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FT Future of Manufacturing Summit 2020

Achieving sustainable production in unstable times

London |
Speakers include:
Tim Minshall

Tim Minshall

University of Cambridge

Rafael Cayuela

Rafael Cayuela

The Dow Chemical Company

Maria Soler Nunez

Maria Soler Nunez



The 7th edition of FT Future of Manufacturing Summit 2020 will provide a fresh perspective on the crucial issues impacting the industrial sector today. Senior business leaders and policy makers will share their insights, ideas and expertise on topics such as collaborative models driving supply chain transformation, human-centric workforce, green manufacturing and tech for intelligent operations.

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View photos from the 2019 Summit here.

View photos from the 2019 Summit here.



2019 Manufacturing Summit Highlights video



  • Hear from corporate leaders on how they are optimising their production lines and supply chain capabilities to navigate the current landscape of protectionism, tariffs, trade wars and Brexit.
  • Gain critical insights from leading companies on accelerating circular economy and sustainability practices.
  • Explore customer-centric business strategies to respond to customers’ expectations of agility, customisation and sustainability.
  • Hear first-hand from manufacturing leaders on implementing and scaling up transformational tech for intelligent operations.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to network with key stakeholders.


FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

Be in good company with senior executives from the following sectors:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace & defence
  • Apparel
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer electronics
  • Electrical Equipment & Appliances
  • Food and Beverage
  • Metals & Machinery
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Precision engineering
  • Robotics & Machine Tool

Agenda - 7th Oct

  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    Senior representative, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    ECONOMIC VIEW: The past, present and future of production and trade

    Economic stability is key to a successful and sustainable manufacturing sector yet there is plenty of uncertainty in the industry at the moment. The US-China trade war still hangs in the balance, Brexit continues to pose significant implications to future trade barriers and exchange rate volatility, and countries that have always been viewed as manufacturing powerhouses are starting to see the tide turn. But while trade and economic trends have always impacted manufacturing, when combined with the rapid developments in digitalisation, 2020 is set to be a crucial year for worldwide production and trade. A sound and assured business plan will help protect manufacturers against uncertainty but to do so, the economic trends need to be understood. This session explores those trends.

  • 9:30am
    OPENING LEADERS PANEL: Creating stable business models in an unstable environment

    Some of the industry’s biggest names make an objective assessment of the business models that survive and thrive and the ones that don’t in a disrupted and fragmented manufacturing ecosystem.

    • Manufacturers face disruption from all angles - do you prioritise or generalise when creating new business models?
    • How much of an impact do low-cost, new entrants pose?
    • Can manufacturers preempt further technological disruption and create proactive business models that reap the promised rewards from successful digitisation?
    • Striking an investment balance between enhancing labour talent and implementing new technology
    • Is net-zero production actually attainable in reality?
  • 10:30am
    MORNING KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: Will sustainable manufacturing ever be a reality?

    This session will explore the future of a major European manufacturer and how its leaders are embarking on a new chapter of production and what it really means to be sustainable in the manufactured goods sector.

  • 11:00am
    Morning break
  • 11:30am
    PANEL: Targeting net-zero carbon supply chains over net-zero carbon companies

    Industrial production accounts for roughly one-quarter of all greenhouse gases emitted by the UK. As traction grows on the need to manufacture products more sustainably through more efficient practices, higher recycling rates, electrification and carbon capture, these emissions can be cut. But, as companies strive to better their carbon footprint are they actually aiding the sustainability of the overall supply chain or simply offsetting the challenges?

    • Supply chain fragmentation - do sustainability efficiencies get lost or enhanced?
    • Is enough pressure being put on the recyclability of materials during product design phases?
    • How can legislation become firmer on net-zero targets and what offsetting loopholes does it need to close?
    • Is the industry prioritising net-zero supply chains instead of net-zero companies?
    • Do international government incentives serve a purpose as supply chains become more localised?
  • 12:00pm
    REGULATORY DIALOGUE: Taking both the industry and policymaker’s view on the impact of trade wars and tariff rises on international manufacturing output
  • 12:30pm

    The following session takes practical, factory and engineering-based viewpoints and looks at three industry-specific examples but highlights both the challenges and opportunities that can be learnt across all sectors in terms of boosting manufacturing efficiency. Each toolkit talk will last 15 minutes.

    TOOLKIT ONE: Innovating to protect the future of the automobile

    TOOLKIT TWO: Can manufacturers ever foresee what consumers really want in the world of FMCG?

    TOOLKIT THREE: Achieving speed-to-market production in the luxury goods market

  • 1:15pm

    Within the exhibition area, guests are invited to participate in demo experiences

  • 2:15pm


    14:15 PANEL: How to enhance diversity and inclusion in the boardroom, plant and factory

    • Assessing the state of play in the sector right now
    • How to make equal pay a reality
    • What’s the best way to eradicate unconscious bias during recruitment?
    • The role of the staffing partner in growing a diverse workforce
    • How to make the best use of STEM training for your company

    15:00 PANEL: Transitioning to future skillsets - what are the priorities for manufacturers?

    • How will the nature of human work continue to change in line with digital innovation?
    • How should managers cultivate a culture of augmentation rather than replacement? 
    • Should leaders hire on potential or experience?

    15:45 PRESENTATION: How can manufacturers draw tech-savvy talent away from technology conglomerates?

    16:00 INTERVIEW: Futuristic manufacturing: What will the workplace look like in 20 years?



    14:15 PANEL: A new manufacturing ecosystem: How to digitise during turbulent times

    • What are the main challenges manufacturing companies across industries face when they strive for digital success?
    • How has a fluctuating product mix between hardware and software impacted the industry?
    • What are the performance improvements achieved from digital investments?
    • Can the effects of digital transformation be seen on the bottom line? 
    • Can original manufacturers ever be seen as digital companies?
    • What leadership characteristics have become essential while companies digitally transform?

    15:00 PANEL: Are digital factories essential to a manufacturing business in 2020 and beyond?

    • Taking a step back - what makes a successful digital factory?
    • What factors are crucial when manufacturers go beyond pilot projects and invest in rollouts?
    • Will the full-effect of digital factories only be felt once real-time connections are made in the manufacturing supply chain?
    • How will digital factories change the way companies search for, and hire new talent?

    15:45 PRESENTATION: Harnessing digital twins to boost cost-savings in your operations

    16:00 INTERVIEW: Identifying, investing and incubating new technologies

    • The FT sits down with a pioneer of emerging technologies and explores how manufacturers can leverage them to gain process efficiencies, advance workforce productivity and drive operational innovation
  • 4:15pm
    Afternoon break

    Within the exhibition area, guests are invited to participate in demo experiences

  • 4:45pm
    CLOSING FIRESIDE CHAT: The future of manufacturing

    This final keynote session sees the FT and the audience sit down with one of the biggest names in the industry to get to grips with what the future holds for manufacturers and how best to prepare for it. At least half of this session will be dedicated to questions from the audience.

  • 5:15pm
    Summary remarks from the FT
  • 5:30pm
    Cocktail reception


Tim Minshall

Tim Minshall

Head of the Institute of Manufacturing
University of Cambridge

Professor Tim Minshall is the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation at the University of Cambridge, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and Head of the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management (CTM). His research, teaching and engagement activities are focused on the links between manufacturing, innovation, and skills.

Since joining the University of Cambridge in 2002, he has played a very active role in the development of innovation and technology management activities across the University. He also works closely with companies in the Cambridge cluster, the largest and most successful technology cluster in Europe. 

Professor Minshall was appointed as Head of the IfM in 2017 and is a member of the board of directors for IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd and St John’s Innovation Centre Ltd, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness (ITEC) at Doshisha University in Japan. He is a member of the IET’s Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel, and the UK Made Smarter Commission’s Expert Panel.

He is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge, where he is also the Director of Innovation and Engineering Outreach. He is a recipient of a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence and a Royal Academy of Engineering/ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award. He is also actively involved in outreach activities to raise awareness of engineering and manufacturing among primary and secondary school children and their Teachers.

Before joining the University, he was a Project Manager at St John’s Innovation Centre, where he worked on a series of projects to support industry / academic collaboration focused around new technology ventures. Prior to working at St John’s Innovation Centre, he worked as a teacher, consultant, plant engineer and freelance writer in the UK, Australia and Japan. He has B.Eng. from Aston University and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering.

Rafael Cayuela

Rafael Cayuela

Corporate Chief Economist
The Dow Chemical Company

Rafael Cayuela is the Corporate Chief Economist at The Dow Chemical Company and member of the Dow global Corporate Strategy Team. In this role Mr Cayuela helps to translate the various macroeconomic and industry disruptive mega trends into Dow corporate strategy, working closely with key stakeholders; including regulators, governments, think tanks, consultants and international organizations.

In his capacity Mr Cayuela actively engages with global chemical associations, like the European Chemical Association (CEFIC) or the American Chemical Council (ACC), as well as with inter-national organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the G20, OECD, European Commission, International Energy Agency (IEA), World Economic Forums (WEF) and others. Rafael is also the chairman of the CEFIC Flagship Mid Century Project, a foresight strategic exercise on the future of the European chemical industry by the mid-century.

Mr Cayuela is an economist by education and has more than fifteen years of experience within the chemical industry across the world. Mr Cayuela started his career for Dow Chemical in Madrid, Spain, while moving early in his career into Dow global headquarters in Midland, Michigan. Currently he is based at Dow European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland since 2007. Mr Cayuela holds a Master’s degree in European Economics from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, an MBA from Northwood University in Midland Michigan and an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago USA.

Mr Cayuela is also the author of the book The Future of the Chemical Industry by 2050, published by Wiley in May 2013 and he is an active international speaker about the Economy, the Chemical Industry, Bio-economy, Sustainability and Digitalization as a major business opportunities for the long term outlook of the Industry. Mr Cayuela is also working on a new WILEY book on the Chemical Industry under the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Sustainable, Digital and Citizens One and another one on the need to develop a new sustainable, socio, political and economic framework and model for the next century.

Maria Soler Nunez

Maria Soler Nunez

Global Head of Manufacturing Technical Operations
Rodrigo  Dauster

Rodrigo Dauster

Senior Director - Digital Business Transformation

Rodrigo Dauster’s role is to assess and recommend how Carlsberg can best leverage digital technologies to improve business performance. Since joining Carlsberg, he has focussed on designing and developing digital solutions’ overall equipment effectiveness (with a growing emphasis on advanced analytics) for filling and packaging to increase operator autonomy.

Mr Dauster has an entrepreneurial spirit and a corporate mindset. He has over 25 years' experience in digital technologies at start-ups (MyShowcase, VisualDNA, Gekko, vielife) and strategic consultancies (Booz Allen,, KPMG/Metrius).

Before joining Carlsberg, he co-founded and scaled-up, an award-winning multi-brand, multi-channel beauty e-commerce platform that received several innovation and achievement awards, including being voted the #2 best online beauty retailer in 2014 by The Independent, listed in The Sunday Times' Top 15 Start-Up Fast Track 2015 and winning the 2016 Excellence ("best company") Award from the UK Direct Sales Association.

Mr Dauster holds an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from Brown University in the US and an MBA degree in Business Marketing from INSEAD in France.

Emmanuel  Abate

Emmanuel Abate

Vice President of Sustainability
GE Healthcare
Sylvie Rancon

Sylvie Rancon

SVP HR - Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Sylvie Rancon is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the Pharma Supply Chain at GlaxoSmithKline. This represents 30 factories as well as supply chain teams located in more than 50 countries, with approximately 16,000 employees. A member of the GSK HR leadership team, Ms Rancon contributes to the definition of the GSK HR strategy. She also chairs the GSK European Works Council.

Ms Rancon joined GSK in 2009, after having spent 18 years in the oilfield industry. She has had a variety of HR roles in manufacturing, R&D and commercial in international contexts. Originally a Parisian, she moved to London in 2013.

Graham Budd

Graham Budd

Chief Operating Officer


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