WMF2012: Smart Policies for Global Manufacturing Innovation
The second World Manufacturing Forum was held 16-17 October 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany. The major sponsors for the event were IMS and the European Commission, with the organisational support of Politecnico Milano and Fraunhofer IPA.
Out of 430 registrants, approximately 240 self-identified at the Director level or higher attended, other attendees included lower level industry representatives, researchers, and government employees.
The program, “Smart Policies for Global Manufacturing Innovation” addressed global business concerns, the management of strategic resources and outline how governments can support global manufacturing innovation by increasing the sustainability of business operations and by lowering the risk of conflicts through effective dialogue and international S&T cooperation. Realizing that the content was rather diverse and with many voices in 2011, the organizers decided to bring the forum into sharper focus and with fewer, well-vetted speakers. Governor Carlos Costa of the Portuguese Central Bank and former Director of the European Investment Bank, (Portugal), Hans-Jörg Bullinger,President of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany), and Reiner Roghmann, Director of Operations Dow Central (Germany) gave perspectives on the financial system supporting industry growth, the impact of urbanization trends in manufacturing, and policies for sustainable use of resources. The event was opened with a video welcome by Mr. José Barroso, President of the European Commission.