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Smart Factory Expo is Europe’s biggest showcase for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) - a revolution in manufacturing agility, innovation and thinking.

Now in our third year, Smart Factory Expo is where technology, finance and manufacturing meet. 3968 visitors, 118 exhibitors, and live coverage on BBC News tells you all you need to know about the exhibition that sets the digital manufacturing agenda - and why we are doubling in size for 2018!

Digital Manufacturing. Delivered
Smart Factory Expo is comprised of six dedicated exhibition zones - Industrial Automation, Internet of Things, Digital Transformation, Smart Factory, Manufacturing Innovation, Industrial Data. Running through the entire exhibition is ‘Innovation Alley’ - a showcase for manufacturing tech start-ups, ensuring that the whole 4IR ecosystem is represented.
 

Largest ever programme of free presentations
Over 200 free-to-attend presentations run concurrently on the exhibition floor in dedicated Solutions Theatres combine to create the world’s biggest Industry 4.0 learning programme - open to manufacturers at all stages of their digital journey.

These are exciting times in UK industry - with outstanding economic performance in 2017, and the country’s manufacturers standing on the cusp of a technology revolution that plays to the UK’s strengths as one of the world’s leading digital economies.

Smart Factory Expo is organised by The Manufacturer magazine, with over 143k readers in print and online, and is part of Digital Manufacturing Week - a national celebration of advanced manufacturing held annually in Liverpool, at the heart of the UK’s biggest manufacturing region. Check out the highlights from Digital Manufacturing Week 2017 below:
 

Why Attend

1. Visitor Zones

Clearly-signposted activity hubs that group together exhibitors according to visitor interest categories, ensuring that nobody gets lost in the crowd.


 


2. Solutions Theatres

Solutions Theatres - 200 free-to-attend presentations, across six venues at the heart of each Technology Zone, creating the largest ‘festival of ideas’ in UK manufacturing.
 


3. Partner Districts

Partner Districts - Showcasing the world’s biggest tech companies’ partner ecosystems, creating a one-stop-shop for visitors to see which companies work with who.
 


4. Speakers Corner

Informal speaking slots in ‘standing room only’ venues that enable visitors to interact with speakers, and add to the buzz.

 


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5. Innovation Alley

Innovation Alley - A platform for the UK’s hottest manufacturing tech start-ups to engage with UK industry.


 


6. Consultant Clinics

Consultant Clinics - Got a tricky manufacturing problem? Looking for no-strings-attached perspective from the Smart Factory Expo Brains Trust? Book your slot and find answers, or your money back. (Did we mention it was free?)
 


7. Women in Manufacturing

Women in Manufacturing Day - UK manufacturing cannot afford to waste talent - and with only 15% of manufacturing positions held by women, we bring together the women and men determined to address this issue with a day of presentations, workshops and mentoring sessions.
 


8. Case Study Cafe

As you can see, there’s a lot to take in. Pace yourself at one of our caffeine pit stops, and be inspired by a showcase of manufacturing success stories.


 


9. Business Show

Coming at you live from the showfloor, TMTV streams across both days of the exhibition interviewing visitors, exhibitors, and hosting a schools phone-in during our STEM Afternoon.



 


10. STEM Afternoon

STEM Afternoon - Manufacturing is in the middle of a renaissance, and we want students to know about it. A schedule of speaking presentations on the afternoon of 15th November aims to inspire the next generation of British manufacturing talent. If you see students visiting during the last couple of hours of the expo - please share some words of encouragement.
 


11. Match/Makers

Log in to the event networking platform and set-up meetings with your fellow manufacturers and any other attendees looking to build their digital manufacturing network.


 


12. Manufacturing Tours

Sign up for Smart Factory Expo, and apply for one of dozens of Manufacturing Tours to facilities in and around Liverpool. If you are from out of town, take a look for yourself at the fabulous infrastructure the region has to offer - and some of the world-beating manufacturers taking advantage of it.
 



 

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