WMF 2012

About the 2012 Program “Smart Policies for Global Manufacturing Innovation”

The international business environment has undergone dramatic change in the last decade. Technology and skills are key innovation differentiators. Global value chains are increasingly interlinked and there is a growing competition for scarce energy sources and raw materials.

Manufacturing is one of the engines of global economic growth and sustainable development. However, today’s environment bears challenges as well as opportunities: Access to international consumer markets has become easier. And whilst OECD countries have maintained a high level of spending on science and technology, BRIC economies are catching up significantly through increased spending. Also, governments seem to be keen to put proper policies in place to help their industries seize the new opportunities for innovation.

The event explored the challenges for manufacturing innovation in the context of policy makers’ concerns. Speakers discussed the management of strategic resources such as water, fossil fuels, and rare earth elements and outline how governments could support global manufacturing innovation by increasing the sustainability of business operations and by lowering the risk of conflicts through effective dialogue and international S&T cooperation.

The WMF 2012 was held in Stuttgart 16-18 October, 2012 at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle in the Hegel-Saal. This event was by invitation with over 400 registrations. You may visit the World Manufacturing Forum website for more information.


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If you would like to see the program for 2011, please access the download below. Presentations may be found at the forum website above.