Networking Opportunities

Discover the networking formats at Digital Manufacturing Week to connect across different time zones with colleagues you may never have met before!

Networking in the new normal!

There are a variety of virtual networking formats at Digital Manufacturing Week to enable our global audience to connect across different time zones with colleagues that you may never have met before!

Digital Manufacturing Week Networking Lounge & Connects

Running throughout the whole of Digital Manufacturing Week and accessible to all attendees is the dedicated networking lounge. Each day there will be different text chats enabling delegates to dip in and out of conversations 24/7 and share their insights, ask their questions on major topics or sectors.

Alongside this there will be scheduled face to face Connects – 30-minute video networking sessions connecting manufacturers globally, drawing on the themed conversations.


Aerospace > Connect @ 10.45-11.15 GMT

Electronics > Connect @ 14.45 – 15.45 GMT

Mechanical/Industrial Engineering > Connect @ 17.00 – 17.30 GMT


Automotive > Connect @ 10.45 – 11.15 GMT

Chemicals > Connect @ 14.45 – 15.45 GMT

Food & Drink > Connect @ 17.00 – 17.30 GMT


Digital Transformation > Connect @ 10.45 – 11.15 GMT / 17.00 – 17.30 GMT

Continuous Improvement > Connect @ 14.45 – 15.45 GMT


Manufacturing Innovation > Connect @ 10.45 – 11.15 GMT / 17.00 – 17.30 GMT

Sustainability > Connect @ 14.45 – 15.45 GMT


Automation & Robotics > Connect @ 10.45 – 11.15 GMT / 17.00 – 17.30 GMT

Immersive Tech > Connect @ 14.45 – 15.45 GMT

One to One Chats

Just like at a physical event, attendees will be able to see who is online in the virtual environment and reach out to one another for 121 text or face-to-face video chats!

The Manufacturer Top 100 2020 Ceremony

Join the virtual ceremony for the reveal of this year’s Top 100 figures in UK manufacturing! From 18.00 – 19.30 GMT on Wednesday, we will be celebrating this year’s cohort with a live broadcast and are inviting our global audience to connect with the cream of UK manufacturing. Share support in the public chat or connect with each other One to One!

The Manufacturer Directors’ Forum Round Tables

Our long-running Directors’ Forum Network has successfully pivoted to our virtual format – instead of knowledge-based networking with fine-dining, it is virtual knowledge-based networking with fine-wining! These exclusive small-group soirees are for 12 senior manufacturers and each conversation is focussed on a specific business topic – a vital opportunity to share insights, best practice, and challenges in the current climate. The private virtual round tables taking place from 18.00 – 19.30 GMT across the event, and attendees are sent a fine wine of their choice in advance to enjoy during the conversation.

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Digital Manufacturing Week Virtual Wine Down

An Exclusive Wine Tasting + Networking Experience
We all know that part of the magic of conferences is in the serendipitous connections and conversations you have during happy hours. So, we’d like to invite you to The Digital Wine-Down™—a VIP networking and wine tasting event you can attend from the comfort of your own home.