Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit – The UK’s largest manufacturing conference

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About Manufacturing Leaders' Summit

For the tenth year running, Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit will host the most progressive, forward thinking businesses, academics and institutions from our sector that is responsible for employing 2.7 million people and contributing >£380BN to the UK’s GDP.

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit as part of Digital Manufacturing Week is the place for innovative business leaders to meet their peers, share their stories and grow their understanding of what tools, techniques and technologies are best placed to drive their next period of growth.

Punchy keynote presentations on the main stage set the scene for what’s to come over the next year and our focussed stream stages provide the practical learning to take away and apply the day after the event.

Key speakers from the 2018 event

We bring together industry leading manufacturing practitioners from world-wide brands covering all sectors. Be part of the largest community of industry pioneers discussing the new age of digital manufacturing.

This is a selection of some of our industry experts and innovators who attended last year's conference. 

Andrew Schofield

Manufacturing & Materials Strategy and Technology Director,

BAE Systems

Ian Noble

Senior Research, Development & Quality Director


Nicky Green

Global Digital I.T Director,

Mars Drinks 

Mohammed Zameer

Vice President Global Manufacturing Engineering,


Ian Owen

Supply Chain Director,


Jane Mackie

Supply Chain Learning Direct


Why Attend
Manufacturing Leaders' Summit is where manufacturers go to benchmark their businesses and acquire new ideas...
Meet the people who can support your businesses future growth & help drive your business in the age of industrial digitisation...
We provide the platform for you to engage with other manufacturing leaders by extended networking breaks & VIP meeting areas.
Smart Factory Expo
Part of the Digital Manufacturing Week, this is Europe’s biggest showcase for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
CPD certified
We are CPD accredited. Our delegates attending gain credit towards their ongoing development programme...
Best of British Showcase
The perfect backdrop for showcasing the manufacturing success of British industry...
The Top 100
The perfect backdrop for showcasing the manufacturing success of British industry...
Manufacturing Tours
Sign up for Manufacturing Leaders Summit and apply for one of dozens of Manufacturing Tours to facilities in and around Liverpool...
Who Should Attend
Board level manufacturing directors responsible for driving business and decision-making

General Manager
Product Development Director
Logistics Director
Finance Director
Engineer Director
Plant Manager
Services Director
Procurement Director
Operations Director

“The event is a one of a kind event allowing SME to OEM manufacturers to showcase their technological investments, yearly improvements and investment in there people, creating an atmosphere of improvement and competition for the year ahead” –
Director, Newfield Fabrications Company
This year’s event is bigger than ever - and more manageable. Eight conference streams feature UK and international manufacturing success stories - and provide delegates focused networking and learning opportunities:

Early bird ticket price: £195+VAT (book by 14 September)

Standard ticket price: £595+VAT (for bookings between 15 Sept and 11 Nov) - manufacturers only

*Registrations for Manufacturing Leaders' Summit are only open to direct employees of manufacturing businesses. Registrations from non-manufacturers will be cancelled and an administration fee will be charged to process a refund.

If you would like to check if you qualify for the manufacturer price please contact us at or 020 7401 6033
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Smart Factory Expo and Manufacturing Leaders' Summit are part of Digital Manufacturing Week - an annual celebration of UK manufacturing that brings together technology, finance and advanced manufacturing - in Liverpool City Region, the UK’s biggest advanced manufacturing ecosystem.

Digital Manufacturing Week is organised by The Manufacturer magazine, which for 20 years has connected ideas, talent and opportunity among our 158,000+ strong reader community.