Digitalising Manufacturing Conference 2021
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Event Information

Start Date: Tuesday 09 November 2021
Start Time: 9:00 AM

End Date: Thursday 11 November 2021
End Time: 5:00 PM

digitalising manufacturing conference 2021

Join us for our seventh annual Digitalising Manufacturing Conference

Get the information you need from worldwide leading experts in digital manufacturing and those who have already started their digital transformation journey.

The MTC's Digitalising Manufacturing Conference is back for 2021. Taking place across three days during Digital Manufacturing Week, held in partnership with The Manufacturer. For the first time the MTC will be hosting the conference as a hybrid event, starting virtually on 9th November, followed by a hybrid event at the ACC Liverpool on 10th and 11th November 2021, to coincide with Smart Factory Expo. 

A key theme throughout the conference will be success stories from UK manufacturers who have already started their digitalisation journey, those who have taken the leap, put the theory and methodologies into practice to benefit from the opportunities of digitalisation.

With expert speakers from the UK and across the world, keynote presentations, panel sessions, live Q&As, UK success stories and technology demonstrators, Digitalising Manufacturing 2021 is this year’s must-attend conference for those looking to get a better understanding of digitalisation in the UK and further afield, learn from those who have done it and take practical steps to start or continue on their digital transformation journey.


Event Schedule

This year’s conference will start with the big picture. We’ll hear from our panel of international expert speakers to gain a high-level view of the current situation in the UK, Europe and further afield. We’ll look at the challenges and opportunities for UK manufacturers, and where we can learn from successful initiatives and approaches from Europe and beyond.

Days two and three will focus on the practical implementation of industrial digital technologies and skills. The sessions are designed to give manufacturers a better understanding of the journey ahead of them, the challenges along the way and practical advice on how to tackle them in manageable steps, and ultimately make the right decisions for their business.

A 360° VIEW

Tuesday 9th November

10:00am – 12:30pm

A 360° view of Digitalising Manufacturing. Looking forward to what’s on the horizon for the UK, looking around us at what is going on in Europe and further afield, and looking back at our track record in the UK and what has been achieved so far. What are the challenges and opportunities for UK manufacturers?

With keynote speakers and an expert panel, we’re kicking off Digitalising Manufacturing 2021 with a look at the big picture – looking to the past, the current situation, the future and beyond our shores to get a full 360° view of the digitalisation of manufacturing right now.


Tuesday 9th November

1:00pm – 3:30pm

What are the underlying challenges to the successful adoption of industrial digital technologies and how can we address them?

Digitalisation of manufacturing represents a fundamental shift in the nature of value streams. This throws up a broad range of challenges and considerations including interoperability of diverse resources, new business models, collaboration and sharing of data, veracity of data, and the security of assets.

Featuring a key note, short presentations and panel sessions with our expert speakers, this session will delve into some of the overarching challenges to the adoption of IDTs, along with success story examples of how some organisations are overcoming them and what we can learn from their experiences.


Wednesday 10th November

10:00am – 12:30pm

How can manufacturers implement industrial digital technologies, what support is available and where to start?

Designed to give manufacturers a way of structuring their own thinking and a map to understand where they are now and where they want to be, so they can plan and organise their own transformation journey in a systematic way, this session will focus on a methodology for implementing industrial digital technologies into a business.

Starting by identifying your destination, the transformation journey can be mapped out and broken down into manageable steps. We will be joined by three manufacturers who will share experiences from their transformation journey using this methodology in a real-world setting - how they approached it, obstacles and the lessons learnt along the way.

Furthermore, we will also hear some inspiring stories from companies who have been there and done it, and turned their businesses around through digitalisation.


Thursday 11th November

10:00am – 12:30pm

Skills are key to accelerating the adoption of industrial digital technologies within manufacturing and supply chains.

There are many opportunities for innovation and development in this area. Collaboration will be key to reaching a consensus on a definition for ‘digital skills’, as well as to address the fragmentation of skills initiatives across the UK and further afield, along with inconsistencies in the qualifications system. We’ll kick off the session by delving into these issues and opportunities, and what is being done to find a more holistic approach.

We’ll also take a look outwards, to international skills initiatives and emerging skills frameworks, how these compare to the UK and what we can learn from them.

The second half of the session will look at top down and bottom up methodologies for addressing the skills challenges, from predicting what future skills we’ll need by looking at industry and sector demand, to what individual companies can do to upskill their workforce in readiness for digitalisation.

We’ll finish with a wrap up of the session and an opportunity to reflect on the whole conference, sharing perspectives, drawing conclusions and ideas for ways to move forward.