Annual meeting of The World Manufacturing Forum 13:08:2019

The World Manufacturing Forum annual meeting will take place on 25-27th September in Cernobbio, Como Lake, Italy. Under the scope of "New Skills for Future Manufacturing" the forthcoming edition will highlight how, in the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), technological innovation is moving forward rapidly – and – how new skills must be developed starting with primary education and continuing with workers retraining.

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Participants taking part in the WMF Annual Meeting 2019 will have the opportunity to hear how a future-oriented industrial policy will support advanced manufacturing requirements, highlighting different perspectives from countries such as Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK, USA, and many others. Furthermore, the Forum will encourage well-rounded discussion thanks to the participation of high-level speakers representing international companies, institutions and academia.

Day 1: 25th September 2019 – Technical Day

The World Manufacturing Forum™ (WMF) Technical Day is intended to focus on current shop floor and management challenges for manufacturers.

Day 2: 26th September 2019

-       Corporate Strategies and Industrial Policies for Digital Manufacturing

The new policy framework serves as a strategic guide to enable the transformation of the manufacturing sector and accelerate the adoption of the Industry 4.0 and related technologies in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

In the opening panel, the key pillars of national agendas from different countries, such as Brazil, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Africa, USA, and others will be presented and shared between all the panellists and the audience.

-       Skills Gaps and Global Education System Across Various Manufacturing Industries

The session aims to discuss and present the peculiarities of future skills in different manufacturing industries.

-       Jobs to Come: The Future of Jobs in the World

The objective of this session is to understand how the workforce will evolve in order to be aligned with the competence requirements of Industry 4.0. The importance of “hard” skills will increase due to the need for manufacturing automation. Therefore, “hard” skills of future jobs are different from the current jobs, and the workers of the future need to be ready for these changes.

Day 3: 27th September 2019

-       Policy Framework for Industrial Skills Development in Emerging Countries

This session will explore how emerging economies are promoting and harnessing 4IR through educational systems and skill policies. Frugal manufacturing and frugal innovation engineering will also be discussed and showcased.

-       Disruptive Technologies to Enrich the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital technology provides the potential for a fundamental transformation in businesses and organisations as well as the development of new business models. The Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Process Automation, Machine Learning, and Blockchain increase the importance of data that is the basis for enriching the digital transformation journey.

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