2024 Conference Programme

Wednesday 30 October 2024

18:00 – 20:30 EDT

Welcome cocktail reception

Join industry leaders, experts, colleagues, and peers for an enjoyable evening of networking and camaraderie at the welcome drinks reception, located at the The Henry Hotel, Dearborn, MI.

Dress code - Business casual.

18:30 – 19:00 EDT

Conference welcome and keynote

Shaping North American manufacturing towards a lean, sustainable, and flexible future.

Thursday 31 October 2024

08:00 – 09:00 EDT

Conference open for registration, networking and refreshments

09:00 – 09:45 EDT

Session: Factory transformation and automation 

Understand how OEMs and suppliers are redesigning factories to leverage new technology and future-proof manufacturing. Experts will explore layout, tooling, and cultural changes, incorporating advanced robotics, flexible automation and AI across production processes.

09:45 – 10:30 EDT

Session: Strategies for successfully developing lean as automotive production transforms 

Gain insights from industry experts on implementing lean manufacturing amidst disruptions. Learn about integrating AI and digitalisation into lean systems, enhancing flexibility, reducing costs, and adopting new technologies. Understand how OEMs, suppliers, and service providers can collaborate for shared success through lean principles.

10:30 – 11:00 EDT

Networking break

Connect with old and new acquaintances to talk about all things manufacturing.

11:00 – 11:45 EDT

Session: EV and battery integration   

Navigate the electrified future by adapting production lines for electric vehicles and powertrains. In this session experts will dive into the intricacies of battery pack and module production, and discuss system, data and crucial supplier relationships.

11:45 – 12:30 EDT

Session: Manufacturing flexibility

In an age of uncertainty, understand how automotive manufacturers are adapting plants and processes for ever greater flexibility. Hear about the incorporation of AGVs, cobots and connected technologies to upgrade production lines for unparalleled flexibility across powertrain and vehicle types.

12:30 - 13:30 EDT

Lunch and networking

13:30 – 14:15 EDT

Session: Sustainable manufacturing practices

Understand the path toward sustainability through new vehicle architectures and materials, energy reduction, circular economy practices and more. Experts will discuss the responsible usage of materials and mixed materials in shaping an eco-friendlier manufacturing landscape.

14:15 – 15:00 EDT

Session: The smart factory 

 Understand how the future of production can be a reality today through flexible automation, Industrial IoT, and the application of AI, including cutting-edge simulations, digital twins, and visualization systems.

15:00 – 15:30 EDT

Networking break

Connect with old and new acquaintances to talk about all things manufacturing.

15:30 – 16:15 EDT

Session: Optimising maintenance for production equipment

Learn how to elevate operational efficiency through advanced, digital maintenance strategies for production equipment. Understand how manufacturers are embracing predictive maintenance to minimize downtime and maximize productivity.

16:15 – 17:00 EDT

Session: Human-centric manufacturing 

Understand how to nurture workforces in the smart factory, ensuring technology and tools help them work better. This session will focus on skills development and empowering workers to lead the charge in industry innovation.

17:00 - 17:30 EDT

Session: Collaboration and partnership

AMS Evolution ends with discussion on how to move the industry forward through strategic collaboration. Explore successful case studies, understand changing OEM-supplier partnerships, and understand how cross-functional collaboration will drive efficiency, sustainability and flexibility in manufacturing.

17:30 - 19:30 EDT

AMS North America closing drinks and networking

Participants can unwind, share insights, and build lasting connections during the closing drinks and networking session. 

Here to help


Christopher Ludwig

Chief Content Officer
Automotive Manufacturing Solutions
E: christopher.ludwig@ultimamedia.com
T: +44(0) 208 987 0968 or +44(0) 7825 238100

Ahmo Saric

Senior Content Producer
Automotive Manufacturing Solutions
E: ahmo.saric@ultimamedia.com
T: +44(0) 208 987 0927