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World Manufacturing Forum 2011

Cernobbio, Como Lake Italy
May 16-17, 2011

The world's economies are more interlinked than ever with most industries now operating globally. Countries that have consistently invested in research and development have been seeing their competitiveness increase. With manufacturing becoming ever more global questions arise: Are industrial policies keeping pace with global reality or are they still based on non-global manufacturing paradigms? Will economies become unstable by keeping their markets open or can there be a more resilient world, for example through collective R&D effort? According to a recent McKinsey survey, more than fifty percent of executives consider sustainability  the management of environmental, social, and governance issues  "very" or "extremely important" in a wide range of areas, including new product development, reputation building, and overall corporate strategy.

Manufacturing remains a significant source of employment and a major contributor to the GDP in developed countries. If related services are counted as well, the role of manufacturing becomes even larger. On the other hand, manufacturing and its services are major producers of CO2 emissions and large consumers of energy. If industrial consumption patterns remain unchanged, then key resources such as water and fossil fuels will soon be scarce in a world of 9 billion people. In such a scenario, companies cannot avoid anymore the implementation of business strategies that focus on sustainability, and policy makers will need to create environments for innovation that go hand in hand with these strategies. This double challenge, sustainability and innovation, all too often have been addressed independent of one another.

In Cernobbio, at the wonderful surroundings of the Lake Como, decision makers will meet to discuss emerging trends in industrial innovation and global manufacturing. The focus of the event will be on the role of business and public policy in carving the right strategies for a sustainable future.

The World Manufacturing Forum offers a platform for debate among decision makers. How to achieve a low-carbon economy? How to decrease the use of non-renewable resources in industry? Which skills and competencies will be needed for manufacturing in 2020? How to create better workplaces? What is the role of national industrial policies in globally-driven economies? Around these themes, the 2011 World Manufacturing Forum aims to build a consensus strategy for a better future characterised by global sustainable development. Dont miss your opportunity to shape a better future world!