Drives & Controls Magazine May 2023

n M&E WEEK PREVIEW most relevant to them, enabling them to sit next to their peers and topic experts to share challenges, develop solutions collaboratively, and have questions answered first-hand. Similar, but for businesses with turnovers of less than £100m, is the SME Growth Summit. The event provides a unique opportunity for delegates to get the information they need from leading experts in digital manufacturing, through presentations and panel discussions. Using the same format as the Sustainable Digital Summit, delegates are also able to sit down with their peers at interactive roundtable discussions to discuss and identify the most effective avenues for growth and learn how to act on them. The summit is designed for leaders of UK SME manufacturers looking to increase market share, break into new markets and thrive in today’s business landscape. Celebrating innovation Highlighting innovation is one of the key aims of M&E Week. Made Smarter’s Innovation Alley, for example, will showcase new and developing technologies that will change the landscape of manufacturing over the coming five to ten years. Similarly, the Innovation Village, run by the seven High Value Manufacturing Catapult research and technology centres, is an immersive and interactive demonstration area that will take visitors on a journey from fossil fuels to renewables, demonstrating the technological advances that will transform industry for a sustainable world. As well as looking to manufacturing’s future, M&E Week will also celebrate its current leaders, be they businesses, individuals or products. A Best of British showcase will celebrate domestic UK manufacturing, featuring world-beating new designs, innovative modes of manufacture, products that redefine categories, and export successes that plant the flag in overseas markets. Recognising the fact that the future of the industrial sector is as much about people as it is about technology is the Manufacturers of the Future programme, developed in partnership with Engineering UK, Make UK, The Institute for Manufacturing will be running Masterclass sessions designed to challenge and extend attendees’ thinking Visit us at: