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Made Smarter virtual summit to showcase stories of digital technology adoption

SME manufacturers using digital tools and technology to transform their businesses will share their inspiring stories at a free-to-access online summit.

The virtual conference, Made Smarter: The journey to digital manufacturing, on Wednesday, March 10, will show manufacturers how to leverage and fast-track digital technology and tools for a year of recovery, growth and resilience.

The one-day programme, running from 9.00am-5.00pm, will be hosted virtually using an interactive online platform and include panel discussions, roundtable debates, interactive workshops, demonstrations of the latest digital manufacturing technologies, and one-to-one advice sessions, giving businesses the vital intelligence needed to start or progress their digital journey.

The Made Smarter free-to-access virtual conference will take place on Wednesday, March 10 / Picture: Getty/iStock


Puppet-makers MacKinnon and Saunders, behind TV characters including Bob the Builder and Postman Pat, and currently collaborating with Hollywood director Guillermo Del Toro on the forthcoming Pinocchio animation, will talk about how 3D printing is driving efficiencies, increasing productivity and giving it a technological lead over its international rivals.

Clothing manufacturer Creative Apparel will discuss its journey to build a state-of-the-art, smart factory while becoming a leader for change in the sector by putting sustainability at the heart of its production processes.

Meanwhile, Nutree Life, makers of plant-based and vegan nutrition products, will share how adopting automation and control technologies enabled it to cope with unprecedented demand during the pandemic.

The conference also features a line-up of industry experts including Juergen Maier, chair of the Digital Catapult and co-chair of the Made Smarter Commission; Stephen Phipson, chief executive of Make UK; Andrea Hough, managing director of ATEC Engineering Solutions; Glyn Jones, service delivery director at BAE Systems and chair of the Made Smarter Pilot Steering Group, who will showcase the ‘why?’, ‘what?’ and ‘how?’ of digital manufacturing.

Glyn Jones, Juergen Maier, Andrea Hough and Stephen Phipson will all be speaking at the virtual summit / Picture: Made Smarter


Additional SME manufacturers sharing real-life stories of their experience of Made Smarter’s North West adoption programme include: Fabricon Design, Arden Dies, Bindatex, Crystal Doors, Starlight Bedrooms, Beverston Engineering, and DA Techs, alongside Envirosystems, Bloom-in-Box, Brainboxes, Parity Medical, Twin Fix, Plastic Card Services, Storth, Contactless Check Solutions, and The Cumbria Clock Company.

Juergen Maier said: “I am delighted to be participating in the Made Smarter: The journey to digital manufacturing conference to share my passion for the benefits of digital technology and celebrate the positive impact that Made Smarter’s adoption pilot is having on individuals, businesses, the environment, and the UK economy.

“For manufacturers by manufacturers, this summit is a must-attend event for anyone working in the sector to learn how to make their product or process smarter. In these tumultuous times Covid-19 has, without doubt, demonstrated that digital tools can enable and accelerate innovation, and create resilience. Grasping the digital opportunities has never been more important for businesses to recover and return stronger.”

To find out more and to register, visit: Made Smarter Summit

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