Brief Review: World Manufacturing Forum 2014

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IMS held the third successful World Manufacturing forum on July 1-2, 2014 in Milan, Italy. The event took place at the Palazzo Mezzanotte where over 400 participants and 40 speakers gathered for the two-day program. Industry executives, government officials, and academic leaders from forty-five different countries were represented. Eight sessions were held ranging from the topics of global manufacturing policy and cyber security to venture capital and robotics from SMEs. IMS worked to create and plan the event by collaborating with the WMF and Politecnico di Milano.

IMS is thrilled to have been a part of the successful event where innovative ideas were produced and shared across the industry. Presentations from the event can be accessed when they become available on the WMF website: For more information on IMS, future events, or involvement with the World Manufacturing forum please contact our Washington, D.C. office at +913-461-4532 or

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The Speakers at WMF2014 included:

Robert G. Kiggans, IMS International, Chairman of the WMF2014 Executive Board, United States

Mauro Piloni, Whirlpool Corporation, Chairman of WMF2014, Italy

Marco Taisch, Politecnico di Milano, Scientific Chairman of WMF2014, Italy

Zoran Stančič, Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission “Europe’s Digital Agenda Supporting Innovation in Manufacturing”

Mauro Piloni, President, Whirlpool R&D and Global Vice President Advanced Development and Cross Product Categories Whirlpool Corporation, Italy

Katy George, Director, McKinsey & Company, United States – “Next-Shoring: a New Perspective on Global Manufacturing”

Guillermo Rafael Fernández de la Garza, CEO, The United States-Mexico Foundation of Science, Mexico – “Global Sharing of Best Practices for Regional Manufacturing Innovation Support Systems”

Göran Roos, Chair, Advanced Manufacturing Council, Australia – “The Future of Manufacturing on What Success Requires”

Garth Williams, Director Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Department of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa – “Research and Development for Advanced Manufacturing in South Africa: The Last Decade and Beyond”

Valerio De Molli, Managing Director, The European House – Ambrosetti, Italy – “European Manufacturing Between Structural Trends and Future Perspectives: Taking up the Challenge”

Thomas R. Kurfess, HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States

Arturo Molina, Vice President, Research, Postgraduate Studies and Continuous Education, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico – “Education that Makes Sense for a Dynamic World”

Peter Frise, CEO and Scientific Director, AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, Canada – “Workforce Education & Human Centered Manufacturing in Canada’s Automotive Sector”

Jouko Suokas, Executive Vice President, Smart Industry and Energy Systems, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland – “People-Centric Solutions for Future Attractive Workplaces”

Ji Oh Song, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor, Samsung Electronics, Republic of Korea

Khalil Rouhana, Director, Components & Systems, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO, Universal Robots, Denmark – “Collaborative Robots”

Bernd Liepert, CTO, KUKA AG, Germany – “Intelligent and Safe Human-Robot Collaboration”

Riccardo Tarantini, CEO, COMAU, Italy -“From Large Factory Automation to SME Robotics”

Herbert von Bose, Director Industrial Technologies, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission (Retired)

William Mahoney, CEO, South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), United States – “Innovative Programs for Start-Up Investments”

Diana Saraceni, General Partner and Co-Founder, 360° Capital Partners, European Union – “European Ecosystem for Manufacturing Start-Ups”

Manuel Sandoval, Executive Director of Export Projects, Export Promotion Unit, ProMexico, Mexico – “The Mexican Strategy for Advanced Manufacturing”

José Fernando Figueiredo, Chairman/President, European Mutual Guarantee Association (AECM), European Union – “Is Europe Financing the Cycle from R&D to Market?”

Michael F. McGrath, Vice President, Systems and Operations Analysis, Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER), United States

Galina Antova, Global Head Industrial Security Services, Siemens Industry, United States – “Cyber Security Challenges and Trends for Industrial Control Systems”

Nicola Mugnato, FINMECCANICA S.p.a. – Group Security and ICT, Italy – “Cyber Security Issues for Aerospace and Defense Industry”

Keith Stouffer, Project Leader Cyber Security for Smart Manufacturing Systems, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United States – “NIST Cyber Security for Smart Manufacturing Systems Project”

Don Hemmelgarn, President, ITI TranscenData Business, United States

Jordan Brandt, Technology Futurist, AutoDesk, United States – “A Protocol for Trillions”

Manuel Montoya Ortega, CEO, Automotive Cluster of Nuevo León, Mexico – “Meeting New Cloud Manufacturing Standards in an Increasingly Competitive Market”

Howard Mason, Corporate Information Standards Manager, BAE Systems, United Kingdom – “Industrial Data Standards – a Key Tool in the Global Economy”

Clara de la Torre, Director Key Enabling Technologies, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Maurizio Gattiglio,Chairman, European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), European Union – “Megatrends & European Manufacturing”

Anton S. Huber, CEO Industry Automation Division, Siemens AG, Germany – “Automation in the Context of Industry 4.0″

Matteo Marini, CEO Country Manager Italy and Regional Manager Mediterranean, ABB S.p.A, Italy – “Automation as a Key to Productivity and Competitiveness”