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Manufacturing

FT Executive Briefing: Manufacturing of the Future

Is the Mittelstand ready for Industry 4.0?

Berlin |
Speakers include:
Michael Pooler

Michael Pooler

Financial Times

Cornelia  Yzer

Cornelia Yzer

Government of the State of Berlin

Klaus  Mittelbach

Klaus Mittelbach

ZVEI

Overview

The much talked-about Industry 4.0 or Fourth Industrial revolution is happening now. It is global, it is fast and it is radically changing the way products and services are designed, produced and commercialised.

As industrial production and business processes undergo a rapid transformation –propelled by the emergence of innovative materials and technologies such as the internet of things, big data analytics, additive manufacturing and advanced robotics –embracing the digital revolution is imperative for businesses’ competitiveness and growth worldwide.

So, how is the German Mittelstand faring in this transformation? What possibilities do technological disruptions open in production, supply chain and distribution networks for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs)? What are the particular challenges that they face in adopting these new technologies? What are the key implementation barriers that Mittelstand companies need to overcome to adopt and progress in Industry 4.0? How can they optimise their strategies to anticipate transformations and take full advantage of the new opportunities presented? What is the right approach: perfect planning or pragmatic learning in a transformative process? What type of government support is needed and what are the best practices for public-private partnerships?

The Financial Times - in partnership with Autodesk - will bring together senior business leaders and policy makers for a unique, high level discussion on technological disruption in manufacturing and its impact for the Mittelstand. The briefing will examine the key strategies and solutions to adapt, shape and harness the technological revolution and fully realise the potential of Industry 4.0.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 06/21/2016 13:30:0006/21/2016 17:00:00falseFT Executive Briefing: Manufacturing of the FutureThe much talked-about Industry 4.0 or Fourth Industrial revolution is happening now. It is global, it is fast and it is radically changing the way products and services are designed, produced and commercialised.As industrial production and business processes undergo a rapid transformation –propelled by the emergence of innovative materials and technologies such as the internet of things, big data analytics, additive manufacturing and advanced robotics –embracing the digital revolution is imperative for businesses’ competitiveness and growth worldwide.So, how is the German Mittelstand faring in this transformation? What possibilities do technological disruptions open in production, supply chain and distribution networks for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs)? What are the particular challenges that they face in adopting these new technologies? What are the key implementation barriers that Mittelstand companies need to overcome to adopt and progress in Industry 4.0? How can they optimise their strategies to anticipate transformations and take full advantage of the new opportunities presented? What is the right approach: perfect planning or pragmatic learning in a transformative process? What type of government support is needed and what are the best practices for public-private partnerships?The Financial Times - in partnership with Autodesk - will bring together senior business leaders and policy makers for a unique, high level discussion on technological disruption in manufacturing and its impact for the Mittelstand. The briefing will examine the key strategies and solutions to adapt, shape and harness the technological revolution and fully realise the potential of Industry 4.0.FT-Executive-Briefing:--Manufacturing-of-the-Future3919491f1903c9863a0cbecff43f1ceaMM/DD/YYYY

Chair (1)

Michael Pooler

Michael Pooler

Industry Reporter
Financial Times

Michael Pooler is a reporter at the Financial Times, with a beat covering steel, engineering, general manufacturing and logistics. He joined the industry team in September 2015 after working on the World news desk for a year. Mr Pooler joined the FT in March 2014, doing companies and emerging markets reporting. Prior to that, he worked at a specialist financial publication covering infrastructure.  

Speakers (6)

Cornelia  Yzer

Cornelia Yzer

Senator for Economics, Technology and Research,
Government of the State of Berlin

 

 

Cornelia Yzer is the Senator for Economics, Technology and Research in the government of the State of Berlin.

Senator Yzer held different government positions on national and state level in Germany since the 1990s. Furthermore she has a longstanding track record as business executive and as a member of supervisory boards of companies, R&D institutions and non-governmental organizations. She also is a lawyer for more than 25 years.

As a senator, Ms Yzer focuses on strengthening the digital and the life science hub Berlin, encouraging inward investments of global players and attracting international venture capital funds to invest in the start-up hub.

Currently she is also Chairwoman of the supervisory board of the investment bank IBB and Vice Chair of the supervisory board of Messe Berlin. In the past, Senator Yzer served as Chairwoman of the water management company BWB, the German Cancer Institute DKFZ and the Center of Molecular Medicine MDC and hold various positions in national and international advisory boards, e.g. the data broker IMS and the medical device company Guidant.

Prior to her present position Senator Yzer was Director General of the German Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (1997-2012), Member of the German Bundestag (1990-1998), Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Women and Youth and at the Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology (1992-1997) and held senior management positions at the chemical company Bayer AG, Leverkusen. Senator Yzer studied Law and Economics at the Universities of Bochum and Münster.

Klaus  Mittelbach

Klaus Mittelbach

Chief Executive Officer
ZVEI

Dr Klaus Mittelbach is the Chief Executive Officer of ZVEI, the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturer’s Association since 2008.

From 1998 until 2008 Dr Mittelbach was employed at the Federation of German Industries (BDI) as Head of the Department Environment and Technolgy where he dealt with environmental and labour protection, health and safety, climate change policy and sustainable development. He was also Executive Director and Member of the Board of econsense – Forum Sustainable Development and Managing Director of the BDI-Initative “business for climate protection”.

From 1988 until 1992 Dr. Klaus Mittelbach worked for the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) in the field of research and education as well as foreign trade policy. He came back to VCI in 1996 where he was Head of the Business Section Environmental Politics until 1998.

Dr Mittelbach studied chemistry at the University of Bonn where he was awarded his PhD.

Dr Mittelbach is an active member of various supervisory boards and boards of advisors

Henning   Banthien

Henning Banthien

Secretary General
Plattform Industrie 4.0

 

Henning Banthien is Secretary General of Platform Industrie 4.0 office. He joined the IFOK team in 1996 and has set-up and directed the Berlin office since 1999. In January 2009 he became a Managing Partner at IFOK. Mr Banthien is a member of the Association of German Engineers’ (VDI) Advisory Board on Technology and Society, and of the Committee on Education and Science of the Verein Berliner Kaufleute und Industrieller (VBKI, Association of Berlin Merchants and Industrialists). He is currently Co-Chairman of the VDI’s Commission for Public Participation Directive (VDI guideline 7000). 

In the course of his professional career Mr Banthien has been responsible for the development and implementation of sustainability strategies in both business and politics. Building on his international experience in think tanks and companies he leads on issues of digital transformation, science communication, sustainability, infrastructure dialogues. Mr Banthien also lectures and gives courses on these issues, both in Germany and beyond, including, for example, as a Guest Lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance.

Mr Banthien studied Philosophy, Geography and Environmental Science

Karl  Osti

Karl Osti

Industry Manager Manufacturing
Autodesk

Karl Osti is press spokesperson for Autodesk GmbH and responsible for Autodesk’s manufacturing strategy. His responsibility also includes successful business model transformation, Go-To-Market Strategies while establishing new competitive advantage for the Autodesk Business Ecosystem.

He worked in Automotive, Aerospace, Industry Machinery, Food & Beverage as well as Plant and AEC industries. Starting from technical roles Osti became a business development executive helping Mittelstand customers to grow, go through digital transformation initiatives and supported DAX companies in Organizational Change realizing their version of Digitalization Initiatives while insuring business agility in global cultures. Osti is an expert working on different operational levels from C-Level, to Midlevel Management to contributor to breaking down strategies, gain buy in, establish alignment, create the sense of urgency and get the team on the path towards a more rewarding future.

Osti, electrician by education, holds a master in Business Informatics, a Master in Business Innovation and a MBA (Mergers & Acquisitions) and really enjoys everything related to Innovation. “There is nothing more rewarding than helping customers realizing their new competitive advantage knowing holistically they struggle with dependencies, constrains and decision making in uncertainty."

Alexander  Buschek

Alexander Buschek

Chief Information Officer
Protego

 

Alexander Buschek is the CIO of Braunschweiger Flammenfilter GmbH, an international valve manufacturing company that employs more than 500 people in several locations worldwide. Mr. Buschek’s main responsibility is the IT development of the entire PROTEGO® Group. He completely revised the IT infrastructure, ERP, and CAD systems alongside a hand-selected team. Now, with the maturity of cloud technology, and security issues are addressed, he has started the Digital Transformation campaign.

 

Before joining PROTEGO®, Mr. Buschek worked as an entrepreneur, consulting SMBs about their IT strategies, providing external project management, and overseeing various IT projects (e.g. ERP and CAD implementation and migration). Working with many SMBs gave him a deep understanding of this market.

 

Alexander Buschek is passionate about Digital Transformation and the opportunities it gives businesses—especially SMBs. He is convinced that every business has to embrace Digital Transformation in one way or another in order to survive. The sooner a business begins its Digital Transformation, the better. To support this process, spread awareness, and share experiences, he started the Digital Transformation Blog (DigitalTransformationBlog.com).

Alexandra  Horn

Alexandra Horn

Head of Associations and Projects
Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft (The German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses)
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Agenda - 21st Jun

  • 1:30pm
    Registration
  • 2:00pm
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Michael Pooler, Industry Reporter, Financial Times

  • 2:10pm
    Keynote Address

    Cornelia Yzer, Senator for Economics, Technology and Research, Government of the State of Berlin

  • 2:40pm
    Special Presentation – The Future of Making Things

    Karl Osti, Industry Manager, Manufacturing, Autodesk

  • 3:00pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Mittelstand 4.0 – Ready for the technological revolution?

    Our panel of industry leaders, sector experts and policy makers will share their views on the disruptive technologies that are shaping industry, discussing how the Mittelstand can be best prepared to adopt them.

    Key discussion points include:

    • How are disrupting technologies including big data, advanced materials, internet of things and 3-D printing re-shaping product demand, design, production and supply chain?
    • In which key ways are these technologies being used to meet customer needs and to improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability?
    • How is the Mittelstand positioned to take advantage of these technologies? In which key ways can they be harnessed for productivity, sustainability and the creation of new market opportunities? What are the obstacles to adoption?
    • How can SMEs best prepare to face implementation challenges and benefit from the new forms of optimisation and revenue sources that digital capabilities deliver? As these technologies become cheaper and more reliable, what will be their true impact in the years to come?
    • What role is the public sector set to play in promoting these technologies? What type of support is needed and what are the best practices in public-private collaboration? In which key ways can partnerships with clients, suppliers, research institutes or external consultants facilitate the right adoption?
    • What is the role of the workforce in accelerating transformation? What talent and skills are needed?          

    Henning Banthien, Secretary General, Plattform Industrie 4.0

    Alexander Buschek, Chief Information Officer, Protego

    Alexandra Horn, Head of Associations and Projects, Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft (The German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses)

    Klaus Mittelbach, Chief Executive Officer, ZVEI

    Karl Osti, Industry Manager, Manufacturing, Autodesk

    Moderated by:

    Michael Pooler, Industry Reporter, Financial Times

  • 4:45pm
    Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Michael Pooler, Industry Reporter, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    Drinks reception

Who Attends

Attendance to this event is by invitation only and is designed for senior executives from industry, particularly those who oversee manufacturing operations or are responsible for manufacturing strategy within their organisations. Additional applicants will be considered subject to availability of seats. If you would like to attend please do register for a place and we will contact you within 3 - 5 working days to confirm whether or not you have been successful.

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Why Attend

  • Hear from corporate leaders on the game-changing trends and technologies impacting manufacturing
  • Benefit from insightful perspectives on how the Mittelstand is preparing for Industry 4.0
  • Hear first-hand from manufacturers on the proactive measures that they are taking to adapt, shape and harness the technological revolution
  • Analyse the key implementation barriers that Mittelstand companies need to overcome to adopt digitisation and how to overcome them
  • Discuss recent policies and government initiatives to promote digital technologies and debate on best practices for public – private collaboration.
  • Explore best-practices and key strategies to embrace disruption in your organisation
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Venue

Waldorf Astoria
Hardenbergstrasse 28
Berlin 10623

Germany

Tel: +49-30-814000-0

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Organisers (2)

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 Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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