WMF 2016

Barcelona, Spain 3-4 May 2016


From Global Challenges to

Grand Manufacturing Opportunities:
Leading towards Growth and Sustainability

The WMF 2016 was held as a two-days event in Barcelona, in the majestic scenery of Casa Llotja de Mar, under the title “From Global Challenges to Grand Manufacturing Opportunities: Leading towards Growth and Sustainability”.

The discussion started from the premise that the importance of manufacturing as a key contributor to economic wealth and growth needs to be recognized and elevated as a priority in industrialized and developing countries. Furthermore, the debate went on acknowledging how 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 greater revenue, manufacturing enterprises have expanded beyond traditional boundaries. Globalization was the biggest driver of growth for many of them over the past decades, but today it may not be sufficient anymore. In fact, reaching sustainable competitive advantage requires solid innovation and effective resource-use strategies.

In this context, the World Manufacturing Forum brings together experts and leaders from the academic, industrial and policy-making sectors, fostering debate about the economic, social and technical challenges that will impact global manufacturing in the near future.

The WMF 2016 in particular addressed technological and financial aspects affecting industrialized and emerging economies alike as well as the policies supporting and defining new manufacturing megatrends that SMEs need to face in global markets. In addition, this was the occasion where to explore trends such as manufacturing intelligence, social innovation, the circular economy, zero-waste concepts and disruptive technologies as drivers for production and services.