A combined high-level conference and trade exhibition, the event aims to educate manufacturers on developing their own industry 4.0 strategy, as well as providing a great platform to see the latest technologies & demonstrations, seek advice and finance from government, meet industry associations, and to network with over 2,000 attendees from 40 countries.

The summit has managed to attract a stellar line-up of speakers since its launch in 2017 from industry, government & academia.

The announcement of its first two speakers reconfirms this commitment with Stephen Phipson, CEO of EEF, the manufacturer’s association, and Brain Holliday, Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory part of the opening keynote panel.


The organisers are diligently working on the programme that will be announced at the end beginning of November. Event Director Gary Gilmour comments “We aim to provide content that attending manufacturers can grasp, digest and in turn take back to their colleagues and share. We will be addressing big issues post-Brexit, and addressing areas such as skills & training, new technologies such as blockchain and its potential use in manufacturing, as well as sharing case studies, good & bad, of manufacturers who have started their own digital journey.”

Since industry 4.0 has an impact right across the manufacturing spectrum, the event has attracted senior attendees from the aerospace, food & drink, automotive, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries.

Gilmour continues “An event like this is about bringing people together and sharing experiences and best practice and learning from other industries. Our event would best be described as a one-stop to gain knowledge and see all the various technologies encompassing industry 4.0.”

Bosch Rexroth have returned as headline sponsor for the third year in the row, a testament the organisers hope shows that the event is able to deliver the right audience to leading businesses.

Siemens will also be attending with a large stand and sponsorship of the Open Technology Forum area, a free-to-attend feature designed for SMEs to get a better grasp of 4.0.

Within the exhibition hall, attendees to the free expo will be able to see a broad mixture of smart technologies from automation, robotics, AR/VR, cyber security, 3D printing, big data and other relevant areas.

The organisers have secured support of companies across the 4.0 spectrum including firms such as ifm (Sensors) Daqri (VR/AR), Valuechain (supply chain software), Werma (automation), Omron (robotics) and Brainboxes (predictive maintenance).

For more details please contact Gary Gilmour on 01642 438225 or at [email protected]