If you’re planning your marketing strategy for your manufacturing company, it’s important to leave room in the diary for a few key industry events. This give you the chance to network with others in the industry, stay on top of the latest trends and innovations, and publicise your own services and products.
2019 sees plenty of exciting events taking place across the UK, including trade shows, summits and seminars. The UK manufacturing industry is in a place of change at the moment, where business need to reassess their practices to ensure they are stable and sustainable. This means being aware of, and adopting, new and innovative technologies, such as additive manufacturing (3D printing), smart factories and data automation – all talking points at the biggest events this year.
Attending industry events are great for marketing your business, but they are also a good way to learn. Understanding the industry and its future progression helps with creating a business plan that will propel your company forward. It can also be worth exhibiting at one key event each year where your target market is most likely to be, though this will account for larger portion of your budget.
Here is our list of the best UK manufacturing industry events and exhibitions for 2019. More will be added as further dates are released, but do let us know if we have missed any key dates.
Industry 4.0 Summit
10th-11th April 2019
This event focuses on the 4th industrial revolution and how it impacts on the UK manufacturing industry. It’s a great chance to network, listen to inspiring case studies and understand the key trends in the industry. It’s a fairly new event, launching in April 2017, but has already become a go-to summit for dynamic business leaders.
Industrial Data Summit
10th April 2019
Join over 100 data-minded manufacturing professionals at this summit in London. Attendees represent all key industries, including aerospace, electronics, automotive and food, who come together to discuss the role of Big Data in their businesses.
Industrial Blockchain Exchange
11th April 2019
Co-located with the Industrial Data Summit (above), this summit gives attendees the chance to network with senior executives from top-level manufacturers, such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin and Leonardo. Delegates can choose which sessions to attend to build a bespoke programme to best suit your business.
IoT Tech Expo Global 2019
25th-26th April 2019
This international conference series comes to London in April 2019 with top-level content and discussion on the Internet of Things, covering its impact in a number of industries, including manufacturing.
Manufacturing Finance Summit
15th May 2019
With three key conference streams – Risk, Capital and Innovation – over 80 delegates can opt in to an exciting programme of events to discuss finances within the ever-changing UK manufacturing industry.
Med-Tech Innovation Industry
15th-16th May 2019
For manufacturing companies specialising in medical technology, this event is worth visiting. It’s a showcase for innovative UK medical design and manufacturing technology, with live demos and exhibitions, as well as a chance to network with 4,000 designers, engineers, innovators and manufacturers from the medical and healthcare sector.
Advanced Manufacturing Show
4th-6th June 2019
This must-visit show is the only UK event dedicated to advanced manufacturing technologies. It is aimed at buyers and is a good chance to meet suppliers, and view and test the latest technologies. It is a show that is designed to inspire, as well as being a great opportunity for networking.
4th-6th June 2019
Co-located with the Advanced Manufacturing Show (above) this is a niche event tailored for subcontract manufacturing professionals in the UK across all industry sectors. It will display the best of British manufacturing, as well as international suppliers.
Manufacturing Innovation Summit
19th June 2019
The future of the manufacturing industry is changing rapidly and this important summit will be looking at the people, processes and systems needed to deliver innovative and forward-looking solutions.
Industry 4.0 Exchange
18th September 2019
Find out more about the future of technology-enabled manufacturing and the impact that Industry 4.0 could have on your business. Over 50 IT executives from the manufacturing industry will be taking part in one of three conference streams over the course of the day.
What’s New in Electronics Live
18th-19th September 2019
If your manufacturing business is involved in electronics, then this is a show worth considering. WNIE Live will offer the chance to see the latest products in action, as well as network with other industry professionals. In 2019 it settles into its new location at NAEC Stoneleigh.
24th-26th September 2019
If you’re interested in 3D printing and its potential applications, this is the must-visit show. It gives plenty of networking opportunities, as well as enabling marketing professionals to stay up to date with the latest industry advances and technology.
PPMA Total Show 2019
1st-3rd October 2019
This is the UK’s leading production line event focusing on processing and packaging machinery. It offers the most comprehensive line-up of production technologies, with over 350 exhibitors representing 1,500 brands.
Northern Manufacturing & Electronics
2nd-3rd October 2019
At the time of writing, there wasn’t much information on this event on the website, as the planned 2018 event had just been deferred to October 2019. However, this event, alongside its Southern counterpart which took place in February 2019, are key manufacturing trade shows with large visitors turnouts. We’ll update the information here as it is announced.
Robotics and Automation
Advanced Engineering 2019
30th-31st October 2019
MTC Digitalising Manufacturing 2019
4th-5th November 2019
This conference sold out in 2018, so make sure you register your interest fast to know when tickets are available. This year is the fifth annual conference and the two-day programme features panel discussions, interactive workshops, pitches and demonstrations from experts in digital factories.
Digital Manufacturing Week 2019
12th-15th November 2019
This is the UK’s national festival of advanced manufacturing and should be in every manufacturer’s marketing calendar. It comes from The Manufacturer magazine, and is tailored towards helping you to future-proof your business and look at the upcoming changes and innovations in the industry. It includes the Smart Factory Expo, Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit and the Diversity & Inclusion in Manufacturing Summit, as well as The Manufacturer MX Awards.