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Manufacturing at a pivotal turning point






The manufacturing industry is undergoing a multifaceted transformation, from automation to the adoption of Industry 4.0, dedicated to digitalization, to the use of AI for decision-making by advanced practitioners, all within the context of a circular economy that prioritizes sustainability and resource optimization.

March · 2025

Stuttgart · GERMANY

March · 2025

Stuttgart · GERMANY


Ingo Hild

Plant Manager


Dimitris Kiritsis

Professor Emeritus | Senior Adviser

EPFL | University of Oslo

Bénédicte Verley-Hudry

Head of manufacturing 4.0


Amitte Gulamhussen

Global Head Excellence, Digital, Automation


Dipl.-Ing. Erk Franz

Director Engineering Planning & PDM

Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH

Martin Labecker

Head of Production Gothenburg


Vladimiro Ferreira

Head of IT Infrastructure & Automation CoE (RPA, IA, Hyper automation)

SEG Automotive

Hervé DOAN

Emotional Intelligence Expert in Operations | Plant Quality Director

Aubert & Duval


Chief Development & Digital Officer


Stephen King

SVP, Global Manufacturing Kinder Toys


Jan Casteels

Plant Manager VP at Duracell Inc.


Anthony Loy

VP, Industrial Digital Transformation Consulting

Schneider Electric


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As a key component of the circular economy, manufacturing must undergo a radical transformation from beginning to end: designing products to be recyclable, utilizing sustainable materials, and improving process efficiency to reduce waste and energy consumption. Smart Manufacturers will enhance their business models to provide consumers with “product-as-a-service” early on. In addition, they will be responsible for the end-of-life administration of their products, including collection and recycling.

Meanwhile, The current phase of industrial development continues to advance into the integration of digital technologies, automation, and data exchange. The innovative, new capabilities of AI in R&D and manufacturing are leading to a vision of the future that opens a new era in the collaboration between humans and machines.

“If you want to build a ship don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” (Antoine de Saint Exupery).

Join the Smart Manufacturing World Summit to hear from the industry’s top practitioners and suppliers on how they adapt to an ever-changing environment.


Manufacturing is evolving in a changing world: the current life cycle of “make-use-throw-away” has had its day. Consumers at all levels are getting more and more demanding and rewarding concrete steps towards circular economy.

Many Industry 4.0 initiatives fail, as they lack the basis of Lean, Agile or Six-Sigma culture Transformations of the magnitude of ‘Going Lean”, implementing INDUSTRY 4.0, … are still underestimated. Companies have to prepare to participate in both marathons and sprints. AI, Connectivity, Digital Twin, Robotic Process Automation, … need a solid pavement both in terms of mind-and tool set.

Current technologies have improved manufacturing immeasurably, many processes we now take for granted were out-of-reach only a few years ago. Think about the progress of Additive manufacturing: Have you ever dreamed 2 years ago you could build your house in 3 days with 3 So, what is (currently) impossible in your business?

The possibilities of digitization and automation are still not fully realized, i4.0 is aiming to capitalize on these potentials at full extend, providing a base for further advancements: IoT/ Blockchain / 3D. How the ERP(SAP)/MES/PCS Real time Traceability, cyber etc… landscape is evolving, however still not fast enough.

The world of work is changing at an accelerating pace. Humans and machines will work very different and much more complementary than they already do, which will require a big mindset change. The vision of industry 5.0 leads us toward a future of seamless human machine collaboration. Leaders: what are you doing to get your team in the champions league?

Agenda Focus Areas

Integration of Advanced Technologies
Role of Leadership in a Technologically Advanced Manufacturing Landscape
Ethical Considerations and Human-Centric Approaches
Operational Efficiency Through Emerging Technologies
Sustainable Manufacturing and Circular Economy


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As our business partner, you can leverage our event to showcase your brand and expertise through our speaking panels, booths, and exhibition opportunities. 

Our attendees attend to seek solutions for their challenges. This is your chance to show them how your solution can add value.

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Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Messe & Congress

Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Messe & Congress

Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Messe & Congress

Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Messe & Congress

Room rate at the Movenpick Hotel is
128 eur per night
including breakfast.

Reserve your room using the keyword “Smart Manufacturing World Summit”
Phone: +49 711 90705330

Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Messe & Congress

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My passion: "Digital for me is about People, Change and Technology - empowering people while using innovative technology is my passion. "


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Kari holds a master’s degree in Business Administration.


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