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Sustainability in manufacturing

The world of manufacturing is gathering today and tomorrow in Cernobbio, on the wonderful lake of Como, well known worldwide for its breath-taking panorama and beauty: it’s the World Manufacturing Forum, the sector’s most important yearly event. Over two thousands participants eager to listen to some of the world’s most important decision makers, high-level industrialists, policy makers and key societal stakeholders across the globe to discuss challenges to manufacturing innovation and possible solutions and debate about sustainability in the manufacturing processes.

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, has been addressed all too often independent of one another.

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.

The event will focus on the role of business and public policy in carving the right strategies for a sustainable future. Innovation in Global Manufacturing
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. Don’t miss your opportunity to shape a better future world!

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