Logo March 14 – 15, 2022, Berlin, Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin


Plant-, Asset-, Maintenance-, Worksforce- and Post-pandemic
Manufacturing Management

Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe fuels you with new ideas, connections and new inspiration.

This is the leading strategy event for site and plant directors, production executives, and manufacturing decision-makers.

Over the past years, since 2015, Rethink! Smart Manufacturing has been contributing significantly to driving the evolvement of the Industry 4.0 discourse by bringing together more than 100 attendees every year.

This is the setting and environment to safely discuss the challenges that come along with technology development and implementation, process design, budgeting and resource allocation, as well as workforce development and change management on eye level with other executives and manufacturing decision makers.

Our industry focused keynotes and presentations are complemented by interactive round-tables and workshop formats, giving you the space to listen, benchmark, challenge and discuss – and create a professional network beyond our event platform.

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 Manufacturing 2021 is THE European summit 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 Networking 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.


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.


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?

Plant Asset & Maintenance Management:

Discuss how the pandemic changes the way plants are being operate. How are your peers dealing with unchanged expectations likeflexibly, time-oriented, increased production?

After the lock down:

Find out how your organization ca shorten ramp up times and get daily operations back up and running most efficiently.

Field Service and Remote Service:

Determine your value added and ROI of remote services and field service for overcoming the pandemic obstacles.

Stress-tests for Smart, Digital, Industry 4.0:

Find out whether your factories are truly as intelligent, networked and data-optimized as we need them to be. Are you able to benefit from mobile plant management technologies?

Post-Pandemic Manufacturing Management:

In a professional and disclosed setting, you can exchange on eye level on the lock-down effects on your internal resources and staffing in terms of production optimization & production efficiency.

Agile Engineering, Digital Transformation and Workforce Development:

Last year, we wanted to become more agile. In 2021, come and benchmark your goals for today’s and  the future’s workforce.

HSE, workforce, and precaution matters:

We are trying to push the thoughts and fears asied. But when we are honest, there are yet more waves of CoV-SARS 2 to come. Are we prepared for another hit? And what precaution matters can we undertake <i>now</i> to be more resilient <i>later</i>?

Networks and 5G:

Debate on 5G-readiness. How do you secure your networks in a connected manufacturing environment?

Automation, MES & Robotics:

Yet another round of monoliths? Share your advancements in MES, Big Data and Cloud Computing, meeting the requirements of future connected manufacturing processes.

Managing security risks and compliance:

Learn how we can guarantee safe and compliant IT Infrastructures and Operations within the IoT landscape. What are your methods to manage cyber risks and data security?

Audience Profile

Geographic Split

Germany: 33%
France: 15%
Italy: 12%
Spain: 11%
United Kingdom
United Kingdom: 9%
Ireland: 8%
Netherlands: 6%
Scandinavia: 6%

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: 32%
Board Member / VP Production
Board Member / VP Production: 28%
COO / CTO / CIO: 18%
Director / Head of Production
Director / Head of Production: 14%
Senior Product Engineer
Senior Product Engineer: 8%

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