Manufacturing Beyond the Horizon


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Are you involved in manufacturing ?

Have you concerns about new and emerging technologies and how they shape the future business landscape in which you must thrive?

Queen’s University Belfast is launching two significant initiatives designed to support our manufacturing industrial partners.

  • The centre for Intelligent Autonomous Manufacturing Systems (i-AMS). A Pioneer Research Programme established by Queen’s with the purpose to research, develop and demonstrate innovative technologies that enable and underpin the rapidly evolving digital manufacturing world.
  • A £6.5M State of the art advanced manufacturing demonstration, collaborative research and development facility at the Northern Ireland Technology Centre. This investment has been supported by the Department of  Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK and the Aerospace Technology Institute through the project SCENIC (Supply Chain Enablement for Increased Competitiveness). 

Are you interested in finding out about these technologies, exploring possibilities, identifying risks, and gaining an insight into the future of manufacturing?

We invite you to attend our “Manufacturing Beyond the Horizon” conference on the 13th and 14th June 2018.


The UK Government’s ‘Made Smarter’ review (Maier, Oct 2017) has found that the positive impact of faster innovation and adoption of ‘Industrial Digitalisation Technologies’ could be as much as £455 billion for UK manufacturing over the next decade. In addition these technologies will:

  • Deliver manufacturing sector growth between 1.5 and 3 percent per annum
  • Create a conservative estimated net gain of 175,000 jobs throughout the economy and
  • Reduce associated CO2 emissions by 4.5 percent.

The UK’s Industrial Strategy identifies the exploitation of Artificial Intelligence and Data as one of its four Grand Challenges, with the exploitation of these capabilities in the manufacturing sector a key objective. As part of its response the UK government Industrial Strategy has committed to raising public spending on research and development to £12.5bn by 2022.

We are bringing together experts to have a discussion on the technologies that will determine how manufacturing will be done in the future. As well as a strong team of world leading researchers from Queen’s, there will also be experts from our extensive research and development network stretching throughout the UK, Ireland, and beyond.

The main themes of the conference will be the increasing digitisation of manufacturing and the impact of automation, robotics, and AI.

On the 13th June experts will share knowledge on High Value Manufacturing with contributions by key representatives from organisations including:

  • The Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
  • The Aerospace Technology Institute
  • The Welding Institute
  • National Physical Laboratory

On the 14th June we will be taking a broader look at the future for manufacturing with a panel of leading academics and industry thought leaders from a variety of sectors including, agri-food, construction and semiconductor manufacturing.

You can register to attend for a single day or both days of the conference. To register Click Here


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