Tuesday 3 May 2016


08:30 - 09:30



10:00 - 13:30

Panel on Government Policies for Enabling the Fourth Industrial (R)evolution

The Panel will be moderated by John Hooper, Italy and Vatican correspondent of The Economist and a contributing editor of the Guardian.


Panel Summary:


Policy makers and key industry players will present, share and discuss their national agendas and key issues on how to foster the manufacturing growth with national action plan.

What will the consequences be for business, the work force and societies? Is the policy framework right? Will new standards be needed? What is the role of security for business and society? It is expected that the Panel's conclusions will be instrumental for the shaping of policies and global industrial partnerships in the future.

In the first round, the key pillars of national agendas will be presented and shared between all the panelists and the audience. A second round will be dedicated to manufacturing key issues and should focus on the messages the panelists would like to convey.


13:30 - 14:30

Networking Lunch


14:30 - 16:00

Session 1 – “21st Century Manufacturing”


Session Summary: 


A new era of global manufacturing is emerging with many economies acquiring significant manufacturing innovation capacity in materials, processes, information technology, and supply chain operations. At global level, manufacturing accounts for approximately sixteen per cent of GDP and fourteen per cent of employment. Governments and their policies are essential actors. This session will present trends that are likely to define the manufacturing business over the next 20 years and require attention and cooperation by policy-makers, social stakeholders, business leaders and finance. A coherent stakeholder engagement can ultimately lead to manufacturing-driven wealth for all with greater opportunities for business and work, better product and service offers and more respect for the environment. At the same time, central banks, financial institutions, research and innovation agencies need to adequately respond to the challenges of the manufacturing industry.


16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break


16:30 - 18:00

Session 2 - “Manufacturing Intelligence”


Session Summary:


With the increasing complexity and sophistication of in-process data collection, the shop-floor information collected is trending towards expansion without limits. At the same time, the decision-makers must have visibility of the bigger production picture and access in real-time to key criteria for assessing and choosing the best options every time a change occurs. However, all data collected does not necessarily translate into useful information to support an ever-increasing demand for flexibility and adaptability. How can enterprises transform data into useful information whilst ensuring that no harm is generated from its use? How can 21st century companies ensure that the information is made available where and when it is appropriate while being protected against misuses or third parties attacks? This session explores how to extract and use large data for achieving intelligent decision-making towards the “liquid enterprise”.


18:00 - 18:30


Introduction by David Romero, IMS



PTC President and CEO, Jim Heppelmann, collaborated on a multi-year research project on the Internet of Things (IoT) with Professor Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School. Their research findings were published in two Harvard Business Review articles, exploring the impact of the IoT on industry competition and on companies' organizational structure. Their ongoing research now explores the emerging trend of Augmented Reality (AR), creating new experiences and opportunities for competitive advantage in the IoT. The IoT has become the defining technological advancement of this era, and Jim Heppelmann delivers a visionary and research driven framework for how companies can capitalize on the convergence of the digital and physical worlds.

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Wednesday 4 May 2016

08:15 - 08:30



08:40 -10:10

Session 3 - “Small is Beautiful?”


Session Summary:


SMEs and entrepreneurs play a significant role in any economy’s manufacturing sector and are key generators of employment and key drivers of innovation and growth. However, the increasingly global competition, the recent global crisis, and the scarcity of entrepreneurial and institutional lending has created a particularly difficult environment for SMEs to survive and grow. On the other hand, the strong correlation between improved business performance and cross-border trade suggests that there is a clear need for SMEs to target the global market. This session intends to reveal best practices of SMEs engaged in global manufacturing value chains and explore current and future enablers and obstacles related with their business performance and expansion in international markets.


10:10 - 10:40

Coffee Break


10:40 - 12:10

Session 4 - “New Manufacturing Powerhouse Challenges”


Session Summary:


New manufacturing opens up several industrialisation avenues. Countries willing to build new manufacturing capacity through smart procurement, energy and resource efficiency as well as through modern infrastructure development will have a significant advantage. Still today, manufacturing is a key enabler of economic growth and the new manufacturing powerhouses will aim to jump ahead by simultaneously developing product, process and organisational competencies at firm, local and national levels, thus contributing disproportionately toward enhanced competitiveness and innovation. This definitely requires knowledge- and technology-intensive activities such as R&D, an overwhelmingly daunting but necessary exercise.


12:10 - 13:10

Networking Lunch


13:10 - 14:40

Session 5 - “Circular Manufacturing”


Session Summary:


The linear ‘take, make, and dispose’ economy model relies on large quantities of easily accessible resources and energy with an increase of waste generated. Considering the world, population growth of eighteen per cent to 8.4 billion people in fifteen years from now, the economy model needs to move from a linear perspective to a circular one. The Circular Economy aims to eliminate waste through the superior design of materials, products, systems and business models, improving the reuse of products and the recycling of materials. Manufacturing industries have started to adopt the Circular Economy concept with this regenerative model of manufacturing in which products and components are re-used multiple times: “Circular Manufacturing”. The advantages provided by the Circular Economy seem to create benefits both for consumers and manufacturers, but significant challenges remain in adopting the circular approach.

14:40 - 15:10

Coffee Break


15:10 - 16:40

Session 6 - “Disruptive Strategies Towards the Next Manufacturing Era”


Session Summary:


The primary impetus in all manufacturing companies is to reinforce the manufacturing competitiveness by fostering differentiation and continuously improving operational efficiency. Current trends such as the increased rate of technological change, market globalisation, customisation needs and social and environmental sustainability requirements are considered key drivers for the future of manufacturing. The session will discuss modern manufacturing challenges and will explore new manufacturing paradigms and strategies able to promote future sustainability and competitiveness in the global market.


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