Content Theatres

Our Keynotes, Solution Theatres, Summits and Masterclasses are created especially to bring professionals and subject matter experts from all areas of manufacturing together to talk and exchange information, ideas, and experiences. On both live days, the event offers a great opportunity to network, explore, and learn the most recent information, trends, innovations, challenges, and answers to burning questions.

Theatres scheduled for 2024 include:

8x Solution Theatres

Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week is home to a variety of distinct Solution Theatres, each focused on different areas of the manufacturing & engineering lifecycle. Our comprehensive schedule of free-to-attend presentations in the Solution Theatres are delivered by manufacturing and technology experts. More details coming soon.

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Manufacturing Digitalisation Summit

Manufacturing Digitalisation Summit brings together the UK’s most senior digital-minded manufacturers. The event provides an opportunity for industry leaders to come together to discuss how digital technologies and processes (such as IT/OT convergence, AI, machine learning, IoT, 5G, digital twins, automation and advanced analytics) can improve their competitiveness and profitability, as well as reducing their carbon footprint and environmental impact.

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Manufacturing Automation & Robotics Summit

New for 2024, the Manufacturing & Robotics Automation summit will bring together operations, automation & control and manufacturing professionals to discuss the latest automation and robotics opportunities, and actionable solutions to industry challenges. 

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data summit

Industrial Data Summit

Industrial Data Summit is the UK’s most senior gathering of manufacturing data professionals – created to ensure that data-minded manufacturers can come together for the sixth year to talk about the role of data and analytics in their business. 

Now more than ever, manufacturers need to be able to access, understand and query their data to improve efficiency, reduce costs and embed a culture of data-driven decision making.

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Take a look at the other theatres that ran at Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2023

Innovation Stage

The Innovation Stage featured talks from inspirational speakers and partners championing and demonstrating innovation in low-carbon advanced manufacturing. Visitors could have their say on the Materials and Manufacturing Vision 2050 which outlines a route to building on manufacturing capacity to make the UK a global centre for net zero sustainable production and reimagines the industry of the future.

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IfM Masterclasses

Within the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) Theatre, IfM Masterclasses were designed to challenge and extend your thinking in relation to some of the most pressing challenges you and your organisation face. Using research and frameworks developed at the University of Cambridge, visitors could gain practical insights and recommendations to take back to their businesses.

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SME Growth Summit

The SME Growth Summit helped founders, owners and their management teams scale up their business looking at linking platforms and technologies to drive development of strategy, product and the workforce. There is no doubt that there will be strong economic headwinds over the next two or three years and this summit helped attendees navigate these headwinds and emerge more efficient, sustainable and profitable than before. 

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Keynote Conferences

Our Manufacturing & Engineering and Maintec Keynote Conferences included high-level keynote presentations, panel discussions, and debates and covered a variety of themes across manufacturing, design engineering and maintenance.

See the 2023 agenda here