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“I am pleased to extend an invitation to all of you to join us in Monterrey, Mexico on November 7, 8 and 9 for the World Manufacturing Forum 2017. Your presence will make a contribution to advance in the global manufacturing science and cooperation”

Leopoldo Cedillo, CEO Metalsa

Chair of the Board for the World Manufacturing Forum 2017


“Towards a Digital Market and Connected Manufacturing Ecosystems”

07 – 09 November 2017

The World Manufacturing Forum (, is a highly successful invitation-only and big budget event sponsored by IMS International and the Government of Mexico. Through this internationally recognized network, the forum elevates global manufacturing and industry megatrends and challenges in order to help shape global and national manufacturing policy.

The WMF2017 will assemble global policy experts and industry leaders from large multinationals to small-to-medium sized enterprises, and academic leaders to discuss the policy, economic, social, and technical challenges that influence global manufacturing. The theme for this forum is “Towards a Digital Market and Connected Manufacturing Ecosystems” and will explore:

  • Industrial Policies for Digital Manufacturing Market
  • Connected Factories and Value Chains
  • Digital Workforce & Future Jobs
  • Energy and Resources Efficient Manufacturing
  • New Business Models & Service Engineering
  • Technology Trends for the Factory of the Future

In the recent events, more than 400 selected attendees have listened to the opinions of high-level speakers such as Mauro Fenzi, CEO of Comau, Guillaume Vendroux, CEO of DELMIA, Rainer Kallenbach, Chairman of the Executive Board for Bosch Software Innovations, James Heppelmann, President and CEO of PTC, Ernst Stöckl-Pukall, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy in Germany, Roberto Maroni, President of the Lombardy Region, just to name a few of over thirty executive suite industrialists and policy-makers from our 2016 event.

Speakers are expected to present policy views supporting and defining manufacturing megatrends such as the digitalization of industry, challenges for SMEs in the global marketplace, manufacturing intelligence, social innovation as a driver for new products, services, and technologies, financial challenges that affect industrialized and emerging economies, the circular economy and zero waste, and other disruptive technologies.

The organization of the event is carried out through a supporting action funded by the Mexican government and IMS International. It is a non-branded, stand-alone event meant to be inclusive to all parts of the world that are able to influence change and is open to international sponsorship from government, industry, and institutions.

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From Global Challenges to Grand Manufacturing Opportunities:
Leading towards Growth and Sustainability

3-4 May 2016, Barcelona, Spain

How can industry accelerate advanced manufacturing in the era of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth?

The importance of manufacturing as a key contributor to economic wealth and growth was recognized and elevated as a priority in industrialized and developing countries in the early 21st century. Innovation fuelled by ever increasing customer demand drives research efforts toward increased productivity through the development and use of new technologies, whilst respecting the need for a more sustainable use of resources across the globe.

In their aspiration to generate new revenue, manufacturing enterprises have expanded beyond traditional boundaries. Globalization was the biggest driver of growth for many of them over the past decades, but today, it may not be sufficient anymore as sustainable competitive advantage requires solid innovation and effective resource-use strategies.


Program Summary

Tuesday, 3 May 2016


08:30         Registration


09:30         Welcome to the Forum and Opening

  1. Rudolf Walter Strohmeier, Chairman of WMF2016, European Commission
  2. Marco Taisch, Scientific Chairman of WMF2016, Politecnico di Milano
  3. Abraham Tijerina, IMS Chairman


10:00 “Panel on Government Policies for Enabling the Fourth Industrial (R)evolution”

Panel Summary:

Policy makers and key industry players from France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US will present, share and discuss their national agendas and key issues on how to foster sustainable manufacturing growth with countrywide action plans.

What will the consequences be for business, the work force and societies? Is the policy framework right? Will new standards be needed? What is the role of security for business and society? It is expected that the Panel’s conclusions will be instrumental for the shaping of policies and global industrial partnerships in the future.

In the first round, the key pillars of national agendas will be presented and shared between all the panellists and the audience. A second round will be dedicated to manufacturing key issues and should focus on the messages the panellists would like to convey.

  1. Dean L. Bartles, Executive Director, DMDII (Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute)
  2. Carlos Costa, Governor, Portugal Bank
  3. Begoña Cristeto, Spanish Secretary General of Industry and of the SMEs, Spanish Ministry of Industry
  4. Mauro Fenzi, CEO, COMAU S.p.A.
  5. Stefano Firpo, Director for Industrial Policies, Competitiveness, SMEs, Ministry of Economic Development
  6. Norbert Gaus, Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Technology Centre, Siemens AG
  7. Benjamin Gallezot, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Enterprise (DGE), Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, France
  8. Lewis Gossett, President &CEO, South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA)
  9. Bruce Grey, Chairman Advanced Braking Technology Limited
  10. Imraan Patel, Deputy Director-General, Socio-Economic Partnership, Department of Science and Technology of South Africa
  11. Khalil Rouhana, Director for Components & Systems in DG CONNECT, European Commission
  12. Ernst Stöckl-Pukall, Head of Division, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy/ Unit IVA5 Digitisation, Industrie 4.0
  13. Guillaume Vendroux, CEO, DELMIA – Dassault Systèmes, France


13:30         Networking Lunch


14:30         Session 1 – “21st Century Manufacturing”

Chair: Alberto Ribolla, President, Association “Confindustria Lombardia”


Session Summary:

A new era of global manufacturing is emerging with many economies acquiring significant manufacturing innovation capacity in materials, processes, information technology, and supply chain operations. At global level, manufacturing accounts for approximately sixteen per cent of GDP and fourteen per cent of employment. Governments and their policies are essential actors in this. This session will present trends that are likely to define the manufacturing business over the next 20 years and require attention and cooperation by policy-makers, social stakeholders, business leaders and finance. A coherent stakeholder engagement can ultimately lead to manufacturing-driven wealth for all with greater opportunities for business and work, better product and service offers and more respect for the environment. At the same time, central banks, financial institutions and research and innovation agencies need to adequately respond to the challenges of the manufacturing industry.

  1. Sanjay Brahmawar, Global Head and Managing Partner, Strategic Business Services – Development, IBM’s Watson Internet of Things Business – “The Internet of Manufacturing”

The Internet of Things (IoT) will quickly become the single largest source of data on the planet, generating tremendous amounts of structured and unstructured data every second, every day. Today, manufacturing equipment can tell you when it needs maintenance and consumer products communicate information back to their manufacturer about what’s in demand. Yet, so much of the data being generated by these devices is never captured. Cognitive systems put all types of data — even data that you may not be aware of — into context and help make sense of IoT. The speech will highlight how these systems can think, sense, reason and learn, revolutionizing manufacturing asset management, security and take advantage of a burgeoning resource.

  1. Tanja Rueckert, Executive Vice President LoB Digital Assetes and Iot, SAP – “Industry 4.0: from Things to Outcomes”:

The so-called ‘’Industry 4.0’’ has arrived with a paradigm shift towards Smart Production with manufacturers becoming connected. Facilitated by the Internet of Things, it changes the ways goods are made and distributed, products are serviced and refined, and thus it constitutes one of the most fundamental aspects of digital transformation. Change comes from new technologies and the dramatic increase of available data, from devices and machines analysing and controlling the processes. Accordingly, a number of unexplored innovative business models become possible. This way, manufacturers maintain their core business whilst transforming it to deliver new offerings in rapidly changing markets, thereby effectively becoming service providers. To foster this transformation and to achieve unlimited benefits to all stakeholders (manufacturers, providers, and global customers), collaboration between them is crucial.

  1. Luis Torreblanca, Chief Strategy for Technological Attention of the Automotive Industry and Manufacturing, National Council of Science and Technology, Mexico – “Public Policy to Strengthen the Advanced Manufacturing in Mexico”:

Mexico is a country that is determined to walk the path of sustained, sustainable and regionally balanced economic growth in order to achieve a prosperous nation. Growth must be then developed on the bases of a healthy balance between a dynamic external sector and a strengthened domestic market. In the last 20 years, there has been an imbalance in the contribution of both markets, domestic and global, to the Mexican economy. Hence, this Government Administration recognises the importance of a robust industrial, commercial and productive services structure that should contribute to strengthening the domestic market and at the same time facilitate the dynamics of local and global value chains. To this end, a new policy for industrial development and innovation is proposed with an approach of “open economy to promote balanced economic growth by sectors, regions and companies; drive innovation in trade and services sector. Encourage technology-based entrepreneurship and strengthen the business development of added-value design, engineering and advanced manufacturing enterprises; promote greater local and regional markets competition; move towards a comprehensive regulatory reform; and increase international flows of trade and investment as well as domestic content of exports.


16:00         Coffee break


16:30         Session 2 – “Manufacturing Intelligence”

Chair: Max Lemke, Head of Unit “Complex Systems and Advanced Computing”, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Session Summary:

With the increasing complexity and sophistication of in-process data collection, the shop-floor information collected is trending towards expansion without limits. At the same time, the decision-makers must have visibility of the bigger production picture and access in real-time to key criteria for assessing and choosing the best options every time a change occurs. However, all data collected does not necessarily translate into useful information to support an ever-increasing demand for flexibility and adaptability. How can enterprises transform data into useful information whilst ensuring that no harm is generated from its use? How can 21st century companies ensure that the information is made available where and when it is appropriate while being protected against misuses or third parties attacks? This session explores how to extract and use large data for achieving intelligent decision-making toward the “liquid enterprise”.

  1. Max Blanchet, Senior Partner Automotive Industry, Process and Materials, Roland Berger – “Industrie 4.0: New Industry Paradigm, New Economic Model”: New Industry Paradigm, New Economic Model”:

As opposed to the third industrial revolution, Industrie 4.0 has new characteristics, which shift the paradigm of the manufacturing strategy towards a new economic model. Scale effect, mass-production, high-cost countries vs. low-cost economies issues are shifting towards capital employed optimisation, localisation and flexibility. Industrie 4.0 is also an opportunity to reindustrialise developed countries. It will change the relationship with emerging markets, which will have to follow a different industrialisation path. Industrie 4.0 will also induce a job shift, which has to be anticipated in order to capture recreation opportunities.

  1. Pascal Brosset, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, Schneider Electric – “How Internet of Things is Accelerating Information Transparency from Shop-floor to Top-floor”:

A number of trends, from the rise of “cloud technologies” to the arrival of a new generation of engineers and workers, are accelerating the convergence of Information and Operational Technologies in manufacturing. For those companies harnessing these technologies in a smart way, alongside traditional automation, and who are ready to manage the cultural transformation, shopfloor to topfloor information transparency will accelerate the advent of a truly smart and sustainable manufacturing.

  1. Rainer Kallenbach, Chairman of the Executive Board, Bosch Software Innovations GmbH – “From Vision to Reality: Platforms and Solutions for Connected Manufacturing”: connected manufacturing”:

The Internet of Things (IoT) has started to transform our lives and many businesses. It is enabling new, data-based services, which show great potential for quality, efficiency and cost improvements also in connected manufacturing. In order to make those visions happen, four core technologies must be provided: sensors, connectivity, interoperable IoT platform software, and secure IoT cloud implementations. Beyond those technologies, considerable challenges regarding agile processes, security and data ownership” need to be resolved. The presentation shows Bosch’s approach and contribution towards those technological and its operational challenges. Examples based on Bosch’s real-world manufacturing implementations conclude the contribution.



Introduction: David Romero, IMS

James Heppelmann, CEO, PTC


18:30         Gala Cocktail

Roberto Maroni, President, Lombardy Region (Italy)


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

08:15         Registrations

08:30         Welcome to the Second Day

Joaquim Minguella, Fundació CIM


08:40         Session 3 – “Small is Beautiful?”

Chair: Dan Nagy, Managing Director, Inter-Regional Secretariat of IMS

Session Summary:

SMEs and entrepreneurs play a significant role in any economy’s manufacturing sector and are key generators of employment and key drivers of innovation and growth. However, the increasingly global competition, the recent global crisis, and the scarcity of entrepreneurial and institutional lending has created a particularly difficult environment for SMEs to survive and grow. On the other hand, the strong correlation between improved business performance and cross-border trade suggests that there is a clear need for SMEs to target the global market. This session intends to reveal best practices of SMEs engaged in global manufacturing value chains and explore current and future enablers and obstacles related with their business performance and expansion in international markets.

  1. César Molins, CEO and Chairman of the Board, AMES A. Group – “Thoughts on Industry, Technology and Growth from the Viewpoint of a Medium-sized Industrial Company”: Manufacturing Industry Medium size industrial company”:

Industry is increasingly perceived as one of the main sources of wealth and value added in the world. However, its strategic value has been often challenged in comparison with the service companies or by the ICTs. Small manufacturing industries exist all over the world, be it in the highest industrialised countries or in the emerging economies. What makes them valuable? What should be their evolution before an increasingly globalised and more technologically advanced economy? Here are some considerations from a growing industrial manufacturing company which was a small one and is now on its way to a small large company.

  1. Massimiliano Ruffo, CEO, FIMAPp.A. – “Small is Beautiful, so long as…”

In this competitive world, SMEs can develop only if some requirements are met. The characteristics of being small must become SME’s competitive advantages. In order to do so a lot of targeted investments must be done, but people remain the most important resources. Horizontal communication and direct relationship between people are the basics onto which build SMEs success.

  1. Drew Greenblatt, President and Owner, Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC – “Power of Small”:

Small Manufacturing in the USA have a large impact in the USA Economy. Comprising over 250,000+ companies with less than 500 employees, most around ten team members, USA factories contributed $1.3 trillion in GDP employing over 5,086,000 workers with a $231 Billion in payroll.

Ten Best Practices of Small and Medium Sized Factories to Grow in Challenging Times. Marlin Steel will present the current challenges of small factories and ten techniques to grow despite the world tumult. Furthermore, policy prescription to help manufacturing thrive and prosper, ideas to grow jobs and grow wages and lift people from poverty.


10:10  Coffee break


10:40         Session 4 – “New Manufacturing Powerhouse Challenges

Chair: José Lorenzo Vallés, Head of Unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission


Session Summary:

New manufacturing opens up several industrialisation avenues. Countries willing to build new manufacturing capacity through smart procurement, energy and resource efficiency as well as through modern infrastructure development will have a significant advantage. Still today, manufacturing is a key enabler of economic growth and the new manufacturing powerhouses will aim to jump ahead by simultaneously developing product, process and organisational competencies at firm, local and national levels, thus contributing disproportionately toward enhanced competitiveness and innovation. This definitely requires knowledge- and technology-intensive activities such as R&D, an overwhelmingly daunting but necessary exercise.

  1. José Caldeira, President, National Innovation Agency of Portugal – “Manufacturing Next: The Role of R&D and Innovation Policies and Tools”:

Competitive and sustainable manufacturing can push developing countries and regions to higher levels of performance, growth and jobs. Research and innovation are fundamental to boost these evolution paths but they call for effective and efficient innovation systems.

Framework conditions can both support or hamper knowledge creation and valorisation. Especially in the case of manufacturing, public policies, programmes and initiatives can have a significant impact, by supporting the development and uptake of innovative solutions, reducing risks, leveraging private investment or promoting collaboration and internationalization.

Examples will be presented to illustrate how Smart Specialization Strategies and the synergies between international, national and regional levels, can contribute to the success of these transformation processes.

  1. Siyabonga Gama, Group Chief Executive, Transnet SOC– “Building South Africa’s Manufacturing Base through a Large Locomotive Modernisation Public Procurement Programme”: Africa’s Manufacturing Base through a Large Locomotive Modernisation Public Procurement Programme”:

South Africa’s state-owned freight transport and logistics company, Transnet, is currently modernising it is electric and diesel locomotive fleet in a deal which is South Africa’s biggest single corporate infrastructure investment initiative. Transnet awarded a R50 billion (approximately EUR2.9bn) contract to build 1064 locomotives to four global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The locomotive modernisation programme entails stringent local content, skills development and training commitments. In line with South Africa’s commitment to boost its manufacturing capacity, all the locomotives except 70 will be built by Transnet Engineering in South Africa. Transnet Engineering aims to become an OEM and exporter of locomotives as a result of this modernisation programme via direct participation in the locomotive build programme. Importantly, the programme will contribute towards growing South Africa’s manufacturing base through outsourcing of portions of the work to local emerging engineering and manufacturing firms.  In total, the localisation elements are expected to contribute over R90 billion (approx. EUR5.3bn) to the economy and create around 30,000 jobs.

  1. Dilek Cetindamar, Academic Director, Competitiveness Committee and Member of School of Management, Sabanci University Istanbul – “4th Industrial Revolution and Social Innovation”:

4th Industrial revolution has a lot to offer in terms of social innovations. Social innovation is an umbrella term that covers a broad range of activity ranging from market-oriented social innovations such as Fair Trade products and renewable energy to innovations, which cannot operate in regular competitive markets such as large parts of the fields of culture, youth aid, and other social services. Considering that UN Millennium Development Goals failed and revised in 2015 once more, there are mounting social problems in developing countries and they need to find new ways to tackle with these problems. New manufacturing capabilities have high potential to help developing countries. This presentation will offer some ideas how to grasp the potential from the point of developing countries like Turkey.


12:10         Networking Lunch


13:10         Session 5 – “Circular Manufacturing”

Chair: Jack Harris, IMS Head of Delegation – United States

Session Summary:

The linear ‘take, make, and dispose’ economy model relies on large quantities of easily accessible resources and energy with an increase of waste generated. Considering the world, population growth of eighteen per cent to 8.4 billion people in fifteen years from now, the economy model needs to move from a linear perspective to a circular one. The Circular Economy aims to eliminate waste through the superior design of materials, products, systems and business models, improving the reuse of products and the recycling of materials. Manufacturing industries have started to adopt the Circular Economy concept with this regenerative model of manufacturing in which products and components are re-used multiple times: “Circular Manufacturing”. The advantages provided by the Circular Economy seem to create benefits both for consumers and manufacturers, but significant challenges remain in adopting the circular approach.

  1. Axel Eggert, General Director, EUROFER (European Steel Association) – “The EU Steel Industries Contribution to Circular Manufacturing in Europe”

Steel is 100% recyclable, losing none of its unique properties when properly processed. The European steel industry works to ensure that the steel is acknowledge as a ‘permanent’ material for EU Economy and that steel production’s by-products are put to the best possible uses. However, there are still challenges to be addressed within EU legislation in order to fully exploit the potential of steel in delivering high quality recycling, superior product design and more effective industrial symbiosis. This presentation will show how steel contributes to EU circularity and which measures the EU should implement to unleash the steel sector’s potential.

  1. Mark Housley, Executive Vice President, Carbon Conversions Incorporated – “Accelerating the Transition to Sustainable Practice: A Materials Perspective”: materials perspective”:

Over the past 50 years, activity directed toward sustainable practice in sourcing and utilisation of materials has increased dramatically due primarily to regulation and discovery of profitable advantage. Participants in the next 50 years will see much more of both motivations. In some ways, more sustainable practices will accelerate almost on their own, due to increasing urbanisation, leading to more nodes of scale in material collections, and higher precision de-manufacturing technology will continue to reduce costs of reclaiming pure streams from complex objects. Greater competition for material resources will tend to drive values for materials upward. While product and use design for sustainability will continue to advance, the fundamental and complex “push” system for materials acceptance will remain largely intact. Without an outright legislative mandate, the profit space in making sustainable materials transparent to the buyers’ needs and processes will grow significantly. This presentation will discuss how that will evolve and what can happen to accelerate these trends.

  1. Martin Stuchtey, Director, Centre for Business & Environment, McKinsey & Company – “Towards a Circular Economy – A Next Industrial Paradigm”: circular economy – a next industrial paradigm”:

The current pattern of resource is increasingly proving uneconomical in the 21st century. The inherited model of growth and industrial production has to give way to a new paradigm with massively improved resource productivity and higher investments into the productivity of earth systems. In an EU-wide study, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, SUN and McKinsey have drawn a picture of a circular and regenerative economy and assessed the effects on the European Economy. The transition has already started with massive implications for industry: product development, manufacturing, supply chains and business models. The emerging industrial landscape offers multiple opportunities for adaptive companies, and the awakenings for laggards.


14:40         Coffee break


15:10         Session 6 – “Disruptive Strategies towards the Next Manufacturing Era”

Chair: Maurizio Gattiglio, Chairman, EFFRA


Session Summary:

The primary impetus in all manufacturing companies is to reinforce the manufacturing competitiveness by fostering differentiation and continuously improving operational efficiency.  Current trends such as the increased rate of technological change, market globalisation, customisation needs and social and environmental sustainability requirements are considered key drivers for the future of manufacturing. The session will discuss modern manufacturing challenges and will explore new manufacturing paradigms and strategies able to promote future sustainability and competitiveness in the global market.

  1. Luigi Galdabini, President, CECIMO – “Competitiveness of the European Machine Tool Industry in the Era of Digital Transformation“:

Europe has the world’s most advanced and competitive machine tool industry. European machine tool builders generate more than one-third of the global production, and every second machine tool exported in the world originates from Europe. With its customised and resource-efficient solutions, the industry plays an instrumental role in producing complex industrial goods. In the last decade, the sector has been under the influx of disruptive technologies, and its leadership is challenged by new players in the market. In this speech, it will be shed the light on the key pillars underpinning the competitiveness of European machine tool builders and will touch upon the paths of action ensuring Europe’s reindustrialisation in the era of digital transformation.

2.  Saul Haro, President and CEO, MACROLYNK – “Improving Supply Chain Collaboration with Enterprise Social Networking”:

Today, complex manufacturing ecosystems require a new generation of supply chain applications that embed social networking capabilities to enable communities of trading partners to communicate, collaborate, and execute business processes in more efficient, scalable, and innovative ways. Some of those applications are already here and they provide access to critical, real-time information by using technology that identifies problems as they happen using a collaborative social networking interface to bring the right people and transactional information from multiple organisations in the supply chain together to quickly and cost effectively resolve the problem.

  1. Al Siblani, President and CEO, EnvisionTEC – “3D Printing Process: Driving Mass Customisation Manufacturing”:

In the past decade, traditional manufacturing techniques served the production space quite well with processes such as CNC machining and injection moulding, but in the most recently 3D printing has taken manufacturing to new levels. Unlike traditional manufacturing with hundreds of steps between idea and creation and thousands of parts of the same design, 3D printers offer a comprehensive material, machine and software platform to deliver thousands of customised designs of the same part. Individuals following the 3D industry can now see mass-customisation as the new norm. With customisation of patient specific healthcare, automotive accessories, consumer products, and much more. This is a truly innovative and great pathway to the future in the agile yet lean production processes utilising 3D printing. The presentation provide an overview of specific markets in which 3D printing is disruptive in delivering mass-customisation as well as future challenges and megatrends in 3D printing.


16:40         WMF Closing

  1. Núria Betriu, General Director of Industry, Government of Catalonia


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WMF 2016

From Global Challenges to Grand Manufacturing Opportunities:
Leading towards Growth and Sustainability

3-4 May 2016, Barcelona, Spain

How can industry accelerate advanced manufacturing in the era of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth?

The importance of manufacturing as a key contributor to economic wealth and growth was recognized and elevated as a priority in industrialized and developing countries in the early 21st century. Innovation fuelled by ever increasing customer demand drives research efforts toward increased productivity through the development and use of new technologies, whilst respecting the need for a more sustainable use of resources across the globe.

In their aspiration to generate new revenue, manufacturing enterprises have expanded beyond traditional boundaries. Globalization was the biggest driver of growth for many of them over the past decades, but today, it may not be sufficient anymore as sustainable competitive advantage requires solid innovation and effective resource-use strategies.

In this context, the World Manufacturing Forum brought together policy experts, industry leaders of large multinationals and small to medium-sized enterprises, as well as academic leaders across the globe to discuss the economic, social and technical challenges that will impact global manufacturing in the near future.

The Forum addressed technological and financial challenges affecting industrialized and emerging economies alike as well as the policies supporting and defining new manufacturing megatrends and challenges to SMEs in global markets. In addition, trends such as manufacturing intelligence, social innovation, the Circular Economy, zero-waste concepts and disruptive technologies as drivers for products and services in the future was explored.

Registration was free of charge to our invited guests thanks to the support from the European Commission and the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) international cooperation program and our sponsors.


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The Economic Impact of Technology Infrastructure for Smart Manufacturing


Smart Manufacturing Gary Anderson ([email protected])
Technology Partnerships Office, Innovation & Industry Services

October 2016


Key Findings

  • Novel smart manufacturing technology infrastructure would save manufacturers $57.4 billion annually.
  • Barriers to innovation increase the cost of smart manufacturing R&D, weaken private investment incentives, and magnify the role of public institutions.
  • Overcoming critical technical barriers may require investments in public-private manufacturing consortia.
  • Small enterprises face significant barriers to adoption of smart manufacturing technology.

The full report may be found here:

rundeIMS is pleased to welcome Dr. Christoph Runde who will serve as a project coach in the European Union for our Project Clustering Program. Dr. Runde is general manager of Virtual Dimension Center w.V. (VDC), a network and cluster initiative for virtual engineering and for virtual reality, and D-Fellbach: leadership for organization, technology, staff and strategy. He manages the VDC innovation network and has established VDC among Europe’s 50 best performing innovation networkToday, the VDC is Baden-Württembergs most awarded cluster initiative. He has also earned expert status at the European Commission, and is an expert for the factories of the future, high performance computing, and joint calls NMP and ICT. Dr. Runde is the Vice President of the European Virtual Reality Association and a member of the European Cluster Excellence Expert Group and the German Informatics Society.

He earned his PhD at the Stuttgart University covering the thesis “Conception and industrial implementation of virtual reality as a digital factory building-block“. Dr. Runde is the recipient of many awards, and most recently the “European Cluster Management Excellence Label GOLD”, “Cluster-Exzellenz Baden-Württemberg”, and “Innovative through Research” by Stifterverband der Deutsche Wissenbchaft.


The IMS Fall newsletter is available for download below. In this issue: “IMS PROJECT CLUSTERS LAUNCHED”, a report on the “INDUSTRIALLY ROBUST AM CHAIN”, and manufacturing news and commentary of global interest.




Currently in the planning stages, IMS-USA will conduct a workshop to form new project clusters under Industry 4.0 topics. We are in the process of selecting topics and searching for relevant research. If you have any interest under this topic, please contact your local IMS office or write to Dan Nagy, Managing Director, at [email protected] The event will be held in the United States.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

The Korean Ministry Industry, and Energy (MOCIE) through KAIT, “Korea Association for ICT” will be sponsoring the “2016 Korea Research and Development Exhibition in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 17 November 2016. IMS will send a delegation and speak about global cooperation through its project clustering program at the event. More information will be posted when available.

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