Digital Manufacturing Week returns to Liverpool in November

Innovation Alley runs through the heart of Smart Factory Expo
Innovation Alley runs through the heart of Smart Factory Expo

Digital Manufacturing Week (DMW) is returning to its home in Liverpool this year from 8-12 November. One of the highlights of the annual manufacturing events calendar, DMW attracts thousands of manufacturers, industry leaders, and technology providers.

This year’s DMW will be particularly significant as it will also play host to the Manufacturing Technology Centre’s (MTC) Digitalising Manufacturing Conference. The partnership will see these two important dates in the manufacturing calendar combine to create one value proposition for a voracious manufacturing audience. This will simplify the manufacturing events landscape, allowing businesses of all sizes to gain valuable knowledge and insights from both The Manufacturer and MTC.

Nick Hussey, CEO at Hennik said: “The UK has, for too long, suffered through a lack of coordinated and structured support activities such as events and bringing such a major event into DMW is hugely significant. We are delighted to be able to accommodate the event with all its delegates and sponsors as a key feature of DMW.”

Clive Hickman, CEO at the MTC added: “We have been supporters of The Manufacturer and Digital Manufacturing Week for many years. It is one of the most significant events in the manufacturing calendar and always inspirational. We are delighted to bring one of our core events to the week and to run it in both virtual and in-person formats in Liverpool.”

Richard Watkins, group marketing director at the MTC affirmed: “This is a strategically important event for us, and we know that making it a core part of DMW is a fantastic way to give manufacturers a chance of adding value to their business, given the knowledge and expertise of our team here at the MTC and The Manufacturer.”

DMW comprises the Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit, SME Growth Summit, The Manufacturer Top 100, The Manufacturer MX Awards, Smart Factory Expo, and an array of exhibits and fringe events.

Smart Factory Expo

In its sixth year, Smart Factory Expo will be held from 10-11 November and will bring together all the technologies enabling the digital manufacturing revolution – creating a carefully curated shop window for manufacturers at all stages of their digital journey. It is a showcase for the revolution in technology, process and thinking behind Industry 4.0.

Smart Factory Expo
Smart Factory Expo

Smart Factory Expo features nine content theatres and 10 visitor zones, focused on different digital manufacturing opportunities and featuring world-class presentations and exhibitors, alongside Innovation Alley - a dedicated start-up corridor brimming with entrepreneurial energy.

A full calendar of activities, including solution theatres with free-to-attend presentations, demonstrations and networking spaces, all located within the exhibition hall, means visitors are able to research and purchase the latest technologies transforming manufacturing, network with peers and gain invaluable insights from industry leaders, all in one place.

SME Growth Summit

SME Growth Summit is a crash course in business growth tailored for the strategic leaders of UK SME manufacturers – linking together strategy, product, and the workforce to wider business ecosystems.

The conference (9-11 November) is exclusively for organisations with a turnover up to £100 million and is designed to identify the most effective avenues of growth and equip attendees to act on them – growing revenue, profitability, and workforce, as well as deal with the growing pains that come with business growth.

Top 100

The Manufacturer Top 100 are the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing, as nominated by The Manufacturer’s 265,000-strong audience, the wider industrial community, and judged by its esteemed judging panel featuring leaders of industry, academic institutions and manufacturing associations.

The awards publicly recognise the heroes of UK manufacturing: those who stand out for their contribution to changing the face of industry; finding new markets; making a marked investment in people, processes, technology, and customers, or for making an impact disproportionate to their years.

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit

The Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit aims to inform manufacturers on how to develop their business models in a practical manner. The event brings together leading professionals to share their experience and knowledge on making the most of the challenges and the opportunities that exist to ensure the future growth of manufacturing.

The Leaders' Summit
The Leaders' Summit

The Summit (10-11 November) is for all senior professionals responsible for the development of manufacturing businesses including data, technology and innovation, or those looking for new ideas to bring into their business model.

It is exclusively for anyone within a manufacturing organisation with a turnover greater than £100 million, and will feature presentations by expert speakers and discussion leaders taking attendees through the steps required to transform and futureproof their manufacturing business for the next decade.

The Manufacturer MX Awards

Delivered by The Manufacturer in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), The Manufacturer MX Awards have a combined heritage of over 50 years and are widely regarded as the gold standard in industry awards.

TMMX Awards exist to encourage, benchmark and celebrate manufacturing excellence, with every stage of the programme providing value for participants, whatever their excellence maturity.

There are 55 finalists vying to win 10 category awards and ultimately the coveted title of Manufacturer of the Year. The shortlist represents the true diversity of UK manufacturing, ranging from smaller companies like Radwell International, and industrial giants like Siemens Energy and BAE Systems.

Judges include previous TMMX Awards winners, Fellows from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), representatives from each of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres (HVMC), leading academics and industry experts. 

How to be a part of DMW

Digital Manufacturing Week brings together expert speakers, industry-shaping influencers, delegates from the best manufacturers, and the brightest emerging talent, and helps businesses at all stages of their Industry 4.0 development by arming them with real insights from industry.

To book your ticket or exhibit, head over to the event's website.

Digital Manufacturing Week


Hennik Group

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