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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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Please register today to join your colleagues, high-level industrialists, policy makers, and key societal stakeholders from across the globe for a cross-exchange of ideas on major macroeconomic trends and manufacturing innovation.

Register at www.worldmanufacturingforum.org using the individual passcode you received via email on 8 July. If you did not receive your passcode or have questions regarding the registration process, please contact us at [email protected].

Your registration fee provides two days of keynote presentations, breakout sessions, meeting materials, networking breaks, continental breakfasts, lunches, and a dinner served in the Ronald Reagan Center Atrium.

We are pleased to announce the following confirmed Forum speakers:

Direction of Manufacturing

  • Session Chair: Ms. Katy George, Director, McKinsey
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair, Senate Manufacturing Caucus
  • Dr. Luis Torreblanca, Deputy Director of Technological Development and Innovation, National Council for Science and Technology, Mexico
  • Mr. Mauro Piloni, President/CEO, Whirlpool R&D; Vice President, Whirlpool Corporation R&D

 

Innovation in Production: The Next Generation of Manufacturing

  • Session Chair: Dr. Charles Wessner, Director, Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, National Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Elisabeth Reynolds, Executive Director Industrial Performance Center, MIT
  • Dr. Dianne Chong, Vice President of Assembly, Factory and Support Technologies, Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology, The Boeing Company
  • Mr. Tomas Hedenborg, Group CEO, Fastems, Finland
  • Dr. Stephan Billar, Chief Scientist for Advanced Manufacturing, GE Global Research

 

Workforce Education and Human-centered Manufacturing

  • Session Chair: Mr. Herbert von Bose, Director Industrial Technologies, European Commission
  • Dr. Arturo Molina (ITESM) – Vice President for Research and Innovation, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Dr. Celeste Carter, Program Director, Advanced Technological Education Program, National Science Foundation

 

Venture Capital/Ecosystems for Manufacturing Start-ups

  • Session Chair: Mr. Jack Harris, President/CEO, Iowa Innovation Corporation
  • Mr. Bill Mahoney, President & CEO, SCRA
  • Mr. Guillermo Fernández de la Garza, CEO, Mexico-United States Foundation for Science

 

Robotics for SMEs

  • Session Chair: Dr. Howard Harary, Deputy Director for Manufacturing of the Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Mr. Drew Greenblatt, President,  Marlin Steel Wire
  • Professor Sukhan Lee, Professor of College of Information and Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea

 

Industrial Commons

  • Session Chair: Mr. Raymond Monroe, Executive Vice President, Steel Founders Society of America
  • Mr. J. Scot Sharland, Executive Director, AIAG – Automotive Industry Action Group
  • Mr. Ralph Resnick, CEO, President and Executive Director, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining; Founding Director, National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

 

Global Standards for Products and Manufacturing

  • Session Chair: Mr. Don Hemmelgarn, President, ITI TranscenData Business
  • Dr. Jordan Brandt, Technology Futurist, AutoDesk
  • Mr. Mike Zink, Senior Product Manager, Siemens PLM

 

Global IP Protection and Protectionism

  • Session Chair: Ms. Barbara McCurdy, Chairman, Finnegan
  • Mr. Jayson Myers, CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
  • International Trade Commission (ITC) – To be announced
  • ITC Case Study – To be announced

 

Cyber Security Issues for Manufacturing

  • Session Chair: Dr. Mike McGrath, Vice President, Systems & Operations Analysis, Analytic Services, Inc.
  • Ms. Kristin Lovejoy, General Manager, IBM Security Services
  • Mr. Keith Stouffer, Program Manager, Intelligent Industrial Control System Security and Industrial Network Standards Program, NIST
  • “Ethical Hacker” – To be announced

 

Game Changing Key Technologies for Manufacturing

  • Session Chair: Dr. Tom Kurfess, Professor and HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Steve McKnight, Director, Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation Division, National Science Foundation
  • Mr. Mitch Free, Chairman & CEO, MFG.com
  • Mr. Mickey McManus, CEO, MAYA Design, co-author of Trillions

For more information about these sessions and speakers, please visit www.worldmanufacturingforum.org.

The Forum is sponsored by the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) program through its member countries and is open to international sponsorship from government, industry, and institutions. Please visit www.worldmanufacturingforum.org for more information. Thanks for your consideration to participate and we look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,

The Organizers of the WORLD MANUFACTURING FORUM 2013