2017 WMF Program Overview

The WMF2017 will assemble global policy experts and leaders from large multinationals, small-to-medium enterprises, and academia to discuss the policy, economic, social, environmental and technical challenges that influence global manufacturing. The theme for this forum is “Towards a Digital Market and Connected Manufacturing Ecosystems” and will explore:

  • Industrial Policies for Digital Market and Connected Manufacturing Ecosystems, which forms the “digital thread”, is expected to connect and drive future manufacturing supply chains. This marketplace will further drive rapid innovation, efficiency, and global collaboration. Cross-border policies and cooperation are needed  to enable ecosystems of this scope and size.
  • Connected Factories and Value Chains. Platforms for connected factories along a value chain ecosystem must be developed in a standardized way so that production partners can easily enter, participate, and disconnect. What are the reference architectures and standards currently in development and how can they be implemented for creating value chain ecosystems?
  • Digital Workforce & Future Jobs. Connected manufacturing ecosystems will drive new architectures, but will also change how we utilize our workforce. The future workforce will extend beyond company walls to become interconnected as a shared resource. These employees will need to be agile, highly trained, and able to address dynamic challenges and changes. How do we train such a workforce?
  • Energy- and Resource-Efficient Manufacturing. Efficient use of resources will continue to drive manufacturing from business and social aspects. What are the major barriers to further efficiencies in manufacturing ecosystems? How can value chains drive these efficiencies in a cooperative way to spur innovation, reduce costs, and be environmentally responsible?
  • New Business Models & Service Engineering. The distinction between products and services has blurred as they are integrated into global manufacturing value chains. This major evolution will continue to expand and innovate thanks to powerful digital networks transforming regional businesses to globally integrated enterprises, while allowing global enterprises to reach regional resources.  What are the requirements and barriers for this new business model?
  • Technology Trends for the Factory of the Future. New manufacturing technologies will enable production of innovative smart products, drive resource efficiencies to lower costs, and provide better customer communication and satisfaction. What are these technologies, materials, and processes on the horizon?

Speakers are expected to present policy views supporting and defining manufacturing megatrends such as the digitalization of industry, challenges for SMEs in the global marketplace, manufacturing intelligence, social innovation as a driver for new products, services, and technologies, financial challenges that affect industrialized and emerging economies, the circular economy and zero waste, and other disruptive technologies.

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