European Manufacturing Strategies Summit

The 18th annual European Manufacturing Strategies (EMS) Summit took place from 7th to 9th November at the Maritim proArte Hotel in Berlin. The annual summit provided an international forum for manufacturing leaders to share and discuss strategies for the best way forward in this new world.

EMS is the only strategic manufacturing conference and networking event to reveal best practice and highlight the latest solutions in preparing for an upturn over the next 12 months. Manufacturers in the industry shared case studies and insights on how the world has irrevocably changed in the aftermath of recent and ongoing geopolitical events.

Boasting a packed three-day, three-streamed schedule of 51 engaging and informative sessions, attendees enjoyed a wealth of industry experience and expertise. The summit offered workable and relatable case studies from the past couple of years, presentations from active senior industry professionals and plenty of networking opportunities. Now a CPD-accredited event, attendees were able to expand their knowledge and gain a certificate of attendance that counts towards professional development.

The summit’s key themes explored maintaining an effective and functional workforce, highlighting the key parameters in switching to Net Zero, and transferring digital thread and technology capabilities.

There were several keynote presentations from notable heads of industry. Marc Winkelman, Global Director of Manufacturing Innovation Capability at Proctor & Gamble discussed the seven actions leadership needs to accelerate the operational excellence journey and deliver its results. Widely-regarded as an industry leader, Marc extrapolated the capabilities that have helped P&G experience a year-on-year program of cost-saving, inventory reduction, service improvements and employee satisfaction.

In another exciting scheduled keynote presentation, Frank Polky, Head of OT Security at Mars discussed finding the balance between trust and zero trust. Having experienced a cyber-attack five years ago, Frank talked through the Mars journey from onboarding stakeholders to staff training in their global defense, and the resulting impact on productivity.

Delegates were also invited to attend a range of panel discussions. Topics included a framework for smarter manufacturing, growth pressure points and tailoring the customer experience to create a customer-centric supply chain. Additionally, case studies covered a range of industry insights. From the Internet of Things (IoT) and technology to advanced production and strategic operations, heads of industry explored subject matter pertinent to modern manufacturing.

Delegates were also able to enhance their learning by attending networking brunches, one-to-one meetings and solution spotlight sessions. The summit was delighted to welcome heads of business from industry leaders, such as Staedtler, Electrolux and MTU Aero Engines, alongside esteemed academics from the University of Warwick, UK and the Institute of Mechanical Engineering of the School of Engineering of EPFL, Switzerland to this year’s advisory board.

European Manufacturing Strategies Summit
Dates: 7th to 9th November 2022
Location: Maritim proArte Berlin, Friedrichstraße 151, 10117 Berlin, Germany