Manufacturing matters. Now so more than ever, with the government trying to rebalance the economy towards those who make things. But disruptive technologies are transforming production environments, making smarter factories more flexible and efficient.

This perfectly timed conference will inform and inspire engineers through a series of keynote addresses, expert speakers and round-table discussions. Themes will include:

8.30: Registration

9.00: Chairperson’s welcome

9.15: Keynote Address: Why manufacturing matters, and why government must boost its prospects:

9.45: Why we designed the factory of the future in Sheffield:

10.15: The future of manufacturing supply chains, the Cambridge view:

10.45: Break

11.15: Machine tools and the future of subtractive manufacturing technology: 

11.45: Presentation on new manufacturing technologies from major OEM.

12.15: Lunch

13.15: Panel session on 3D printing and its impact now and in the future on manufacturing industry, to include debate and audience Q&A, chaired by PE journalist: 

14.00pm: Novel materials and how they could be used. What will we be making things with in the future, and why has graphene, a British innovation, been exploited commercially more successfully overseas. What is the future for composites? 

14.30: Graphene: the commercial view. Why Haydale, which hopes to exploit the material commercially all over the world, is listing on the Alternative Investment Market, and what this unique substance may be used for in the future: 

15.00: Break

15.30: Metal processing innovation at the University of Leicester. Why the government is investing heavily in metal processing technology at an academic level for the first time, including a centre for training doctoral students backed by David Willetts, science and universities minister: 

16.00: The latest research on automation and robotics from WMG and how cloud computing and the internet of things will change the way in which factories of the future operate: 

16.30: Roundtable Discussion

17.00: Closing Address: The future of manufacturing

17.20: Closing remarks



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Smarter Factories will take place at the Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC on the 19th June 2014. For more information and to book a place fill in our online form (or alternatively download the PDF for postal registrations)

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Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee; however we have secured a special early booking bedroom rate of £129.00 B&B if booked by 18th April. Please ask guests/staff to quote reference I2U when booking direct with us or central reservations.
Free parking for all delegates included.


Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC
Pendigo Way
B40 1PS
United Kingdom

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0871 942 9160