Liverpool’s launch for Digital Manufacturing Week 2018

After the great success of last years The Manufacturer Live and Smart Factory Expo which took place in Liverpool for the first time, the event is set to return to the North West this November. Last year’s event saw 3,968 expo visitors, 613 conference delegates and 118 different exhibitors with plans set to only increase.

Tuesday 17th April 2018 saw the local launch of Digital Manufacturing Week, inviting local and national businesses to learn more about what we can come to expect from this year’s festivities whilst posing the opportunity to mix with some of the world’s leading businesses and influential leaders.

The Liverpool launch was hosted at the fantastic Sensor City building as Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram welcomed guests and outlined the exciting plans for the year. Dr Joanne Phoenix of Sensor City followed, introducing the venue and explained how Sensor City is “creating links both within and outside of the Liverpool City Region, fostering academic and industry engagement, helping to create the workforce and technologies of the future.”

The Manufacturer Magazine CEO, Nick Hussey shared his excitement for the return of the Manufacturer Live to Liverpool, “The revolution is happening and Liverpool is the place where it will start!” Nick announced the Manufacturer Live will be returning to Liverpool from the 12th – 16th November 2018, showcasing the very best of manufacturing and engineering talent, companies and technologies.

The event is also set to double in size this year with an expected 6,000 visitors. The Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit will also return alongside the The Manufacturer Top 100 report launch, ending with the prestigious Manufacturer MX Awards to celebrate UK manufacturers at a gala style dinner.

Other speakers at the launch included Clive Naylor from Santander UK who are committed to providing support for business and are ideally placed to help manufacturers within the Liverpool City Region as Michelle Dow, Managing Director All About STEM also took to the floor to address visitors.

Erika Rushton of Openmaker discussed the rise of the disruptors as she advised SMEs who think they’re not digital, ‘don’t ignore the change that’s coming,’ explaining how these developments will only help gear us towards a ‘better world’.


To find out more about Digital Manufacturing Week, please click here.