Barnsley to host digital transformation event for manufacturers

Tracey Johnson, project director at the Digital Media Centre

Manufacturing and digital businesses are invited to a free event in Barnsley that will include guest speakers from Coca-Cola and Siemens.

Connected Manufacturing is the first in a series across Yorkshire designed to show how digital technology can help improve efficiency and productivity in manufacturing.

The event will take place at Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre on Wednesday, and run from 9:30am to 1pm.

Attendees will hear from manufacturing and digital businesses including Coca-Cola European Partners, Siemens Digital Factory, Naylor Industries, Stainless Plating, Target Information Systems and Valuechain. Manufacturers will discuss how they are using digital solutions to transform their production and quality processes and drive improvements through the supply chain to achieve savings.

More than 50 companies have signed up to the event, which will be chaired by the digital manufacturing lead at Digital Catapult, Caroline Gorski.

Digital Media Centre project director Tracey Johnson said: “We are living in a time of extraordinary change, and one where digital technologies are transforming the world of manufacturing.

“Yorkshire is home to some of the best manufacturers in the country and it’s great to see more and more of them embracing digital technology to help improve their productivity and competitiveness.

“Not only will the event present the perfect opportunity for people to hear directly from those who have already benefited through the application of digital technologies, but it will also be a great chance for manufacturers to make crucial connections with the digital world.”

An exhibition will also form part of the event, along with talks on business support and funding opportunities to help digital manufacturing innovation. The Sheffield Innovation Programme, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Superfast South Yorkshire Connection and Innovation Voucher Scheme will all be represented.

Speaker topics will focus on data gathering and monitoring, data analytics, information management and reporting, connected devices, smart software solutions and the Internet of Things.

Connected Manufacturing is a programme run by the Digital Media Centre and Enterprising Barnsley, the economic development arm of Barnsley Council. It is part of a Yorkshire-wide initiative led by Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire, which is running further tailored events across the region.

Connected Manufacturing will be held at the DMC, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW, on Wednesday between 9:30am and 1pm. To register for free visit


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