The Future of Manufacturing: The Route to Industry 4.0

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We're thrilled to welcome you to our first-ever manufacturing event at the East Sussex College & OHM Energy Green Training Hub. Find out how tech can take your manufacturing business to the next level, tackle common industry challenges, and boost your productivity. The morning will be filled with fresh insights, lively discussions, and forward-thinking ideas about the future of manufacturing and Industry 4.0 in Sussex and beyond.


  • Jim Davison, Region Director at Make UK - The challenges and opportunities in UK manufacturing
  • Duncan Ray, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Focus SB - A case study of Focus SB's journey implementing robotics and automation
  • Tom Fielder, CTO of Switchplane - AI in Manufacturing

Talks will be followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Paul Hetherington, Business East Sussex Chair & former CEO of Marshall Tufflex.

Date: Thursday 21st March

Time: 9am to 12.30pm

Location: East Sussex College & OHM Energy Green Training Hub, 3A Hampden Retail Park, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QU.

Tea, coffee, and pastries will be available on arrival. The venue is just a five-minute walk from Hampden Park Railway Station, with plentiful parking on site.

This event is currently fully booked. If you would like to be added to our waitlist in case of cancellations, please email

Organised and sponsored by Switchplane, supported by Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce. Please note this event is aimed at those currently working in manufacturing or associated industries.