How are the data centers that support the UK manufacturing sector changing? Let's discuss...

Digital transformation in the manufacturing sector relies on the deployment and integration of many cutting-edge technologies. Data centers are fast becoming a critical piece of the equation supporting multiple low-latency, high-security, high-density, and always-on applications.

  • What are the mission-critical IT infrastructure requirements of the modern manufacturing facility?
  • What technologies are on the digital transformation horizon and how are they likely to impact IT capacity demands?
  • What are the major considerations and who are the emerging stakeholders when designing and operating smart factory infrastructure?

Join our panel of experts on this DCD>Debate that will explore the interdependency between the smart factory and the rapidly morphing data center edge.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Speaker Panel

DCD>Debates brings together a panel of 4 high level expert speakers

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Mark Bartlett

UK Advanced Manufacturing Leader

Mark Bartlett, Associate Director, Arup UKMEA Advanced Manufacturing Leader is a Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology and a Chartered Electrical Engineer by profession with over 30 years’ experience in delivering manufacturing facilities throughout the UK and overseas. His project experience extends into other sectors such as commercial buildings, mission critical digital facilities, healthcare, leisure and transportation. His current responsibilities include project manager and director for the delivery of large multidisciplinary projects worldwide. His recent Advanced Manufacturing projects include Jaguar Land Rover - Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54 Wolverhampton, The National Automotive Innovation Centre at Warwick University and Rolls Royce – Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Facility at Birmingham Business Park.

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Mark Howell

Global IT Facilities Planning & Engineering
Ford Motor Company

Mark has worked for a diverse group of businesses including Manufacturing, Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Oil, Stock Broking, Charity Sector, Local Government and IT Outsourcing. Mark joined Ford’s Accelerated Solutions Centre in 2001, since that time he has held a number of key roles. 2006 to 2013 Mark was responsible for the operation of Ford’s European data centre facilities. Additionally, during the period 2009 to 2011 Mark was a key member of Ford’s data center consolidation program. 2013 to 2015 Mark was responsible for process improvement for Ford’s IT Facilities globally. Since 2015 Mark has been responsible for IT Facilities Planning and Engineering for Europe Middle East & Asia, he is a key member of Ford’s IT Facilities Strategy, Planning and Engineering team. In May, Mark became a member of Ford’s cross-functional Corporate Technical Specialist group,


Victor Avelar

Director and Senior Research Analyst, Data Center Science Center
Schneider Electric

Victor Avelar is a Director and Senior Research Analyst at Schneider Electric’s Data Center Science Center. He is responsible for data center design and operations research, and consults with clients on risk assessment and design practices to optimise the availability and efficiency of their data center environments.


Peter Judge - Moderator

Global Editor
DataCenter Dynamics Magazine

Peter Judge is the global editor at DatacenterDynamics. He has been involved with tech B2B publishing in the UK for many years, working at Ziff-Davis, ZDNet, IDG and Reed. His main interests are networking, security, mobility and cloud.