Over the next decades, it is expected that the Manufacturing industry is going to take technological, environmental, economic, and social new challenges. Manufacturing 4.0 is the choice to embrace these changes and develop strategies to take advantage of the new opportunities. The fourth industrial revolution promises to reshape the way manufacturing is seen, to enable the prosperity of the society.

Manufacturing 4.0 will reduce labour costs through innovation and high-skills, allowing changing the offshore trend, and re-shoring the manufacturing activities. This new concept of Manufacturing will spread a local and inclusive industry, where new jobs and the economic stability can be achieved. The industries, together with the research centres and the educational institutes, shall be prepared to embrace this unmissable asset for the conservation of the world wellbeing.

Under this scenario, the establishment of the permanent institute, developing an annual Global Manufacturing Report will be the basis of the definition of the right path of manufacturing industries worldwide. The Global Manufacturing Report will be published with the support of policy experts, industry leaders of large and small to medium-sized enterprises, as well as academic leaders presenting the hot topics of the economic, social and technological challenges of the fourth industrial revolution that will impact the manufacturing in the future.

The Manufacturing Summit 2017, organized by Politecnico di Milano and Confindustria Lombardia, is the occasion to launch the WMF Foundation to the global industrial companies.

The Manufacturing Summit will be the stage where policy experts, industry leaders and academic leaders discuss the industrial needs and policies. During the event two different sessions present the opportunities of Industry 4.0, within the re-shoring of companies bringing jobs back home, and the new skills and competences required by the workers in the era of digitalization.

The Manufacturing Summit will be held in Cernobbio, Italy, on 7-8 June 2017, and registration is free of charge to our invited guests thanks to the financial contribution from Confindustria Lombardia and Regione Lombardia.

We look forward to seeing you there.