The Summit at Manufacturing in America

A morning of in-depth presentations, discussions, and best practices from leaders in manufacturing, the economy, technology, and innovation.

Manufacturing thought leaders, industry experts, business organizations and government officials begin MiA with the Summit, which brings the manufacturing community together to facilitate collaboration and spur innovation.

The Summit is held in America's automotive hub, Detroit, MI. The city boasts the second largest concentration of engineers in the country, only behind Silicon Valley. Its community of educators, businesses, and government reflects a unique combination of circumstances that are driving Detroit’s success.

“This is an event that is helping to shape manufacturing in America and across the globe,” said Jamie Fryer, sales manager at Windsor, Ontario-based Brave Control Solutions. “You have all the key players in one place, and the discussions are focused on the issues that are driving the industry. If you want to be on the leading edge of manufacturing development, why wouldn’t you be there?”

Featured speakers from MiA - 2017

Josh Linkner, Four-time entrepreneur and hyper-growth CEO

To Josh Linkner, creativity and innovation are the lifeblood of all human progress. As such, he’s spent his career harnessing the power of creative disruption.

His journey has been non-traditional at every step. As the founder and CEO of four tech companies, Josh built his businesses from a blank page into a combined value of over $200 million. As a hyper-growth CEO of over 20 years, he’s used innovative approaches to topple competitors, fight through adversity, and achieve at the highest levels.

In addition to his own startups, Josh has been involved with the launch, growth, or financing of over 100 other companies. He’s helped raise over $150 million of venture capital, and has mentored leaders and entrepreneurs through the struggles of explosive growth. He is the founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in tech startups as a platform to help rebuild his beloved hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

Paul Meloche, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Fori Automation

Raj Batra, President of the Digital Factory Division (DF) for Siemens USA

In his role as President of the DF Division, Batra is responsible for overseeing all development, marketing, sales, R&D, vertical industry and manufacturing aspects for DF in the United States. Since joining Siemens in 1993, Batra has held a variety of high-level management and sales positions including VP, General Manager, Global Corporate Account Manager and Automotive and Aerospace Business Unit Manager.

In addition to his responsibilities at Siemens, Batra is a member of the Board of Governors of The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), a member of the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) and Member of the Board of Directors of PI-North America.

Prior to Siemens, Batra worked as a sales engineer and product manager developing automation solutions for discrete manufacturing and process industries. Batra earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan.

Alastair Orchard, Digital Enterprise, Siemens PLM

Throughout 20 years of experience first as a manufacturer and then with Siemens, Alastair has focused on the gains in operational efficiency delivered by advanced automation, then MES/MOM and now on digitalization, Industry 4.0 and the consumerization of manufacturing.

Siemens has been at the forefront of each wave of social advancement since the second industrial revolution. In 2007, conscious of the impact that software would have on manufacturing, Siemens acquired UGS and added Product Lifecycle Management to our Industrial Software portfolio. In combination with Manufacturing Operations Management, Intelligent Automation and Advanced Analytics capabilities, Siemens uses the Teamcenter Collaboration Platform to bring the virtual world of product design and the real world of manufacturing operations execution into a seamless integrated Digital Enterprise Software.

Alastair currently leads a global team of Digital Enterprise Thought Leaders, working with multinationals to digitally transform and become more flexible, cost effective, transparent, collaborative organizations.

Alastair holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Loughborough University of Technology in the UK and lives in Italy with his wife and four children.

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