Manufacturing Champions Network Event – Industry 4.0






3:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Manchester Central Convention Centre, Windmill St, Manchester, M2 3GX


The next Manufacturing Champions Network will take place as part of the Industry 4.0 Summit and Factories of the Future exhibition which takes place on 4-5 April at the Manchester Central Convention Centre.

Exclusively for manufacturing and engineering leaders from Greater Manchester, this session will look at the practical implications for Industry 4.0 and the SME factory.


15.00      Registration, refreshments and networking

15.30      Welcome and introductions
Sam Nicholson, Head of Manufacturing, Business Growth Hub

15.35   4th Industrial Revolution - the evolution to a smart business
Vikram Singla, Product Innovation and Supply Chain Applications Leader, Oracle

16.05   Champions panel - perspectives on implementing Industry 4.0
The Champions will offer their personal insights on their progress on the Industry 4.0 journey, outlining the challenges and opportunities that have presented along the way and consider how their businesses will benefit from the new technologies and processes available to them.

  • Matthew Smallman, Divisional Managing Director (Joint), Hyde Aero Products Ltd
  • Leanne Holmes, Operational DIrector, Crane Payment Innovation
  • Alan Purvis, Managing Director, Mettler-Toledo Safeline Ltd

16.35   Workshop - Demystifying Industry 4.0
During the workshop attendees will work with the Champions to identify which components of Industry 4.0 are most relevant to their business, explore what progress has been made to embed this in their operation and what more is needed to maximise benefit. At the end of the session each delegate should have the beginnings of a plan to implement this. 

17.00   Industry 4.0 Summit delegates drinks reception
The session will be followed by a drinks reception with the opportunity to network with the Champions and the event delegates and speakers. 

Visit the Manufacturing Growth team on stand H20 and take part in the Lean Manufacturing challenge, speak to an expert about growing your business or view the latest tech available at FabLabs. 
Find out more about the Manufacturing Champions Network at

Who should attend?

Manufacturing and engineering businesses from Greater Manchester.

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