Virtual Agenda 2021

Two weeks before the conference, all delegates are asked to submit questions to our speakers in advance – enabling them to provide insight on the specific issues and examples the audience faces. Manufacturing Innovation Summit Online mirrors the format of our established and successful face-to-face conference, featuring a combination of Plenary and Discussion Room sessions.


Our Plenary sessions bring together all attendees in a single virtual room – concentrating the event’s focus on a series of high-profile content sessions. These content sessions include presentations from our keynote speakers, short & snappy “Five-Minute Ideas”, as well as expertly moderated panel discussions. Each Plenary session will be accompanied by Q&A from the audience, allowing you to ask follow-up questions.

Discussion Rooms

Periodically during the conference the audience will split to into three Discussion Rooms, for a 40-minute interactive Q&A, hosted by a leading manufacturer and a technology expert. Each Discussion Room is dedicated to a specific, and you can choose the ones that are most relevant to you. In each session, you’ll hear insights from both of your co-hosts before an extended, moderated Q&A using questions submitted in advance, and live on the day.Each Plenary session will be accompanied by Q&A from the audience, allowing you to ask follow-up questions.

1-2-1 Meetings

Between 15.45-16.45 will be your chance to book one on one meetings with the event speakers and sponsors. Explore sponsor solutions/products or discuss any industry challenges or issues you are facing. You will be able to book your slot upon registration.

All session details:

10.30 Log on and Chair’s welcome

Chairman: James Smith, Director of Publishing, Hennik Research

10.40 Keynote: Advanced Manufacturing - Digitalisation and Automation for Accelerated Productivity and Growth

The presentation covers the following topics:

  • An introduction to Siemens Congleton
  • Congleton and Advance Manufacturing Strategy
  • Pioneering digitalisation, automation and data connectivity

Speaker: Carl German, Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Lead, Siemens

10.55 Keynote: Go-to-Market Innovation: 5 pillars of commercial agility

Disruption is here and this crisis is different from previous ones. Efficiency and operational excellence, whilst useful, won’t be enough. You need an innovative response to address demand changes and disruptions to your go-to-market model.  We define this as commercial agility – the ability to make pricing, product design, sales, and cost management decisions with unprecedented speed and flexibility until some form of equilibrium returns to your market.

Key takeaways from this session:

  • Understanding where you are and where you need to get to
  • Best-in-class commercial practices from within the 5 pillars
  • Where and how to start the transformation

Speaker: Peter Colman, Partner and shareholder, Simon Kucher & Partners

11.10 5-Minute Idea: What funding and finance is available to help manufacturers innovate?

How KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) works for the greater good of the UK manufacturing industry, making links to the right expertise and partners, and funding & finance.

Speaker: Ben Peace, Head of Manufacturing, KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network)

11.15 Q&A from audience/moderator

11.30 Break

11.45 Discussion Rooms Session 1

Please choose from the following options:

Data Driven Digital Transformation

Greg Hanson, VP EMEA, Informatica and Giovanni Milani, Senior Director,  Cognizant

Enabling Supply Chain Resilience Throughout a Crisis

Nathaniel Jevons, Supply Chain Director, Coty and Doug Keeley, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Ivalua 

Value of People to Business Sustainability

Gil Woodward, Operations Director, Advance Tapes and Dan Kirkpatrick, Director and Head of Customer Success, Hunter  

12.30 Lunch

13.00 Discussion Rooms Session 2

Please choose from the following options:

Predictive and Preventative Maintenance

Bradley Smith, Senior Manufacturing Projects and Initiatives Manager, Hamble Aerostructures and Coen Jeukens, VP Global Customer Transformation, ServiceMax  


Tim Faulkner, Director – EMEA, Relayr and Iain McKechnie, Director of Strategic Programmes, Advanced Services Group, Aston Business School

Additive Manufacturing

Rashitha Jayasekra Digital Manufacturing Manager, Rolls Royce and Bart van der Schueren, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Materialise  

13.45 Break

13.55 Panel Discussion: “Is Digitalisation the next step in Lean Manufacturing?”

  • What links lean and digitalisation?
  • The ultimate aim of both lean and digitalisation is to remove waste from the manufacturing process, therefore can the two topics be combined to accelerate both.
  • How can we connect lean principles and techniques to process and production data to reduce time to resolve problems.
  • Do organisations relate or separate lean and digitalisation?
  • Would a greater availability of data support any lean principles?

Moderator: Jonny Williamson, Editor of

Panellist: David Broadbent, Industry 4.0 Project Manager, BMW Group

Panellist: Bradley Smith, Senior Manufacturing Projects and Initiatives Manager,
Hamble Aerostructures

Panellist: Juan Villa Posada, Systems Integration Manager,

Panellist: Rashitha Jayasekara, Digital Manufacturing Manager,

14.25 Buffer

14.30 Discussion Rooms Session 3

Please choose from the following options:

Connecting the Physical and Virtual: Digital Twin

Alexander Brandham, Group Leader Assembly Maintenance: Control Engineering, Tooling & Digitalisation, BMW

Valuing Innovation

Gianmarco Brunetti Product Strategy Manager Features, Attributes and Innovation, Jaguar Land Rover

Building a Transformation Road Map

Jon Sackett, Business Director, Leonardo Helicopters 

15.15 Discussion Session Feedback and Key Takeaways and Chair's Closing Remarks

15.35 Break


Once the live event has taken place, we will be encouraging our attendees to book 121 meetings in a relaxed and comfortable environment. This will be your chance to discuss any industry challenges you are facing, with our speaker faculty, or to explore opportunities with our sponsors' solutions and product offerings. You will be able to book your slot upon registration.

16.45 1-2-1 meetings close