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The SMAS National Manufacturing Conference takes place every two years and is the only event of its kind in Scotland.

Its purpose is to arm the manufacturing sector with the ambition, vision, knowledge, tools and networks to increase productivity and thereby create higher value jobs. The 2021 conference themes will be: Industry 4.0, Investment, Leadership and Operational Excellence.

With 600 senior manufacturing executives expected to attend, the conference is your chance to meet, network and do business with the ‘who’s who’ in Scottish manufacturing. We have a wide range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities on offer so don’t miss this unrivalled opportunity to raise your profile to a wide spectrum of businesses from small producers to multinational corporations.

Take advantage of our shell scheme or space only exhibitor packages to get your business in front of Scottish manufacturing businesses.

Get in touch to find out more about the huge benefits your business could take advantage of at this high profile event.

Bank of Scotland

Bank of Scotland as part of the Lloyds Banking Group – the UK’s largest Retail and Commercial Bank - offers business customers a full range of services from risk management and international trade support to funding and daily banking. Our business teams support a wide range of businesses, from entrepreneurs looking to start a new business, micro-businesses seeking to scale up, small businesses considering trading internationally for the first time, to mid-sized businesses and large multinational corporations pursuing growth opportunities. We work with you to provide the right mix of products and guidance to help your business prosper.

Kayfoam Limited

Kayfoam is Scotland's leading converter of polyurethane and polyethylene foams for Industrial Business to Business markets. Kayfoam uses state of the art computerised CNC profile cutting, fabrication and lamination techniques. Kayfoam can expertly produce complex, individually designed foam components for upholstery and industrial markets. A trusted supplier to all industries, Kayfoam manufacture a range of products including packing solutions, acoustic insulation, sound absorptive panels, fire-retardant foam furnishing, flight cases, seals and gaskets and many more applications. Our markets range from Railways, Electronics, Aerospace, Upholstrey, Construction amongst others.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway is Scotland’s national business advice service, offering free advice and support to anyone starting a new business, as well as to thousands of existing businesses with the ambition and potential to grow. The free and comprehensive service offers one-to-one advice and support for every stage of the business journey and to every SME in Scotland. Business Gateway’s network of local offices spans the length and breadth of the country, recognising the many and varied geographical challenges they all face and providing resources and knowledge to respond to that demand. Business Gateway’s service includes publicly funded local workshops, one-to-one support from business advisers, extensive online resources and expert support on topics including innovation, exporting, finance and new markets. Additionally, Business Gateway works closely with national and regional economic development organisations, including Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Scottish Development International, to provide growing businesses with specialist support and financial assistance. Business Gateway is delivered by local authorities throughout Scotland.

The Data Lab

The Data Lab is Scotland's Innovation Centre for Data and AI. Our mission is to help Scotland Maximise value from data and lead the world to a data powered Future. We are here to accelerate the journey by fuelling innovation through collaboration, building skills and growing talent and strengthening Scotland's thriving data science community.


As the pace of change in the Manufacturing industry accelerates, many businesses are struggling to keep up. Oracle NetSuite ERP helps manufacturers stay agile, modern and relevant. NetSuite is a complete solution for manufacturing organisations that require inventory management with dynamic replenishment, production planning, warehouse management, financial accounting and costing, customer and partner relationship management and ecommerce. Cofficient are the leading experts in Oracle NetSuite for the manufacturing industry, with over 15 years experience. Partner NetSuite with our IoT devices to become a true market leader.

Booth Welsh

Booth Welsh is a Technology Business with a sound background in the Process Industries. By applying digital technology, Booth Welsh can enable your workforce and your plant to become more effective. Digital Technology, combined with your process knowledge, helps foster a right first-time approach and allows your people take the next best action. Whether it is to increase quality, safety, productivity, save costs or time, there are major benefits that can be achieved through the integration of process knowledge, plant knowledge and digital technology, often without a major capital expenditure. Additionally, using our traditional engineering services and our highly experienced team, we can also provide services in process engineering, process control and systems integration, electrical and instrumentation design, and asset management services.


MSIP is an ambitious joint venture between Dundee City Council, Michelin, and Scottish Enterprise. MSIP is an Innovation Parc created to drive growth and diversity in the Scottish economy while addressing the global climate emergency. Covering a 32-hectare site in Dundee, MSIP aim’s to deliver a world class innovation centre, driving global research while influencing and supporting breakthroughs in sustainable mobility and low carbon energy. MSIP will provide space and facilities to a wide variety of organisations, research institutions and industry trailblazers addressing global challenges. MSIP will create a new future for people, place and planet.


CENSIS is the centre of excellence for sensor and imaging systems and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. We help organisations explore innovation and overcome technology barriers to achieve business transformation. As one of Scotland’s Innovation Centres, our focus is not only creating sustainable economic value in the Scottish economy, but also generating social benefit. Our industry-experienced engineering and project management teams work with companies or in collaborative teams with university research experts. We act as independent trusted advisers, allowing organisations to implement quality, efficiency and performance improvements and fast -track the development of new products and services for global markets.

Digital Development Loan

The Digital Development Loan is a Scottish Government initiative to support SMES to grow their business. Interest free loans from £5k - £100k are available to SMEs who wish to improve their digital capacity and capabilities. The loan can also be used to improve staff digital skills. The Digital Development Loan was created as part of Scottish Government’s drive to improve economic productivity.

Omron Industrial Automation

Omron Industrial Automation is a leading manufacturer of technologically advanced automation products and worldwide supplier of application expertise. It is part of the global Omron Corporation, which has been anticipating and fulfilling social and industrial needs since 1933. Omrons portfolio of automation products, which includes control, motion, robotics, visualistion, software, sensing, safety, machine vision & panel components provides a complete solution for manufacturers. Utilising common communication architectures between all devices, Omron provides seamless connectivity and simplified solutions for migrating information from the automation to IT environment, enabling us to realise the evolution to the smart, "connected factory".

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