Future of Manufacturing – People, Industry 4.0 and Transparency between Production Sites

On 27-29 October 2014, over 200 manufacturing experts gathered together to network, benchmark the best practice and share insights on the manufacturing industry in Europe! Offering an unbeatable mix of expert case studies, interactive debate and master classes over these three incredible days, key learnings were enjoyed from sessions including DFKI, Diageo, Henkel, Shingo Institute, Airbus, Red Arrows, The Humblefactory, Bayer MaterialScience and many more. Rob Karsmakers from Philips Consumer Lifestyle received the inaugural European Manufacturing Leadership Award at the Gala Dinner and addressed the attendees the story behind reshoring from China to Draften.

Highlights of 2014 Summit:

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Prof Dr Detlef Zühlke, Director, Innovative Factory Systems of DFKI summarised the driving change in manufacturing:

  • Shorter product life cycle
  • Individualised product
  • International competition
  • Quality demand

DEBRIEF – The importance of debriefing to improve team performance emphasized by Jas Hawker, Former Commanding Officer and Leader of Red Arrows – Royal Air Force. Industry 4.0 is not just about IT or the Internet! It also involves manufacturing and materials said Mike James from ATS international. Follow us on Twitter @MfgStratNetwork and read the tweets via #EMS14 for most up to date manufacturing insights from the Summit!

Well spent time, good mixture of different industries, subjects very well chosen — Head of Integrated Management Systems and OpEx, ABB Turbo Systems

Excellent event with some very good speakers, some real leaders in Industry. It helped me to learn, it helped to simply apply thinking and pictures to my real world, it reminded me about certain personal and strategic actions. I took many, many notes and .. as said excellent. — Head of Global Operations – GBU Tonnage, Linde AG

Very effective formula giving the opportunity within 3 days to have contacts and important experience exchange with many companies. — Head of Quality of Caselle Plant, AleniaAermacchi