The fourth industrial revolution - a digitalised enterprise

With UK manufacturing at the heart of our economic growth and prosperity, it is crucial that businesses adopt digital strategies for smarter supply, product development and production to boost productivity, growth and competitiveness on a global scale.

How do you become a digitalised manufacturing enterprise?

4IR brings with it a number of benefits to manufacturers, but not one business is the same, so how do you adopt the right solution to transform your operations, improve productivity, innovate and compete for greater customer value.

Join leading researchers, professionals and manufacturers alike, to tackle the challenges in adopting digitalisation and explore the opportunities 4IR has to offer. 

In partnership with IfM – Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge


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Who should attend?

  • Medium sized organisations: MD, manufacturing, operations, engineering, HR/Change and Continuous Improvement Managers/Directors
  • Those with responsibility for business growth and business development
  • EEF Members and Non-members

Why attend?

  • If you want to develop a business strategy that enables you to adopt a digital enterprise
  • If you want to explore solutions to get you future fit to transform your operations for 4IR
  • If you want clarity and a clear view of what 4IR is and what it offers to UK manufacturing


EEF, CEO, Terry Scuoler           EEF, Consultancy Director Martin Strutt

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IfM, Professor Andy Neely           IfM, Professor Duncan McFarlane

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 To see how full list of speakers see our event programme below


12:00  Arrival, registration, coffee and networking   

Welcome and introduction

UK Industrial strategy and the global context

Professor Andy Neely 
13:20 Insights from EEF’s 4th Industrial Revolution survey
Martin Strutt


What does the 4th Industrial Revolution mean for:

New generation production processes

Automation and connectivity

Digital supply chains


Professor Duncan McFarlane

Dr Tim Minshall / Dr Ronan Daly

Professor Duncan McFarlane

Dr Jag Srai

15:15-15:45 Coffee break

How do manufacturers capture value from 4IR?

Developing a business strategy for Industry 4.0

Making the right decisions about automation for greater customer value and increased productivity: case study.

Liz Salter

Alan Thorne 

Industrial Digitalisation Panel Discussion

How should UK manufacturing build a leadership position in the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Terry Scuoler, Professor Andy Neely, Dr Eoin O’Sullivan, Phil Smith, Chairman, Cisco UK & Ireland
17:00 Concluding Remarks
Professor Duncan McFarlane
17:15 Refreshments, networking
18:15 Close


  • Members and non-members: £99 + VAT