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

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About Manufacturing Leaders' Summit

Lean in and learn at Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit - UK industry’s premier Director-level conference. Now in our 11th year, our unique event format lets you sit alongside speakers in a series of high-level discussion groups. You choose which issues to engage with, and who to sit alongside. Featuring the experience of industrial champions and agile disruptors, Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit equips you with the fresh perspective to unleash the potential of your team.
"The Manufacturer’s Smart Factory Expo and Leaders’ Summit provided a great opportunity for the IfM to connect with a wide variety of senior manufacturing professionals across our research, teaching and practice activities.  There was a real buzz in the Expo, and we had a number of great conversations across the two days, many of which have turned into longer-term relationships.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Manufacturer, helping to provide content for another exciting event in 2019."
- Dr David Lott, CEO, Institute for Manufacturing,
University of Cambridge

2 Streams. Two days of board-level focus on manufacturing Innovation and Growth. 

32 Discussion Groups. Take your pick of expertly-hosted discussion groups. 

64 Manufacturing Experts. Sit alongside and learn from some of the brightest minds in European manufacturing. 

300 Executive-Level Delegates. Build your professional network and interact with like-minded industry peers. 

12 Keynotes. Original perspectives to change the way you see your business.

Key speakers 

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 will attend this year's event. 

Andrew Schofield

Manufacturing & Materials Strategy and Technology Director, BAE Systems


Katrina Ritchie

People and Culture Director, Gripple


Barry Leahey

Managing Director, Playdale

Neil Anderson

Managing Director, Caterpillar


Martin Leeming

CEO, TrakRap


Andrew Leask

Supply Chain Learning Director, Jaguar Land Rover

Peter Tack

Managing Director, Lander Automotive

Neil Jarvis

IT & Data Security Director, Aston Martin

Nishant Raj

Industry 4.0 Lead, Atlas Copco

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit is a premium, ticketed conference (which includes access to Smart Factory Expo).

Early-bird rate: £195+VAT (for bookings until 30 May)
Summer rate: £395+VAT (for bookings until 31 August)
Standard rate: £595+VAT from 1 September

*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
Who Should Attend
This event is exclusively for C-Suite manufacturing delegates.

"I think the conference was an amazing opportunity to meet and showcase the passion and innovation that exists in the manufacturing industry in the UK, giving it the voice it should have!"
- Alison Beard Gunter, Continuous Improvement Manager, Accolade Wines 
Who attended in 2018?
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Want to engage with the UK's manufacturing leaders?

For our audience breakdown, job levels, company size and technology spend - or to find out more about the packages on offer - contact us on the details below and we will happily discuss the best way you can get involved.

Email or call the team on +44 (0)20 7401 6033 (select option 1)
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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 researched and produced by The Manufacturer magazine, which for 20 years has connected ideas, talent and opportunity among our 158,000+ strong reader community.