Series Overview

The FT’s Future of Manufacturing Series returns in 2021 to consider what has been learned from the crisis, and explore how manufacturers can build resilience to withstand future disruption. For the first time ever, we will be splitting the full-day Summit out into three key topic areas, with each half-day briefing providing a detailed analysis of the defining issues facing manufacturers globally. Furthermore, each event will combine strategic and technical expertise to propose transformative solutions for this ever-changing sector.

12th October Resilient Manufacturing: Strategies for recovery Through a combination of case studies, panels and interviews, speakers will provide practical insights on how to navigate challenges and share actionable strategies for growth.

13th October Sustainable Manufacturing: Towards a greener future The second event in the series will gather C-suite business leaders, sustainability experts and solution providers to explore how the pandemic can be used as a catalyst for decarbonisation.

14th October Advanced Manufacturing: Realising the full potential of new technologies The final event in the series will gather C-suite business leaders, technology experts and strategy heads to address actions for realising the vision laid out in Industry 4.0.

Hear from the industry’s leading decision-makers as CEOs, Chief Procurement Officers and Global Heads of Manufacturing plan for growth after Covid-19

Digitally connect with over 500+ manufacturing representatives through online networking opportunities

Three half-day forums of FT-curated content designed to help shape the industry’s sustainable and innovative future

Bringing a unique digital dimension to an FT flagship event

Director, NCC
“Excellent conference with engaging and intelligent speakers. Superbly moderated!”

Examples of previous speakers:

Dave Ingram,

Chief Procurement Officer,


Maria Soler Nunez,

Global Head of Manufacturing Technical Operations,


Warren East,

Chief Executive Officer,


Tim Minshall,

Head of the Institute of Manufacturing,

University of Cambridge

500+ attendees
30+ speakers
50% C-suite/Director level attendees
CEO, Metrix Associates
“Excellent event to stay tuned to the latest thinking on the future of manufacturing.”