European Manufacturing Summit 2008 (EMS)

Venue: Swissotel

Location: Dusseldorf, Germany

Event Date/Time: Oct 06, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 09, 2008
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Delegate places are selling fast with confirmed attendance from some of the world’s biggest manufacturers including, Volvo, Avon, Honeywell, Michelin to name but a few. This year’s event is already set to far surpass last years with the quality and numbers of delegates expected to be at an all time high.

The 4 day event begins with two exclusive tours taking place in Leipzig. One at DHL’s new flagship Air Hub for a demonstration of the latest logistics principles being implemented and the other at BMW’s state of the art production plant where cutting edge best practice and technology is being used to maximise output and manufacturing efficiency. Both tours give our attendees invaluable real time experience of the latest manufacturing strategies in action. All they have to do is choose which one to go on!

The tours are followed by a three day summit, employing an innovative event structure which not only offers keynote sessions, panel discussions and vendor-led interactive workshops but also an exclusive networking model of pre-arranged, private one-to-one meetings. Delegates and sponsors meet only with those who have expressed an interest in meeting with them ensuring that precious networking time is spent productively, maximising the very real chance of doing business at the event.

A world renowned speaking panel has been secured for EMS 2008 featuring:

• Jürgen Krüger, Director, Economies of the Member States, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission, Belgium
• Christopher Game, Head of TechOps Sourcing, Novartis, Switzerland
• Dr Alan McLenaghan, Managing Director, Saint Gobain Glass UK, United Kingdom
• Martin Smith, CI/Quality Director, Lear Corp, Germany

Each year our carefully researched conference programme is designed to answer the questions currently affecting the industry giving our attendees real solutions that can be implemented on their return. Programme highlights include:

• The Shingo Prize: Adopting the “Shingo” approach to operational excellence in manufacturing.
• The global economic outlook: Preparing for a changing economic dynamic and the impact for manufacturers.
• Human capital: Changing perceptions of manufacturing and attracting talent to the workforce.
• Green manufacturing: Cutting your carbon footprint.
• Innovation: Driving product development and protecting your Intellectual Property
• The lean enterprise: Sustaining lean principles in the manufacturing enterprise.

New for 2008 are the inaugural Strategic Manufacturing Awards, in conjunction with Manufacturing Business Technology magazine and supported by Manufacturing Insights and the Institute of Engineering and Technology which have been created to reward best practice within Europe’s diverse manufacturing community.

This exciting development in our conference programme gives the companies who are leaders in the manufacturing world a real chance to showcase their achievements in front of an audience of their peers and to be recognised for their efforts. Categories have been chosen to reflect the issues currently confronting the manufacturing industry in which companies are striving to break new ground and create success with innovation, sustainability and technology.

For more information and details of all the categories go to