Towards the Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems: Co-design Workshop

Date: 14 February 2023
Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Burleigh Court Hotel, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3GR

The purpose of this workshop is to bring manufacturing firms, policymakers, digital technology providers together with the InterAct ‘Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems’ team to co-design the digital roadmaps that enable the UK manufacturing industry to achieve improved productivity, sustainability, resilience, and wellbeing by 2040.

The InterAct team, in collaboration with Make UK and Midlands Engine, recently launched a joint research programme – ‘Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems’. The project aims to identify the ‘Vision 2040’ for the UK manufacturing industry and develop digital roadmaps to support the transition.

Building on the current literature and 25+ expert interviews with industrialists, policymakers, digital technology providers and academic colleagues, 4 future scenarios and 12 visions have been identified that illustrates the desired futures for the UK manufacturing industry. This interactive workshop is designed to stimulate creative thinking and co-development of ideas. By the end of this workshop we will gain a much better understanding of how the digital technologies could support UK manufacturing moving towards the following scenarios:

Scenario 1 – Productivity Powerhouse

Scenario 2 – Flexibility as the Standard

Scenario 3 – Sustainability Champion

Scenario 4 – Happy and Sustainable Workforce