2024 Conference Programme

Wednesdayy 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: Making Operations Leaner and More Efficient

Looking at paradigm shift in automotive efficiency by strategically streamlining complex value chains and redefining end-to-end processes. Explore innovations across press, body, paint, and assembly to propel your manufacturing to new heights.

09:45 – 10:30 EDT

Session: Factory Transformation and Automation 

Embark on a transformative journey as you redesign factories to meet the demands of future technology. Embrace layout, tooling, and cultural changes, incorporating advanced robotics and AI seamlessly from the body shop to final assembly.

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 EVs and software-defined cars. Dive into the intricacies of battery pack and module production, discussing strategies for localization and forming crucial supplier relationships.

11:45 – 12:30 EDT

Session: Flexibility in Manufacturing Processes

Unleash a new era of adaptability in manufacturing. Discuss 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

Looking at the path toward sustainability by exploring energy reduction, circular economy practices, and leveraging data analytics to reduce emissions and waste. Discuss the responsible usage of materials and mixed materials in shaping an eco-friendlier manufacturing landscape.

14:15 – 15:00 EDT

Session: Digital Transformation 

 Discussion on the approach to expansion with cutting-edge simulations, digital twins, and visualization systems. Uncover the potential of smart production systems, Industrial IoT, and the application of AI to reshape the landscape of manufacturing engineering and operations. .

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

Elevate operational efficiency by optimizing maintenance strategies for production equipment. Embrace technology-driven approaches, ensuring predictive maintenance to minimize downtime and maximize productivity.

16:15 – 17:00 EDT

Session: Talent Development for Smart Manufacturing 

Nurture a workforce equipped for the challenges of smart manufacturing. Focus on skill development and foster a collaborative culture within teams, empowering them to lead the charge in industry innovation.

17:00 - 17:30 EDT

Session: Collaboration and Partnership

Discussion focused on moving the industry forward through strategic collaboration. Explore successful case studies, delve into the dynamics of industry partnerships, and witness the transformative power of cross-industry collaboration in driving 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

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