14 August 2012 | WMF Press Release | Second Annual Global Manufacturing Forum Will Be Held October 16 – 18 in Stuttgart, Germany

One of the most important manufacturing meetings of the year will be held in Stuttgart, Germany, in mid October, addressing the central issue of whether manufacturing is the solution to the global economic crisis.

Senior government policymakers from throughout the world along with top executives from major global manufacturing companies will convene from Oct. 16 – 18 for the second annual “World Manufacturing Forum.”

The theme this year is “Smart Policies for Global Manufacturing Innovation,” with discussions that will explore the challenges facing manufacturing, innovation and the management of strategic resources. Additional presentations will focus on how governments can support global manufacturing innovation by increasing the sustainability of business operations and creating an effective dialogue to promote international science and technology cooperation.

The event is supported by the European Commission and the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) international research program, along with leading industries, associations and institutions. Its sponsors expect it to become the premier global manufacturing meeting each year, similar in scope to the Davos World Economic Forum. The United States will host next year’s Global Manufacturing Summit.

This year’s Summit in Stuttgart is by invitation-only, but it is open to accredited reporters.

Reporters and editors attending the event will be able to interview some of the top manufacturing and economic policymakers in the world. They will also have the opportunity to take company visits in the Stuttgart Region.

To view the conference program, visit the World Manufacturing Forum website at http://www.worldmanufacturingforum.org/

For American reporters interested in attending, contact Dan Nagy, Managing Director of the IMS Inter-Regional Secretariat at 41-79-837-2900 or via e-mail at [email protected]. Journalists based in the European Union, please contact Ms Marta Bulik, European Commission at 32-2-2961667 or via e-mail at [email protected].

For information on the Stuttgart regional tour, contact Helmuth Hagg at 49-711-22835-13 or via e-mail at [email protected]