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

9.05am: Keynote Address: Why manufacturing matters, and why government must boost its prospects:

9.25: Sheffield's Factory of the Future:

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

10.25: 'Manufacturing reinvention': unconstrained thinking for mass customisation and future production

10.55: Break

11.25: How are you going to make the future?

11.55: Panel session on 3D printing: the impact of additive layer manufacturing, now and in the future, to include debate and audience Q&A, chaired by PE journalist: 

12.35: Advanced materials: Strengthening the UK's future. Recent developments in advanced materials and how commercial barriers must be overcome.

13.05: Lunch

14.05: Graphene: the commercial view. Why Haydale is attracting investment in graphene on AIM: 

14.35: Metal processing innovation at the University of Leicester. Why the government is backing metals processing technology: 

15.05: The latest research on automation and robotics, and how cloud computing and the Internet of Things will change the way factories of the future operate: 

15.35: Break

16.05: Using social media and remote technology to manage infrastructure:

16.35: Closing address: How aircraft will be made in factories of the future:

17.05: Closing remarks

17.10: Networking drinks reception



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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