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


Industry 4.0 – Plant Management 4.0 – Workforce Management 4.0 – OPEX 4.0

RETHINK! SMART MANUFACTURING EUROPE 2021 fuels you with new ideas, connections and new inspiration

Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe 2021 – the leading strategy event for site directors and manufacturing decision-makers. In the last years, Rethink! Smart Manufacturing has contributed significantly to the Industry 4.0 discourse by bringing together 100+ site directors and production decision makers since 2015. Our participants have a 6-7 digit budget at their disposal and are constantly looking for new projects and challenges. The i.CONECT 360° Format has been developed with solution providers, consultancies and technology partners in mind and provides a time-efficient and productive business environment.

Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe in Numbers

Plant Managers & Manufacturing Leaders
+ Sessions
+ Hours Networking
One2One Meetings

What can you
expect as an attendee
at Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe?


The Smart Process- and Manufacturing Systems is the summit to bring all stakeholders who play an active role in manufacturing, shop floor excellence and technology scene together. Speakers from all over Europe give insights into their concepts and present current technologies and strategies.


100+ senior level executives and plant managers discuss the most pressing challenges and solutions, strategies, technologies, trends and best practice innovations in executing and implementing a comprehensive manufacturing 4.0 strategy.

Speakers & Moderators

30+ pioneering manufacturing experts and industry leaders share experiences, forecast trends & technologies, present their best latest research & solutions, evaluate best-in-class projects and explain development in recent projects.

Networking- Multi-Touchpoint

Multiple opportunities in 30+ hours of networking. You are invited to meet and greet with those hard-to-meet executives in a relaxed and social setting. Join our unique networking approach.


30+ innovative and interactive sessions ensure that all key topics are covered.


Icebreaker round tables, World Café sessions, Challenge our Peers sessions, panel discussions, workshops, more than 15 case studies, inspiring start ups and Keynotes fill 2,5 days of the latest innovations, strategies, technologies and research in this field.

Join over 100 of the most influential experts – The entire ecosystem one platform, here is a snapshot of our already joined attendees:

What can you
expect as a
Solution Provider?

Focus on Business

With more than 80% decision makers from the industry, the Rethink! Smart Process- & Manufacturing Systems 2021 is the summit in Europe to meet plant- & production managers and board members responsible for manufacturing operations.

Focus on content

From industry for industry – Together with our Advisory Board and our long-standing partners, we focus year after year on the latest topics from the production environment in the context of industry 4.0.

Focus Partnering

Whether pre-qualified One2Ones, exclusive evening events or countless tailor-made interactive and methodically organized sessions – our unique multi-touchpoint concept offers the platform for top executives, decision-makers and solution providers to exchange current and future projects, form partnerships, expand networks and generate new business.

Focus Scale

We scale your business – With more than 100 decision makers, 35+ speakers and more than 20 selected solution providers, Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe is the manufacturing summit in Europe!

Focus Solutions

As the industry summit for the manufacturing scene, Rethink! Smart Manufacturing 2021 pays attention to the quality of our participants and solution providers. We know that only interesting projects and the best solutions lead to sustainable business.

It’s a 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.

What are the
10 reasons to
attend at Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe?

Smart Digital Factory & Industry 4.0:

How does the intelligent, networked and data-optimized factory look like and what potential does cloud, big data and enterprise mobility offer?

Smart Manufacturing Management:

Which new management approaches are there in the area of production optimization & production efficiency and which scenarios, prerequisites and business models are necessary for smart manufacturing?

Implementation of the Lean Methodology in Industry 4.0:

What does this initiative mean for Lean? Is it replacing Lean? Does it make lean superfluous? How does integration look like?

Agile Engineering & Digital Transformation:

What for new methods are there for Lean & Operational Excellence and how can they made agile?

Additive manufacturing processes:

How can productivity be increased using current equipment?

Automation, MES & Robotics:

How can MES, Big Data and Cloud Computing meet the requirements of future networked manufacturing processes?

Plant Asset & Maintenance Management:

How can plants be operated flexibly, time-oriented and agilely to increase production?

Workforce Development & Leadership:

How can the change of work in a learning production be realized and how can new work methodologies be implemented in the age of automation, CIP & digitization?

Cognitive Manufacturing:

What does the use of Machine Learning & AI means for production environments and what are current use cases?

Managing technical risks:

How do you get your IT infrastructure, standardization, cyber security & automation into one line?

Audience Profile

Geographic Split

Germany: 70%
Scandinavia: 10%
Netherlands: 6%
Italy: 4%
UK: 4%
France: 4%
Other: 2%

The Ecosystem

Automotive & Aerospace
Automotive & Aerospace: 23%
Machine & Plant Engineering
Machine & Plant Engineering: 18%
Conglomerates: 17%
Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Chemistry
Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Chemistry: 16%
Consumer Goods
Consumer Goods: 12%
Food & Beverages
Food & Beverages: 9%
Other: 5%

Job Functions

Site Director / Plant Manager
Site Director / Plant Manager: 34%
Board Member / VP Production
Board Member / VP Production: 31%
COO / CTO / CIO: 18%
Director / Head of Production
Director / Head of Production: 14%
Senior Product Engineer
Senior Product Engineer: 8%

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