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Smart Factory Expo


Inspiring the next generation of industry talent

Manufacturers of the future has been developed as the key platform for connecting, informing and motivating the next generation of industry talent and showcasing the digitally-led products and services that will form the future of advanced manufacturing in the UK.

Taking place during the afternoon of the second day of Smart Factory Expo, the event enables student about to take the first step into their careers to engage with the rapidly evolving world of manufacturing via the stunning innovation, products and services that represent the future of the industry within the exhibition.

What's Happening?

We have a variety of activities aimed at those wanting to find out if the manufacturing industry is right for them and those completely new to it, looking to discover how manufacturing could be a part of their future.

Dedicated Talks

  • Led by the best in industry
  • Informative and engaging
  • Designed to educate on the benefits of working in manufacturing

Recruitment Marketplace

  • Meet and engage with potential employers
  • Discover the opportunities available after school


  • The Manufacturer stand
  • Best of British Showcase and Art Exhibition
  • The Automation Apprentice Challenge 2022 Winners

School Sponsorship

  • Schools outside the local area can apply for sponsorship
  • Be part of an opportunity to inspire

Nurturing the engineers of the future

Open to all students from the ages of 12 and up, join us for an afternoon of inspiration, innovation and ingenuity


Apply to Attend

For School Groups
Teachers can enquire here on behalf of school groups. Registration is not currently open, but click on the button underneath to register your interest and we will notify you when school group registrations open. For any queries, please email events@hennikgroup.com.
For Individual Students
Students must be 18 years old or over to attend Smart Factory Expo as an individual. Students under the age of 18 can only attend the exhibition as part of a school group. Use the link below to be the first to know when registration opens.

Get Involved

Are you an organisation who wants to get involved or have ideas for the afternoon? Get in touch!

Supporting the Industry

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In addition to our dedicated STEAM afternoon, The Manufacturer are proud to support Imagineering - a volunteer-run charity that aims to introduce young people of 8-16 years to the exciting world of engineering, science and technology through fun, hands-on activitites and personal involvement.

We will be collecting donations throughout Digital Manufacturing Week on their behalf, predominantly at the prestigious Manufacturer MX Awards on the evening of 17 November.

To find out more about their work, visit www.imagineering.org.uk