8th Annual European Manufacturing Strategies Summit on the horizon

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The 8th Annual European Manufacturing Strategies Summit (EMS) will take place from 29 to 31 October 2012 in Swissôtel Düsseldorf, Germany. The Summit offers delegates the opportunity to tailor their learning agenda, with a large variety of topics covered in depth through 3 focus streams, 60 speakers and 15+ interactive workshops. Over 300 lean, operational excellence, continuous improvement, engineering and production experts will be attending the summit to ensure delegates leave with the skills required to build growth into their organisation.

Operational excellence and best practice

This year's summit will focus on operational excellence and best practice in manufacturing. EMS 2012 will also help delegates get to grips with implementing lean management and operational excellence across their global operations. Additionally, they will be able to have their questions answered on justifying investment in environmentally friendly practices, developing a learning organisation and improving demand management and forecasting. By attending EMS 2012 delegates can:

  • Hear how manufacturers are improving the flexibility of their operations.
  • Develop strategies to take lean to the next level of effectiveness.
  • Advance their understanding of how to empower employees.
  • Identify global trends in manufacturing.
  • Gain insight from leading case studies.

This year's summit key topics will include:

  • Utilising factory accreditation for sustainability – to develop a competitive advantage.
  • Building flexibility into the manufacturing and production process.
  • Employee empowerment – inspiring a top-down focus on CI.
  • Beyond BRIC – manufacturing in undeveloped countries.
  • Factory of the future – transforming into a world-class manufacturer.
  • IT upgrades and convergence of systems – increasing ROI.

Presentations will include:

  • Thinking Correctly Under Pressure: Tough Choices in Achieving Operational Excellence (Martin Wing, managing director, Kepner Tregoe).
  • Sustainable Lean Culture for Excellence – Engaging Leadership and Employee Engagement Requirements to Allow Business Transformation (Mark Gregory, head of manufacturing operations, BAE Systems).
  • Mobile Scada and Enterprise Monitoring Software Integration to Reduce Production Downtime (Christian Schad, managing director, Schad GmbH).
  • Manufacturing in Newly Developing Countries (Simon F. Jacobson, research vice president, Gartner).
  • Operational Excellence: New Research Findings Lead to Cost Reduction & Workforce Motivation Opportunities (Mark Sutcliffe, senior vice president, CDC Software International).
Event structure

The WTG event structure composes of presentations with current themes, panel discussions, case studies and workshops. In addition pre-arranged one-to-one meetings enable close networking possibilities. Delegates and sponsors will meet only those who express mutual interest in a personal meeting to maximise possible business connections at the event. Visit www.ems-summit.com or call +44 (0)20 7202 7799 for more information. View the full programme at http://www.ems-summit.com/programme.asp

Registration and discount opportunity

Registration is now open for the European Manufacturing Strategies Summit. Attend to hear the latest techniques in reducing costs, planning for investment and future strategies to boost your overall manufacturing excellence. Confirm your place today at www.ems-summit.com/discount for just £1395 – that is a saving of £250.

6th Annual Strategic Manufacturing Awards 2012

Entries are now being taken for the upcoming Strategic Manufacturing Awards, to be held on the final day of the 8th Annual European Manufacturing Strategies Summit (30 October). Could 2012 be the year your company receives European wide recognition as a manufacturing leader? Now is the time to reflect on the year that you have had and start thinking about which of the seven award categories open for entry that you could like to be considered for. Award winners will be announced following the three course gala dinner and live entertainment in front of +300 of your manufacturing industry peers. Categories open for entry include:

  • Innovation and Change Award.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Continuous Improvement Award.
  • Green and Sustainable Manufacturing Award.
  • Global and World Class Manufacturing Award.
  • Collaboration and Strategic Partnership Award.
  • Factory of the Future Award.

You can register your interest and download an application form at: http://www.manufacturing-awards.com/reqent.asp?mc=evl
Entering the awards is free, but all nominations must be received by the submission deadline of Monday 20 August 2012 to be considered. Registration: Confirm your attendance for just £150 online at http://www.manufacturing-awards.com/booking.asp?mc=evl

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