Embrace industry 4.0 to drive down costs, optimize production and enhance efficiency

14 - 15 September 2021

Detroit, Michigan

Expert Automotive Smart Manufacturing Speakers

Chris Milligan of Nissan Corporation speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Chris Milligan

Factory 4.0 Coordinator - Senior Manager,

Nissan Corporation

Nicolas Layus of ADI OtoSense speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Nicolas Layus

ADI OtoSense Business Unit Director

ADI OtoSense

TJ Berlin of ifm speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

TJ Berlin

Product Manager


Stuart Countess of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Stuart Countess

Chief Operating Officer

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

Annie Zeng of Ford Motor Company speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Annie Zeng

Technical Expert, Digital Twin & Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Manufacturing

Ford Motor Company

Andrew Buckland of General Motors speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Andrew Buckland

Manager – Advanced Technology

General Motors

Matheus Scuta of Ford Motor Company speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Matheus Scuta

IIoT and Manufacturing Analytics

Ford Motor Company

Matt Keil of SICK, Inc. speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Matt Keil

Automotive Sales Manager

SICK, Inc.

David Corliss of Stellantis speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

David Corliss

Lead Data Scientist - Business Analytics, Information & Communication Technology


Divya Prakash of SICK, Inc speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Divya Prakash

Director of Business Consulting Industry 4.0.


Raj Sohmshetty of Ford Motor Company speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Raj Sohmshetty

Senior Technical Specialist, Process Analytics & Emerging Technology

Ford Motor Company

Matt Negaard of Banner Engineering Corp. speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Matt Negaard

Director of Business Development - Smart Solutions

Banner Engineering Corp.

Dr. Hendrik Schafstall of Hexagon speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Dr. Hendrik Schafstall

EVP Smart Factory,


What does the Smart Manufacturing for Automotive Virtual Summit cover?

Ongoing pressure from tightening margins and increasing competition,  is driving automotive manufacturers to optimize their manufacturing processes and streamline their operations using emerging technology.

Automotive OEM and contractors have already begun to take advantage of Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, IoT devices, connected machinery and data-driven operations as a way of transforming their operations into something more automated, efficient and cost-effective.

Whilst the benefits of technology are clear; automotive manufacturers are struggling to bridge the gap between IT and OT and ensure they can seamlessly deploy and integrate new technologies with current processes without disrupting production.

Format explained:

  • Free access to ALL sessions and exhibitors
  • Interactive virtual roundtable discussion groups where you can have your questions answered
  • On-demand access to all recordings after the event
  • Flexibility to select the sessions that are important to you
  • No travel costs and time spent away from the office

With this in mind, we will unite smart manufacturing specialists from leading North American automotive manufacturers, enabling you to:

Forecast future trends and leverage automotive smart manufacturing and industry 4.0 technology

Define, develop and execute a smart manufacturing roadmap

Deploy and integrate new technologies within existing processes

Build the business case and obtain funding for trials and full-scale projects

Assess availability and capability of internal skill sets and resources to facilitate the implementation of new technology

Achieve new levels of productivity, performance, flexibility, efficiency and quality through automation

Reduce overheads, operating and capital costs to increase profitability

Select and implement cyber security and risk management strategies to protect operations

Exploit IoT, Advanced Analytics, AI and ML technology to achieve business drivers

Who will you connect with at the Smart Manufacturing for Automotive Virtual Summit?

VP’s, Directors, Global Heads and Managers of:

  • Industry 4.0
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Analytics
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • IoT & Connected Devices
  • Data, AI & ML
  • Plant Management & Operations
  • Emerging Technology
  • Smart Factories
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Manufacturing IT
  • Digital Transformation
  • Production
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Robotics

Our sponsors, technology & solution providers include:

  • IoT Platforms
  • Location Detection Technologies
  • Advanced Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Cyber Security, Authentication and Fraud Detectin
  • 3D Printing, Smart Sensors
  • Big Data & Analytics, AI and Machine
  • Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Wearables
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Devices
  • Integrators

2021 Sponsors

Get in touch to be positioned as an industry expert amongst the most prominent and influential players in the development of IoT, AI and Machine Learning.


“An excellent way to interface with industry and discuss common struggles and solutions. You find tools and tricks in every single session”
Kallin Kurtz, Strategic Automation Director, Shaw Industries
“Excellent content, with knowledgeable keynote speakers”
Chris Gronowski Global Key Account Manager, Weidmueller
“There is a lot of knowledge in the room and it is great to network
and share experiences with those who have similar concerns and
Andrew Barco, Division Director, Automation Product and Services, Weidmueller
“The Future Smart Manufacturing and Automation Summit was an extremely
well run event, with great facilitators and good engagement across a
number of manufacturers”
Mark Collman, Global Automation Lead, Newell Brands
“The Smart Manufacturing and Automation Summit provided great insight
into smart manufacturing and industry 4.0. The sponsors were
extremely knowledgeable and engaged. I will take the insights back to
my company as we continue to implement out IIOT strategy”
Rhett Dickinson, Senior Manager – Manufacturing Systems, Newell brands
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