Driving the Internet of Manufacturing

March 03 – 05, 2019 | Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg, Germany

What is the Rethink! SPMS Europe?

The Rethink! SPMS Europe 2018 is the leading manufacturing summit bringing together site directors & senior manufacturing executives to discuss key industry topics, share knowledge, create new partnerships, and identify opportunities for their business.


Networking & Benchmarking – Meet 150+ site directors and manufacturing decision-makers from renowned European industrial companies

Keynotes & Highlights

Advisory Board

KEYNOTE | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Ruskowski | Head of the Research Department Innovative Factory Systems |German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI GmbH

The potential of CPS is undisputed, but what will the impact on the value chain be? How will it change the business models, safety, workforce management and the way projects are planned? What decisions need to be made in order to optimize the benefits from automation and digitalization?

What to expect in 2 ½ days in Hamburg?

30+ top Speakers and Moderators, 20+ Best Practices, 20+ Round Tables & 150 Top Level Executives

  • 150+ Site Directors and Heads of/ Directors of Production from more than 120 renowned European companies
  • 2 ½ Days of Interactive Networking & Benchmarking Opportunities
  • 15+ Keynotes, Case Studies and 20 Interactive Sessions
  • Highlights: 6 World Cafés, 6 Workshops, 4 Challenge Your Peers Sessions, 2 Tech Take Sessions, Panel Discussion and a Networking Dinner

Digital Plant - IIoT - OPEX - Cognitive Manufacturing
That's Rethink! SPMS Europe 2018!


Not sponsors…The 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.

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Key topics of the Rethink! SPMS Europe 2018

  1. Smart Manufacturing in 2020: What are the next big technological developments in the next years?
  2. Robotics, Sensorics and Automation: Is increased automation (CPS) the answer to the challenges of today’s industry?
  3. Big Data Analytics: Do we need a new data approach – From big toward smart data?
  4. 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?
  5. Digital Planning and Additive Manufacturing: Industrial 3D printing at its best? Are we ready for 4D?
  6. Cyber Risk Management: How do we handle cyber security issues regarding intellectual property and customers?
  7. Operational Excellence, Lean Management and Shop-Floor Management: How do we “connect” MES, big data and cloud computing?
  8. 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?
  9. Predictive Maintenance: How do we apply machine learning, deep learning and AI into predictive maintenance (and cyber security)?
  10. Workforce 4.0: How do we manage the workforce in the context of rising automation?

Movers & Shakers! @ Rethink! SPMS Europe 2018

“Inspiring and fruitful”
David Gredal
Novo Nordisk A/S
“The event gave a great overview of IIOT and brought also practical aspects of application and implementation.”
Jürgen Großhauser
Great discussions and take aways!
Ralf Neubert
Schneider Electric
Very good opportunity and investment of time dedicated to in depth insights into latest trends and demonstrations of the most important changes
Johann Prenninger
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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The i.CONECT 360° 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!


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

Challenge your Peers

Parallel round table discussions offer the delegates the possibility to talk about their own challenges


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

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.


Top speakers, trendsetters, evangelists and experts in the field share their personal experience.


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

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.

World Café Session

Be part of several thematic conversation rounds with changing topics and team constellations.


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

Panel Discussion

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

Event App

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





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