World Manufacturing Forum 2012

About the Forum

The WMF was created to be an international forum where high-level policy makers and industry leaders could meet to discuss global manufacturing issues that should be solved cooperatively. The first forum was held in 2011 and was highly successful with speakers from companies like Bosch, Whirlpool, General Motors, Hitachi, Boeing, ABB, Daimler, Samsung, and General Electric to name a few. During the two-day event, there were over fifty speakers from companies and institutions around the world and over 350 qualified participants by invitation only. Participants enjoyed high quality speeches and speakers (see “downloads” below). Outcomes from the meeting included extension of cross-platform networks, cooperative projects initiated, and elevation of awareness for the issues.  There were also spin-off meetings from this event like the board meeting for PDES Inc. whose members represent the U.S. aerospace industry.

About the 2012 Program “Smart Policies for Global Manufacturing Innovation”

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.

The WMF 2012 will be held in Stuttgart 16-18 October, 2012 at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle in the Hegel-Saal. This event is by invitation only, and you may visit the World Manufacturing Forum website for more information.


If you would like to see the program for 2011, please access the download below. Presentations may be found at the forum website above.


WMF2011 Programme