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

10 November 2020

Hotel St Regis, Detroit, Michigan

2020 Speakers / Facilitators

Chris Milligan of Nissan Corporation speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Chris Milligan

Factory 4.0 Coordinator - Senior Manager,

Nissan Corporation

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

Stuart Countess

Chief Operating Officer

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

Andrew Buckland of General Motors speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Andrew Buckland

Manager – Advanced Technology

General Motors

David Corliss of Fiat Chrysler Automobile speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

David Corliss

Lead Data Scientist - Business Analytics, Information & Communication Technology

Fiat Chrysler Automobile

Oleg Levytskyy of Honda of Canada speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Oleg Levytskyy

Operational Technology Lead

Honda of Canada

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

Dr. Hendrik Schafstall

EVP Smart Factory,


Ron Stuver of SICK, Inc. speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Ron Stuver

Director of Industry 4.0 Business Consulting and Customer Advocacy

SICK, Inc.

Luv Aggarwal of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Luv Aggarwal

North American Digital Manufacturing Lead – Advanced Powertrain Manufacturing

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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

Raj Sohmshetty

Senior Technical Specialist, Process Analytics & Emerging Technology

Ford Motor Company

TJ Berlin of ifm speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

TJ Berlin

Product Manager


Nick Longworth of SICK, Inc speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Nick Longworth

Senior Robotics Engineer


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

Matt Negaard

Director of Business Development - Smart Solutions

Banner Engineering Corp.

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.

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

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What does the Smart Manufacturing for Automotive Summit cover?

The automotive sector is facing ongoing pressure from tightening margins and increasing competition, which is driving automotive manufacturers to optimize manufacturing processes and streamline their operations.

Subsequently, Automotive Manufacturers are focusing their efforts on identifying and selecting emerging technology to achieve their strategic goals.

Automotive OEM’s 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 must 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:

  • Keynote presentation focused on macro issues and the future of the industry 
  • Thirty roundtable think-tank discussions to choose from with six different opportunities 
  • Five different themes including strategy, leadership, technology, safety and collaboration 
  • Five pre-scheduled face-to-face meeting sessions between vendors and delegates open to every operator 
  • Panel discussion featuring our roundtable think-tank leaders to summarize the day and answer questions from the audience 
  • Networking drinks reception open to everyone

With this in mind; we will unite over 100 smart manufacturing specialists from leading automotive manufacturers across the US, 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

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

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

Lead change across the entire organisation

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

Who will you connect with at the Smart Manufacturing for Automotive 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

Technology & Solution Providers:

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

What is unique about the Smart Manufacturing for Automotive Summit?

Moving away from the typical presentation heavy conference model, we have flipped it on its head. Our events still offer services for learning, networking and sales opportunities but with keynote presentations designed to set the scene, and a strong focus on collaborative discussions to support them.

This allows our attendees to hear expert case studies, but also create their own agenda prior to the event and seek out those golden nuggets of information that often go un-answered. by putting their problems on the table and working through them as a group with their peers, competitors and partners.

2020 Sponsors


“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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