The World Manufacturing Forum (WMF) was created by IMS to be an international forum where high-level policy makers and industry leaders could meet to discuss global manufacturing issues that should be solved cooperatively. The mission of the WMF is to improve research, innovation, and competitiveness in all industrialized nations through dialogue and cooperation. The WMF hosts over 800 attendees and 40 speakers annually including high level government officials, premier academic scholars, and top industry professionals from companies including Bosch, Whirlpool, General Motors, Hitachi, Boeing, ABB, Daimler, Samsung, and General Electric.


The first forum was held in 2011 in Cernobbio, Italy. Past editions were held in Stuttgart, Milan, Barcelona, and Monterrey. In 2018, IMS, Politecnico di Milano, and Confindustria created the World Manufacturing Forum Foundation based in Milan, Italy. The Foundation will guide future WMF activities and research. 




Jun 18, 2018

WMF Regional Event: South Africa

IMS was pleased to host the first World Manufacturing Forum Regional event in Johannesburg, South Africa.


The event took place on Monday June 18, 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The topic of discussion focused on how the industrial transformation inspires education, sustainable development, and societal impact. The event introduced the new World Manufacturing Forum Foundation and the program included two sessions: Policies Advancing Manufacturing Development and Global Cooperation and Solving the Manufacturing Skill Challenges.

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IMS invites all members to participate in both regional and international World Manufacturing Forum events. The international WMF meeting is held annually at Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Italy. 

In addition to the international meeting, regional events are held throughout the year. WMF regional events are available for all IMS participating regions. Regional events offer expert speakers and insights to further collaboration and innovation in manufacturing on a national and regional level. 


We encourage all interested parties to join and participate in WMF events.


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