Digital Talks 2019 Transforming Industry Together

11 June 2019, ACC , Kings Dock, Liverpool

Let's make it about continuous improvement

As UK manufacturers, large or small, process or discrete, we need to become more competitive. Whether it's to compete on a global stage, to bring customisation at speed or to be ultra-responsive to your customer when and where it's needed. To do this we need to transform.  The reality is that digital technology is going to create the most significant and long term productivity improvements that will allow this transformation to unfold.   Digital transformation is a journey of continuous improvement.  That’s what we’ve learned; from experience with our customers and partners. A journey in which every step you take counts; in which the outcome of each step you take determines where you go next and ultimately, your ability to compete.   At our 2019 flagship event, you can learn what these continuous improvement steps could look like for your business and value chain.

Topic highlights

Turning data into value with the Internet of Things

MindSphere lets you harness data from machines and physical infrastructure to find transformative insights across an entire business. It lets you develop, deploy and run digital services, create your own applications or even new business models.

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Getting the physical and virtual worlds talking with the Digital Twin

The digital twin is the precise virtual model of a product or a production plant. It displays their development throughout the entire lifecycle and allows operators to predict behavior, optimising performance, and incorporating insights from previous design and production experiences. At Siemens the digital twin consists of three forms: the digital twin of the product, the digital twin of production, and the digital twin of the performance.

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Simulation of physical properties in the virtual world

Simulation and test software covers the capabilities you require to build and maintain a digital twin. It combines multidisciplinary design exploration, engineering simulation and test with intelligent reporting and data analytics to help you predict real product behaviour throughout the entire product lifecycle

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Billions of devices are connected by the Internet of things, which can present risk. Siemens takes cybersecurity and protection of assets and infrastructure very seriously - underpinned by the Charter of Trust.

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Return on investment

Traditionally, manufacturers have paid their suppliers for products or services. But in an outcome-based world, suppliers get paid based on results, minimising the financial risk for manufacturers.  An outcome-based relationship helps you build a sustainable business and the reccomendations will fit with your unique challenge and ultimately have a financial benefit.

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Skills for the future

Digital factories naturally demand new skills, but that doesn't always mean new people. Encouraging people to lead the change – and supporting them along the way – is critical. Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of EEF, the Manufacturers Association, talks on a recent Digital Talks podcast about how upskilling can help manufacturers transform.

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Digital Talks Podcast Series

Our podcast series lets you hear from the best of the industry’s people, hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Tim Smith, and is full of boardroom conversation starters, as well as practical insight to help you get started on your transformation journey. 

Find your industry

Your industry uncovered

Every industry is defined by it's own characteristics, it's own burning issues, it's own digitalisation story. That's why you'll find specific industry experts, peers and sessions at the event.
What's on

Event Programme

This year's flagship event includes a keynote theatre programme, a seminar programme and an exhibition. Whether you want to hear from your industry peers sharing their experiences, see and touch the latest technology, or understand what your continuous improvement steps could look like and how to make it happen, we have it all under one roof in an exciting and immersive setting. If you are in the Food and Beverage, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Intralogistics or Machine Building sector there are dedicated sessions that will be worth joining. But don't worry if you are from any other sector because you've been well thought of and there will be other sessions that absolutely apply to you!

Food and Beverage


  • Session 1: Jonathan Hague, Vice President R&D Homecare Discover - Unilever
  • Session 2: John Griffiths, Engineering Director - Princes Foods Ltd




  • Session 1:  Sharron Todd, CEO, Society of Chemical Industry (SCI); Darren Budd, Commercial Director, BASF; Richard Smith, Managing Director, Surfachem
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Machine Building 


  • Session 1: Martin Leeming, CEO - TrakRap 
  • Session 2: Mike Lewis, Innovations Director - Lambert Engineering 




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Full session programme and speaker line up coming soon!

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