Introducing an international conference “MANUFUTURE 2017 – Moving up the Value Chain” taking place on 24-25 October, 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. This will be the 9th time since 2001 that we have imagined the future of manufacturing.

MANUFUTURE 2017 will focus on smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 in practice, the factories of the future, robotics, the internet of things and smart products. The program is taking shape here at the conference website and the registration is opened. Please find the registration terms and form below.

MANUFUTURE 2017 will take place in autumn 2017, during the second half of Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) and at a time when the biggest EU Research and Innovation program, Horizon 2020, will be reaching its halfway point.

MANUFUTURE 2017 will thus serve as a forum for stakeholders from industry, universities, research institutions and government to discuss opportunities for better implementation of the EU Framework Programme for research and innovation as well as respective national initiatives.

In the course of its EU presidency, Estonia will be paying attention to how to shape the positions of different stakeholders regarding general and sectoral industrial policies in the context of the European Union, taking into account the European Union Industrial Renaissance initiative.

European Commission

This conference has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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MONDAY 23 October 2017
19:00 – 21:00
Welcome Reception for all participants (at the Energy Discovery Centre)
TUESDAY 24 October 2017
8:30 – 9:30
9:30 – 9:45
Conference opening
9:45 – 10:15
Key note speech(es)
10:30 – 11:15
Plenary Session 1: Competitiveness and Sustainability of European Manufacturing, incl. Digitisation
Stream 1:
Industry 4.0 in Practice
Stream 2:
Sustainability & the Circular Economy
Stream 3:
Collaborative Technological Innovation
11:15 – 11:45
Networking break
Networking break
Networking break
11:45 – 13:00
Digital Manufacturing: Advancing the Digitisation of European Industry
Social Manufacturing: Life-long careers, role of education etc.
Manufuture 2030 (panel discussion)
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
Manufacturing 4.0: Digital Platforms, incl. Data security
Continuous and Dynamic Supply Chains through Digitalisation
New collaborative models for Technological Innovation
15:30 – 16:00
Networking break
Networking break
Networking break
16:00 – 17:30
Personalised Manufacturing: A Customer-Centred Industry
Sustainable Resource Efficiency in the Process Industry
Achieving Factories 4.0: Collaborative Success Stories
20:00 – 23:00
Conference Dinner
WEDNESDAY 25 October 2017
Stream 1:
Industry 4.0 in Practice
Stream 2:
Collaborative Technological Innovation
Stream 3:
Industry Visits
9:00 – 10:30
Industry 4.0: From Theory to Practice
Combining New technologies with New Business Models

10:30 – 11:00
Networking break
Networking break
11:00 – 12:30
Digital Innovation Hubs: National & Regional Initiatives
Strategies for Industries

  • David W. Bergman, Vice President Standards & Training, IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:45
Plenary Session 2: Approaches to Technology Collaboration , at national, European and world-wide level
14:45 – 15:15
Networking break
15:15 – 16:30
Plenary Session 3: Rapporteurs from the different streams
Conference Closing: Handing over of the Manufuture flag


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Job title/Position*

Email address*

Telephone number (preferably mobile) incl. country code


Address of organisation*

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Special invitation code

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Participation terms
The conference is invitational and not open to the public. For our invited guests, participation is free of charge. Invited guests will receive a unique invitation code in their letter of invitation.

If you have not received an invitation but would like to attend, please apply for your personal invitation by e-mail to the conference information desk: info@manufuture2017.eu.

Please register for the conference by using the registration form. Upon successful registration, you will receive a confirmation letter. If you do not receive a confirmation letter, please contact the conference information desk.

If you have registered for the event but cannot attend, please make sure to notify the conference information desk. We expect more interest than we can accommodate, so it is very important that your free space be available to others in the event you cannot attend.

The conference takes place at Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, 12616 Tallinn. The welcoming reception takes place at the Energy Discovery Centre, Põhja pst 29, 10415 Tallinn. The gala dinner takes place at the Seaplane Harbour, Vesilennuki 6, 10415 Tallinn.

We have a wide selection of hotel rooms reserved for conference attendees (see below). Please book your stay at a special rate directly with the hotel using the appropriate promotional code. Please note that the codes vary hotel-by-hotel.

Please contact the conference information desk with any information request you might have regarding the conference, welcoming reception or gala dinner.


Tallinn University of Technology
Innovate UK homepage


Republic of Estonia Ministry of Education and Research
Republic of Estonia Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Deutsch-Baltische Handelskammer in Estland, Lettland, Litauen
Enterprise Estonia
Estonian Electronics Industries Association
Baden-Württemberg International

If you are interested in participating as a partner, please find the expo packages and contact information here.


Conference registration is open


We are pleased to announce that registration for the conference “MANUFUTURE 2017 – Moving up the Value Chain” is now open. You can find the topics, program structure and participation terms at the conference website: http://manufuture2017.eu/READ MORE

Three focus areas of MANUFUTURE 2017 conference


We met with Mr Tauno Otto, Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Tallinn University of Technology to enquire about the topics for the upcoming MANUFUTURE 2017 conference in Tallinn. “We are well underway with content preparation,” said Mr Otto who continued: “After our first brainstorming sessions, we agreed the three main topics that will be pillars of the program. First, Energy and Resource efficient manufacturing. This will look at how the emerging circular economy and energy measures can help reduce costs whilst at the same time potentially creating READ MORE


Please make your hotel reservation as soon as possible when registering for the conference! We have an excellent range of accommodation options for our conference guests. Kindly arrange your accommodation directly with the hotel and use the hotel promotional code to get the special price we have agreed. For promotional codes expiration dates, please click on the corresponding hotel’s Rates and booking.

Located on the edge of Politsei Park just steps away from the city centre, Hilton Tallinn Park ensures an unforgettable stay. Take in the spectacular views of the enchanting Old Town and harbour showcased to their fullest by the hotel’s captivating modern glass structure. Enjoy spacious guest rooms, warm and professional service, and amenities designed with guests in mind. With an impressive range of flexible, state-of-the-art business and meeting facilities close to all the major attractions, it is an ideal venue for business and leisure travellers alike.

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Tallink City Hotel is located in the heart of Tallinn, amid the popular downtown shopping and business areas and just a few minutes’ walk from the historic Old Town. Residing in a fully renovated 1970s-era shopping arcade, the modern hotel today serves as an ideal base for exploring Estonia’s beautiful capital city.

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Step into a world of ease and luxury at Swissôtel Tallinn, the tallest building in the city, boasting impressive views of the old town and the Baltic Sea. Tallinn’s International Airport is only 15 minutes away, while the beautifully restored medieval old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with distinctive cobblestone streets, is only a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
The 238 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites feature state-of-the-art technology, exclusive amenities and services that cater to the needs of the discerning business and leisure traveller. Executive rooms and the Swiss Executive Club lounge provide additional luxury and exclusivity. The facilities of this deluxe hotel leave absolutely nothing to be desired, including three exquisite restaurants and two bars, a heated indoor pool with sauna and steam room and a well-equipped fitness club.

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Hotel L’Ermitage has a wonderful location in the centre of Tallinn right next to the Old Town in the quietest and greenest part of the city centre. At the distance of a 5 minutes’ walk is the historic Town Hall Square – the very heart of the Old Town. Hotel L`Ermitage has a modern architecture and contemporary furnishings with carefully designed detailing. The building can be recognized from afar by its unique facade clad with copper. The hotel has comfortable rooms, a sauna, a conference room and an à la carte restaurant with attentive service. There are altogether 122 rooms in Hotel L’Ermitage, including Standard and Business rooms, Superior and Familiy rooms, Junior Suites and Suites with Sauna.

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Located in the heart of the capital, this modern Tallinn hotel offers easy access to Old Town and the Parliament of Estonia. Guests stay only a short distance from many city centre attractions, including shopping, theatres and restaurants. Stylish and contemporary, the hotel welcomes guests with 465 tastefully decorated rooms that include tea and coffee provisions and air conditioning. Dine on site at Grill250 restaurant serving grilled specialities and relax at the pastry cafeteria Mademoiselle or have drinks at Cubano bar. Guests also enjoy Free Wireless High-speed Internet, convenient outdoor and garage parking, extensive spa and sauna areas, and a Sports Club with personal trainers available. This hotel features expansive meeting facilities, including 14 versatile conference rooms. All conference rooms provide Free Wireless High-speed Internet and modern audiovisual equipment to ensure comfortable and productive meetings.

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Rising above the Estonian capital, the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel provides sweeping views of the city. Our location in Tallinn city center lets visitors walk to many cultural attractions, including the historical Old Town, and the Tallinn Airport is only 4 kilometers away. Choose from 280 rooms and suites with amazing views of either the cityscape or the Gulf of Finland. Start your day with the amazing spread at Seasons Restaurant’s Super Breakfast Buffet, and finish with a nightcap at one of our on-site bars. A fitness center, private sauna and beauty spa let guests unwind or pamper themselves, while our business center and well-equipped conference rooms help them meet their business goals.

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Savoy Boutique Hotel, located in Tallinn Old Town was built in 1890, and Hotel in romantic art deco style was opened in 2006. The capital city’s most noteworthy business, entertainment and shopping centers are nearby, in short walking distance. Small and cozy Hotel has 44 rooms only, there is fireplace in the lobby. Restaurant MEKK is a flagman of modern Estonian cuisine and high-rated in White Guide Nordic. From Tallinn Airport you can take a tram #4 which brings you almost next to the Hotel.

Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards 2017: Top 10 Hotels — Estonia #2. Top 10 Hotels for Service — Estonia, #3.
Estonia’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2012-2015 by World Travel Awards™

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Hotel Palace, located at Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak) in vicinity of Old Town was opened in 1937 and is one of the most exciting, glamorous and spectacular buildings of this time. Hotel was totally renovated and reopened in June 2014. The Old Town of Tallinn, a modern business quarter, shopping centers and multifaceted cultural establishments are only a few minutes’ walk away. Restaurant Konrad offers a mix of Asian, Mediterranean and Estonian cuisine and is rated in prestigious White Guide Nordic. From Tallinn Airport you can take a tram #4 which brings you almost next to the Hotel.
Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards, Top 10 Hotels — Estonia #1 in 2016 & 2017
Top 10 Hotels for Service — Estonia, #1 in 2015, 2016 & 2017
Hotel Palace, Estonia’s Leading Hotel 2016 by World Travel Awards™

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Previous events

Manufuture 2015
Manufuture 2013
Manufuture 2011
Manufuture 2009
Manufuture 2007
Manufuture 2007
Manufuture 2005


Tauno Otto
Program Chairman

Mati Lukas
Conference Project Manager

Doris Põld
Program Coordinator

Merili Deemant
Contractor Relations

Margot Ots

Liina Vahaste
Event Management and
Partner Relations

Endrik Randoja
Speaker and Partner Relations

Ragne Kalamees
Volunteers Coordinator