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How can industry accelerate advanced manufacturing
in the era of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth?
The importance of manufacturing as a key contributor to economic wealth and growth has been recognized and elevated again as a priority in industrialized nations in the early 21st century. Innovation fueled by ever increasing customer demand drives research efforts toward increased productivity through the development and use of new technologies, whilst respecting the need for a more sustainable use of resources across the globe.
In their aspiration to generate new revenue manufacturing enterprises expand beyond traditional boundaries. Globalization has been the biggest driver of growth for many of them over the past decades, but today, it looks as this may not be sufficient anymore, as sustainable competitive advantage requires solid innovation and effective resource-use strategies.
In this context, the World Manufacturing Forum will bring together policy experts, industry leaders of large multinationals and small to medium-sized enterprises, as well as academic leaders across the globe to discuss the economic, social and technical challenges that will impact global manufacturing in the future.
The Forum will address technological and financial challenges affecting industrialized and emerging economies alike as well as the policies supporting and defining new manufacturing megatrends and challenges to SMEs in global markets. Also, trends such as manufacturing intelligence, social innovation, the Circular Economy, zero-waste concepts and disruptive technologies as drivers for products and services in the future.