Digital Manufacturing Week Smart Factory Expo

Fri, October 12th, 2018

14-15 November 2018, Liverpool Exhibition Centre

The UK’s largest standalone digital manufacturing exhibition:

  • 6,000+ manufacturing professionals at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre
  • Six theatres of live content for expo attendees - Smart Factory, Industrial Internet, Automation, Digital Transformation,
  • Innovation Alley - a showcase of manufacturing innovation from around the UK
  • Consultant Clinics - drop-in advice sessions for manufacturers

The UK’s leading manufacturing industry publication, The Manufacturer, brought it’s dynamic series of events to the Liverpool City Region for the first time in November 2017, leaving its Birmingham roots for the North West. Owing to the significant support of the local partners, as co-ordinated by the LEP, The Manufacturer saw a doubling in size of both the Leaders Conference and the Smart Factory Expo, and with 4,500 visitors across the events has created Europe’s biggest digital manufacturing show.

The 2018 is expanding in both size (now involving the whole of Exhibition Centre Liverpool) and number of visitors, currently on course to attract 6,000 across the two days. In light of this growth and with the support of Place Marketing funding, Liverpool City Region will have a greater presence at the expo this year, with both a stand for investment purposes and a Solutions Theatre designed to showcase the very best manufacturing expertise and technologies on offer in the Liverpool City Region.

The LCR Solutions Theatre will bring together panels of local experts in academia and business to provide insights and solutions across a range of key themes linked to the 4th Industrial Revolution (Immersive Tech; Light weighting/Additive Manufacturing; Sensors; Autonomous Vehicles; AI/Big Data; Robotics; Future of Mobility; Future of Work).

The Steering Group is also currently in the process of finalising details for tours to manufacturing sites and innovation hubs across LCR on the two days either side of Smart Factory Expo. These tours will showcase Liverpool City Region’s best assets in Digital Manufacturing and how it is leading in the 4th Industrial Revolution. In terms of both the tours and the Solutions Theatre we are actively seeking innovative companies to present and/or showcase their premises. There is also the options for local companies to participate in Innovation Alley (free for start up and early stage companies or a small fee for more established businesses). Registration can be found here -

Attendance of the Smart Factory Expo is FREE and is a great way for local companies to learn about the latest technologies helping to drive manufacturing growth and increased productivity. Here is the link for registration -

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