Immersion program

Industry 4.0: Innovation in Manufacturing Executive Immersion

Discover the latest transformative technologies such as robotics, AI, virtual reality, predictive maintenance, 3D printing, connected products, nanotechnologies and new materials. These trends are having a dramatic effect on the manufacturing industry. Join in-depth discussions to help build a roadmap for your business.

Key Benefits:

  • Discover ways to optimize lean strategies for streamlining processes and reducing costs.
  • View live demonstrations of products, technologies, and services that will challenge the status quo in manufacturing.
  • Explore new technologies necessary to achieve fully digitalized production.
  • Learn from manufacturers that are getting ahead by embracing innovative technologies.


Note that final agenda, final list of participating companies and activities is subject to change and will be finalized closer to the date of the event.

  • 5-day immersion
  • Runs every quarter
About the host

Silicon Valley Innovation Center is the innovation hub, helping companies and individuals from all over the world connect to Silicon Valley innovations and technologies. We organize Silicon Valley company visits as part of our executive programs, immersion study tours, industry-specific programs and leadership summits.

Program Outline

Day 1 – Innovation Workshop

Understanding Silicon Valley Innovation Ecosystem

Silicon Valley boasts perhaps the most unique, difficult-to-replicate regional innovation ecosystem in the world. In our opening session, learn what defines Silicon Valley as the world’s most famous innovation hub. Explore existing theories of disruptive innovation and practical solutions to the “innovator’s dilemma” as illustrated by the successes and failures of established technology companies in Silicon Valley.

Apply the principles of innovation and understand which technology trends affect manufacturing businesses.

Day 2 – Live Demonstrations

Industrial IoT: A World of Possibilities

Visit companies implementing advanced analytical software, automated services and short turnarounds with high precision. Learn about a new generation of manufacturing services and find out how smart factories will evolve.

Day 3 – Technologies

Digitizing the product line: industrial IoT

The world of software is coming full circle to cater to the physical needs of modern manufacturing, culminating in a new movement called Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 is the integration of manufacturing automation and data exchange to create what has been dubbed as a “smart factory.” These factories will be controlled by a virtual production line that not only runs systems but also monitors and completes  their physical processes. These systems will communicate in real time, whether that means a customer tracking the progress of his (or her) order’s production, or a company ensuring the quality of its operations.

Day 4 – Startups

Digital transformation and smart factory

Manufacturing is evolving towards an as-a-service economy. The old concept of the extended enterprise is being pushed much further in order to  develop  new sources of revenue  built around services and information, often in collaboration with atypical partners.

Meet with innovative startups and companies bringing the IT and manufacturing worlds together.

Day 5 – Corporate strategy

Case studies in corporate innovation

Envision a future where physical products can be manufactured by autonomous processes with just a few clicks of a button. Meet with Silicon Valley innovators  and learn about the possibilities and benefits which this sort of manufacturing can bring. Manufacturing companies need to understand the technological enablers which are the harbingers of new opportunities:  digital twins, robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing to name just a few.


Great and well organized

The program was great and well organized. I've been here for a couple of days now, and for me, it was an opportunity to step out of day to day and look around to get a better perspective of what is going on around and try to see what do we need to do and what other companies are doing.

Ashish Dahiya

Regional Director/ Head of Marketing, Portfolio, and Category Management, Tetra Pak, Singapore

Came here to get inspired

We have decided to come to Silicon Valley as many other companies that are looking to change, and we came here to get inspired. A lot of things we found here we were expected but also a lot of unexpected things. Certainly, we are coming back with a sense that we have a lot of opportunities but also have a lot to do.

Pedro Goncalves

Marketing, Category and Portfolio Director, Tetra Pak, Brazil

Found some great startups to work with

It’s my second trip like this to SIlicon Valley. This time we have been more focused on tech startups influencing our current and future growth, and the industry in general. We found some great startups to work with, that inspired us, challenged us and our thinking. We are so very happy with the program. Thank you very much.

Jo Verbeek

President and Chairman, Sonepar, Asia-Pacific Region

Overall a great trip

I came here to Silicon Valley to explore innovation and new ideas, specifically around logistics and operations. It's been a really interesting trip. We have seen all types of different innovative companies, and we have been introduced into markets that define the public transportation. It has been overall a great trip and learning experience.

Mike Smith

CIO and VP of Operations, Sonepar, USA

Planning to bring more customers here

This is quite a new direction for us. We came here to Silicon Valley basically to find new ideas and to find what to do in the future, how to keep ideas, how to develop those ideas into something tangible and how to traction them, where do you find talent and how to engage them talent. So there are quite a lot of questions you need to answer in the modern business life. I like how it was organized, and I am planning to bring more customers here. It will be very beneficial for our customers, and I believe I can get some value for my company and my business as well.

Andrei Soroka

Global Commercial Director Plant Automation and Information Solutions, Tetra Pak , China

More tour details

Where we'll be

The journey will start in San Mateo, in Silicon Valley Innovation Center’s office. We’ll tour offices of innovative Silicon Valley companies. Transportation and guide services are provided.

What's included
  • Expert presentations
  • Lectures
  • Q&A
  • Networking
  • Product Testing
  • Lunch
  • Transfers
  • Walk Around
What you'll do

Visit the most innovative Silicon Valley companies and startups poised to transform manufacturing industry. Feel the speed of innovative thought. Experience disruptive technologies.


Connect with Silicon Valley executives and meet with top innovators in industrial IoT and information service providers for the manufacturing industry. Talk to professionals across several technology verticals including robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing.

What you will learn

Learn about digital from digitally native companies as well as established players. Get introduced to the best digital transformation practices and connect with Industry 4.0 pioneers.

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