The show goes on…

C&I discovers that this years Computers in Manufacturing (CIM 2000) show will feature a host of new initiatives aimed at helping British manufactures understand the expanding e-business marketplace

The campaign is being supported by e-business initiatives and announcements from key exhibitors at the show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham 7-9 November 2000, including Made2Manage (M2M), Unigraphics, Control Group, Kewill and McGuffie Brunton. Recognising the problems associated with its e-manufacturing solutions – where data from the Internet arrives at a company and waits for often lengthy periods until someone actions it – is Kewill Systems. Launching at CIM will be automated e-manufacturing using Workflow techniques where data is routed by the web server to the right business process where it is automatically activated. Workflow is incorporated into Kewill’s ERP product suite, offering users ease of use and cost improvements.

M2M and European distributor, 4Front Software, will be targeting their key market place, SME manufacturers, with a programme of on-stand education. Education briefings and workshops will explain how smaller businesses can make use of e-business in their day to day activities without the need for major up-front investment or wholesale change.

CIM will also feature a focus on manufacturing IT, including dot.cim, Design Technologies, Control Systems Integration, Process IT and Computer-aided Manufacturing providing a forum for manufacturers and technology vendors to exchange and impart knowledge that will ensure manufacturers are equipped to take decisive action.

Through initiatives such as the DTI’s ISI Working Electronically centre, the e-business strategy centre, dot.cim and a Captains of Industry conference, CIM 2000 has an active programme of education to give manufacturers the knowledge to make clear decisions, and put them in contact with the vendors who can provide them with the right information and the right solutions.

The Captains of Industry Conference, part of the dot.cim initiative, takes place on 10 October at the FT Conference Centre in London. The conference is targeted at managing directors, CEOs and directors of IT, sales, marketing, operations and manufacturing in FTSE 500 manufacturing companies, with the aim of increasing revenue generation and shareholder value for participating companies.

As a board level conference, the focus is on the issues facing manufacturers in today’s market including generating shareholder value through e-business, the critical manufacturing e-business models, e-Procurement potential, best practices and partners, the new e-supply chain and the impact of the extended enterprise.

Luke Searle, show director commented: “We firmly believe manufacturers have the opportunity to grow their businesses, drive down costs and improve productivity if they choose the right e-technology solutions. As part of the dot.cim initiative, the Captains of Industry event should be a catalyst for manufacturers to gain the thinking time and insight to change, grow and develop.”