Implementing Cutting-Edge Technologies and Streamlined Processes for Flexible, Efficient Automotive Manufacturing

10 September 2024

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Detroit Downtown – Fort Shelby, Detroit, MI, USA

Top 10

US Automotive Manufacturers in Attendance


Automotive Manufacturers


Senior Decision Makers


Interactive Sessions

Whilst demand for electric vehicles is accelerating, it is uncertain whether it will be sustained, forcing automakers to build in flexible approaches to their manufacturing strategies. Legacy plants and rigid production lines optimized for traditional models lack the agility to pivot to evolving product mixes, which can lead to missed opportunities and eroding profit margins.

These tightening margins further underscore the need to cut costs and improve efficiency through the intelligent use of I4.0 technologies.

Whilst integrating Industry 4.0 solutions like robotics, AI, and IoT enables this shift towards flexible, demand-driven manufacturing, automakers are finding the fragmented technology stacks and a lack of skilled talent to implement these complex systems effectively as a major factor slowing the pace of adoption and scalability of successful initiatives.

Join auto experts in Detroit to discover how they are aligning organizational structures and processes to enable flexibility to stay ahead of rapidly evolving customer preferences while boosting productivity and profitability across automotive operations.

2024 Automotive Smart Manufacturing Expert Speakers

Brian Breuhan of General Motors speaking at AMG World

Brian Breuhan

Global Manufacturing Optimization Strategist

General Motors

Antonio Mercado of Lucid Motors speaking at AMG World

Antonio Mercado

BIW Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Lucid Motors

Tazeen Hossain of Rivian speaking at AMG World

Tazeen Hossain

Sr Digital Product Manager


Fernando Bera of ZF Gray Court Transmissions speaking at AMG World

Fernando Bera

Engineering Supervisor and Smart Factory Coordinator

ZF Gray Court Transmissions

Chase Brown of Toyota speaking at AMG World

Chase Brown

Senior Connected Engineer


Muhammad Anas of Gestamp speaking at AMG World

Muhammad Anas

Industry 4.0 Specialist


Abhijit Nikhade of Ford Motor Company speaking at AMG World

Abhijit Nikhade

Product Manager - Connected Vehicle Data

Ford Motor Company

Dr. Lennart Bochmann of SYNAOS speaking at AMG World

Dr. Lennart Bochmann



Gerry Abbey of Copia Automation speaking at AMG World

Gerry Abbey

Director of Product Marketing

Copia Automation

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2024 Key Themes

Smart Manufacturing for Automotive 2024 Themes

Who you will meet:

Automotive OEM VP’s, Directors, Global Heads and Managers of:

    • Industry 4.0
    • Intelligent Automation / Manufacturing Automation
    • Smart Manufacturing / Digital Manufacturing / Advanced Manufacturing
    • IoT & Connected Devices
    • Data / AI / ML / Manufacturing Analytics
    • Plant Management & Operations
    • Emerging Technology
    • Smart Factories
    • Manufacturing Operations / Engineering / IT
    • Digital Transformation
    • Production
    • Robotics

Solution Providers

Our sponsors, technology & solution providers include:

  • IoT Hardware, Software, Platforms,
  • Robotics
  • Data & Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning
    (ML) / Robotics Process Automation (RPA)
  •  Cloud Computing
  • Digital Twins
  • Cobots
  • AGVs / AMRs
  • Cyber Security
  • XR/AR/VR
  • Vision Systems
  • Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing
  • Predictive Maintenance Systems
  • Integrated ERP / MES / MOM
  • Edge
  • Blockchain

Automotive Past Attendees Include:

2024 Sponsors

Get in touch to be positioned as an industry expert amongst the most prominent and influential players in the development of manufacturing 4.0 technology.

2024 Media Partners


Worlds IO

The event was well planned and executed. The attendees were engaging and collaborative, and the right titles /personas for Worlds. The opportunity to present to the entire group of attendees was extremely valuable and a terrific opportunity to educate, confirm if our messaging resonated and to create leads. The communications up to and including event were also solid.

Global Manufacturing Optimization Strategist, General Motors

Great discussions and insights around a variety of Industry 4.0 technology topics. Excellent networking opportunities as well. My team took a great deal of information and contacts from the program.

So many great conversations during this conference. Thank you For pulling together key auto manufacturer technologists and diverse vendor solution providers for a day of collaboration.

Consulting and Digital Solutions / SICK

Magna International

I thought the content was very relevant and resonates with the journey most companies are undertaking with regards to Digital Transformation

Vice President, IT Business Relationship Management / Magna International

General Motors

Overall the event provided a lot of good discussions, networking and sharing of knowledge.

Advanced Technology ME Global Vehicle System Processing – General Assembly / General Motors


Thank you very much for putting on a great event. The size was perfect just enough folks but intimate enough to engage.

Head of Customer Relationships / Augmentir

Ford Motor Company

Thanks for the opportunity. I enjoyed the way the conference was put together. Specifically, the demos by the vendors. I would like to be involved in your future events so feel free to reach out.

Manager, Manufacturing & IIoT Analytics / Ford Motor Company

Lead Engineer – Technology & Innovation Tooling & Pressed Parts Group, Jaguar Land Rover

The Concept of roundtable discussions was good and worked well

Lead Engineer - Technology & Innovation Tooling & Pressed Parts Group, Jaguar Land Rover


Very open discussions were had with open minded individuals.  The event ensured good discussions without any restrictions and allowed us to get to know different perspectives of customers, competitors, etc.

Torben Lauman
Sales Manager, Nimak

General Motors

Interesting discussion format filled with knowledgeable people

Richard Doggart
CI Manager, General Motors


Awesome event

Muhammad Majeed
Lead Manufacturing Engineer Rivian Automotive

Grove Automotive LCC

For me this was a great format to present and interact with professionals across the automotive range.  Good mix of OEM and Tier Suppliers.  Very interesting topics of discussion and good information exchange and feedback.  Interesting to learn the differences of large high volume OEM’s vs low volume niche and new energy vehicles.

Chief Engineer, Grove Automotive LCC

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Content Highlights

5-Step Guide to Implementing a Predictive Maintenance Program White Paper

Ahead of the Smart Manufacturing for Automotive Summit on 10 September 2024 in Detroit, MI, USA, we are delighted to share this complimentary whitepaper from Banner Engineering highlighting a 5-step guide to implementing a predictive maintenance program. Complete the form below to access the whitepaper FREE.

Motors, Fans and Pumps: 4 common causes of rotating asset failure and how to prevent them

Ahead of the Smart Manufacturing for Automotive Summit on 10 September 2024 in Detroit, MI, USA, we are delighted to share this complimentary whitepaper from Banner Engineering exploring the 4 common causes of rotating asset failure and how to prevent them. Complete the form below to access the whitepaper FREE.

Navigating the USCAR/CESMII Smart Manufacturing Roadmap

As we prepare for the upcoming Smart Manufacturing for Automotive Summit, we are excited to partner with and share insights from our expert speakers on CESMII’s (The Smart Manufacturing Institute). This roadmap, developed in partnership with USCAR, outlines strategies for fostering a more productive and sustainable automotive manufacturing environment through enhanced interoperability, data-driven orchestration, and… Read more »

What’s New in 2024?

As we prepare for the 4th annual edition of #SmartManuAuto (10 September 2024, Detroit, MI), we’re thrilled to announce that this year’s event has been upgraded to provide you with even more opportunities to develop your flexible and efficient smart factory. So what’s new for 2024? Click the link here then swipe to find out… Read more »