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Manufacturing Leaders Summit


There are four issues at the top of the manufacturing leaders inbox at the moment.

Here and now manufacturers face chronic supply chain issues with resilience, agility and visibility being the key issues. This is all against the background of rampant global inflation and the complex question of who pays?

The issue of skills availability continues to worsen in UK manufacturing. While the skills requirements in this digitalised world continue to change, manufacturing still struggles to attract the right talent and be perceived, by the general populace, as a good career path.

The final two wider issues, which are heavily interwoven, are digitalisation and sustainability. The COVID-19 pandemic and other recent global issues have demonstrated beyond all doubt that a more digitalised, roboticised and automated operation is the only way of safeguarding the future. 

Throw in the moral (and soon to be legal) impetus for a Net Zero future and manufacturers clearly have an awful lot on their plate. 

There are no clear roadmaps or one size fits all solutions. Only by discussing with peers and experts, sharing experiences and lessons, and a spirit of co-operation and collaboration can UK manufacturing navigate it’s way through these choppy waters. 

Manufacturing Leaders' Summit is where all of these issues will be aired, discussed and solutions offered. 

The day is delivered across a variety of keynotes, panel discussions and topic-specific Roundtable Discussion Sessions, designed to provide the best value and opportunity for learning. 

Our unique Discussion Session format allows you to choose the topics that are most relevant to you, enabling you to sit next to your peers and topic experts to share challenges, collaboratively develop solutions and have your questions answered first-hand.

See who will be speaking at Manufacturing Leaders' Summit

Learn how to drive innovation, which technologies to deploy and where to head next.


Our Unique Discussion Session Format

You will have the opportunity to choose between 22 Discussion Tables for a 60-minute interactive Q&A, hosted by a world-class manufacturer and a technology expert.

Build your own agenda and select 4 of the following content themes: 

Manufacturing Growth

  • Supply Chain Agility/Resilience
  • Lean Manufacturing (Digital)
  • New Business Models
  • The Workforce Skills of the Future
  • Building Digital Talent
  • Data Driven Supply Chains
  • Operational Excellence
  • Energy Reduction & Management
  • Collaborating to Improve Sustainability
  • Driving Frontline Continuous Improvement
  • Building a Transformation Roadmap

Manufacturing Innovation

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Implementing Industry 4.0
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Advanced/Predictive Analytics
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • IT/OT Convergence
  • Digital Twins
  • 5G/Connectivity/Dedicated Network
  • Net Zero & End-to-End Value Chain Optimisation
  • Connecting shop floor to top floor with MES & ERP



Dynamic Keynotes
Hear from a host of international world-class speakers on the main stage from the biggest brands
Insights, Best Practice, Knowlege
Find answers to the biggest issues affecting industry, with over 30 topics covered across the two days
Peer to Peer Interaction
Share insights with and learn from your fellow delegates in our Discussion Table breakout sessions
See the software and hardware in action at the co-located Smart Factory Expo - Industry's Biggest Digital Manufacturing Show
We've been attracting the leaders of manufacturing for 14 years - setting the industrial agenda with contributions from the CEOs of UK FT500 companies, entrepreneurial high-growth ‘Gazelles’, and some of the finest minds from academia
Researched and produced by The Manufacturer - we've been at the heart of the sector providing real insights for almost 30 years

Agenda Overview

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Exclusive Preview of Smart Factory Expo
Time to visit the co-located Smart Factory Expo before the official show open. See the hardware and software in action that will drive your business forward in the digital age.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Morning Plenary

Two keynotes & a 5 minute idea delivered by truly inspirational industry leaders.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Discussion Table Session

Deep-dive into your chosen topic with expert discussion leaders and your fellow delegates.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Panel Debate

A lively discussion with a cross section of manufacturing industry pespectives.  

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Network with colleagues over a delicious hot lunch.
1.15 PM - 2:00 PM
Afternoon Plenary

Two keynotes & a 5 minute idea delivered by truly inspirational industry leaders.

2:00 PM - 3:00PM
Discussion Table Session

Deep-dive into your chosen topic with expert discussion leaders and your fellow delegates.

3:05 PM - 5:00 PM
Smart Factory Expo
Time to visit the co-located Smart Factory Expo. Visit the stands, arrange meetings, join the networking drinks.

What delegates say

Don't just take our word for it - hear from our past attendees
Operations Director, Domino Printing UK
"A very inspiring day at the Manufacturing Leaders' Summit and Smart Factory Expo. Thoroughly recommend it for UK manufacturers wanting to build resilience and develop sustainability and digitalisation strategies"
Chief of Digital Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce
"It was a fantastic event with lots of new ideas and insights. Particularly special after the two years we had. Thank you!"
Electricity & Automation Lead, Nestlé
"Thank you for the opportunity! It was a fantastic event and a privilege to attend, speak and listen! Great discussion points and topics."
Operations Director, Grupo Bimbo UK
"It was a privilege to share knowledge across our network. Thank you: a great event provided by The Manufacturer to strengthen our sector."

Thank you to the Manufacturing Leaders' Summit 2022 Sponsors