How can European Manufacturers Protect Themselves from Instability and an Industry Downturn?
17:05 - 17:50
The European manufacturing sector is in a precarious position with Germany’s biggest collapse in activity since the financial crisis
Some of the reasons for this level of poor performance can be attributed to economic and political uncertainty, trade issues, falling worldwide demand for capital goods and structural changes in key industries
What strategies and precautions can manufacturers implement in order to avoid, or at least reduce the impact of, a potential downturn?
How should senior management react to such a potentially difficult environment?
Christian is a highly experienced Lean Manufacturing Professional who has spent the greater part of his career in the Automotive Industry. Currently he is working in the consumer goods industry, being accountable for implementing Lean as well as Industry 4.0 roadmap across the company. Prior to joining STAEDTLER, Christian held several leadership roles in Production Control & Logistics as well as Lean Manufacturing for ITW, TRW, Faurecia and Federal Mogul in Europe, Asia and the US. During his last assignments he was responsible for Lean Transformation on global scale. Christian earned a diploma in Supply Chain Engineering from the University of Applied Science, Erfurt, in 2002 and an MBA in General Management from the University of Wales in 2012.
Dr Michael Gawronski
Vice President, Business Segment Enterprise & Industrial Projects
LEONI Fiber Optics GmbH
Dr. Michael Gawronski studied Physics at the RWTH Aachen, Forschungszentrum Jülich and Kyoto University (Japan). He started his business career in Japan in the Instrumentation Industry where he developed a keen interest in LEAN and Operational Excellence. In 2013 after 16 years of experience in various leadership positions in General Management, Business Development and Manufacturing he joined LEONI as Vice President of the Business Unit Fiber Optics. Since 2018 he is responsible as Vice President for the LEONI Business Segment Enterprise & Industrial Projects comprising of the four Business Units Fiber Optics, Data Communications, Telecommunication Systems and Industrial Projects. His goal is to develop the organisation in the aspects of strategy, stable lean processes and manufacturing footprint.