Entitled ‘Digitalising Manufacturing 2019: Making Digital a Reality’, manufacturing leaders from across Europe will inform delegates that digital advances and smart factories are as much about people as technology. While Industry 4.0 opens up huge potential for UK manufacturers, companies have to invest in people and skills to reap the benefits of technology and industrial automation.

The conference will aim to give manufacturers support on how to progress the digital journey in their own organisations, based on previous experiences and lessons learnt.

Once again the MTC has partnered with ‘Made Smarter’, an industry-led programme which is aimed at boosting the UK economy using advanced digital technologies that include artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, 3D printing, and augmented and virtual reality.

One of the keynote speakers who will take the lead on day one of the conference will be Juergen Maier CBE, CEO of Siemens UK and an acknowledged expert on the digital manufacturing revolution.

He says: "Digitalising manufacturing is a massive opportunity to transform our industry into one of the most productive and competitive in the world. If we get it right, we’ll raise prosperity, increase exports and create more jobs – so let’s get behind this conference which looks at the practical steps needed to transform industry.”

The conference will stress that industrial digitalisation is not an end goal in itself, but a journey. Day one will cover international collaboration opportunities, national policy, and practical knowledge and experience to drive industrial digitalisation from within UK supply chains. Day two will concentrate on the practical steps to put plans into action, answering questions surrounding digital manufacturing, overcoming obstacles and putting forward solutions. As well as presentations from manufacturing thought leaders and experts, the conference will include panel discussions, interactive workshops and digital manufacturing demonstrations.

Dr Lina Huertas, the MTC’s head of technology strategy for digital manufacturing, says: “This is the fifth digital manufacturing conference at the MTC and is now firmly established as a major event in the manufacturing calendar. It has become the 'must attend' conference for anyone in manufacturing wanting to be part of developing our national industry strategy, and exchanging best practices and lessons learnt with the community.

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