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

14 September 2021

Detroit, Michigan

Expert Automotive Smart Manufacturing Speakers

Jeffrey Liaw of Martinrea speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Jeffrey Liaw

General Manager


Ian Thompson of H2X speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Ian Thompson

Chief Technology Officer


Marylin Glass-Hedges of Daimler Trucks speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Marylin Glass-Hedges

IT Industry 4.0 Lead,

Daimler Trucks

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

Dr. Hendrik Schafstall

EVP Digital Transformation

Hexagon, Manufacturing Intelligence Division

Yanli Zhou of General Motors speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Yanli Zhou

Senior Manager – Automation Standards and Cybersecurity

General Motors

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

Matt Negaard

Director of Business Development - Smart Solutions

Banner Engineering Corp.

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

Raj Sohmshetty

Senior Technical Specialist, Process Analytics & Emerging Technology

Ford Motor Company

Siddharthan Selvasekar of Ford Motor Company speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Siddharthan Selvasekar

Additive Manufacturing Research Engineer

Ford Motor Company

Luv Aggarwal of Stellantis speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Luv Aggarwal

North American Digital Manufacturing Lead – Advanced Powertrain Manufacturing


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

David Corliss of Stellantis speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

David Corliss

Lead Data Scientist - Business Analytics, Information & Communication Technology


Justin McCoy Justin McCoy of Toyota Motor North America, Inc speaking at Smart Manufacturing for Automotive

Justin McCoy Justin McCoy

General Manager

Toyota Motor North America, Inc

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:

Our event model leverages several learning and networking formats to maximize your opportunity to collaborate and solve problems. By using a combination of presentation, roundtable, tech demo and one-to-one formats, attendees will create their own agenda that will enable them to
benchmark against competitors, collaboratively solve problems with a group of peers and learn about the latest tech that can support business objectives.

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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