With a huge advanced manufacturing cluster, Greater Manchester has a significant demand for increased productivity and improved efficiencies through Industry 4.0 solutions and as the UK’s Top Digital Tech City and the 2nd most innovative city in the UK outside London, the region is perfectly placed to enable businesses to converge and collaborate to rapidly develop and deploy Industry 4.0 solutions.

With the UK set to be a global leader in the creation, adoption and exportation of advanced digital technologies, the session will outline the UK’s Made Smarter programme which provides businesses with guidance on setting up an effective digital roadmap for innovations including the creation of new opportunities and new technologies. It will also draw on academic research and opportunities for collaboration and insights from inward investors who are already growing rapidly here.

The Healthcare sector is currently under tremendous pressure to manage limited resources and address the growing burden associated with an ageing population and related increase in chronic disease co-morbidity. Digital transformation provides a timely and cost-effective mechanism to support development and delivery of new healthcare solutions and this session will also explore how Industry 4.0 solutions allow Life Science businesses to help navigate these challenges.

This session will target innovative SMEs and organisations who want to accelerate their Industry 4.0 solutions into practice across a number of disciplines including aerospace, automotive, life science and healthcare covering anything from AI, robotics, additive manufacturing, virtual and augmented reality, the internet of things and cybersecurity.


  • Chair:  David Hilton, Head of Business Development – Advanced Manufacturing, MIDAS
  • Juergen Maier, CBE, Industrialist, Chair and NED (Made Smarter)
  • Paulo Bartolo Chair Professor on Advanced Manufacturing at the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE), School of Engineering, University of Manchester (UoM).
  • Martin Vare, CEO at Fractory. MMU Industry Advisory Board Member.
  • Alec Wesley, Field Product Manager, Enterprise Software, Thermo Fisher Scientific




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