DIGITAL MANUFACTURING WEEK LAUNCHED
Europe’s largest festival of advanced manufacturing takes place annually in Liverpool City Region and the forthcoming 2020 event was officially launched on the 24th February at a House of Lords reception.
Hosted by the chairman and founder of Cobra Beer, Lord Bilimoria, and attended by more than 200 of UK industry’s leading manufacturers, technologists and manufacturing academics, Digital Manufacturing Week 2020 is shaping up to be another highlight in our cty region’s busy b2b event calendar.
Taking place from the 10-13 November 2020 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Digital Manufacturing Week is a celebration of advanced manufacturing that attracts thousands of manufacturers every year, bringing together ideas, experience and energy across a range of events engineered to support their digital transformation journeys. Lord Bilimoria CBE told the assembled guests:
“We are launching Digital Manufacturing Week today in recognition of that which drives this industry: the technology and the skills that ultimately makes its way to end users, such as hospitals and businesses, who in turn share that technology and knowledge with one another. It is inspiring and it is important.”
Reflecting on the challenges facing UK manufacturing today – and the great skill with which manufacturers meet those challenges – Lord Bilimoria told the audience,
“We have phenomenal capabilities in this country and fantastic universities, and if we have the confidence in our people in industry, (then) that will enable us to deal with any political uncertainty, challenges of adaptability, skills and education that must be negotiated as we move forward.”
If you are yet to attend Digital Manufacturing Week you can read more about it below:
WHAT IS DIGITAL MANUFACTURING WEEK?
Taking place at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Digital Manufacturing Week is a national festival of advanced manufacturing, researched and produced by ‘The Manufacturer’ magazine. Billed as a huge learning opportunity, the four-day event comprises dozens of manufacturing events and features hundreds of seminars.
Digital Manufacturing Week provides manufacturers with the confidence to navigate the increasingly complex field of digital manufacturing through clear, practical and engaging sessions that enable delegates to truly understand how their business can utilise new technologies available to them.
“Digital Manufacturing Week exists to fast-track the UK’s adoption of industry 4.0 technologies and solutions and to dramatically increase the pace of the UK’s impending digitalisation.”
WHO ARE THE DELEGATES?
The event welcomes more than 6,000 visitors across its four days, consisting of industry leaders, digitally minded manufacturers.
WHAT’S GOING ON THIS YEAR?
Digital Manufacturing Week presents several different components under, across its four-days along with dozens of related manufacturing seminars, held across Liverpool City Region, including:
- Smart Factory Expo
- Manufacturers Leader’s Summit
- The Manufacturers MX Awards
- Lean Manufacturing Summit
- Manufacturing People and Skills Summit
- Supply Chain & Logistics Summit
SMART FACTORY EXPO (11-12November 2020)
Always a highlight, Digital Manufacturing Week’s Smart Factory Expo provides a platform for digitally-savvy manufacturers to meet world-leading solution providers and their partner ecosystems; digital manufacturing specialists, tech start-ups, consultants and a selection of award-winning manufacturers, that are setting the standard and pace for entire industries.
Centred around seven visitor zones (Smart Factory, Digital Transformation, Internet of Things, Industrial Automation, Manufacturing Innovation) Smart Factory Expo provides an immersive and revelling look at the future of manufacturing, across all industries, under one roof, with practical demonstrations and advice and support.
MANUFACTURING LEADERS’ SUMMIT (11-12 November 2020)
Bursting with contributions from some of the biggest names in manufacturing today, including Aston Martin, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover and Caterpillar inc, The Manufacturing Leader’s Summit works to help board-level decision making delegates future proof their business through thought-leadership roundtables focussed on growth and innovation, with expert discussion groups covering everything from nanotechnology to big data and information security to supply chain and logistics.
THE MANUFACTURER TOP 100 (11 November)
At a celebratory evening reception, The Manufacturer Top 100 honours 100 of the year’s most influential leaders and rising stars who are making the biggest difference to UK manufacturing.
THE MANUFACTURER MX AWARDS (12 November)
The Manufacturer MX Awards are UK manufacturing’s leading awards, in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), showcasing industry excellence across 10 categories with over 800 in attendance, and crowning the country’s ‘Manufacturer of the Year’.
LEAN MANUFACTURING SUMMIT (11 November)
Exploring Lean thinking for the digital era as operational excellence leaders learn how to optimise processes, reduce variance and cut operational costs. The focus is on different approaches to unlocking value from existing operations through incremental improvements and new technology capabilities.
MANUFACTURING PEOPLE & SKILLS SUMMIT (12 November)
Harnessing the talent and potential of more diverse workforces is key to future success. Removing barriers, breaking ceilings, providing inclusive career opportunities and strengthening mentor networks – these are all essential for UK manufacturing to increase its access to the available talent.
SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS SUMMIT (12 November)
Aligning people, process, culture and technology is key to delivering resilient, agile supply chains in a fast-changing world. As trading relationships change, product development cycles accelerate, and new threats emerge to the global economy – supply chain leaders will learn how to improve visibility and predictability across supply chains.
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
At its heart, Digital Manufacturing Week is all about business growth. It works to help businesses sharpen their competitive advantage, through access to the latest technologies. It encourages people to network and find partners, evaluate their own business set-up and develop better ways to run and accelerate their business. In short, it’s a fantastic event for any forward-looking business who sees the world changing and wants to keep pace.
Robots, AI, bio-tech, nanomaterials, 3D printing and fusions of the physical and digital world. The fast-paced change of the second machine age can often seem like a scary place. But exceptional events like Digital Manufacturing Week, demystify and humanise their industry in a way that makes even the most technical and scary-sounding advancement sound like the fantastic opportunities they are. You cannot stand in the way of progress, but you can go along for the ride and Digital Manufacturing Week always presents one incredible journey.