Integr8, Automation Alley’s Industry 4.0 global conference, gains additional sponsors heading into its second year; event is Nov. 14 in Detroit

TROY, Mich. — September 20, 2018— Automation Alley is pleased to announce strong sponsorship support of its second annual Integr8 global Industry 4.0 conference, taking place in Detroit on Wednesday, November 14. The conference is focused on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0: the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, Big Data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, advanced materials and additive manufacturing, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

As Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and the state’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, Automation Alley created the Integr8 Industry 4.0 conference in 2017 to draw global attention to the rapid technological changes taking place in the manufacturing industry and to help companies large and small form action plans for their digital transformation. The inaugural Integr8 event drew a sellout-crowd of 550 and attendance is expected to approach 700 this year with expanded seating capacity at the venue.

The excitement for the conference is building as Automation’s Alley reputation as a thought leader in Industry 4.0 and smart factories grows, according to Automation Alley CEO and Executive Director Tom Kelly, who moderated a World Economic Forum community dinner on Industry 4.0 in Tianjin, China on September 19.

“With the support of our active members and sponsors, Automation Alley is gaining a global reputation as the go-to U.S. source for Industry 4.0 learning and programming,” Kelly said. “The Integr8 conference gives us the opportunity to put smart manufacturing in the spotlight and showcase what is currently being done with Industry 4.0 – and what remains to be tackled. It’s a monumental challenge, but we are confident that Michigan can lead the way in the fourth industrial revolution.”

Eager to be a part of the energy and engagement of Industry 4.0 through Integr8, the following companies have signed on as key sponsors:

For a complete list of sponsors and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Integr8 website.

As previously announced, Helena Leurent, Head of Shaping the Future of Manufacturing and Production and Member of the Executive Committee – World Economic Forum, will present the lunchtime keynote address at Integr8, bringing another global voice to the conference’s focus on the eight core technologies of Industry 4.0. The full roster of speakers to date are listed here. For registration information on Integr8 and Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail VIP reception on November 13 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, visit integr8conference.com.

About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts:

Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466
Cynthia Hutchison, Automation Alley, hutchisonc@automationalley.com; 248.457.3203

World Economic Forum Head of Future of Production to keynote Integr8, Automation Alley’s global Industry 4.0 conference, Nov. 14 in Detroit

Helena Leurent to bring global perspective to Integr8’s focus on smart factory innovation

TROY, Mich.—July 24, 2018— Helena Leurent, head of future of production with the World Economic Forum, is headed to Detroit, Nov. 14, to take part in Automation Alley’s global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8. Leurent, a member of the Forum’s executive committee and head of shaping the future of manufacturing and production, will provide the lunchtime keynote address, adding a global perspective to the conference’s focus on smart manufacturing technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

For almost 50 years, the World Economic Forum has been the catalyst for global initiatives, historic shifts, industry breakthroughs, economic ideas and tens of thousands of projects and collaborations. The Forum’s strategy is simple and effective: bring together the most relevant leaders from all sectors of global society and identify the best ways to address the world’s most significant challenges.

As Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and the state’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, Automation Alley created the Integr8 conference in 2017 to draw global attention to the rapid technological changes taking place in the manufacturing industry, and to help companies large and small form action plans to assist in their digital transformations.

The day-long conference is expected to draw 750 technology and manufacturing professionals from across the globe to Detroit’s Renaissance Center this fall. The event will center around the eight core components of Industry 4.0, including robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and advanced materials, cloud computing, cybersecurity and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

In addition to Leurent, speakers will include world-renowned manufacturing experts and Industry 4.0 thought leaders from industry, academia and government. The conference will include a smart technology expo, breakout sessions, panel discussions and hands-on technology demonstrations centered around manufacturing, design, workforce development, aerospace, health care, women in manufacturing and more.

“Right now, in factories across the globe, manufacturers are trying to make sense of the unprecedented technological transformation associated with Industry 4.0, from 3D printing to artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, the Internet of Things and next-generation robotics,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s executive director and CEO. “We are honored to bring the World Economic Forum to Detroit and look forward to Helena Leurent’s keynote address at Integr8, one that I’m sure will inspire us to build more innovative, sustainable and inclusive production systems that benefit all.”

The World Economic Forum’s initiative focused on the future of manufacturing and production provides a unique global platform for leaders to understand how new technologies will impact the production ecosystem, and the implications for business models, jobs, sustainability and the innovation capacity of nations.

Previously, Leurent held several executive positions including managing director and head of business engagement where she managed existing relationships with World Economic Forum members and generated new value propositions for partnerships with companies in emerging markets. As head of the Forum’s food and beverage industry, she developed the Industry Partnership program for agriculture, food and beverage companies.

Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, Leurent worked for McKinsey & Company, primarily serving companies in media and consumer goods. Her career started in management consulting at The LEK Partnership and subsequently with Tesco Stores Plc in marketing and hypermarket development.

Leurent holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MA in Modern History and Modern Languages from Oxford University.

Integr8 early bird ticket pricing ends Aug. 16. The evening before the conference, Nov. 13, Automation Alley is inviting the public to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. For complete registration and sponsorship information for both events, visit integr8conference.com.

About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

About The World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

The World Economic Forum believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.

 

Media Contacts:

Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301

Integr8, Automation Alley’s global Industry 4.0 conference, returns Nov. 14, keeps focus on smart manufacturing

TROY, Mich.—June 27, 2018—Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, announces the return of Integr8, a cross-discipline global conference focused on the smart technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The day-long conference will be held Nov. 14 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Early bird tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at integr8conference.com.

Integr8, which sold out its inaugural year in 2017, is expected to draw 750 technology and manufacturing professionals from across the globe to Detroit this fall. The event will center around the eight core components of Industry 4.0, including robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and advanced materials, cloud computing, cybersecurity and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion.

“Industry 4.0 is where digital meets physical with the goal of increased efficiency. Here in Michigan, we aim to be the leader in the implementation of Industry 4.0 on our factory floors,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s executive director and CEO. “We look forward to once again convening this global gathering of industry leaders to discuss how rapid technological change is impacting manufacturing, not only here in Michigan, but around the world.”

Integr8 will provide attendees with knowledge and action to assist in their digital transformations while expanding their professional networks of technology and manufacturing leaders and influencers. Speakers will include world-renowned manufacturing experts and Industry 4.0 thought leaders from industry, academia and government. The day will include a smart technology expo, a keynote presentation, breakout sessions, panel discussions and hands-on technology demonstrations centered around manufacturing, design, workforce development, aerospace, health care, women in manufacturing and more.

The evening before the conference, Nov. 13, Automation Alley is inviting the public to mingle with Integr8 presenters and VIP guests at Integr8 Luminate, a strolling dinner and cocktail kick-off reception at the Detroit Marriott.

For complete registration and sponsorship information, visit integr8conference.com. Early bird ticket pricing ends Aug. 16.

About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association and Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus. We connect industry, academia and government to fuel Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. We offer programs and services in business growth, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources and knowledge to help our members grow and prosper in the digital age.

Our Mission
The mission of Automation Alley is to position Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping our members increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

Media Contacts:

Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, barbara@eafocus.com, 248.260.8466
Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley, kampen@automationalley.com, 248.457.3301