Industry 4.0 Summit 2018

Venue: Manchester Central Convention Complex, M2 3GX

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Hosted in Manchester – the world’s first industrial city with the first factories and the first industrial estate – Industry 4.0 Summit will be UK’s largest gathering of solution providers, innovators and technology buyers looking to get ready for this step-change in global manufacturing. Comprising an exhibition, conference and plenty of those all-important networking opportunities, Industry 4.0 Summit is not to be missed.

The Summit is held over 2 days: 

Day One includes keynote addresses from Government and industry leaders plus the implementation of robotics applications, personalised supply chains and technology-driven disruption.

Day Two covers the implementation of industry 4.0 projects  including three great examples of deployment by manufacturing SMEs. The Summit closes with a wide ranging debate on the broader impact of Industry 4.0 on manufacturing and the wider economy.

Topics ranging from Brexit to the Northern Powerhouse, skills shortages to cyber-security, blue skies technology and beyond, will be covered.


  • Industry 4.0 Leaders Symposium
  • New business models to a new industrial world
  • Factories of the Future – Small Scale Start Up
  • Factories of the Future – Technologies in reality
  • Innovation for Growth
  • Industry 4.0 Open Debate

Full programme available here

To remain competitive, thousands of manufacturers need knowledge, training and state-of-the-art information and communication technology to improve productivity, shorten product development cycles and mass produce customised products as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. You will find all of this and much, much more at Industry 4.0 Summit 2018.

How Can You Get Involved?

The University of Manchester is an running academic conference alongside the summit and the call for abstracts is open at the moment. Accepted papers will be included in a special issue entitled “Digital manufacturing/Industry 4.0” published by the International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems.

The University is also running a competition with a prize of £2,500. It is open to any projects that have an Industry 4.0 link, it would be great if you considered entering or encouraging your students to enter further details can be found here. 

There are also a number of opportunities for University colleagues and students to present, get involved in round table discussions or exhibit on the University stand.  Further information is available on StaffNet.