Driving the Internet of Manufacturing

RETHINK! SPMS Europe fuels you with new ideas, connections and new inspiration

The Rethink! SPMS Europe 2019 – the leading strategy event for site directors and manufacturing decision-makers. Our previous Rethink! SPMS events (with a regional focus on Germany, Austria and Switzerland) have 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.

Event at a glance

+ Manufacturing Leaders
+ Sessions
Hours Networking
% Percent Buy Side
Direct Buyers

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


The SPMS is Europe’s first platform bringing together all stakeholders who play an active role in manufacturing and production scene. Speakers from all over Europe give insights into their concepts and present current technologies and strategies.


100+ senior level executives and leading technical professionals discuss the most pressing challenges and solutions, strategies, technologies, trends and best practice innovations in applying artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning in the development of production.

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?

Commercial focus

Over 80% of the attendees join us from renowned European industrial companies. SPMS Europe is therefore the most important and commercially focused technical event for the production and manufacturing scene!

Program Comprehensiveness

SPMS Europe agenda breadth covers all aspects of the technical application of AI, ML & DL in manufacturing!


Partnerships for leading industrial companies and start ups through our unique Multi-Touchpoint Concept, SPMS Europe provides the platform for the entire manufacturing scene looking for business, deals and partnerships to stay abreast of innovation, strategy, latest research & technologies.


100 attendees , 30+ speakers , from 20+ countries, SPMS Europe is the leading technical event in the smart technologies, additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, mobile devices, workforce managment and manufacturing scene.

Leading solution providers

– being an industry driven conference, SPMS Europe focuses on bringing only solution providers with a very innovative and relevant approach to the table!

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.

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

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.

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.


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

Challenge your Peers

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

Meet! Rethink SPMS

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

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.

Networking Dinner

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

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.

Auto Scale 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 in car technologies, software and smart mobility concepts for autonomous and connected vehicles.

I’m AI

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 in the field of sensors, imaging and machine learning.

Pre Conference Machine Learning Workshop

In this session you can get a feeling of how to develop use cases for AI and machine learning in Level 4 cars. In small groups we will help each other to identify unmet needs and hidden possibilities for innovation. We will work with early prototyping to discover lots of ideas on how to develop and improve AI and ML use cases.

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.

What are the
10 reasons to
attend at Rethink! SPMS Europe 2019?

All you need to know

about the impact of smart process and manufacturing systems on the industry and your company’s business model


new smart technologies and trends to improve cost efficiency and raise productivity


how additive manufacturing and AI will change the way products are being designed, developed and produced


challenges regarding platforms, standards and interoperability


how to make your machines fit for Industry 4.0 and the role of cloud computing in this context


challenges regarding platforms, standards and interoperability


future pathways, required research and the role of smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies on industry


from key industry players and renowned research institutions about the potential of smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies


how smart technologies can improve workforce productivity


future pathways, required research and the role of additive manufacturing, AI and the way products are being designed, developed and produced

we understand clients – we go deeper – we transform the experience

Audience Profile

Geographic Split

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

Rethink! SPMS Europe 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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