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2nd Annual World Manufacturing Forum - North America
and 10th Annual World Manufacturing Forum

October 19, 2021 - Every Manufacturer Can Profit in the Pursuit of

WMF-NA: The Value of Industry 4.0 for the SME

This 2021 edition of the World Manufacturing Forum will highlight how, in the attempt to move toward a global economic renaissance, technological innovation is progressing rapidly and Artificial Intelligence has become an area of strategic importance and a key driver of resilient economy.


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Manufacturing is a major driver of global economy 

Throughout the world, industry is a pivot around which the whole economy moves. It contributes greatly to prosperity acting as the engine of global and local value chains and provides many jobs. 

Business leaders today are rightly focused on the huge business continuity challenges posed by Covid-19. First and foremost, they must ensure that employees are as safe as possible, securing financial sustainability, assessing the resilience of supply chains and reinforcing crucial systems to support unprecedented levels of remote working and online trading, while withstanding an upsurge in cyberattacks. 

Leading companies are now looking to disruptive technologies as a way to improve performance.


Many have already started to experiment with technologies such as machine-to-machine digital connectivity (the Industrial Internet of Things), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, advanced automation, robotics, and additive manufacturing. The impact of this shift shaped what is now universally known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

During the 2020 edition of the World Manufacturing Forum, it will be highlighted how, in the attempt to move towards a global economic renaissance, technological innovation is progressing rapidly and AI has become an area of strategic importance and a key driver of resilient economy. 

 The World Manufacturing Forum will take place over two days: 

  • The Forum will start on the 11th at 8:00am (MT-U.S.) with Plenary Sessions discussing how we will resurge in a “New Normal” world. The Forum will continue after lunch with Technical Sessions with high-level technological companies, ending at 5:30pm (MT-U.S.). 

  • On the second day, the program will alternate Technical and Plenary Sessions, starting with morning Technical Sessions, followed in the afternoon by Plenary Sessions presenting the technological, ethical, legal and socio-economic aspects needing to be considered to boost capacities, with special attention on responding to. the disruption in manufacturing and global value chains caused by COVID-19.

Plenary Sessions

The World Manufacturing Forum’s Plenary Sessions feature open debate regarding the most urgent and challenging topics affecting the manufacturing sector. Plenary Sessions take the form of round-table discussions with top-level speakers, such as leading experts, policy-makers, and industrial leaders.

Technical & Side Events

Clear and direct to the point, the World Manufacturing Week’s Technical and Side Events (9-12 November 2020) are co-organised with manufacturing companies, institutions, and associations partnering with the World Manufacturing Foundation.

The focus is on technical and application aspects related to new technologies and on specific sector-based perspectives.

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