The fourth industrial revolution will roar to life this week in Manchester as a stellar line-up of international experts, with more than 350 delegates registered, 70 exhibitors and 2000 manufacturing attendees converge at the Industry 4.0 Summit & Factories of the Future Expo.
Two events under one roof, the summit & expo are the UK’s largest gathering of solution providers, innovators and technology buyers pushing boundaries in global manufacturing. Senior speakers at the summit include Professor Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens plc, Paul Homan, Chief Technology Officer – Industrial, IBM, and Ben Salama, Managing Director X.O, Accenture
Other notable names set to share their insights include Deborah Sherry, Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, GE Digital Europe, Annette Doyle, Managing Director, TRUMPF, UK IBM Chief Supply Chain Officer, Joanne E Wright, and John Kitchingman, Managing Director Northern Europe, Dassault Systèmes.
Running alongside the summit is the free-to-attend Factories of the Future Expo, which this year will spotlight real-life examples of Industry 4.0 and digitalisation in place and shaping operations in large and small organisations across the world. Now in its second year, the Expo has grown substantially for 2018 and will feature exhibitors from the UK, USA, Germany, France and Ireland.
Delegates will have the opportunity to network with thought-leading practioners and early adopters setting the pace in 4.0, including experts from Bosch Rexroth, Festo, Beckhoff, Dassault, Intel, Innovate UK, ABB & IBM. Industry round tables will enable knowledge sharing while the Intel-sponsored Open Technology Forum will offer invaluable tech advice from those shaping the very systems and digital technology driving changes in the sector.
With unparalleled access to those making real life differences in the digitalisation of manufacturing, Factories of the Future is at the cutting-edge of advances and applications in the sector. With inspiring product demos showcasing how the latest products can be embedded to improve operational efficiency, technical explanations of products and solutions to aid the manufacturing process and ground-breaking research from leading academics in manufacturing, the expo is a chance to preview industrial production a decade from now.
Not only showcasing next-generation systems, a series of accompanying seminars will also equip factory owners, plant managers and manufacturing heads with the insight and understanding they need to compete with the factories of tomorrow for the next 20-years of production.
Gary Gilmour, Industry 4.0 Event Director said, “The acceptance and implementation of Industry 4.0 has come a long way since we launched the event two years ago, yet still less than half of manufacturers consider themselves ready for it. We have been inspired by the continued level of interest and involvement from companies in this sector and are delighted to hold the second annual Industry 4.0 summit in Manchester, the home of the world’s first industrial city.
We will be expecting 2,000 trade visitors to the free to attend expo. We have over 30 nationalities registered to attend from as far afield as South Korea, Japan, China, Australia & Colombia. Exhibitors will be displaying an array of fast evolving technologies to improve manufacturing efficiencies such as robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and cybersecurity. “
Industry 4.0 will take place 28 February – 01 March, at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. 2018’s event is headline sponsored by Bosch Rexroth and IBM and supporters included the EEF – The Manufacturers organisation, GAMBICA, EFFRA – European Factories of The Future Association, ADS, Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Netwrok, University of Manchester, The Manchester Business Growth Company & MIDAS – the Manchester investment agency.
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