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FT Future of Manufacturing: Embracing the Digital Revolution

London |
Speakers include:
Peggy Hollinger

Peggy Hollinger

Financial Times

Peter Marsh

Peter Marsh

Author of The New Industrial Revolution

Ralf  Speth

Ralf Speth

Jaguar Land Rover


These are crucial times for manufacturing. Rapid growth in developing markets, profound changes in demand patterns and the emergence of disruptive technologies are radically changing the ways in which goods and services are created, transported, distributed and consumed.

This transformation of the global manufacturing landscape is compelling businesses to rethink how and where to manufacture, how they work with their supply chains and how they adopt new technologies. As global competition intensifies and technological advances reshape entire manufacturing processes and products, it is critical for manufacturers to anticipate such transformations in order to take full advantage of the new opportunities presented.

The Financial Times will bring together senior business leaders and policy makers for a unique, high level discussion on the particular opportunities and challenges facing manufacturing worldwide. The conference will identify, analyse, and propose solutions on the key areas impacting the sector, including technological advancements, skills and talent improvement, innovation development, resource efficiency and industrial policy. 

fallback Add to my Calendar 09/30/2015 08:25:0009/30/2015 17:20:00trueFT Future of Manufacturing: Embracing the Digital RevolutionThese are crucial times for manufacturing. Rapid growth in developing markets, profound changes in demand patterns and the emergence of disruptive technologies are radically changing the ways in which goods and services are created, transported, distributed and consumed.This transformation of the global manufacturing landscape is compelling businesses to rethink how and where to manufacture, how they work with their supply chains and how they adopt new technologies. As global competition intensifies and technological advances reshape entire manufacturing processes and products, it is critical for manufacturers to anticipate such transformations in order to take full advantage of the new opportunities presented.The Financial Times will bring together senior business leaders and policy makers for a unique, high level discussion on the particular opportunities and challenges facing manufacturing worldwide. The conference will identify, analyse, and propose solutions on the key areas impacting the sector, including technological advancements, skills and talent improvement, innovation development, resource efficiency and industrial policy. FT-Future-of-Manufacturing:-Embracing-the-Digital-Revolution8e115408f9d81714c8ed334333056f49MM/DD/YYYY

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Peggy Hollinger

Peggy Hollinger

International Business Editor
Financial Times

Peggy Hollinger was appointed the FT’s industry editor in September 2014. Prior to this, she had been a leader writer since September 2011. Ms Hollinger has also held the positions of the Paris bureau chief and Paris correspondent. Before that she was a UK company news editor and the retail correspondent. Joining the FT in 1987, she has also covered UK utilities and oil and gas and written for Lex. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with an honours degree in history.

Peter Marsh

Peter Marsh

former Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times
Author of The New Industrial Revolution


Peter Marsh is a journalist, and lecturer and commentator on 21st century manufacturing. His best known book is The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production, published in 2012 by Yale University Press. Mr Marsh has a programme of speaking engagements in 2016 on how countries can revitalise their economies using new ideas, following his other presentations on this subject in the US, UK, South Korea, China, Italy, Germany and Lithuania. In 2015, Mr Marsh started MadeHereNow, a website about UK manufacturing. From 1983 to 2013 he worked at the Financial Times where his most recent job was manufacturing editor. Mr Marsh has a degree in chemistry from the University of Nottingham. His other books have covered microchips (The Silicon Chip Book, Abacus), robotics (The Robot Age, Abacus) and the space industry (The Space Business, Penguin). Before the FT, Peter was employed as a journalist at the Luton Evening Post, Building Design magazine, and New Scientist.

Speakers (26)

Ralf  Speth

Ralf Speth

Chief Executive Officer
Jaguar Land Rover

Ralf Speth was appointed to the post of Chief Executive Officer at Jaguar Land Rover on February 2010.

Prior to this appointment, Dr Speth was Head of Global Operations at the international industrial gases and engineering company, The Linde Group.

Dr Speth started his business career at BMW leaving after 20 years to join Ford Motor Company's Premier Automotive Group (PAG).

Dr Speth earned a Doctorate of Engineering and is an Industrial Professor at the University of Warwick.  He has also been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.



Benoît  Potier

Benoît Potier

Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Air Liquide

Benoît Potier graduated from the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in 1979, and completed his executive education within the Wharton International Forum and the Advanced Management program at INSEAD. In 1981, he joined Air Liquide as an Engineer in the Research & Development Division. He held different positions in the Group in the strategic department and in operations. Since 2006, Mr Potier is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Air Liquide Group headquartered in Paris, France. Present in 80 countries with more than 50,000 employees and sales of €15.4 billion, Air Liquide is a world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health. Mr Potier is also Chairman of the Air Liquide Foundation. Among other activities outside the Air Liquide Group, Mr Potier is Chairman of the European Roundtable of Industrialists “ERT”.  

Khalil   Rouhana

Khalil Rouhana

Director, Digital Industry, DG CONNECT
European Commission

Khalil Rouhana is the Director for "Digital Industry" in DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology). The mission of the Directorate is to strengthen the competitiveness and to ensure that any industry in any sector in Europe can make the best use of digital innovations to compete on a global scale, grow and create jobs. The directorate is responsible for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy. It supports R&D&I in key digital industrial technologies including micro and nano-electronics, microsystems, photonics, robotics and AI, embedded software and cyber-physical systems as well as digital technologies for manufacturing spanning from simulation and design to process optimisation and Product life cycle management. It is responsible for the Public Private Partnerships in these fields including the Joint Technology Initiative ECSEL.

The directorate also follows the legal issues regarding digitisation of industry such as liability and safety of autonomous systems as well as related societal implications notably on, transformation of work in industry. It also follows all the framework conditions for the development of digital and digitised industries including access to finance and SMEs growth.

In his previous experiences in the Commission, Mr Rouhana was the Director for "Digital content & Cognitive systems", the Head of Unit in charge of ICT research and Innovation strategy, and started as a project officer in the ESPRIT programme in the areas of High Performance Computing and Future and Emerging technologies.

Before joining the Commission in 1992, he was for 5 years, the director of an institute and school of engineering (Grande Ecole) in France.  He started his career as research and development engineer for the aeronautics industry, worked for the French University in Beirut and created also his own engineering company. He has a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic engineering from the Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (Supelec, France).

Avi  Reichental

Avi Reichental

President and Chief Executive Officer
3D Systems

Avi Reichental has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) since September 2003. Under Mr Reichental's leadership, 3D Systems has emerged as the global 3D content-to-print leader that is redefining and shaping the way we design, what we create and how we manufacture.

In 2014, 3D Systems was ranked as the 13th most Innovative Growth Company in the world by Forbes. In 2013, it was named the 5th Fastest Growing Company in the U.S. and the country’s 2nd Fastest Growing Technology Company by Fortune Magazine.

In 2014, Mr Reichental was named as one of the top 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream by Popular Mechanics Magazine. In 2013, he was listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 business leaders and, in 2012, he received the Financial Times Boldness in Business award.

Mr Reichental sits on the board of directors of audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation leader Harman (NYSE: HAR) and is also a member of the XPRIZE Foundation innovation board and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum board. He currently serves as Faculty Chair of Digital Fabrication at Singularity University.

Professor Lord Kumar  Bhattacharyya

Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya

Chairman and Founder
Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was born in Dhaka. After graduating from IIT Kharagpur, he came to the UK a graduate apprentice at Lucas Industries before gaining his Doctorate in Engineering Production at Birmingham University.

In 1980 Lord Bhattacharyya founded Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick. From WMG's inception, Lord Bhattacharyya has been a passionate advocate for academic engineering, making WMG a global beacon for manufacturing R&D and business education, delivered through long-term research partnerships between world leading academics and innovative businesses.

One recent example of this partnership approach is the National Automotive Innovation Centre, a £150 million project to provide  the UK automotive sector with a critical mass of research capability and commercially valuable innovation.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was appointed a CBE in 1997 and knighted in 2003. In 2004, he was made a member of the House of Lords. He has published extensively in the field of manufacturing and is an advisor to many governments and leading companies in India, the UK and around the world.

In 2014 he was elected to the Fellowship of The Royal Society for his contribution to engineering research and education.

Tim Lawrence

Tim Lawrence

Global Head of Manufacturing
PA Consulting Group

Tim Lawrence has 26 years of experience in transforming manufacturing organisations working within the Automotive, Industrial Engineering and Consumers Good. During his 20 years at PA consulting, Mr Lawrence has worked with global companies to deliver improvements in their supply chains, focused on reducing complexity and cost, managing globalisation, improving customer service and improving supply chain visibility in the boardroom. His recent clients in manufacturing include,Unilever, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen, Skoda, Philips, Siemens, Rieter Automotive and Continental. Recent achievements include:

- Transforming the supply chain and reducing lead-time for a global automotive company

- Creating agile and flexible supply chains in consumer goods radically reducing inventory and lead-times

- Re-inventing manufacturing processes and supply chains for a global FMCG delivering more than 20 times ROI

- Developing the manufacturing strategy and global network for the future for a personal care company

Mr Lawrence has been instrumental in developing PA’s insights into global supply chain management and regularly speaks on these topics at conference platforms across Europe and the US.

Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor

Industry Director, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics

Ross Taylor is responsible for the London Corporate Banking team specialising in the Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics sector. The business includes aerospace & defence, food & drink, advanced manufacturing, infrastructure, energy and the environment.

Previous experience includes debt and capital markets, Export Credit Agency financing, international trade finance and risk management. Mr Taylor is also responsible for the development and implementation of industry strategy across the London business.

Mr Taylor joined Barclays in 2007 as a Relationship Director where he looked after a portfolio of clients within the same sector which included FTSE listed and large multi-national names. Prior to his time in Barclays, Mr Taylor worked at HSBC for five years in various retail, commercial and corporate banking positions.

Prior to a career in banking, Ross was a professional rugby player.

Philipp  Gerbert

Philipp Gerbert

Senior Partner
The Boston Consulting Group

Philipp Gerbert is a Senior Partner in the Munich office of The Boston Consulting Group and leads BCG's Aerospace & Defence, Machinery, Engineering and Infrastructure sector.  Philipp is co-author of the recent BCG report Industry4.0 – The Future of Productivity and Growth in Manufacturing Industries and currently spearheads BCG's initiative on the impact of digital in industrial goods industries. 

Mr Gerbert has over 20 years of consulting experience, having advised numerous leading companies throughout Europe, the US and Brazil, on how to best leverage technology to achieve competitive advantage. In addition, he has also advised the World Economic Forum on technology and infrastructure-related topics, as well as the German Industry Association on assuring the competitiveness of German industry.

Before joining The Boston Consulting Group, Mr Gerbert worked out of Silicon Valley for The McKenna Group. By background, Mr Gerbert is a physicist and received his Masters degree at the Max-Planck-Institute/University of Munich, Germany. He was later awarded his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA.

Jordan  Brandt

Jordan Brandt

Technology Futurist and Director, Spark Investment Fund,

Jordan Brandt is the resident Technology Futurist and Director of the Spark Investment Fund at Autodesk, with an educational and professional background spanning the architecture, aerospace, cloud computing and composites manufacturing industries.   

Mr Brandt was the CEO and co-founder of Horizontal Systems, creators of the popular design and construction collaboration software now known as BIM 360 Glue.  He received his degree in Architecture from the University of Kansas, and his doctorate in Building Technology at Harvard. He is also an Associate Consulting Professor at Stanford.

He has consulted extensively with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research advancing additive manufacturing technologies, and developed digital fabrication strategies for complex curtain walls at A. Zahner Company.  Mr Brandt was recently named as one of Forbes ‘Next-Gen Innovators’, presumably because he spends most his time in the future designing and making things.

Enrico Krog Iversen

Enrico Krog Iversen

Chief Executive Officer
Universal Robots

Enrico Krog Iversen has been CEO and partner at Universal Robots since 2008. He discovered a huge potential in the UR robots because they are significantly easier and cheaper to install, use and program compared with traditional industrial robots. Within a few years, he has created a spectacular growth and expansion of Universal Robots. Before joining Universal Robots, he was partner and Sales Director at Krog Iversen & Co. A/S (today Scan A/S), the largest manufacturer of heating stoves in Denmark. In this position he was responsible for the company's international expansion and therefore played a significant role in the company's strong growth. Mr Iversen began his career as a management trainee with the shipping company A.P. Moeller/Maersk in Copenhagen, Denmark's largest company. Subsequently, he has held various positions within the group, including a period as Operations Manager with Maersk, Inc. in New York, USA, before studying for a degree in business administration at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

Antonio João  Carmesini Barcellos

Antonio João Carmesini Barcellos

Vice President, Manufacturing Engineering,

Antonio João Carmesini is the Vice President of Manufacturing Engineering at Embraer SA, being responsible by Manufacturing Engineering, Automation and Tooling. Previously, he worked in the Development area for Aeronautical Products as Technical Manager of E-jets and as ELEB Vice President.

Mr. Carmesini is Board Director of the SAE Brazil. Mr Carmesini has a degree in Engineering from the University of São Paulo (USP), Post-graduated in Aeronautical Structural Analysis, by ITA.

Ronald  Lewis

Ronald Lewis

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
Coca-Cola Enterprises

Ron Lewis currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Supply Chain at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc and is responsible in this capacity for leading their end-to-end Supply Chain of more than 6,000 employees across 17 manufacturing facilities in 7 European countries. Prior to his current role, Mr Lewis held the position of Vice President, Procurement and Chief Procurement Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and was responsible for stewarding in excess of $38 billion in external spending across The Coca-Cola System. In the past, Mr Lewis held the position of Senior Vice President, Coca-Cola Refreshments, leading their 7,000 employees across the Southeast Region in the US and prior to that was Vice President, Supply Chain for Coca-Cola Enterprises in the US. He was also Vice President and ChiefProcurement Officer for Coca-Cola Enterprises as well as President and CEO for Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales and Services LLC. Prior to these roles, he held various supply chain and procurement roles at Coca-Cola Enterprises in the United States and Europe.

He has served as a Director of ZICO (a coconut water beverage company) Southeastern Container (a plastic bottle manufacturing company), Coca-Cola Supply (a shared supply chain services company) and Coca-Cola Bottlers Sales & Services (a sales, customer service and supply chain company) Before starting his career with the Coca-Cola system, he was employed by Mars Inc. and Cargill Inc. in various supply chain, procurement, trading and risk management capacities. Mr Lewis received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and a MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Line Sandberg

Line Sandberg

Vice President EMEA Manufacturing

Line Sandberg is the Vice President of EMEA manufacturing at Novozymes – the leader in biological solutions. As the world’s largest provider of enzyme and microbial technologies, Novozymes’ bioinnovation enables higher agricultural yields, low-temperature washing, energy-efficient production, renewable fuel and many other benefits that we rely on today and in the future. Ms Sandberg holds more than 22 years of experience within production, supply chain, quality management and product development – both from Novo Nordisk and Novozymes.

As the VP of EMEA manufacturing, she is responsible for all production of Novozymes products in the region, which includes three primary manufacturing sites – comprising also one of the world’s largest enzyme production facilities located outside of Kalundborg, Denmark. Ms Sandberg has a degree in chemical engineering, specialised in biotechnology and biotechnological processes (unit operations), from the Technical University of Denmark, as well as a supplementary BA in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School. She holds board positions at CoastZone and Novo Hallas Park.

Carlos  Härtel

Carlos Härtel

Managing Director, Global Research Center–Europe

Carlos Härtel took the helm at GE’s European research centre in 2007, located near Munich, Germany, after managing the centre’s laboratory for alternative energies. Since joining GE in 2003, he has developed strong partnerships between the center and a number of universities and companies. GE employs 11.000 technologists in Europe and spends one third of global R&D or over 1Bn$ in the region. Earlier in his career, he held positions as a scientist and manager in gas turbine development at Alstom Power and as a researcher and university lecturer at ETH Zurich. He is currently Chairman of EUROGIA, a cluster for low-carbon energy technologies, and is President of EIRMA, the European Industrial Research Management Association. Mr Härtel holds degrees in aerospace engineering from RWTH Aachen and the Technical University of Munich and a doctorate from the Institute of Fluid Mechanics of the German Aerospace Center in Göttingen. He holds several patents and has authored more than 50 papers.

Wolfgang  Eder

Wolfgang Eder

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,

Wolfgang Eder - Austrian, born 1952 - studied law at the University of Salzburg, where he graduated (Dr.) in 1976. In 1978 he joined VOEST-ALPINE’s legal department where he built up the M & A section and became company secretary in 1989. 1995 - after organizing the IPO of the “new” voestalpine AG - he was elected as a Member of the Board and in 2001 its Deputy Chairman.

Since April 2004 Wolfgang Eder has been Chairman and CEO of voestalpine AG. He is responsible for Group Strategy, R & D, Legal Affairs and M & A, Group Compliance, Group Personnel, Group Communication and Branding, Investor Relations and Internal Auditing. Mr. Eder was also head of the Steel Division, voestalpine’s largest business unit, from September 1999 till September 30, 2014. He holds leading positions in the Federation of Austrian Industrialists, is Chairman of the worldsteel Association and was President of the European Steel Association (EUROFER) from 2009 till May 2014.

Mr. Eder is married to highschool teacher Gabi Eder and father of two adult children.

Reinhold  Achatz

Reinhold Achatz

Head of Corporate Function Technology, Innovation and Sustainability,

Reinhold Achatz is Head of the Corporate Function Technology, Innovation and Sustainability at ThyssenKrupp AG in Essen, Germany. In this position he is globally responsible to initiate and implement future oriented projects, to identify and leverage synergies between ThyssenKrupp’s businesses and to define, implement and improve processes.

Before joining ThyssenKrupp, Mr Achatz worked for Siemens in a number of management positions including Head of Siemens’ global research organization, Head of Development for Industrial Automation Systems (SIMATIC) and project manager for the development of the Computerized Numerical Control SINUMERIK 840D. From 2000 - 2002 Mr Achatz served as Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Siemens Energy and Automation in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been honored as a “Siemens Top Innovator” for his outstanding innovations in software-based components for set-up, operations and execution accuracy of machine tools.

Mr Achatz holds a degree in Electrical Engineering (Dipl. Ing.) from the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg (1979), a PhD. in Information Technology in Mechanical Engineering (Dr. Ing.), from the Technical University of Munich (2009) and was awarded an honorary advisory professorship from the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China (2010). Mr Achatz is member of the German Council for Science and Humanities and a member of board of trustees of a number of institutes of the Fraunhofer Society and the Max-Planck-Society and a member of the board of the working group Research, Innovation and Technology of the Federation of German Industry (BDI).

Adrian  Harris

Adrian Harris

Director General

Adrian Harris is the Director General of Orgalime, the European engineering industries association, which speaks for 41 trade federations representing companies in the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking and metal articles industries of 23 European countries. The industry employs almost 11 million people in the EU and in 2016 accounted for more than €1,994 billion of annual output. The industry accounts for over a quarter of manufacturing output and a third of the manufactured exports of the European Union.

Before joining Orgalime in 1996, Adrian Harris worked for 20 years for a number of general contractors for the construction of complete plants, essentially in the agro-industrial and beverage area.

Adrian Harris graduated with an M.A. in languages from Jesus College, Oxford University, and an MBA (finance) from the University of Leuven.

Orgalime is a member the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI), of which Adrian Harris was Chairman (2012-2013), and at present he is Vice President of the Federation of European and International Associations established in Belgium (FAIB).

Lars  Wrebo

Lars Wrebo

Senior Vice President, Purchasing and Manufacturing
Volvo Cars

Lars Wrebo is the Senior Vice President, Purchasing and Manufacturing, Volvo Cars. Mr Wrebo started his career as a trainee at Saab Scania. In 1992, following various positions within engine production for Saab, he moved to Scania as manager Manufacturing Engineering. In 1996 Mr Wrebo moved to France and took up the position of Managing Director at Scania Production Angers S.A.S. He returned to Scania in Sweden in 2001 to become Senior Vice President, Chassis and Cab Production in 2001. In 2006, Mr Wrebo moved to MAN and became a member of the Executive Board of MAN Trucks & Bus AG with the responsibility for Production and Logistics.

Reimund  Neugebauer

Reimund Neugebauer


Reimund Neugebauer graduated from the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) in 1979 with a degree in mechanical engineering. From 1979 to 1984, he was a scientific associate and a senior scientific assistant at TUD, where he received his doctorate in 1984 and gained the post of professor in 1989. In 1991, he became director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU. In 1993 he was appointed chair of the Machine Tools department at the Technische Universität Chemnitz (TU Chemnitz) and in 2000 he became managing director of TU Chemnitz’s Institute of Machine Tools and Production Processes. On October 2012, he took up the post of president of the Fraunhofer­Gesellschaft. Professor Neugebauer is a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering and since 2014 a member of Leopoldina – the German National Academy of Sciences. This year, Professor Neugebauer was appointed co­chair of the German federal government’s High­Tech Forum, an advisory board for the development of Germany’s research and development policy. As a member of the acatech Innovation Dialogue steering committee, the Fraunhofer president engages on issues of future innovation policy. He is also on the executive board of the newly established “Plattform Industrie 4.0”, an alliance of representatives from politics, industry, associations, science and trade unions.

Sir Michael  Arthur

Sir Michael Arthur

Boeing Europe

Sir Michael Arthur is president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland. He joined the company in September 2014 and succeeded the retiring Sir Roger Bone as president of Boeing UK and Ireland on 1 October 2014. He took on additional responsibilities for Europe in March 2016. Sir Michael leads the company’s European strategy and operations to drive business growth through strengthened regional alignment and improved operating efficiencies. He is also responsible for coordinating all Boeing business activities enterprise-wide in the United Kingdom and Ireland, working from the Boeing offices in central London. Before joining Boeing, Sir Michael spent three decades of international government service with the British Diplomatic Service of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) followed by three years as a founding member of a UK-based business consultancy. From 2007 to 2010, he was British ambassador to Germany. Between 2003 and 2007, he was British high commissioner to India. Sir Michael is also a Non-Executive Director of Diligenta (Tata Consultancy Services’ UK subsidiary), UK Chairman of the Königswinter Foundation, an association member of Bupa and a trustee of Orbis in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Sir Michael has a BSc in politics, philosophy and economics from Balliol College, Oxford. After graduating, he held a number of diplomatic posts in New York, Brussels, Paris, Bonn, London and Washington, D.C. These positions included FCO Director General, Director of Resources and Principal Finance Officer for the Diplomatic Service. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington D.C. during the last two years of the Clinton administration (1999-2001).

Tor Farquhar

Tor Farquhar

Executive Director, Human Resources
Tata Steel in Europe

Tor Farquhar was appointed to Tata Steel Europe as Group Human Resources Director and member of the Executive Committee in October 2007.  Previously, he was Group HR Director for Alfred McAlpine plc, the building and construction services group, where he worked from 2002. Prior to this, Mr Farquhar worked in number of HR roles in the energy sector. He was Group HR Director at Npower, a leading supplier of electricity and gas in the UK and he held senior HR positions in its predecessor companies, National Power and International Power. He spent the early part of his career with BP plc, working in various HR roles in its Group Asia Pacific business based in Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as in the BP Exploration and BP Oil businesses.  Mr Farquhar is a graduate of the University of Glasgow.

Alessandro Goppion

Alessandro Goppion

Chief Executive Officer

Alessandro Goppion has devoted his professional life to the development of the design and engineering of exhibit display cases and to building the company infrastructure necessary to produce them.

Mr Goppion is the Director and Sole Administrator of Goppion SpA, a company founded by his father in 1952. Assuming the reins of the family business in 1977, Mr Goppion has realised over 300 projects, from showcases in “minor” museums to entire installations in the world’s most prestigious national and international institutions. Among the significant projects in his resume are the display of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London, Vitruvian Man at the Museo Nazionale Romano (National Roman Museum),the Wellcome Trust Gallery of the British Museum, The British and Islamic Galleries at the V&A, the Neue Sammlung in Munich, and, quite notably, the display for the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. Alessandro Goppion holds numerous patents, and is a member of international professional organizations such as ICOM, AAM, and AIC. Alessandro Goppion has signed different agreement with international institution in the field of conservation of cultural heritage and research institute as Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy) and C2RMF (France). Alessandro Goppion participates in all phases of Goppion’s project work, and is particularly involved with the prototyping of some of the project’s unique cases, quality control, and client relations.

Michael LeGoff

Michael LeGoff

Chief Executive Officer
Plessey Semiconductors

Michael LeGoff founded Plessey with acquisition of its Swindon assets in 2009 and has led the business since that time. Prior to Plessey, he founded Dynex Semiconductors in 1995, which was listed in 1998 (CDNX:DNX), before selling his position in 2005. Michael holds a BSc degree in Physics, an MBA and is a registered professional engineer. He is also a member of the IET and the AIAA.

Andy  Middleton

Andy Middleton

Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA

In his current role, Andy Middleton manages the selling operations for Stratasys across the EMEA region, having previously assumed the role of European General Manager for Objet since 2008 until the company’s merger with Stratasys.Prior to this, Mr Middleton held similar positions as the Managing Director in Europe for Nur Macroprinters and as Managing Director Germany/Channel Sales Worldwide and Vice President of Sales in Europe for Indigo and HP. Before that, Mr Middleton was responsible for Product Management and Channel Sales EU for Dainippon Screen. Andy is a qualified Photographic Technician and holds certifications in Mathematics and Physics from the Cauldon Technical College, UK.

Mark  Oleynik

Mark Oleynik

President and Chief Executive Officer
Moley Robotics

Mark Oleynik’s background is in computer sciences, systems engineering and networks. Mr Oleynik also has a PhD in economics.  Prior to creating Moley Robotics he collaborated with the Gorbachev Foundation in setting up a bone marrow transplant centre in Russia.

Norbert  Stein

Norbert Stein

Founder and General Manager
Vitronic Group

Norbert Stein is Founder, General Manager and Sole Shareholder of the VITRONIC group, a global leader in industrial machine vision. He founded the company in 1984 and has overseen its growth from a one man enterprise to Europe`s largest manufacturer of industrial machine vision systems in terms of revenue with 700 employees and several subsidiaries on four continents.

Dr Stein received his PhD. in electrical engineering from Technische Universitaet Darmstadt. He is a founding member of the machine vision chapter within the robotics and automation association of the German engineering association VDMA. He is member of the board of the robotics and automation association and a general assembly member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Wiesbaden.  Dr. Stein received several awards for his entrepreneurship including the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005 and the Axia Award for sustainable management strategy in 2014.



Agenda - 30th Sep

  • 8:25am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    John Thornhill, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening Keynote and Interview

    Benoît Potier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Air Liquide

    Interviewed by:

    John Thornhill, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:35am
    Panel Discussion: The Fourth Industrial Revolution -What will the Factory of the Future Look Like?

    The fourth industrial revolution is on its way and it is dramatically transforming industrial processes. By combining big data, analytics, wireless communications and the internet of things, Industry 4.0 offers companies in multiple sectors new opportunities to improve productivity, flexibility, sustainability and efficiency in operations.

    • What are the specific applications that are working in industries such as food and drink, aviation, healthcare and oil and gas?
    • What will a factory look like in 2050 and what can be done to unlock the future of sustainable manufacturing?
    • In which new revolutionary ways are sensors, software and machines used to gather and analyse data?
    • How is this data being leveraged to improve processes?
    • What are the big challenges in implementation?
    • What are the main concerns regarding data security/privacy and integration with other systems? What role are governments set to play in enabling networked manufacturing?
    • What is next for Industry 4.0?

    Reinhold Achatz, Head of Corporate Function Technology, Innovation and Sustainability, ThyssenKrupp
    Philipp Gerbert, Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group
    Adrian Harris, Director General,Orgalime
    Carlos Härtel, Managing Director, Global Research Center–Europe,GE
    Ronald Lewis, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Coca-Cola Enterprises
    Andy Middleton, Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA, Stratasys

    Moderated by:
    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:35am
    Special Presentation 1) ): All About the Bits- Manufacturing in the Age of Computational Materials

    Jordan Brandt, Technology Futurist and Director, Spark Investment Fund, Autodesk

  • 10:50am
    Networking Break
  • 11:10am
    Special Presentation 2): Fraunhofer Model - The Innovation System

    Reimund Neugebauer, President, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

    Interviewed by

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
    Panel discussion: Innovation – Unleashing the Potential in Manufacturing

    In this panel discussion, our expert speakers will explore case studies, best practices and frameworks that contribute to create environments conducive to innovation in the manufacturing sector.

    • What are the appropriate roles for the public and private sector in promoting innovation in manufacturing?
    • Should governments simply establish a framework and “get out of the way” or should they play a bigger role as key partners of the private sector investing and taking risks that businesses won’t?
    • Where are public private partnerships working well?
    • In which ways are technology and innovation centers around the world strengthening the capacity to innovate and helping businesses transform ideas into new products and services?
    • What lessons can be learned from successful innovation clusters and ecosystems around the world? 

    Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, Chairman and Founder, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick

    Wolfgang Eder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, voestalpine and President, World Steel Association 

    Michael LeGoff, Chief Executive Officer, Plessey Semiconductors

    Khalil Rouhana, Director, Components and Systems, DG Connect, European Commission

    Moderated by:

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:20pm
  • 1:15pm
    CEO Address and Interview

    Avi Reichental, President and Chief Executive Officer, 3D Systems

    Interviewed by:

    Peter Marsh, former Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times and Author, The New Industrial Revolution

  • 1:45pm
    Panel discussion: Manufacturing and Jobs for the Future – Strategies to Close the Skills Gap

    Solving the skills gap and nurturing a skilled workforce have become central issues for the manufacturing industry as it struggles to fill jobs even in countries with high rate of unemployment. As the competition for talent intensifies and new technologies call for new employee skills, the industry is being forced to change on how it finds, educates and retain talent.

    • What strategies are manufacturers using to stoke their talent pipelines?
    • Are they sufficient to address the mismatch between supply and demand in careers like ICT and engineering?
    • In which ways can the links between industry, education institutions and governments be enhanced to address the issue?
    • What successful strategies are enabling companies in Europe to retain skilled
      workers and ensure cost-competitive manufacturing?
    • How can the shortage of human capital be seen as an opportunity, especially in the developing world?


    Sir Michael Arthur, President, UK and Ireland, Boeing
    Tor Farquhar, Executive Director, Human Resources, Tata Steel Europe
    Lesley Giles, Deputy Director, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
    Line Sandberg, Vice President EMEA Manufacturing, Novozymes

    Moderated by:

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times 

  • 2:35pm
    Panel discussion: Advanced Robotics and Automation – Game-Changers?

    Introduction to the session

    Enrico Krog Iversen, Chief Executive Officer, Universal Robots

    Industrial robots are revolutionising manufacturing. As robots become more sophisticated, smarter and cheaper, the range of tasks they can perform is increasing, allowing them to take on human-like capabilities and skills, in areas such as machine learning, tactile sensing and social intelligence. The new generation of robots will likely work alongside humans and learn from them to perform a growing number of manufacturing tasks.

    • What are the opportunities and challenges of human-robot collaboration?
    • What is the likely impact on workforce and its implications for companies and policy makers? 


    Antonio João Carmesini Barcellos, Vice President, Manufacturing Engineering, Embraer

    Enrico Krog Iversen, Chief Executive Officer, Universal Robots

    Mark Oleynik, President and Chief Executive Officer, Moley Robotics

    Lars Wrebo, Senior Vice President, Purchasing and Manufacturing, Volvo Cars

    Moderated by:

    Peter Marsh, former Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times and Author, The New Industrial Revolution

  • 3:40pm
    Networking break
  • 4:00pm
    Special Presentation 3): Manufacturing Reinvention: Creating the Future Now

    Tim Lawrence, Head of Manufacturing, PA Consulting Group

  • 4:15pm
    Interview sessions: Making SMEs the Real Engine for Growth

    In both developed and developing countries, SMEs are often hailed as key engines of economic growthand as the backbone of the manufacturing sector. In this session, senior executives representing SMEswill share their experiences on leading their organisations in an increasingly competitive global market,presenting their success stories and discussing the specific opportunities and challenges they face. Focuswill be placed on topics like internationalisation, digitisation, access to funding and investment, government support and talent recruitment issues.

    Interview 1)

    Alessandro Goppion, Chief Executive Officer, Goppion

    Interview 2)

    Norbert Stein, Founder and General Manager, Vitronic Group

    Interviewed by:

    Peter Marsh, former Manufacturing Editor, Financial Times and Author, The New Industrial Revolution

  • 4:40pm
    Closing Keynote Address and Interview

    Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover

    Interviewed by:

    John Thornhill, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:15pm
    Chair’s closing remarks

    John Thornhill, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:20pm
    Conference ends

Why Attend?

  • Take advantage of the opportunities offered by innovations that are reshaping manufacturing
  • Gain critical insights on the latest on Industry 4.0
  • Hear first-hand from manufacturers on the proactive measures that they are taking to attract the best talent to the sector
  • Get a global perspective on the key issues impacting manufacturing, including technological advancements, skills and talent improvement, innovation development, resource efficiency and industrial policy.

Key Topics

  • In this dynamic and uncertain environment for manufacturing, what are the key priorities for governments and business regarding capabilities, innovation and investments? What kind of support should be provided by policy makers?
  • What enhanced manufacturing capabilities are resulting from Industry 4.0 and in which ways are they helping companies to increase productivity, profitability and gain a competitive edge?
  • What new avenues for productivity improvements can be opened as the new generation of robots join workers?
  • In an age of rapid technological change, what proactive measures are manufacturers taking to attract the best talent and close the skills gap?
  • What is the role of SMEs in this context?

Lead Sponsor (3)

PA is a consulting, technology and innovation firm. In manufacturing, we recognise companies desire to give consumers what they want - innovative, aspirational products, available when and how they want them. The world’s leading manufacturers don’t just create these products; they do so in a way that delivers maximum commercial value for their businesses. For others, traditional value chain models (supply, operations, logistics and distribution), may block this ambition. New solutions and approaches can be constrained by existing manufacturing and supply chain infrastructures and, increasingly, this is having an impact on business performance. In our experience, manufacturers can reinvent the market and gain significant competitive advantage by radically changing the way products are brought together. By reinventing key manufacturing platforms, you can deliver totally new products, explore new channels and go-to-market strategies and significantly reduce costs. Contact PA to find out how. PA is an employee-owned firm of over 2,500 people, operating globally from offices across North America, Europe, the Nordics, the Gulf and Asia Pacific. We are experts in energy, financial services, life sciences, healthcare, consumer, manufacturing, government, defence, security, transport and logistics. Our deep industry knowledge together with skills in management consulting, technology development and innovation allows us to challenge conventional thinking and deliver exceptional results with lasting impact. 

Autodesk makes software for people who make things.  If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software.

Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. Autodesk software is available free to students, teachers and educational institutions around the world to help cultivate the next generation of designers, engineers and manufacturers.

The future of manufacturing is being driven by disruption in the way products are created and consumed. Autodesk equips designers, engineers and makers to thrive in this “new industrial revolution” underway. We provide manufacturing software solutions that enable customers to innovate and create products that take advantage of changes in digital fabrication, consumer expectations and connected services. Our solutions are built on the Autodesk Forge platform; a set of cloud services that connect design, engineering, visualization, collaboration, production and operations workflows. The Autodesk Forge Fund will invest up to $100M in companies that develop innovative solutions or services that are connected to this platform. 

The company is developing cutting-edge 3D printing technology, generative design software, machine learning capabilities, human-robotics interfaces and more that make it possible to create things in entirely new ways.  Together with its customers, Autodesk is changing the way the world is designed and made.

The market for robots has been characterized by heavy, expensive and unwieldy robots made by engineers for engineers. Universal Robots is at the forefront of a new emerging reality, launching a new class of robots, dubbed “collaborative robots” due to their ability to work directly alongside employees with no safety caging. These kinds of co-bots are poised to bridge the gap between fully-manual assembly and fully-automated manufacturing lines. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the SME sector, that up until now viewed robot automation as too costly and complex to even consider.

Unlike their big brothers working behind glass at automobile plants and other big assembly lines, the UR robots are lightweight, flexible and can easily be moved and reprogrammed to solve new tasks, meeting the short-run production challenge faced by companies adjusting to ever more advanced processing in smaller batch sizes. According to RIA (Robotic Industries Association) only 10% of companies that could benefit from robots have installed any so far. The reason that number is so low is primarily due to three challenges now addressed by the UR robots: Cost, user-friendliness, and applicability.

Universal Robots’ first product was the UR5, a six-jointed articulated robot arm that revolutionized the market for industrial robots. The UR5 weighs 18 kilos, has a lifting capacity of up to 5 kilos and a working radius of 850 mm.

In 2012, Universal Robots’ UR10, with a payload of 10 kilos and a reach of 1300 mm, was launched. The UR10 has been designed according to exactly the same principles as the UR5, which means it is just as flexible and easy to fit into the production process. 

2015 saw the launch of UR3, a new compact table-top robot weighing only 11 kilos, but with a payload of 3 kilos, 360-degree rotation on all wrist joints and infinite rotation on the end joint. These unique features make UR3 the most flexible, lightweight, table-top robot to work side-by-side with employees in the market today. It’s an ideal choice for applications that require 6-axis capabilities where size, safety and costs are critical.

Associate Sponsor (3)

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 80,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

The Boston Consulting Group is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients in all sectors and regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their businesses. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. BCG is a private company with 81 offices in 45 countries.

Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. At Cisco customers come first and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships and working with them to identify their needs and provide solutions that support their success.

The concept of solutions being driven to address specific customer challenges has been with Cisco since its inception. Husband and wife Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, both working for Stanford University, wanted to email each other from their respective offices located in different buildings but were unable to due to technological shortcomings. A technology had to be invented to deal with disparate local area protocols; and as a result of solving their challenge - the multi-protocol router was born.

Partner Association (1)

Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association, speaks for 42 trade federations representing the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking and metal articles industries of 23 European countries. The industry directly employs nearly 11 million people in the EU and in 2016 accounted for some €2,000 billion of output. It represents over a quarter of the output of manufactured products  over a third of the manufactured exports of the European Union.

The companies represented by Orgalime are at the forefront of the digital transformation of industry,enabling innovation across sectors to deliver solutions to major societal challenges –in areas as diverse as energy, resource efficiency, mobility, the circular economy and healthcare. At EU level, Orgalime promotes a holistic industrial strategy that connects the dots between policy areas, with the aim of building on European industry’s competitive strengths to support innovation and strengthen manufacturing investment in Europe.


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