Programme 2021

8-10 November 2021; Berlin (Germany) & Online

11:30 - 12:45

Industry 4.0 & Technology

MESA Workshop: Achieving the Payback from your Digital Transformation

Uwe Küppers, Chairman, EMEA, MESA

Join us in this interactive session where through a structured approach we will work through 5 sub sessions to share and gain from your peers where to focus on in your digital transformation through defining the issues, solutions and key takeaways of new capabilities, team empowerment, ways of doing business, reducing cost and measuring payback.

12:00 - 12:50

Networking Lunch & 1-2-1 Meetings

13:00 - 13:30 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

The Digital Transformation in Production and Logistics within the Volkswagen Group

Frank Göller, Head of Digital Production, Volkswagen AG

Nihar Patel, Executive Vice President, New Business Development, Volkswagen AG

  • Volkswagen has embarked on a multi-year collaboration to develop new digital solutions that increase plant efficiency and uptime, improve production flexibility, and increase vehicle quality
  • Key enablers are an open and secure industry platform, community, and marketplace bringing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), automotive suppliers, and service providers together to scale applications and help optimise operations
  • The Digital Production Platform (DPP), the foundation of the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud (IC), is already enabling the Volkswagen Group, to unlock new insights and accelerate business value through new use cases that improve quality inspection processes, monitor assembly line performance, and optimise logistics fleets
  • A diverse community of partners (contributors and consumers) create the necessary flywheel that allows the marketplace to offer value to all stakeholders
  • Next steps are already planned and will further accelerate our flywheel

13:35 - 14:05 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

How to Drive the Strategic Direction into Daily Activities on the Shop Floor

Benthe Klokkerholm, VP Global Operations IR, Johnson Controls

  • Focusing on methods, tools and leadership

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Digitization of External Manufacturing Supply Chains

Dr. Stefan Kluge, Senior Director, Supplier Portfolio Management & Operations Enabling, Intel

  • Full session abstract TBC

Advanced Production Strategies

How Oxford Biomedica Rapidly Ramped Up the Manufacturing of the Latest COVID-19 Vaccines

Simon Simpkins, Vice President, Head of Manufacturing, Oxford BioMedica

  • Introducing a new supply chain, recruiting the workforce, purchasing new equipment, installing the equipment and releasing the facility by the health authorities
  • A journey which embodies how inspirational manufacturing can be

14:10 - 14:40 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Secret to Disruptive Manufacturing

Martine Melis, Chief Commercial Officer, ATS Global

  • What's the “one question” manufacturers ask us?
  • Shifting perspectives- Organisations, People/Users
  • "The How" of disruptive manufacturing!

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (Markforged)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Lean & Operational Excellence

Building the Production System through a Developed Lean Programme

  • How can you unlock the hidden potential of your existing systems and factory space?
  • How can you optimise your site, facility or plant to implement the most effective lean and six sigma processes?

14:45 - 15:15 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Session Title TBC (Hugo Boss)

Sarper Arslan, Senior Head of Corporate Services, Hugo Boss

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Data Harmonisation as a Foundation for Industry 4.0

Mads Bred Georgsen, Product Owner, Novo Nordisk A/S

  • Full session abstract TBC

Advanced Production Strategies

Supply Chain Flexibility and Multi-Make Readiness due to Connected IPN

Dr. Markus Junk, Head of International Production Network – Residential Heating, Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH

During COVID, we had several shortages in our plants but we were always able to deliver the products to our customers. This was possible, due to the ability to shift our volume easily between the plants (if one plant was closed, we could deliver from another plant). We have started the initiative of enabling multi-make readiness of our products in several production locations a few years ago and are further increasing the contingency plan.

15:15 - 16:05

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

16:05 - 16:35 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (Rockwell Automation)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Leadership & Workforce Development

Session Title TBC (UKG)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Lean & Operational Excellence

What Steps can you take to Replicate Continuous Improvement across all Sites?

  • With multiple domestic and international sites, how can a lean and operational excellence program be maintained across global sites?
  • How should you tailor working and training regimes for different cultures and backgrounds?

16:40 - 17:10 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Operator Empowerment Project: The Successes and Failures on Creating a Continuous Improvement Culture

Björn Damm, Head of Production Electronic Center, Vaillant Group

  • Openly talking about failures and fixing them sustainably
  • Constantly challenging our processes we can get better and move towards a true CI-environment and operational excellence
  • Reaching great achievements with collecting approximately 130 ideas for improvements in one year and reducing direct costs as well as improving quality at the same time

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (Thales Alenia Space)

Fabio Achille Occhioni, Production & Integration Director, Thales Alenia Space

  • Full session abstract TBC

Advanced Production Strategies

WCMA: Word Class Manufacturing Aperam

Erwin Bytebier, CTO - Operational Excellence/WCMAperam/Black Belt, Aperam

  • Full session abstract TBC

17:15 - 18:00 - Panel Discussion

Advanced Production Strategies

What are the Long-Term Lessons to be Learnt from Manufacturing during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

  • Manufacturers have had to react and adapt their processes in the short-term to the changing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, but what are the long-term lessons that the industry can take moving forward?
  • How has the relationship between line manager and employee, production and supply chain, factory floor and corporate office and more changed?
  • What aspects of using data, automation, reporting faults and the use of digitalisation practices irrevocably changed for the future?

18:00 - 18:05

18:05 - 19:05

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:40

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

08:45 - 09:30 - Panel Discussion

Advanced Production Strategies

What can Manufacturing Leaders do to Optimise their Productivity and Operations During a Health Crisis?

  • How have you, your operations and the manufacturing and supply chain industry as a whole been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Which short-term, emergency measures did you and the industry at large have to put in place in order to keep your production and operations going?
  • How can manufacturing and supply chain leaders motivate and engage their employees in a time of change (and with obstacles such as working virtually, less face-to-face contact etc. to contend with)?
  • What lessons have you, and the industry as a whole, learnt in this tumultuous time?
  • What should manufacturing leaders be doing in the medium to long-term in order to optimise productivity in a COVID and post-COVID industry?

09:35 - 10:05 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Continuous Improvement: How to Drive and Sustain Success

Luc Roesems, Vice President Manufacturing, Samsonite Europe NV

  • How to instill operational excellence in your company
  • Opening remarks and vision
  • The building blocks to operational excellence
  • Case study with detailed data and figures

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Industrialisation and Industry 4.0 Technologies for the Launcher of the Future – Ariane 6

Dr. Andreas Reim, Industrial Architect, ArianeGroup

Cornelia Lux, Team Leader Industrial Engineering, ArianeGroup

  • ArianeGroup industrial innovation roadmap overview
  • Specific challenges for the Ariane 6 development and manufacturing
  • “First time right”: Industrialisation aspects for Ariane 6
  • Ecological manufacturing processes for the Ariane 6  
  • Ariane Group motivation for implementing Industry 4.0 technologies within the Ariane 6 production

Advanced Production Strategies

Integrated Systems to Connect R&D with Production and Suppliers Located in Different Places during COVID-19

Marco Brighi, Manufacturing Technology Specialist, Tetra Pak

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:10 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (Elisa)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Digital Visual Management at Valmet - The Process of Digitalisation to Shop Floor Operations to Increase Efficiency and Visibility

Ilkka Jauhiainen, Director, DOP Production, Paper Business Line, Valmet Technologies

  • Full session abstract TBC

Lean & Operational Excellence

Session Title TBC (Tamturbo)

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:40 - 11:30

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

11:30 - 12:00 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

A Journey Towards Operational Excellence: Establishing Realistic Expectations and KPIs

  • Defining key metrics that are both effective and achievable to ensure buy-in from your workforce across all sites
  • Successfully making the transition from a proposition to being effectively deployed in practice
  • Ensuring the key goal of maximising value for the customer while minimising the amount of resources utilised in the process

Industry 4.0 & Technology

The Digital Journey of the Manufacturing Plant

Mujdat Tiryaki, Director - Plant Manager, Ford Otosan

  • The strategies supporting the vision
  • The enablers including technical competency development and employee engagement
  • In-house automation and digitalisation sample videos
  • Creating a next generation plant

Advanced Production Strategies

Session Title TBC (Beiersdorf AG)

Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Gottschalk, VP SC Strategy and Global Engineering, Beiersdorf AG

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:05 - 12:35 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (Lighthouse Systems)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (SparkCognition)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (IBM)

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:35 - 13:35

Networking Lunch

Lunch & Learn Roundtables:

Roundtable led by BCI Global

Moderated by:
René Buck, Chief Executive Officer, BCI Global

13:35 - 14:05 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Session Title TBC (Collins Aerospace)

Simon Hardiman, Head of Quality and ACE, Collins Aerospace

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How can Digital Transformation Accelerate Operational Excellence?

Emanuele Quarin, Digital Industrial Operations Director EU, Electrolux

  • Digital transformation for Electrolux: a journey to enable people to accelerate operational excellence by leveraging technology
  • The role of digital ambassador as pivot to trigger the change
  • The community spirit approach to leverage the power of start small and lay the foundations for a systematic approach
  • Real time data: make data available to enable a data-driven culture and decentralise decision-making

Lean & Operational Excellence

Building the Production System through a Developed Lean Programme

  • How can you unlock the hidden potential of your existing systems and factory space?
  • How to optimise your site, facility or plant to implement the most effective lean and six sigma processes?

14:10 - 14:40 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

A Smarter Supply Chain Leadership (Extended Session)

Hervé Doan, Head of Quality Transport & Logistics, Airbus

  • How emotional energy can help the leaders unlock higher collective performance and enriched human potential within their industries


Please note: This session will be 50 minutes long and it will be followed by a group discussion and Q&A.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Toward a Zero-Defect Manufacturing: Development of a Holistic Quality Management Platform

Pierluigi Petrali, Manager, Manufacturing Research & Intelligence, Whirlpool

To improve the Quality of your product you need to cross analyze a big amount of different data which are available in many silos of your company. EU H2020 research project QU4LITY provides a solution to build a conceptual framework where all the data fits in a predefined ontology that put Quality perceived from the consumer as the glue to link all the data, allowing faster and easier correlation, data analytics and Autonomous Management of specific processes.

Lean & Operational Excellence

What can Management do to Improve Lean & OpEx Processes during COVID-19?

  • How can Plant Managers, Site Managers and management in general enhance their lean, six sigma and operational excellence processes when in lockdown?

14:40 - 15:30

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

15:30 - 16:00 - Solution Spotlights

Advanced Production Strategies

How to Become More Agile, Flexible and Customised in your Production to meet Key Market Challenges

  • Utilising technological advances to deal with the increase in volatile demands
  • Meeting customer needs, controlling costs, promoting innovation, minimising risk and ensuring error-free compliance
  • Streamlining operations and controlling risk across your operations
  • Promoting heightened transparency to real-time operating performance together with production process improvement

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (Poka)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Lean & Operational Excellence

Managing Complexity in Operations and Optimising Global Networks

  • Analysing the global marketplace and establishing its current and emerging regional requirements: Internal, consumer, legal and regulatory
  • Understanding the current configuration of your global network - What is being done where and why?
  • Reviewing multiple aspects of the business and comparing what you want and what you are currently getting from your lean initiative
  • Re-evaluating where more complex processes could be better supported
  • Collating your key findings and re-shaping your network accordingly to enhance overall performance

16:05 - 16:35 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Session Title TBC (Eurofins)

Mark Carnaghan, MD, UK & Ireland, Eurofins

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Product Customisation in Mass Production – Innovation of the Series Production with Digital Printing and Laser Techniques

  • How could mass production be adopted to become an efficient batch size one production?
  • Digital manufacturing technologies are the key. Enabler for product modifications without machine set-up time

Lean & Operational Excellence

Matching Japanese Lean Thinking to Different Cultures: How to Create the Organisation for Managing a Change of Mindset in a Multi-Site Company

Davide di Blasi, Global Lean and Quality Director, Hilding Anders International AB

  • Virtual travel in Japanese lean thinking
  • Understanding the local culture as a basic point before to start any lean transformation
  • Lessons learned: importance of commitment
  • How to develop lean leadership in the organisation? The train the trainer concept
  • How to boost the system: “external and fresh eyes”, partnership with University and talent management

16:40 - 17:25 - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

How can you Build a Workforce for the Future?

  • What are the emerging demands in terms of your workforce in the coming years?
  • How can you ensure that you are creating a team capable of the technical demands of the future?
  • Do recruitment, training and workforce development strategies need to be updated for millennials to match their expectations?
  • How can manufacturers attract and train their workforce to avoid the skills gap?
  • What issues have you faced in hiring suitable, potential leaders of the future?

17:25 - 17:30

17:30 - 18:30

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:40

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

08:45 - 09:30 - Panel Discussion

Lean & Operational Excellence

From Global to Local Operations: Reshaping the Organisation to Boost Efficiency and Competitiveness in a Global Market

  • Re-evaluating your current global setup and highlighting limitations in efficiency and consumer communication
  • Analysing forecasted developments in the global market and preparing for key challenges and opportunities
  • Emerging market manpower and low-cost vs western technology - utilising innovative technologies to remain competitive
  • Maximising the efficiency of your global footprint
  • Talent sourcing and development - having the right people in the right places and at the right time

09:35 - 10:05 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Change Management: Retaining Talent and Knowledge in an Ageing Workforce

  • Maximising knowledge capture and training
  • Incentivising people to stay and/or join an industry that is currently volatile and in crisis
  • How can the industry expect to attract a replacement younger workforce when the systems used are so dated?
  • How are emerging markets attracting an efficient workforce?
  • Winning strategies in instilling leading lean and green initiatives in new personnel

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Improving Delivery Time and Reinforcing the Pull Model through Superior Forecasting Methods

  • Integrating demand forecasting and supply inventory together through a cloud based communication tool
  • Bringing stakeholders from every link of the value chain together to pool information, share resources, and respond in real time to emerging challenges

Lean & Operational Excellence

Session Title TBC (VistaMed)

Barry Regan, Director of Operations, VistaMed

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:10 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

Leadership & Workforce Development

Session Title TBC (Leadership & Workforce Development)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (Industry 4.0 & Technology)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Lean & Operational Excellence

Session Title TBC (Lean & Operational Excellence)

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:40 - 11:30

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

11:30 - 12:00 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Boston Scientific Galway Culture Journey: A Case Study in Mass Engagement

Pádraig Garvey, Production Unit (Operations) Manager, Boston Scientific

  • Background and context
  • Why is a culture of engagement important
  • What might an engaged culture look like
  • How has Boston Scientific Galway built its culture using the Rapid Mass Engagement technique
  • How we measure, sustain and improve our performance

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Intelligent Automation: What must you Consider when Initiating a Digital E-Business Program?

  • How to benefit from intelligent automation technologies that generate new business ideas, gain a competitive advantage and to better serve your customers
  • Optimizing “Digital Manufacturing”: the way of the future
  • What role will 3D printing play as we move forward?

Lean & Operational Excellence

Lean Production Systems as Lever for Superior Network Performance

Prof. Dr. Thomas Friedli, Director, Institute of Technology Management (University of St. Gallen)

  • Performance of international manufacturing networks can be seen as the sum of sites’ performance or the interplay of the different sites within the network
  • Companies adopted the Toyota Production System to their own company-specific production system and push their sites’ performance with a high penetration rate of their production system in the network
  • Short-term improvements were achieved but long-term and sustainable success fails to show off because Production Systems were seen as tool-kits only
  • Production Systems can play a vital role as a coordination lever for the manufacturing network and thus improve overall network performance

12:05 - 12:35 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Avoiding the Skills Gap: Planning for the Short and Long Term to Secure your Future

  • With a predicted significant shortfall of manufacturing professionals set to enter the industry, how can the industry secure its future?
  • Why must you have a defined yet adaptable program for succession planning?
  • How has the landscape of acquiring and developing the most capable, young talent in manufacturing changed?

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Reaching Beyond Operational Excellence with AI

Stéphane Coudurier Curveur, Injection Senior Manager & Senior Expert, Faurecia

  • Faurecia has revised its approach of Industrial Process Excellence
  • It also deeply studied the opportunities offered by the Digital Revolution
  • Launching into a combined approach of Collaborative & Augmented Intelligence
  • Boosting knowledge & productivity
  • Discover this experience

Lean & Operational Excellence

Session Title TBC (B. Braun Group)

César Lombarte, Operational Excellence Manager, B. Braun Group

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:35 - 13:35

Networking Lunch

13:35 - 14:05 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Session Title TBC (STAEDTLER Mars GmbH & Co. KG)

Christian Haupt, Head of Business Development Technology, STAEDTLER

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Design Reliability Testing and Verification for New Production Systems and Assembly Lines

  • Mitigating risk through sufficient testing using new technologies and software
  • Creating a buy-in from colleagues with sufficient testing

Lean & Operational Excellence

How can you Effectively Implement Key Streamlining and Cost Reduction Strategies?

  • Saving on capital spending whilst improving process efficiency and productivity
  • Adopting a holistic approach to investing in existing facility enhancements
  • Incorporating existing lean initiatives into your cost reduction strategy

14:10 - 14:40 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

The Case for Change: “Aha’s + Now What’s” from a Fortune 15’s Year of Change

Michelle J. White, MBA, Director, Organizational Change Management, Cardinal Health

  • “Aha’s + now what’s” from a Fortune 15’s year of change
  • Business readiness best practices … or getting good at early ‘oh sh*t’ moments
  • Real life recommendations + resources

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (EPFL)

Prof. Dr. Dimitris Kiritsis, Prof. ICT for Sustainable Manufacturing, EPFL

  • Full session abstract TBC

Lean & Operational Excellence

How can Determining the Maturity of your Lean Journey Open Up New Possibilities?

  • What is the best way to measure your lean initiative?
  • What external accreditation boards are being used?
  • How are new developments in IT supporting continuous improvement and its measurement?
  • Can different facilities be truly compared if the processes used and products manufactured differ?

14:45 - 15:15 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Use of Digital Twins to Improve Business

Jesper Toubøl, VP Moulding, LEGO

Learn how LEGO has found new ways to improve business decision by technology/digital twins – and also the business journey and how to get to this point. Story line will contain a demo of the technology and concrete examples of benefits and realisation.

15:20 - 16:05 - Panel Discussion

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How can Digitalisation Enhance your Processes in the Context of COVID-19?

  • Full session abstract TBC

16:05 - 16:15

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit

Simon Hardiman, Head of Quality and ACE, Collins Aerospace