9 - 12 November I Online

World-class, case-study driven content delivered by best-in-class manufacturing speakers from around the globe. Over the 4 days we will be covering key strategic, business and technical challenges across the manufacturing eco-system – with maximum opportunity to network, debate and engage with your peers. The Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit is the go-to event for 2020. 

What does the future of your manufacturing business look like?

Speaker highlight: Henrik von Scheel, Originator of Industry 4.0

The world has changed, and so too must manufacturing 

Supply chain resilience, robotics and process automation, AI, innovation, sustainabilitychanging markets, remote working  there are a multitude of areas that manufacturers can focus on to seize competitive advantage in an unprecedented era. 

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 we face and the opportunities that exist to ensure the future growth of manufacturing. 

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

What is Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit?

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit is where senior executives from the world’s most progressive manufacturers collaboratively explore challenges, share insights and best practice, and develop solutions.

Each day of the event has an overarching theme, enabling you to build your own agenda with the topics that matter most to you.

Inspiring keynotes, panels, and our interactive deep-dive discussion rooms are led by the world’s best speakers and subject matter experts.

This high-level content is delivered within 4 hours each day from 13.00 GMT – 17.00 GMT, enabling you to explore the other Digital Manufacturing Week events outside of these hours, or schedule other activities.

In addition to the expertly curated content from The Manufacturer team, Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit delegates can apply to take part in exclusive executive learning from the world-renowned University of Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing, who are delivering a series of small-group masterclasses throughout the week.

…There has never been a more important time for manufacturing leaders to get together, learn from one another, and look to redefine their business models.

Monday - SME Growth

Sustainable Manufacturing – Circularity | Manufacturing 2050 | People and Skills - Talent Acquisition | Operational Excellence | Scaleability - Accelerating Performance |Asset Management

Tuesday - Smart Factory

Augmented reality / VR | Connectivity and 5G | ERP | Secure Manufacturing - Cyber Security | Systems Integration | Device Management

Wednesday - Digital Transformation

New business models | AI & Machine Learning | Future Factory | Implementing 4.0 | Operational Excellence | Agile & Resilient Supply Chains

Thursday - Manufacturing Innovation

Sustainable Manufacturing | Factory Automation | Predictive Maintenance | Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing | Workforce Culture | Advanced Analytics

Who should attend?

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit 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.

From CEOs to Manufacturing, Operations and Supply Chain VPs, Directors and Managers, and decision makers at every level, this practical, how-to educational programme will show you where the gaps are that you can exploit, and, more importantly, how you can exploit them. Our expert speakers and discussion leaders will talk you through the steps required to transform and futureproof your manufacturing business for the next decade.

To ensure a diverse cross-section of industry ideas and viewpoints, the 500 top-tier attendees are drawn from across a range of sectors including automotive, aerospace, defence, electronics, pharma and food.

The round tables worked really well, allowing us to interact with a lot of companies we work with. It’s been an opportunity for me to share our issues - many of them resonate with those companies. And I’ve also discovered ideas that we can take back in house and share.

Managing Director, Caterpillar Skinningrove



IBM UK Limited
Invest Liverpool


Connected Everything
EDGE Digital Manufacturing
Institute for Manufacturing (IfM)
Made in Britain
Simon-Kucher & Partners

Knowledge Partners:

Institute for Manufacturing (IfM)
Innovate UK Manufacturing
High Value Manufacturing Catapult