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Conference to offer digital revolution clarity

12 June 2018

Some of Europe’s leading experts on the digital revolution sweeping through manufacturing industry will join forces to help UK manufacturers embrace the latest digital technologies at the MTC's Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre in October.

The high-powered conference entitled Digitalising Manufacturing 2018: Grasping the Opportunity, will see manufacturing leaders from across Europe tell delegates that the fourth industrial revolution opens up huge potential for UK manufacturers, but companies will have to invest in skills and intelligent automation to reap the benefits.

The event will aim to demystify digital manufacturing and give manufacturers support on how to progress the digital journey in their own organisations, based on previous experiences and lessons learned.

The conference follows on from a similar sell-out conference last year which saw the launch of the Made Smarter initiative which outlined plans to boost the UK economy using advanced digital technologies including artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, 3D printing, and augmented and virtual reality.

Progress on the initiative will be assessed at the 2018 conference at which the keynote speaker will be Professor Juergen Maier, the chief executive of Siemens UK and an acknowledged expert on the digital manufacturing revolution.

Professor Maier said, "I am delighted to be opening the Digitalising Manufacturing Conference 2018 at the MTC, which will focus on making the Made Smarter vision a reality for industrialists up and down the country.”

Also speaking at the conference will be Marcus Burton, director at Yamazaki Mazak and a member of the Made Smarter leadership team, who will give delegates an industry perspective on the expected impact of the intiative.

The MTC’s head of technology strategy for digital manufacturing, Dr Lina Huertas said, “The conversation to date has been dominated by technology and software providers, so many manufacturers feel they have been left out. They are confused, they don’t see the benefits, they fear the risks, and they don’t know who to turn to for reliable information and support.

“This event addresses that shortfall, aimed specifically at end-users and those who will be most affected by this digital industrial revolution. Drawing on the experiences of those who have already begun the process of implementation, the conference will to give a clear overview of the progress of digital manufacturing  from a manufacturer’s point of view, providing insights on its potential for UK industry.”

The Digitalising Manufacturing 2018 conference will be held at the MTC's Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, Ansty Park, on October 29 and 30. To register for an early bird ticket visit www.the-mtc.org/digital2018.

The MTC was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. The MTC’s industrial members include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers.

The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.

 
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