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


The next edition of the World Manufacturing Forum will be held 3-4 May, 2016 in Barcelona Spain. Along with IMS, this year’s event will be hosted by FundacioCIM, Politecnico Milano, and INESCTEC. The WMF website was updated to reflect this announcement, and will be updated in the coming months with new information.

The following are brief summaries of the planned program. For complete session descriptions, visit the WMF website.


Key trends that may define manufacturing competition over the next 20 years and might require the attention and collaboration of policy-makers, society and business leaders.


Explores how central banks, financial institutions or governmental bodies managing public funds for the manufacturing industry are responding, how manufacturers can take advantage of such programs, and identify gaps where help is still needed.


Reveals 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


With the increasing complexity and sophistication of in-process data collection, the shop floor information collected is trending towards expansion without limits. The session explores how to extract and use large data for achieving intelligent decision-making and liquid enterprises.


Explores how manufacturing can play a relevant role in conceiving novel products, services, models to meet societal needs, rethinking jobs and relationships within the factories, and establishing extended collaboration networks.


Population the world over is migrating back to cities, and more than half of the global population already lives in urban areas and the number of mega-cities (more than 10 million inhabitants) is predicted to increase globally in the following years. How will manufacturing adapt to this mega-trend?


Explores how knowledge- and technology-intensive activities such as conducting R&D may be overwhelmingly daunting for manufacturers who undertake basic manufacturing in developing countries.


Explores the next manufacturing evolution from ‘take, make, and dispose’ to the circular economy that 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.


The primary impetus in all manufacturing companies is to reinforce the manufacturing competitiveness by fostering differentiation and continuously improve operational efficiency.  Current trends such as the increased rate of technological change, market globalization, customization 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.

Organized by the National Academy of Sciences “Defense Materials Manufacturing and Infrastructure (DMMI) Standing Committee”, the Mar 25-26 workshop on “Globalization of Defense Materials and Manufacturing” was opened by Dr. Mike McGrath in the prestigious Members Rooms at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington DC. Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 8.07.21 AM At the opening keynote speech Ruth David, CEO of ANSER, said that “We need to leverage what others are doing” setting the tone of the meeting for global collaboration.

Throughout the day some of the challenges heard from the IMS perspective included intellectual property protection when working in a collaborative environment, limited funding for research, and the difficulty in forming consortiums. Dan Nagy (International Office), Steve Ray (US), and David Romero (MX) explained how these concerns can be addressed and how sustainable manufacturing and cross-platform technologies can and should be developed collaboratively through the IMS program. They also presented some project success and opportunities that drew interest from both government and industry representativeIMG_3311_2s spurring off-line discussions for future collaboration. The full agenda and speaker bios are below.

The international event heard perspectives from industry, institutional, and government representatives from Australia, Mexico, Germany, United States, and United Kingdom. The companies and institutions that were represented included ANSER, ATI Metals, CSIRO, Fraunhofer, McKinsey, Pfahl Consulting, Rochester Institure of Technology, Rolls Royce, Office of Naval Research, United Kingdom Attache for Defense R&T, and Universal Technology Corporation. Although IMS is not a defense-related organization, many large manufacturers in the United States manufacture for the defense industry.


Agenda for Globalization of Defese Materials and Manufacturing Final A rapporteur recorded and publish the event. The link will be shared when available.

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IMS has accepted an invitation to speak and meet with government officials at the annual South African Manufacturing Indaba that will take place 29-30 June 2015 in Johannesburg. Over 300 leaders from government and industry are expected to attend this two day event.

The organizers have assembled a website for review and registration. The event brochure is below.

IMS also plans to meet separately with business leaders and relevant government Ministers from the region to discuss international collaboration through IMS. South Africa is a member of IMS.



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IMS will will at the NACFAM Annual Conference to be held in Arlington, VA on 9-10 April, 2015. The conference titled “Transforming U.S. Manufacturing – Challenges and Opportunities” will present NNMI’s contributions to the manufacturing transformation in the US, customer personalization in the manufacturing process, visions of the future supply chain, smart connected products, and other innovations. IMS will present during the session “Collaborating Globally – Manufacturing Locally”. IMS will present how international collaboration expands local manufacturing opportunities from multi-national companies to SMEs and SME clusters.

IMS will speak at the 2015 South Carolina Manufacturing Conference and Expo to be held in Greenville, SC at the TD convention center on Tuesday, 14 April during the plenary session. The program will discuss cyber security, venture capital and ecosystems for manufacturing startups, digital manufacturing and long term data retention, future supply chains, additive manufacturing opportunities, and other topics of high interest. IMS will speak during the session “Challenges and Opportunities for Next-Generation Manufacturing”.

The keynote speaker will be Governor Nikki Haley. She will be joined by leaders from across the United Staes from industry, government, and academia.


For more information, please visit the South Carolina Depart of Commerce website:

The Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative (IMI) Symposium launched the IMI effort that will increase the economic competitiveness of the U.S. and Mexico in manufacturing for the global market. The IMI accomplishes this by incorporating Information Technology capabilities into all aspects of the manufacturing process from the R&D phase to optimized workflow to system-wide networking to advanced materials to advanced system controls and maintenance to distribution, as well as addressing the needs for a skilled workforce and the financial investments needed.

The IMI symposium:

• Brought together researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, companies, government agencies, and investors in a forum that will facilitate cross-fertilization for technology commercialization across overlapping disciplines.

• Assessed the issues, needs, and existing efforts involved in developing an IMI implementation plan.

•Hopes to create an internet-based clearinghouse and networking center that will connect a wide range of people and organizations in ways that will facilitate cross-fertilization in technology commercialization and manufacturing.

• More directly couple the personnel and projects funded by I-Corps with Technology Commercialization efforts.

The integration of these elements forms the basis for an effective and sustainable effort that will improve the manufacturing competitiveness of the U.S. and Mexico. It is the holistic approach of the IMI to addressing global competitiveness in manufacturing, which sets it apart from many other advanced manufacturing efforts. It is the holistic approach in partnering and sharing of complementary strengths that will make the U.S. and Mexico more competitive.

The IMI symposium took place in November 10 & 11 in San Diego. The venue for the symposium stems from the presence of strong manufacturing efforts and cooperation in the Baja California-Southern California region. The symposium focused on manufacturing in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, and energy sectors. It also included a strong representation of the IT sector, which provides the underpinning for the IMI. Attendance was about 120 participants.


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*IMS will attend the “Information Days on the Research PPPs on Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings,Green Vehicles and Sustainable Process Industry in Brussels, 21 October 2014.*


Information Days on the Research PPPs
on Factories of the Future, Energy-efficient Buildings,
Green Vehicles and Sustainable Process Industry
Brussels, 21 October 2014


An Information Day on the Research PPPs will take place on 21 October 2014 in Brussels. 

The aim of the event is to give the research community an overview of ongoing activities, and to support the preparation of proposals for the 2015 calls. 

The info day will also offer plenty of opportunities for networking.

Register for the info day

Dr. Mauro Caocci, IMS Project Development Coach, will attend the “Brokerage Event for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing” on 13 November, 2014 in Brussels. Please contact Mauro if you would like to discuss IMS opportunities at this event.

A brokerage event for the incoming H2020 NMBP work program is organized by the European Technology Platform NANOfutures with the collaboration of EUMAT and Manufuture. It will take place on the 13th of November 2014 in Brussels.

For more information:

The event will be opened by the European Commission.

The attendees will have the possibility to: – Cluster around each Call, proposing their organization or searching for partners, to this end it will be organized a physical location (call booth) with a panel showing the Call text and having a space to indicate the nature of interest (offer/request of partnership) by means of stickers with personal identification to be attached (provided by the organization). A coacher will be present to organize the contributions and the aggregation at the booth. – Present project ideas in 5 min with a slide projector to the whole audience

The brokerage event will be free of charge but closed to the subscribers that will be accepted and confirmed according to the criteria of balance among industries and research entities and date of application.

For general information and/or registration issues, please contact: [email protected]

IMS is planning a fall Manufacturing Technology Platform project workshop in late fall of 2014. The date and location are currently under consideration. Please check back for more information.


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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 [email protected].

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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”

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