Programme 2022

7-9 November 2022: Berlin, Germany [Central European Time]

08:00 - 11:00 - Site Tour

Pre-Bookable Tour: BMW Group Plant, Berlin

11:00 - 11:55

Registration & Networking Brunch

12:05 - 12:35 - Keynote

Lean & Operational Excellence

Growing our People in a Rapidly Evolving Work Environment: Building a Learning Organization

Dr. Peter Schu, Head of Process Science and Local MSAT, GSK: GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals

The need for digital, technical & scientific capabilities, in an ever complexer work environment, is constantly growing. Eventual mistakes and process deviations in our operations are becoming increasingly expensive, weighing on reliability and on our customer reputation. Therefore, it is necessary, along with hiring of new capabilities, to evolve and develop our current teams and grow newly needed capabilities.
Starting early 2021, we, the ww-vaccines manufacturing and quality network, have translated the strategic relevance of this task into a program: “Building a Learning Organization”, with clearly defined initiatives, targets and roles & responsibilities for our leaders and learners. Program approach, content and first experiences, in a ww network environment, are subject of my case study.

12:35 - 13:05 - Solution Spotlights

Lean & Operational Excellence

Unleashing the potential of your workforce and accelerating operational excellence

Thomas Hughes, World Class Manufacturing Lead, Zaptic

13:10 - 13:40 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Getting Best Value from your Technology Partners

Brintha Koether, EMEA Manufacturing & Industrial Lead , AWS

Manufacturers today want to move from digitization to digital innovation. Success metrics abound for cost savings, staff productivity, operational resilience and business agility. Learn how organizations can overcome the challenges of realizing technology implementations that move toward fully managed systems, and scale based on data sources and volume. The talk will cover considerations for planning, where manufacturers can start, what types of solutions could be deployed, and how to avoid common pitfalls. We will share successful implementation examples from different companies across Europe and the Middle East.

13:40 - 14:30

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking Break

14:30 - 15:00 - Solution Spotlights

Leadership & Workforce Development

Real ways manufacturers can adapt to compete amidst the labour shortage and the war for talent.

Rémi Malenfant, HR Innovation & Customer Experience , UKG

The manufacturing sector faces extraordinary complexities today, from an ongoing battle for skilled workers to record turnover and the pending silver tsunami of baby boomer retirements to the negative perceptions of the industry among the Gen Z workforce. Frontline skilled labour is the primary creator of value in operations, and manufacturers must act now to reimagine the workplace for this largest segment of their workforce. This session will explore how manufacturing leaders can create a winning workforce management strategy to become an employer of choice in the future of work by diving into insights into unique factors that attract, motivate, engage, and retain critical skilled labour.

We’ll discuss:

• Global insights into unique needs, motivations, and preferences of the manufacturing workforce

• Actionable practices and policies you can implement to address these unique needs

• The role of technology in creating a better frontline employee experience in the future of work

15:00 - 15:30 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Digital Change Management: The Key to Manufacturing Excellence

Matthew McGregor, Digital Marketing Manager

Industry feedback consistently shows us that the human change management dimension of smart factory initiatives is as critical as the technology itself. This is why DataProphet works as a digital transformation partner for its manufacturer customers through our AI-as-a-Service (AIaaS).

Key takeaways from this presentation include:
  • Why is change management crucial for smart factories?
  • What are the change management barriers to optimizing plants with AI + Solutions 

15:30 - 16:10 - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

How to Create a Culture of Sustainable Change

Vitor Gregorio, Regional President Europe South, Africa & Latam, Bosch

A practical model with empirical proof on how to transform organizations and create a culture of sustainable change

16:15 - 17:15

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:40

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking Break

08:45 - 09:15 - Keynote

Lean & Operational Excellence

The 7 Actions Leadership do at P&G to Accelerate their Operational Excellence Journey & Results

Salvatore Impellizzeri, Global Director Product Supply Manufacturing, Innovation & Capability, P&G

P&G is widely regarded for its operational excellence capability. That capability has helped the company to have a year-on-year program of cost saving, inventory reduction, service improvement, productivity gains and employee satisfaction. In this presentation, you will learn about some critical leadership actions needed to accelerate and maintain the capabilities to achieve this level of performance.

Summary of presentation

  • Vision and execution of IWS, Procter & Gamble/’s OPEX program, focused on leadership engagement, employee skill development, and delivery of business benefits
  • How IWS empowers people to work in their area of expertise or interest along the production process (quality, safety, applications, throughput increase, reliability, etc)
  • How IWS interlinks the development and integration of digital tools and manufacturing technologies in a smart factory

09:20 - 09:50 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

The Efficiency Improvement Road. The Digitalisation/IoT story

Adam Zawadzki, Senior Project Leader - Innovations, Toyota Motor Europe

Digitalization of our environment is coming. It is not only a trend but necessity. However the main question is how to do it right not to overspend and maximise chances for beneficial output. The presentation shows the successful road chosen for the complex environment of Toyota in Europe, the lessons learned and the image of the future.

Leadership & Workforce Development

The Personnel Supply Chain

Sebastian Müller, Chief Operating Officer (former Airbus XLR Industrial Management), Autoflug

  • Assessing the scalability of workforce development
  • Change management and integrating new systems

09:55 - 10:25 - Solution Spotlights

Lean & Operational Excellence

Ambition into action: How to balance sustainability, operational and energy saving requirements

Steffen Hartmaier, Senior Technical Specialist for Asset Management , IBM

In this session, Steffen Hartmaier, Senior Technical Specialist for Asset Management at IBM, will address industry challenges with focus on sustainability and how improvement of operational KPIs – especially downtime – and reduction of scrap contribute to a more sustainable manufacturing processes, addressing the environment aspects of ESG.
Data and AI are key ingredients to drive improvements and also enable new ways of work, tackling the social aspects of ESG. He will share a realistic approach for the journey to sustainable manufacturing.

10:25 - 11:15

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking Break

11:15 - 11:45 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

An Approach to Smart Manufacturing

Jose M Domingo, VP Operations EMEA, Clarios

Smart Manufacturing is the digital transformation of our plants. By digitalizing the production processes, a company can make real-time data-driven decisions, enhance productivity, increase resilience, optimize the consumption of resources and create a free worries environment that allows our employees to focus on their essential tasks.

During the last few years, we have seen continuous disruptions in our plants due to several reasons. Smart manufacturing could help us to increase the resilience of our plants. So, today, this is a unique opportunity for the occidental companies to increase their worldwide competitiveness and to recover some of the production that was transferred, in the past, to other countries.

However, a 2020 study by Boston Consulting Group found that a staggering 70% of digital transformation projects fall short of their goals — even when leadership is aligned. I will explain, in my opinion, the key success factors in this new industrial adventure.

Lean & Operational Excellence

Design for Product, for Manufacturing or for Supply Chain

Aristides Matopoulos, Professor of Supply Chain Design, Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield University

This session discusses how you can support your manufacturing / engineering business to strengthen resilience trough a structured approach. Attend this session to:

Understand the connection between Technology, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Readiness Levels.
Become aware of the trade-offs between TRL/MRL/SCRL as an integral part of the new product development process.
Learn about the above in the context of a case study

11:50 - 12:20 - Solution Spotlights

Advanced Production Strategies

Getting to Zero –challenges and opportunities in decarbonizing manufacturing

Andrew Evans, GM Sector Light Industry, Shell

Society and business recognize the need to decarbonize, but many manufacturers may be unaware of the risks of not acting now. Moreover, even those that are taking the initiative could be only focusing on part of the challenge and not the full scope of emissions 1,2 and 3.
Here, we share  thinking and ideas on why decarbonising  should be a key priority,  where to focus your resources, and how you can avoid the pitfalls that could derail your decarbonisation journey.

12:20 - 13:20

Networking Lunch & Roundtables

Lunch & Learn Roundtables:

Roundtable led by Buck Consultants International
Successful Initiatives to Optimize Your Manufacturing Footprint & Distribution Network.

Moderated by:
Robert Wieggers, Senior Consultant, BCI Global


Roundtable led by IBM
Sustainable Supply Chains and Circularity with IBM

Moderated by:
David A Hogg - Supply Chain Leader, EMEA. IBM
Thilo Pfleghar - Senior Specialist IBM Sustainability Software EMEA


Roundtable led by UKG
Managing labour compliance while boosting productivity: A comprehensive vision for workforce management from accurate time tracking to employee empowerment

Moderated by:
Rémi Malenfant, Director of HR Innovation, UKG,
Michael Golly and Thomas Weidenfeller, Sales Executives, UKG

13:20 - 13:50 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Using AI To Unlock the True Potential of Today’s Workforce

Carsten Hunfeld, Director of Sales, Augmentir

Today’s manufacturing landscape is a dynamic mix of workforce challenges (including those brought on by Covid and the Great Resignation) and innovative solutions –many of which are powered by AI technology.
This session will begin with a look at some dynamics in the manufacturing landscape and then focus on ways that technology (such as AI and connected worker solutions that recognize the variability in today’s workforce) are empowering workers by giving them tools and resources that will set them up for success.

13:50 - 14:20 - Solution Spotlights

Advanced Production Strategies

Having fun with End to End Analytics and Finding Value in Operations and Supply Chain. A cross industry view.

Dr. John Harhen, Director, Orbsen Consulting

The use of analytics enables us to see in new ways what is going on in operations and along the value stream. While data scientists might aspire to approach the landscape, with an agnostic viewpoint, this can be a little naïve. Prior art can trump a blank page, in finding the EBITDA enhancements. The narrative of the talk gives illustrative examples.

So whether you are interested in optimizing a factory network in pharmaceuticals, or medical devices, triangulating your factory costs with distribution and inventory costs in Food or Drink, understanding cost drivers via activity based costing, going deep on your process outcomes, or doing due diligence pre-acquisition, or post-acquisition optimization, there might be something here for you.

14:20 - 15:15

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking Break

15:15 - 15:45 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

From Traditional to Modern, a New Era of Digital Manufacturing

Hussein Tarhini, Head of Additive Academy, Fraunhofer IAPT

16:45 - 17:45

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:40

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking Break

08:40 - 08:45

08:45 - 09:30 - Keynote

Advanced Production Strategies

Dow’s Path to Net Zero - Leading the Transformation

Eric Peeters, Vice President for Sustainability Performance Materials & Coatings Business Segment, Dow

In his presentation, Eric will explain Dow’s holistic approach to move to a low-carbon economy. He will show how the world’s largest silicone supplier is looking at sustainability challenges as interconnected matters.

Dow combines the power of science and innovation with the power of collaboration to catalyze action on sustainability and help build a sustainable society.

Eric will give a glance at the steps Dow takes to lower the carbon footprint

  • How Dow is addressing social and environmental challenges while driving business results
  • How the global leader in innovation in silicone-based technologies captures value from the increasing demand for sustainable and low-carbon emissions products.

09:30 - 10:00 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Integrating Decaarbonisation into your long-term Investment Strategy

Thaddeus Anim-Somuah, Engineering Manager Projects , Cargill Bioindustrial

Following Cargill's recent acquisiton of Croda's Performance Technologies Division, Thaddeus discusses the steps they are taking to merge the pre-existing net zero programs of both businesses.

10:00 - 10:30 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

How to Energize your Lean Dynamic with Less Resources

Philippe Babel, Group Lean Director, LISI Group

10:30 - 11:20

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking Break

11:20 - 11:50 - Solution Spotlights

From sustainability KPIs to actual results

Brecht Vanlee, Chief Commercial Officer, Tamturbo

Due to the massive shift in energy availability and pricing recently in the market the total cost of ownership assessment becomes even more applicable to Oil-Free Compressors. Due to our innovative solutions a technology shift has been started in the market. A shift towards a new way of working and a new way of looking at compressed air and recovered heat.

11:50 - 12:20 - Case Studies

Digital Twin and its Application with AI in Manufacturing

Chris Cheng, Regional Branch Organizer, Digital Twin Consortium

Digital Twin is a digital representation of real-world physical entities. It helps manage complexity and establish a semantic layer on top of the more technical layers. Nowadays, it is widely used in various fields and combined with AI to bring successful and efficient solutions to customers.

This presentation will introduce you to Digital Twin with an example of predictive maintenance implementation for hydraulic systems in manufacturing.

12:20 - 13:20

Networking Lunch

13:20 - 13:50 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Knowledge - the resource of the future One of the essential tension fields in modern organizational development

Harald Kirsch, Head of Automation and Industrial IT, ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH

Knowledge has become a crucial success factor in the business world. Especially in the phase of an aging society and the difficult access to young curious professionals, it has become more and more important to conserve existing knowledge. Innovative (intelligent) processes and methods play a central role in ensuring that knowledge does not evaporate but remains discoverable.  Without reliable access to knowledge and a smooth transfer of knowledge, it is becoming increasingly challenging to increase innovative capacity due to the advancing knowledge drain. It is therefore safe to say that successful knowledge management is a basic prerequisite for the emergence of a company-wide culture of innovation.

Sensitive handling of existing know-how not only creates competitive advantages and helps to develop unique products and services. Rather, effective knowledge management also serves to increase employee motivation and thus reduce the fluctuation rate. Employees who can access valuable information, they need, at any point in the operating-/ production process or the product life cycle, handle it correctly and integrate it into the workflow are relieved of the burden of performing their jobs, are more satisfied and more productive.

In my presentation, I would like to have a look at how a traditional, medium-sized special machine manufacturer is facing up to this challenge and what approaches are being taken to master the whole thing.

13:50 - 14:20 - Keynote

Connecting People and Information - the Success Factors on the way to Industry 5.0

Dr. Michael Schmeja, Area Manager Safety and Security, Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH

In this talk, the term Industry 5.0 will be explained, and some concrete solution will be presented where workers are supported with digitally tools by providing relevant information to the worker in the right context that best supports them in their specific problem solution finding.

14:20 - 14:30

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit

Chris Beck, Editor, Manufacturing Management

16:00 - 19:00

Pre-Bookable Tour: BMW Group Plant, Berlin