to the UK in 1974.

  • Deborah Sherry Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, GE Digital Europe, UK

    Deborah Sherry

    Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, GE Digital Europe, UK

    Deborah Sherry joined GE in July 2016 as General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer for GE Digital Europe. In this role, Deborah leads all GE Digital commercial activities including Sales, Marketing, Services and operations and is delivering the strategy and operation across Europe.

    Prior to joining GE, Deborah spent nearly 9 years at Google, most recently as UK and Ireland Director of Partner Business Solutions. Deborah opened new markets for Google and increased Southern and Eastern European business 5-fold. During her 30 year career as a commercial leader, Deborah has worked for various industry and technology companies including orange, Samsung and Citibank. She started to work in the digital industry before the web began.

    Deborah received an MBA from the London Business Scholl, an MA Law from Oxford University and a BA from Columbia University in New York.

    For more information on GE Digital please visit

    We interviewed Deborah to get her thoughts on Industry 4.0 & this is what she told us… more

  • John Kitchingman Managing Director Northern Europe, Dassault Systèmes

    John Kitchingman

    Managing Director Northern Europe, Dassault Systèmes

     John Kitchingman is Managing Director of the Northern European region for Dassault Systèmes. This region covers the UK and Ireland, the Nordic countries, Benelux and the Baltic states.

     John joined Dassault Systemes in early 2018, following a successful 15-year career at IBM Global Business Services, where he held senior roles covering the Oil and Gas, Automotive, Aerospace and Defence, Electronics and Industrial Products industries.

     John holds a degree in Economics from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

  • Paul Homan Chief Technology Officer - Industrial, IBM, UK & Ireland

    Paul Homan

    Chief Technology Officer - Industrial, IBM, UK & Ireland

    Paul is responsible for developing the Technology Strategy & Industry Architectures across the engineering client base in IBM including Automotive, Aerospace & Defence, Oil & Gas, Electronics & Construction.

    A passionate Enterprise Architect with substantial end-user experience and knowledge, Paul was a key contributor to IBM’s input to the recent UK Manufacturing Industrial Digitilisation Review.  Keen to convert concepts to benefits, Paul will share his perspectives on the practical use of the latest technology, including AI in the manufacturing domain.

    For further information about IBM and Manufacturing please visit

    Abstract for his presentation on 28 February:

    Although the challenges to achieve the Industry 4.0 vision can seem daunting, Paul will outline what it takes to traverse the gap from experimenting to adoption by sharing a number of inspiring client stories – illustrating how to take realistic and meaningful steps forward on your own journey. 

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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, 70 exhibitors, 1,500 trade attendees.

The Summit provided a great opportunity for manufacturers to hear from senior speakers from government, associations & technology and see industry 4.0 case studies from industry.

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 digitise and upgrade operations. Industry 4.0 is revolutionising manufacturing worldwide. Visit, sponsor or exhibit and join the 4th Industrial Revolution.

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