Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo trailer – 3 weeks to go

Industry 4.0 Summit is the UK’s premier gathering of senior manufacturing executives interested in achieving real-time benefits from implementing Industry 4.0 technologies and practices across their operations. It returns to Manchester for the third year on April 10th & 11th 2019.

The Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo takes place over two days at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Entrance to the Expo is free when you pre-register.

“What an impactful event. Excellent guest speakers, a large expo and very well organised. The event has helped me to build a network of contacts and suppliers to work with and gain support from as we continue our journey towards Industry 4.0 and integrate the IIoT. The event gave some highly useful insights into different companies and expert views on the challenges 4.0 will bring.”
Carl Lewis, Supply Chain Director, PepsiCo, UK

Industry 4.0 Summit is the UK’s premier gathering of senior manufacturing executives interested in achieving realtime benefits from implementing Industry 4.0 technologies and practices across their operations.

The two-day, insight-packed programme will help you advance your Industry 4.0 strategies – wherever you are on your journey towards digitalisation. It’s a unique opportunity to network with your peers and get your Industry 4.0 questions answered.

Summit keynote speakers include:
– Brian Holliday, Managing Director, Siemens PLC, Digital Factory
– Donna Edwards, Programme Director, Made Smarter North West
– Ian Funnell, CEO, ABB UK
– Sheryl Bunton, VP Chief Information Officer, Gulfstream Aerospace
– Nigel Moulton, Global CTO in the Modern Data Center Business Unit, Dell Technologies
– Stephen Phipson CBE, CEO & Chair, MAKEUK – The Manufacturers’ Organisation
– Stewart Miller, Operations Director, Bosch Rexroth
– Paulo Bartolo, Industry 4.0 Lead, University of Manchester
– Andy Schofield, Manufacturing & Materials Strategy and Technology Director, BAE Systems – Air
– Emma McLeod, Principal, Process Technology, Mondelez International

Debates include an Industry Leaders’ panel which will examine how to deliver Britain’s fourth industrial revolution. Over the two days, we’ll hear from manufacturers who have already moved towards Industry 4.0 and learn from their experiences, picking up ideas and best practice to make manufacturing smarter.

The Expo is a showcase of digital solutions – from IIOT, automation, robotics, sensors, big data, artificial intelligence, materials, to predictive maintenance.
Thanks to our sponsors, attendees can also get involved in a variety of free events on the Expo floor.
• Open Technology Forum, sponsored by Siemens
• Robot Zone, sponsored by Omron
• [these are not free]SME Clinic in partnership with Made Smarter North West, sponsored by Valuechain Technologies
• Digital Innovation Challenge in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University
• One-day IOT workshop, run and sponsored by Intel
• Women in 4.0 lunch
Please note: If you wish to attend the free one-day IoT workshop, you must book in advance to secure your place.


The Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo has a strong track record in supporting new talent.

We’re delighted that former Manchester Metropolitan University student, International Student Ambassador and Women in Leadership Ambassador, Elen Perry is part of our conference programme. Elen has won international competitions because of her work in additive manufacturing at the university’s Print City Campus.

Students from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester will be exhibiting their work on the Universities’ stands throughout the exhibition.

The Industry 4.0 team at Manchester Metropolitan University were part of the panel which has selected the eight finalists in the Expo’s Digital Innovation Challenge. Student teams from around the world submitted their Industry 4.0 innovations throughout 2018. The eight shortlisted finalists will be presenting their ideas on day one of the Expo on the main exhibition floor.

The 2019 finalists are:
• Elen Parry @ManMetUni
• Adam Votava @alookanalytics
• Marcin Regulski @MiddlesexUni
• David Byrne @LimerickIT
• Emmanuel Ayodele @UniversityLeeds
• Dien Curtis @HiveUrbanFarms
• Thomas Kendall @OfficialUoM
• Emiliano Pinto @OfficialUoM

The judging panel consists of senior executives from Airbus, Dell Technologies, Dyson and sponsor Protolabs and the winning finalist will be announced at the end of day one (10 April), with an opportunity to showcase their ideas at the Expo throughout day two (11 April).

The Women in Industry 4.0 lunch was one of the most vibrant elements of the 2018 Expo. Infused with a real spirit of empowerment, it brings together leading women in their fields with the aspiring engineers and manufacturing leaders of the future.

We’re delighted that the Summit programme features some fantastic women speakers, but we’re still not at parity yet. Through initiatives like the Industry 4.0 women’s lunch, we hope to strengthen the talent pool and widen the opportunities for women in the sector in the years to come – and hopefully inspire a new generation of role models.

We are thrilled that the Women’s Engineering Society will be represented at the Expo this year. This member-led organisation is celebrating its centenary this year. Drop by the WES stand if you would like to find out more about the work the society does to support and inspire women to achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders – or if you would like to become part of this professional network.

[This is invitation only for Summit attendees, and numbers are limited]


All exhibition visitors can participate in a variety of events that are happening around the exhibition hall.

Open Technology Forum, sponsored by Siemens
This mini-conference is a free-to-attend programme for all Expo attendees. It provides a platform for suppliers and organisations working in the sector to share their success stories and insights.
In order to enable you to get the most from the presentations they have been grouped by technology theme. The format is a series of succinct fifteen-minute presentations offering a precise insight into the deployment and business benefits of each technology..

Robot Zone, sponsored by Omron
Discover the latest robotic technologies from industry and academia in a dedicated display area on the Expo floor.
Featuring new solutions from technology leaders such as HMK, Omron and ABB, the area will be staffed by students from the University of Manchester. The young, enthusiastic team will be on hand to answer your questions.
If you’d like to know more, then simply ask the team to direct you to the technology suppliers’ stands elsewhere on the Expo floor.

Round Tables, sponsored by Dassault Systèmes
The Round Table sessions were very well received last year. Delegates valued the opportunity to sit down with their peers and explore and debate Industry 4.0 topics in greater depth.
This year, the Round Table sessions return for the second day of the conference.
Whether you are a Tier One manufacturer, a technology provider or an SME still finding your way with Industry 4.0, we invite you to sit down with us: your contribution will help to shape the debate. Round Tables are open to Summit delegates only. Please book your place in advance.

SME Clinic in partnership with Made Smarter North West, sponsored by Valuechain Technologies
Do you have a particular aspect of Industry 4.0 about which you’d like to know more? Would you like advice from someone who is already wearing the t-shirt about how to get started? Drop by the SME Clinic for a free consultation session with an Industrial Digital Technology adviser from the Made Smarter North West team, Valuechain and other experts.

One-day IOT workshop, sponsored by Intel
Intel’s workshops in 2018 were highly praised by the participating delegates, so we’re delighted Intel are returning this year. This year’s free-to-attend course is “The Smart Video” workshop.
The one-day training sessions will run over both days of the conference, but spaces are limited to just 25 delegates per day. If you would like to participate in the workshop this year, please book as soon as you can to secure your place.

An academic programme is running alongside the Industry event, with a separate event programme. This will be the second International Conference on Sustainable Smart Manufacturing (S2M 2019).
The Industry 4.0 Academia Summit takes place over the 9th – 11th April 2019 in Manchester. It is co-hosted by The University of Manchester (UK), The University of Lisbon (Lisbon School of Architecture) and The Polytechnic of Leiria (School of Technology and Management).

For more information contact Jane Lees at

Tickets to the Expo are free, the Summit is a paid for event.

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