NEW INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES: SHOULD YOU CARE? – Spreading impact, addressing challenges, demonstrating successes

Date: Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Time: 8:30am to 11am

Venue: Gripple GLIDE House, Terry Street, 300 Attercliffe Common, Sheffield, S9 2AG

The manufacturing sector is undergoing a digital transformation that is promising to address the challenges of productivity and efficiency. Tales of how the factory of the future will be smart, connected, but still with a human touch are all around us, but how can that vision be turned into reality?

In this event co-organised by Make UK, the Regional Technology Foresight project and Gripple, we place the perspective of firms centre-stage and invite you to join us in an interactive discussion of the opportunities, challenges and success cases.

Attendance at the event is free. To book, please contact Annette Hobson 01709 782936 or


8:30 – 9:00 Welcome

9:00 – 9:15 Why is Industry 4.0 relevant and accessible to manufacturers of all sizes (June Smith, Make UK)

9:15 – 9:35 Three key challenges of new industrial technologies and how to address them (Jorge Martins and Ivan Rajic, Regional Technology Foresight, University of Sheffield)

9:35 – 9:50 Automating our way to success: helping manufacturers deploy new technologies (Gordon Macrae, Gripple)

9:50 – 10:05 Q&A

10:05 – 11:00 Food & networking