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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.

Currently in the planning stages, IMS will hold a follow-up workshop for it’s Additive Manufacturing project clusters and will launch new clusters under Industry 4.0 topics. We are in the process of selecting topics and searching for relevant research. The workshop is planned to be held in South Africa in conjunction with a major manufacturing conference. If you have any interest under this topic, please contact your local IMS office or write to Dan Nagy, Managing Director, at [email protected]

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Following the success of the 2015 event, the 3rd annual Manufacturing Indaba will be held on the 28 – 29 June 2016 at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. David Romero, IMS Project Coach, will give a speech regarding international cooperation at the event and the benefits to South Africa to expand beyond their borders.

South Africa’s economy is under pressure and as a result business confidence is in a decline.

The aim of the Manufacturing Indaba is to bring together business owners, industry leaders, government officials, capital providers and professional experts to discuss challenges and to brainstorm solutions. The success of South Africa depends on a strong and innovative manufacturing base working together to promote prosperity through manufacturing, science and innovation.

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Barcelona, Spain

In conjunction with the European Commission, IMS will hold an international “Additive Manufacturing Project Clustering”. Following local meetings held in the European Union, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States to focus on topics of interest among industry and researchers, the international meeting will bring over 20 projects together to form new collaborations.


Doc 4 – Attachment 3 Clustering Workshop agenda

The new Project Clustering Program was launched and funded by IMS for 2016 in order to add value to on-going industrial research.

By special invitation, IMS will attend the Korea Global Partnership Program in Seoul on 24-25 November. Organized by the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KAIT), the event intends to facilitate business partnerships, technology transfer and joint R&D between Korean companies and overseas businesses and research institutes.

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A French delegation including officials and representatives of the French private sector will be in the US the first week of November to meet with US actors from the “advanced manufacturing” sector. As part of this visit, the Economic Service of the French Embassy invited IMS to a roundtable discussion on Monday November, 2nd for a luncheon meeting on advanced manufacturing in France and the US. The event is chaired by Mr. Benjamin Gallezot – deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Enterprise.

This roundtable will gather representatives of the US administration, think tanks, manufacturing associations, press and the French delegation.

The IMS International Steering Committee plans to hold its semi-annual meeting at the European Commission offices on 19-20 November in Brussels, Belgium. The delegates will discuss its five-year strategic plan and activities, new projects forming in Additive Manufacturing, and the upcoming World Manufacturing Forum 2016.


“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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