On 9-11 September 2019, the US edition of our NG Manufacturing Summit will bring together senior manufacturing decision-makers and business leaders from across North America at the fantastic The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida to share their views on how to tackle the biggest challenges in smart manufacturing today.

Amongst others, the summit will look at key topics such as: Accelerating Digitisation in Manufacturing; Seamless connectivity and operational efficiency; and Automation driving a changing workforce.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit will provide you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Mae Zyjewski
Sr. Director Global Advanced Manufacturing
Whirlpool
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Silveira Roberto
Vice President Biomanufacturing Sciences
Pfizer
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Mike Coubrough
Senior Vice President Global Operations
ABB
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Daryll Bryant
Head of Brewery Operations
Samuel Adams

6 Challenges in Manufacturing

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • How do we improve the life of our consumers? How do we do what we do as a service?
  • How can we collect data?
  • How can we use the insights we get from that data to drive strategy?
  • Security (IT/OT)
  • Seamless connectivity and operational efficiency
  • How do you create, spread and embed a smart manufacturing mindset?
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday September 9, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome address
3:30pm - 3:45pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Keynote Speech
3:45pm - 4:25pm
Keynote panel discussion
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Inside the smart factories: The heart of Industry 4.0
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Accelerating Digitisation in Manufacturing
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Automation driving a changing workforce
Solution provider briefing
4:30pm - 4:40pm

Details To Follow.

Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Gala dinner & keynote
7:00pm - 10:00pm

From independent thinkers to technology pioneers to execs from some of the world’s most progressive brands, our keynote speakers are handpicked to provide you with the insight you need to inspire your next business decision.

Tuesday September 10, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:30am
Keynote address
Collaborate
8:35am - 9:30am

Multiple tables, multiple hot topics: in this session, you choose where you sit, who you sit with and what you want to discuss. The takeaways are down to you: have your say, question others and find your own answers.

Workshop
9:35am - 10:15am
Session 1: Maximizing IoT’s Potential in Manufacturing
Workshop
10:20am - 11:00am
Session 2: Bringing to market new and high value service on top of low-margin commoditized services and products
Coffee & networking
11:00am - 11:20am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
11:20am - 12:00pm
Session 3: Meeting increasingly complex and personalized customer demands
Workshop
12:05pm - 12:45pm
Session 4: Maintaining the right inventory levels: Create efficiency to save costs and increase service levels.
Workshop
12:50pm - 1:30pm
Session 5: Manual handling and safety: Best practice for to help lower the risk of injury in factories
Lunch & networking
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

Workshop
2:30pm - 3:10pm
Session 6: Robotics and automation change: to improve production rates
Workshop
3:15pm - 3:55pm
Session 7: Boosting revenues: Re-strategizing production workflows and streamlining new product introductions.
Coffee & networking
3:55pm - 4:05pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
4:05pm - 4:45pm
Session 8: Digital acumen: how to use digital technologies and how to apply them to advance manufacturing
Workshop
4:50pm - 4:45pm
Session 9: The customer factor: from speed to better products, services and customer experience
Attendee downtime
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Dinner & experience
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday September 11, 2019
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Workshop
8:30 am - 9:10 am
Session 10: Technology Priorities: Investing for the Future
Workshop
9:15 am - 9:55 am
Session 11: Talent Management: Attracting, Developing and Retaining Tomorrow’s Leaders
Workshop
10:00 am - 10:40 am
Session 12: Optimizing supply chain performance
Coffee & networking
10:40 am - 10:50 am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
10:50 am - 11:30 am
Session 13: Additive manufacturing: the possibilities for mass customization
Workshop
11:35 am - 12:15 pm
Session 14: The Need for Speed: Converting Strategy to Execution
Workshop
12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
Session 15: Talking points and key takeaways
Lunch & farewells
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Florida

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

Latest Case Study

Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.