Announcement: World Manufacturing Forum 2012, 16-18 October, Stuttgart

Smart Policies for Global Manufacturing Innovation

16 – 18 October 2012 Stuttgart, Germany

The international business environment has undergone dramatic change in the last decade. Technology and skills are key innovation differentiators. Global value chains are increasingly interlinked and there is a growing competition for scarce energy sources and raw materials. Manufacturing is one of the engines of global economic growth and sustainable development. However, today’s environment bears challenges as well as opportunities: access to international consumer markets has become easier. And whilst OECD countries have maintained a high level of spending on science and technology, BRIC economies are catching up significantly through increased spending. Also, governments seem to be keen to put proper policies in place to help their industries seize the new opportunities for innovation.

This year’s event aims to explore the challenges for manufacturing innovation in the context of policy makers’ concerns. Speakers will talk about the management of strategic resources such as water, fossil fuels, and rare earth elements and outline how governments can support global manufacturing innovation by increasing the sustainability of business operations and by lowering the risk of conflicts through effective dialogue and international S&T cooperation.

For more information, please visit the World Manufacturing Forum website.

IMS and FP7 are premier sponsors of the World Manufacturing Forum.