LogoAutomotive Agile PEP Europe|March 01 – 02, 2021, Berlin, Maritim proArte Hotel

Digital Factory – OPEX – Emerging Technologies – Workforce Development

March 1 – 2, 2021 | Maritim proArte Hotel, Berlin, Germany

What is Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe?
The Rethink! Smart Manufacturing 2021 is the strategy event for production executives and plant managers to discuss current projects, latest developments, emerging technologies and trends in the area of Smart Manufacturing, Lean Management and Operational Excellence. It is the networking platform for top-level decision makers to exchange experience and to find new ideas and solutions for tomorrow's digital strategy.
Networking & Benchmarking - Meet 100+ plant managers and production decision makers from Europe.

Speaker Highlights in 2020

The Smart Manufacturing Summit in Numbers

Plant Managers & Manufacturing Leaders
+ Sessions
+ Hours Networking
Projects and Meetings

KEYNOTE 2020 | Michael Schmidt | General Manager Digitalisation Production System | Shopfloor @ BMW Group

The digital journey of BMW Group

Smart Factory planning and execution – experiences and lessons learned

What to expect in 2 ½ days in Berlin?

30+ top Speakers and Moderators, 20+ Best Practices, 20+ Round Tables & 100+ Top Level Executives

  • 100+ Manufacturing Leaders from leading European companies
  • 2 ½ Days of Interactive Networking & Benchmarking Opportunities
  • 15+ Keynotes, Case Studies and 20 Interactive Sessions
  • Highlights: Interactive World Cafés, Challenge Your Vendor and Challenge Your Peers Sessions, Panel Discussion, Icebreaker and Networking Dinner

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Digital Factory – OPEX – Emerging Technologies – Workforce Development
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Not sponsors… Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe is a unique event in the business & technology world because of our relationship with our partners. Our aim is to support our partners to reach their targets and inspire innovation. This vision is shared by a select group of partners at our highest quality events with the most elite audience.

Position your business as a thought leader at Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe. Join our 2021 partners today!

“Inspiring and fruitful”
David Gredal
Novo Nordisk A/S
“The event gave a great overview of IIOT and brought also practical aspects of application and implementation.”
Jürgen Großhauser
Great discussions and take aways!
Ralf Neubert
Schneider Electric
Very good opportunity and investment of time dedicated to in depth insights into latest trends and demonstrations of the most important changes
Johann Prenninger
Perfectly organized, good fundamental overview of the major topics. Perfect atmosphere and a place where you can do a lot of networking
Eberhard Langer
Wacker Chemie AG
Once again the opportunity has been incredible and we will stay in touch for other future events
Francisco Lumbreras Arcos
Jaguar Land Rover

Key Topics in 2021: Smart Manufacturing & Industry 4.0

  1. Smart Digital Factory & Industry 4.0: What does the intelligent, networked and data-optimized factory look like and what are the potentials of emerging technologies such as AI/ML, Big Data, Cloud and Enterprise Mobility?
  2. Smart Manufacturing Management: Which new management approaches enable production optimization & production efficiency and which scenarios and business models are mandatory for Smart Manufacturing?
  3. Implementation of Lean Methodology in the Industry 4.0: How do lean principles and OPEX change the production process?
  4. Agile Engineering, Digital Transformation and Workforce Development: Changing the way we work – how to become agile and train your employees
  5. Additive manufacturing process: How can productivity be increased using current equipment?
  6. Networks and 5G: How to get your factory 5G-ready? How do you secure your networks in a connected manufacturing environment?
  7. Automation, MES & Robotics: How can MES, Big Data and Cloud Computing meet the requirements of future connected manufacturing processes?
  8. Plant Asset & Maintenance Management: How can plants be operated flexibly and time-oriented to increase production? What are the next steps towards Predictive Analytics and Predictive Maintenance?
  9. Cognitive Manufacturing: What is the value of Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Augmented Reality in production environments and what are current use cases?
  10. Managing security risks and compliance: How do you guarantee safe and compliant IT Infrastructure and Operations within the IoT landscape? What are efficient methods to manage cyber risks and data security?

The i.CONECT 360° Multi-touchpoint Concept

The most effective and most informal networking hub to reach a maximum of ROI ‒ personal dialogue, direct exchange and numerous opportunities to get meetings with top executives!



Top speakers, trendsetters, evangelists and experts in the field share their personal experience.


World Café Session

Be part of several thematic conversation rounds with changing topics and team constellations.


Challenge your Peers

Parallel round table discussions offer the delegates the possibility to talk about their own challenges


Case Study

Selected brand new case studies from the industry offering insights into strategic approaches, project planning and operative realization. Learn from the most successful practices and use these real business results for benchmarking with the competition.

100 Minutes

Pre-qualified One2One Meetings with matched partners and from delegate to delegate. Use the Business Maatchmaking function in your Event App “hubs101” in advance to arrange your meetings.


Powered by AI

we.CONECT’s unique Event App & Matchfinder – Use our unique matching platform to make new connections, arrange meetings and find tailored solutions to your needs.

Search – Find – Match – Connect


Meet! Rethink Smart Manufacturing Europe

Discover who else is participating at the Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe. Our unique Polaroid Picture Wall will help you identify who you want to meet at the conference.


Say Hello

Get the show on the road. Discover who is joining the conference and why. To warm you up for the conference we invite you to get to know your conference peers. Have your business cards ready.



Round tables on the evening before the first conference day. The Icebreaker is a first informal networking.


Networking Dinner

Wind down, enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere to absorb all the new stimulations from the day.


Breakfast Club

Start the conference with coffee and… NETWORKING! Join the we.CONECT Breakfast Club – an exclusive area in your hotel – and get into a conversation with other delegates already while having your first coffee.


Training Session

An environment that allows participants to be guided through specific topics from experts in small groups.


Expectations Wallpaper

What do you expect at the event? What do others expect? Write down your reasons to attend on our expectation wallpaper, share your needs with other participants and evaluate in which way the program came up to your expectations.


Start-Up Lounge

we.CONECT gives you the opportunity to showcase your work and ideas and provides an excellent opportunity for start-up level companies to showcase their best technologies, software and manufacturing excellence concepts.


Tech Takes

In a live session, suppliers of systems and solutions present their tools, innovative systems and applications in order to demonstrate future technologies, applications and their functions.


Tweetback & Connect

The unique interactive live feedback system! Note down your thoughts on comment cards which will be pinned on walls in the networking area for further discussion.


Pre-Conference Manufacturing Excellence Workshop

In this session you can get a feeling of how to develop the right manufacturing excellence strategy  for your shop floor. In small groups we will help each other to identify unmet needs and hidden possibilities for innovation and excellence. We will work with early prototyping to discover lots of ideas on how to develop and improve the right use cases.

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Maritim proArte Hotel, Berlin, Germany

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