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4/30/2024 9:54:56 AM

The live events for Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2024 take place at the NEC, Birmingham on the 5th and 6th June. In this article we dig a little deeper into what visitors can expect at the event amid the myriad of activities taking place.


Across its two halls, six exhibitions, two summits and eight education theatres Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week addresses the key issues that concern manufacturing and engineering businesses currently. The main themes that the wide-ranging event covers are innovation, MRO, the supply chain, sustainability, digital transformation and people and skills.



Central to SM&E Week are the exhibitions, of which there are three taking place in Hall 4. Of great importance to readers is the newly invigorated Maintec, the UK’s longest standing exhibition dedicated to the maintenance, reliability and asset management industry. 


Maintec has its own education theatre and the ability for visitors to access the major maintenance, repair and operations product and service suppliers as well as all the other content taking place makes the event more relevant for visitors and has brought it to life. 


To ensure that visitors access the information they want there will also be a ‘Maintenance Safety Trail’ which visitors can follow to ensure they see the right businesses and technologies dedicated to ensuring maintenance is conducted safely.


Hall 4 is not just about showcasing the latest developments in the world of maintenance; it also hosts several co-located exhibitions like Smart Factory Expo, which features a world-class showcase of advanced manufacturing solutions from both startups and established companies. The Design & Engineering Expo is also in Hall 4, focusing on optimising design processes and engineering solutions to drive cost efficiency and innovation in manufacturing.



One of the main attractions of the SM&E Week is the variety of keynote presentations. Speakers from the food and beverage industry include Mircea Oprisan, Senior Director Data & Analytics Delivery at Mars, who will present a case study entitled Value Unlocks Leveraging Decision Intelligence in Supply Chain within the Industrial Data & AI Theatre on 6th June. Elsewhere, Dale Crow, Electricity & Automation Leader at Nestle, will talk about Leveraging Technology to Maximise Functionality and Performance in the Fluid Power Solutions theatre. 



One of the most popular ‘festival style’ attractions of SM&E Week returns in 2024, namely the Guitar Legends Competition. Entrants get the opportunity to play and record a piece of music entries are then judged by a professional musician. For the more energetic visitors there is the chance to power the production of their own smoothie via a bike challenge.


With so much going on during Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week attendees can tailor their experience to their own areas of interest. 


To build a personal “visitor trail” register in advance at: https://www.mandeweek.co.uk/