Knowledge Hub seminar line-up sets the scene for manufacturing events

16 Mar 2018

Knowledge Hub seminar line-up sets the scene for manufacturing events

The Knowledge Hub, sponsored by Gardner Denver, located at the heart of the 2018 co-location of manufacturing events taking place at the NEC, Birmingham between the 10-12th April in Halls 8, 9, and 10 (Smart Industry Expo, Drives & Controls, Air-Tech, Fluid Power & Systems, and  Plant & Asset Management Exhibitions) will feature a free comprehensive programme of seminars and panel discussions, with speakers offering expert insight and practical advice on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

As part of the ongoing global transformation to the smart manufacturing era, The Knowledge Hub’s theme for 2018 is Smart Factory - Concept to Reality, the journey to a smart future.

Global initiatives and the technological paradigm shift associated with the Industrial Internet of Things, shows that there is a growing opportunity for industry to take advantage of the creativity and entrepreneurial nature of UK companies.

The uptake of smart technologies in the industrial sector will be central to our future, by improving our national productivity, creating higher value jobs, and arming our workforce with the digital skills required in the decades ahead.

The Knowledge Hub fully reflects this and will provide a fascinating insight into the potential plants of the future, with high profile panel discussions and seminars from leading figures in the industry, including:


  • Lynne McGregor - Innovate UK
  • Chris Richards - EEF
  • Steve Brambley - GAMBICA
  • Dr Susan Scurlock - Primary Engineer
  • Dave Atkinson - Lloyds Bank
  • Chris Buxton - BFPA
  • Lina Huertas – HVM Catapult
  • Sam Turner – HVM Catapult
  • Jeremy Hadall - MTC
  • Sean Edwards – Santander
  • Charles Joel, BCAS
  • Tim Page, TUC


 Plus many more.


Over the course of the three-day seminar programme, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a complete smart roadmap, with each day of the Knowledge Hub representing a different stage of the smart journey covering all aspect of the digital transformation:


  • Day 1: Concept
  • Day 2: Transition
  • Day 3: Implementation


The UK manufacturing sector has the potential to be a global leader in the industrial digital technology revolution. This year’s Knowledge Hub theme Smart Factory - Concept to Reality, the journey to a smart future, will help ensure visitors seize the opportunities that exist and promote the benefits of adopting emerging digital technologies.

The variety and scope of the seminar programme for 2018 is extremely exciting, adding real value. The combination of leading manufacturing events, with a highly focused seminar programme, will give visitors a genuine opportunity to keep abreast of the latest industry developments.