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Visit Made Smarter Innovation at Stand E42 at Manufacturing Expo on 8th – 9th June in Birmingham. Made Smarter Innovation is the official Knowledge Partner for the event.

Manufacturing Expo is taking place 8th – 9th June 2022 at the NEC in Birmingham. It forms part of Manufacturing & Engineering Week (7th – 10th June), which brings together events showcasing end-to-end manufacturing and engineering solutions, to encourage conversation, business, knowledge sharing and action.


Made Smarter Innovation is the Knowledge Partner for Manufacturing Expo, where we will be exhibiting at Stand E42. We’ll be hosting roundtables and 1:1 clinics with the Made Smarter Innovation Research Centres, hubs and wider Made Smarter Team. You can meet with the team at the event and listen to speakers including Chris Needham (Maintec), Chris Courtney, Simon Coward (Manufacturing Expo Workshop), and Abi Hird (Design Engineering Workshop).


If you would like to find out more about Made Smarter’s presence at the event, or how you could arrange to speak with the team, then please contact Megan Ronayne.


It’s free to register for Manufacturing Expo, a 2-day event for manufacturing process and management professionals to keep up to date, discover the latest innovations, technologies and equipment and connect with suppliers to maintain a competitive edge and optimise manufacturing process and production for the future.


The exhibition will showcase Britain’s best suppliers and technology providers for the manufacturing sector. You’ll be able to hear from industry leaders and learn about the latest tech and digital offerings, what to invest in, and what to expect for the future of manufacturing. The event will offer an opportunity for the whole sector to come together, share experiences and learn from success stories.


Find out more and register for free here

Pro Vice Chancellor Research at Ulster University Professor Liam Maguire said:


“Made Smarter provides the opportunity for innovative collaboration that will be transformative in driving industry competitiveness. At Ulster University, we have a strong track record of collaboration; using our research and technology to act as a catalyst for change, innovation and positive economic, social and environmental impact. Made Smarter is another important project in the broader realisation of the Derry and Strabane City Deal agenda, further enhancing the attractiveness of investment and driving economic growth”


Chris Courtney, Made Smarter Innovation Challenge Director said:

“Made Smarter Innovation is creating a connected collaborative ecosystem for digital manufacturing that can transform UK manufacturing making it more productive, competitive and sustainable. Building on our announcements last summer for the digital supply chain innovation hubs and the 5 research centres in addition to other collaborative R&D programmes we now have all the building blocks in pace to enable the acceleration of digital innovations across the UK manufacturing sector, from idea to industrialised solutions.


Ulster University has created a compelling approach and strong consortia and I’m excited about launching this work and making it a critical part of the overall approach for Made Smarter, linking closely with the wider innovation programme and the Made Smarter adoption programme.”


The SMDH will first be accessible by small and medium size manufacturers in Northern Ireland in the coming months, before going live for companies across the rest of the UK. The programme will be supported across the rest of the UK by 12 delivery partners, including the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing, Industry Wales and Scottish Engineering.



About Made Smarter Innovation

Made Smarter Innovation is a national programme to help businesses that make things capitalize on new digital technologies. Our programme will support the transformation of UK’s manufacturing capabilities through the development and innovation of industrial digital technologies (IDTs). We give UK manufacturers access to a digital innovation ecosystem that helps prove their idea, quickly develop it with experts and scale it. The £300 million partnership between government and industry will provide match-funding, and specialist advice and result in radical manufacturing solutions. Delivered by UK Research and Innovation. Find out more at


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