Rethink! SPMS Europe 2018

Driving the Internet of Manufacturing

March 04 – 06, 2018  |  Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg, Germany

The Rethink! SPMS Europe 2018 is a strategic event for plant managers and directors of production. The manufacturing summit focuses on current projects as well as on new trends and innovative technologies regarding smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0. Discuss all these topics, and more, interactively in 2 ½ days with peers from renowned European industrial companies. The goal of the Rethink! SPMS strategic event series is to bring executive-level managers together to discuss case scenarios, future challenges as well as different solutions and technologies, which affect the development of their company’s smart manufacturing systems. Our networking platform facilitates change by bringing decision-makers together to an interactive and content-driven event.



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Not sponsors…Rethink! SPMS Europe is a unique event in the business & technology world because of our relationship with our partners. Our aim is to support our partners to reach their targets and inspire innovation. This vision is shared by a select group of partners at our highest quality events with the most elite audience. Position your business as a thought leader at Rethink! SPMS Europe. Join our 2018 partners today!

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Key topics of the Rethink! SPMS Europe 2018

• Smart Manufacturing in 2020: What are the next big technological developments in the next years?

• Robotics, Sensorics and Automation: Is increased automation (CPS) the answer to the challenges of today’s industry?

• Big Data Analytics: Do we need a new data approach – From big toward smart data?

• Platforms, Standards and Interoperability: Are standards and high implementation costs an excuse for not implementing or postponing smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies? Which platforms will prevail: American vs German?

• Digital Planning and Additive Manufacturing: Industrial 3D printing at its best? Are we ready for 4D?

• Cyber Risk Management: How do we handle cyber security issues regarding intellectual property and customers?

• Operational Excellence, Lean Management and Shop-Floor Management: How do we “connect” MES, big data and cloud computing?

• IT, Mobile Devices, APPs and Cloud Computing: Are smart devices currently only gadgets? What use cases are out there, and what is the future of mobile devices? Who controls the cloud?

• Predictive Maintenance: How do we apply machine learning, deep learning and AI into predictive maintenance (and cyber security)?

• Workforce 4.0: How do we manage the workforce in the context of rising automation?


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Movers & Shakers! @ Rethink SPMS D/A/CH

  • All people and all topics that matter in one place.

    Helmut Windl, Continental Automotive GmbH

  • We very much appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to present to the terrific audience you assembled and were honored to be part of such an outstanding agenda.

    Robert Libbey, Pfizer Inc.

  • Great Job - very impressive event! Changing how conferences can work.

    Amy Davidson, Deloitte

  • Very good opportunity and investment of time dedicated to in depth insights into latest trends and demonstrations of the most important IT changes.

    Johann Prenninger, BMW

  • Perfectly organized, good fundamental overview of the major topics. Perfect atmosphere and a place where you can do a lot of networking.

    Eberhard Langer, Wacker Chemie AG

  • Once again the opportunity has been incredible and we will stay in touch for other future events.

    Francisco Lumbreras Arcos,  Jaguar Land Rover

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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!

Icebreaker Sessions

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


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.

Challenge your Peers

Challenge Your Peers is an innovative workshop concept which enables participants to engage in a direct exchange with experts from a certain industry. The aim is to discuss and to identify challenges within the sector as well as problems, needs and solutions.

Training Session

An environment that allows participants to be guided through specific topics from experts in small groups.

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.

Panel Discussion

A moderated conversation where hand-picked industry experts discuss current and future issues from different perspectives.

Live Tech Take

Delegates and solution providers have the chance to actively participate in product and service demos on the expo floor.

Networking Dinner

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


Use our unique online matching platform to make new connections, arrange meetings and find tailored solutions to your needs.


We qualify every delegate to ensure an audience of senior executive decision makers with brand new projects, like yourself.


Our hubs101 technology and our onsite team will help facilitate pre-arranged and qualified meetings with your peers and potential business partners.

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