IN4.0 Factory Network


The IN4.0 Factory Network is a new initiative that brings together technical and production personnel from manufacturing backgrounds, to accelerate the practical application of industrial digital technologies through developing a peer to peer network, facilitating open source learning and sharing best practices.

By attending one of our Factory Network events or becoming a member of our online community, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with industry experts, business leaders and IN4.0 Fellows. They’ll advise you on how to best introduce industry 4.0 technology into your business, discuss their own experiences and explain the benefits of embracing digital transformation.

Shortly we’ll launch the IN4.0 Factory Network online platform, a medium through which we’ll connect members with each other and deliver open source learning.

Members will have exclusive access to:

  • Technical learning resources including videos, blogs, webinars and thought leadership articles.
  • Peer-to-peer networking and discussion forums.
  • Access to hands-on innovation sessions where senior technical staff from across all sectors and professions can experience industry 4.0 technology.
  • Accredited CPD learning.


Our Fellows are experts in their respective industries and they are advocates for Industrial Digital Technologies.

They’ve been carefully selected due to their commitment to making a positive change and their pedigree in leadership and technology innovation and adoption.

Not only are they passionate about talent development and education, they’re also willing and able to work collaboratively and share good practice with our members.

IN4.0 Fellows will support the design and delivery of the IN4.0 Access Accelerator. Our clients will benefit from their industry experience and knowledge.

Meet our Fellows…

Richard Hagan


Richard founded Crystal Doors, a Rochdale-based manufacturing company, 25 years ago and he’s revolutionised his business operations through the adoption of industrial digital technologies. Crystal Doors manufacture bespoke kitchen, bedroom and bathroom vinyl wrapped doors. They’ve fully incorporated industry 4.0 technology into their production processes by implementing 3D printing, CNC nesting cells and robotic spraying. They also operate the country’s first customised industry 4.0 dust extractor which has saved the company £10,400 a year!  

Dr Marilyn Comrie


Dr Marilyn Comrie is an award winning serial entrepreneur, international trade & innovation specialist and strategist working in the area of advanced manufacturing and zero emission vehicle technologies.   Marilyn was honoured by HRH the Queen in 2009 with an OBE for services to women’s enterprise. She was also awarded the prestigious Kofi Annan African Leadership Excellence Award as well as an honorary doctorate by Birmingham University in 2018. Marilyn’s expertise is in the field of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Additive Manufacturing.



Mike has significant experience in the IT industry, specifically in helping the development of organisations as they grapple with the implementation of technology to support or transform their business. As we move into the next generation of technology, getting the correct balance of technology, people and process will be even more critical for success. Mike’s experiences in business transformation and leadership development means he can support individuals and businesses to adapt and be even more successful.



Steve Cox is a 3D Technologies Consultant who’s a passionate advocate of "The Future of Making" using the latest digital design techniques and software, together with new manufacturing methods such as 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing. Steve is a qualified, professional engineer with over thirty years experience in the automotive industry which, coupled with skills developed around the use of new and emerging product creation and manufacturing techniques, means that he can clearly see the exciting possibilities ahead in Industry 4.0