Thursday, August 23, 2012

World Manufacturing Forum: An Invitation!

World Manufacturing Forum
Smart Policies for Global Manufacturing Innovation
16-18 October 2012, Stuttgart, Germany

Is manufacturing the solution to the economic crisis?
Can it be an enabler for the wellbeing of our future society?
Are current policies able to guarantee a sustainable use of resources?

ISA members are invited by the European Commission and IMS to the World Manufacturing Forum to be held in Stuttgart, Germany on 16-18 October, 2012.

At the WMF 2012, keynote presentations and roundtable discussions by global experts who will focus on the theme "Smart Policies for Global Manufacturing Innovation". The dialogue between industrialists and government leaders will aim to explore the challenges for manufacturing innovation in the context of policy makers' options. The Forum is planned to be opened by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and will feature talks by leading industrialists and policy makers.

Invited speakers will talk about global business concerns such as the management of strategic resources and how governments can support global manufacturing innovation by increasing the sustainability of business operations and by lowering the risk of conflicts through dialogue and international S&T cooperation. Among these speakers will be ISA Executive Director and CEO Pat Gouhin, who is also serves on the Executive Board of the event.

Further highlights include a roundtable on "Global Resource Management", a debate on "Can Wall Street and Main Street become Friends?" as well as visits to companies located in the manufacturing powerhouse region around Stuttgart.

As a point of reference, last year more than 300 industrialists and policy makers participated at our event in Lake Como (I), to hear and discuss current manufacturing challenges with over fifty speakers from around the globe.

The event is supported by the European Commission and the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) international cooperation program, as well as by leading industries, associations, and institutions through in-kind contributions. The forum also enjoys the support of global companies like Bosch, Comau, Festo, Daimler, Volvo and many others.

This is an invitation-only event with free registration.  Due to limited places your registration should be completed promptly and by 30 August, 2012.  After your registration delegates will regularly be updated with programme, speakers and the latest news.

If you cannot join us, you may recommend a high level representative in your organization to attend.

Please follow on Twitter @IMS_org  with the hash tag #wmf12.

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