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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.

3rd - 5th of April · 2024

Stuttgart · GERMANY


Ingo Hild

Plant Manager


Bénédicte Verley-Hudry

Head of manufacturing 4.0


Amitte Gulamhussen

Global Head Excellence, Digital, Automation


Karl-Alexander Seidel

Head of Citybus Plant

Daimler Truck AG

Alessandro Pilone

Head of Customer Solution Engineering Services, Tools & Process


Dr. Michael Honné

Head of MRO 4.0, Henkel Adhesive Technologies – General Manufacturing & Maintenance


Max Reinhardt

Production engineering


Hervé DOAN

Emotional Intelligence Expert in Operations | Plant Quality Director

Aubert & Duval

Marko Yli-Pietilä

Chief Development & Digital Officer


Stephen King

SVP, Global Manufacturing Kinder Toys


Jan Casteels

Plant Manager VP at Duracell Inc.


Lina Emilsson

Former Quality Director



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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?


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Martin Dieker

Martin belongs to the folks who believe that the shop floor is the only department in a company that generates values. It is in every leader's best interest to serve operators to execute their job in the best possible way.

Being a leader in operations is not about wearing nice suits and watches. The job is to ensure that operations are defining-, executing-, and improving standards on a daily base with respect to safety, quality, performance and cost. You work for 100 operators, not the other way around.

- Design and implement holistic production systems considering cross-functional integration (TPM, IWS, PSS, CBS, etc.)
- Bring lean/OpEx theory into daily operations
- Daily standard working processes and performance monitoring
- Improve processes, organizational structures and systems in industrial organizations
- Enable people to work together closely and to become better leaders (servant leaders)

Martin Gutberlet

Martin Gutberlet is responsible for the strategic and operative tasks of Baader's digitalization division as Managing Director of Open Innovation Holding GmbH, Trace Tomorrow Management GmbH and Early Business Development GmbH. Mr. Gutberlet reports directly to Mrs. Baader.

Martin Gutberlet has more than 25 years of experience in the field of digitalization and digital transformation and was most recently Chief Digital Officer of a global, listed packaging and paper company.  Prior he served as Head Digital Projects at a global leader in machine tools.

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


Industry & Titles: Food, Packaging & Paper, Farming

CxO and Senior Mgmt


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Waldemar Hirsch

Waldemar Hirsch is responsible for 3D printing of jigs & fixtures at Audi Sport. He coordinates the 3d printing activities within the production of Audi AG. His job also includes the responsibility for the mechanical analysis in the production of Audi Sport and the innovation management for the production.

Before the time of 3d printing he worked as a developer for process, method and technology after study automotive engineering at Cologne

Johan Beukema

Johan Beukema is Partner at BCI Global, a leading independent consultancy firm with headquarters in The Netherlands and offices in Europe (London, Frankfurt), North America (Atlanta, San Francisco, LA) and Asia (Singapore, Shanghai).

BCI Global was founded in 1985 and specializes in Manufacturing footprint optimization, supply chain optimization and location & site selection. Johan, who joined BCI in 1999, holds a university degree in (International) Business Administration of the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Over the last 22 years Johan has supported many companies in the optimization of their manufacturing footprint strategies and end-to-end supply chains as well as in the selection of the optimal locations for new manufacturing sites, distribution centers and other business functions.

Johan’s geographical experience base includes EMEA, The Americas as well as Asia-Pacific including China and India. He works a lot for industry leaders in different industries as well as for new and fast-growing companies. Companies on his track record are for example ExxonMobil, Donaldson, Roche, Medtronic, Abbott, Amgen, Nestle, Danone, Takeda, Starkey, Hilti, Cisco, Huhtamaki, Ricoh, AMS AG, Brown Forman, Edwards, Oxea, Wabtec, and many others.

Johan regularly speaks at conferences and seminars and publishes about topics related to his area of expertise.

Jesper Toubøl

Jesper is the head of one of LEGO moulding sites and qualification factories which include both advanced mass manufacturing and maturing of new emerging technologies. Jesper has furthermore delivered organizational footprint and technology strategies within Product Design and Equipment ( Manufacturing - establishing Engineering centers in LEGO manufacturing sites in Singapore, Mexico and Denmark. During his work Jesper has profound focus on how IoT can support his visions and enable the future – a true IOT-technology evangelist.

Jesper has worked for LEGO in several roles.

1) Responsibility for R&D in Packaging and Processing (Decorations and Assembly) product line.

2) Responsibilities for product development execution for LEGO DUPLO , LEGO Games , LEGO Technic , LEGO Hero Factory  - leading development teams through design, sourcing and marketing process from concept to finished product.   

3) Establishing logistics strategy, delivered turn around results in increasing differentiated services and reducing costs by e.g. outsourcing, consolidating sites and redefining logistic service offering.

Peter Thorngren

Peter Thorngren has the the ability to combine customer demands with technical possibilities and limitations to create working commercial solutions. Peter has also had personal experience in running a successful business in the management/system development area.
Peter works especially well in projects with a combination of technical, organizational, and commercial challenges. With his technical understanding and experience in larger projects, he can perform well in the areas of technology and business development.

Specialties: Peter Thorngren also has extensive professional experience in the areas of finance, marketing, automotive, government, industry, and telecom sectors.

Christophe Strauven

Christophe Strauven is an experienced business driver with entrepreneurial instincts who has worked in the cybersecurity industry for more than 16 years gaining experience in different positions.

Driven by enthusiasm, he remains fully abreast of technological trends and business challenges to help align the two. As a Business developer manager for Europe, his goals include building a business development strategy that ensures continuous innovation and business growth.

Outside of the office, Christophe enjoys travelling, gardening and wine.

Chetna Jain

Chetna Jain is a conscientious & visionary professional, with 18 years of experience in leading Research & Engineering programmes and product development.

Strategic adviser for techno-commercial viability of programmes. Lead projects for innovative, technologically advanced vehicle and safety-critical high volume automotive products. Experienced in streamlining business processes and leveraging product profitability.

She has worked with multi-cultural cross-functional teams, ranging from start-ups to century old established company. An effective communicator, adaptive and quick decision maker with strong analytical thinking. Balancing between sustainability and growth, works to expand her horizons by staying open to novel experiences.

Matt Barber

Matt Barber is the Product Manager for Shopfloor-Online MES, responsible for shaping the product strategy and ensuring the product meets the current and future needs of the market.

Matt brings years of experience as a software engineer and a project lead, where he has helped numerous manufacturers, across a range of industries, digitise their manufacturing operations with Shopfloor-Online MES.

Matt graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2011, with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, and recently received a certification from the London School of Economics (LSE) for successfully completing MBA Essentials.

Alain Nochimowski

Alain Nochimowski is the Chief Technology Officer at Viaccess-Orca. Alain is responsible for leading VO’s innovative initiatives and on a broader scope, fostering an innovative mindset across the company.

Prior to this position, Alain led business development activities, first at Orca Interactive, and following the merger with Viaccess, at the new entity Viaccess-Orca.

Alain was responsible for leading VO’s entry strategy into new markets and ventures, and for creating a supportive industrial ecosystem for VO’s new products and technologies.  Before joining Orca Interactive in 2009, Alain held various business development and technical strategy positions successively at Orange, Viaccess, and SanDisk, in New York, Paris, and Tel Aviv.

Throughout his career, Alain initiated and successfully lead multiple innovation projects that notably resulted in dozens of issued patents and strategic sales to large content service providers. Alain graduated from Ecole des Mines de Paris.

Kari Terho

Kari is the Vice President, Global Sales with Elisa IndustrIQ, helping manufacturing companies to leverage intelligent manufacturing opportunities.

Kari has over two decades of experience in working with manufacturing and telecommunications enterprise solutions and he is passionate about helping customers drive sustainable growth by using data insights to solve their most challenging problems.

Kari holds a master’s degree in Business Administration.


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