Virtual Agenda 2020

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

10.40 Keynote: Unlocking the value of digital transformation within the industrial environment

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 manufacturers to help them 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:

Workforce skills of the future

Workforce skills of the future

What are your future innovotive plans for your workforce?

Create an innovation culture

Creating an innovation culture

What is required to create an innovative culture in the business?

Supply Chain & Procurement

Valuing your workforce

How are you valuing your people to business sustainability

Discussion leaders include:

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

Coen Jeukens, VP Global Customer Transformation, ServiceMax

Flexible workforce on a budget

Create a flexible workforce

Can you afford to offer a flexible workforce when working on a budget?

12.30 Lunch

13.00 Discussion Rooms Session 2

Please choose from the following options:

Digital transformation

Digital transformation

How are you unlocking digital transformation within your industry?

Valuing innovation

Valuing innovation

What steps are you taking to enhance your innovation strategy?

Industry 4.0

Valuing your workforce

How are you valuing your people to business sustainability

Transforming your road maps

Building a transformation road map

Ensure that you have adopted a strong plan when transforming your strategies

13.45 Break

13.55 Keynote: Riding the Wave of Uncertainty: How Manufacturers are Planning for a Brighter Future

14.10 5-minute idea: Building High-Performance Innovation Teams

14.15 Q&A with audience

14.30 Discussion Rooms Session 3

Please choose from the following options:

Harnessing Big Data

Harnessing Big Data

How are you harnessing your data?

Data Visualisation

Data Visualisation

The value of visualising data, and working towards end-to-end visualisation

Connecting the Physical and Virtual

Connecting the Physical and Virtual: Digital Twin

15.15 Panel Discussion: Where is the Low Hanging Innovation Fruit?

15.40 Chairman's Close

15.45 Event close


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