We're opening the doors for school groups to visit Smart Factory Expo on the afternoon of 15 November, from 13:30-16:30. School staff will need to register and complete the student group form; we will not be collecting and process data from the students.

Digital technologies are impacting every aspect of manufacturing operations – linking together people, processes and products and transforming business outcomes. This ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ plays to the UK's strengths – with a strong position in advanced manufacturing, and a world class high technology sector.

Smart Factory Expo is where this all comes together in an exciting combination of ‘show and tell’ – with pitch clinics, exhibition floor presentations, networking events, drop-in advisory clinics, the launch of the North West Pilot of the Government’s Made Smarter Review, and the country’s largest gathering of digital manufacturing exhibitors.  

This year’s exhibition is 50% bigger than 2017 – with a continued focus on the future of UK manufacturing, and the emerging technologies and skills required to support what is described variously as ‘Industry 4.0’ or the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ (4IR). Organised by The Manufacturer magazine, we have a longstanding commitment to supporting the promotion of manufacturing as a great career option to students – through our support of the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships and industrial apprenticeships in general.

We are again putting together a programme of presentations designed for a student audience, to showcase the breadth of modern manufacturing – and the many different career paths available. These presentations will run from 13:30-15:30, and feature senior executives and manufacturing apprentices sharing details of their career choices and answering questions from students.

This is in addition to the following show features which should appeal to a schools audience:
- Smart Factory Expo: six clearly-signposted zones that focus the conversation on the building blocks of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Digital Transformation, Industrial Automation, Internet of Things, Industrial Data, Manufacturing Innovation and Smart Factory.
- Innovation Alley: Where 50+ of the UK’s hottest manufacturing tech start-ups lift the lid on the future of British manufacturing!
- Best of British Manufacturing Showcase: The Best of British Manufacturing Showcase is a celebration of domestic manufacturing, and perhaps a much-needed reminder for non-manufacturers of the country’s contribution to the man-made environment – and the wealth that the sector generates for the economy!
- Top 500 Hall of Fame: Be inspired by the personal journeys of 500 of the UK’s leading manufacturing executives.

We look forward to inspiring students to pursue a career within the UK manufacturing sector!
Contact our team to apply for a school group slot:
Visitor Zones
Six clearly-signposted zones that focus the conversation around visitors’ priorities...
Solution Theatres
Conference-style learning from world-class manufacturing and technology experts...
Visitor Trails
Recommended itineraries for visitors looking to meet the most relevant companies...
Innovation Alley
Where 50+ of the UK’s hottest manufacturing tech start-ups lift the lid on the future of British manufacturing...
Top 500 Hall of Fame
Be inspired by the personal journeys of 500 of the UK’s leading manufacturing executives...
Best of British Showcase
The perfect backdrop for showcasing the manufacturing success of British industry...
Speakers' Corner
A popular way for show visitors to interact with manufacturing leaders and experts
A schedule of speaking presentations on the afternoon of 15 November aims to inspire the next generation...
Part of Digital Manufacturing Week
Smart Factory Expo lies at the heart of Digital Manufacturing Week – the UK’s annual celebration of advanced manufacturing...
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