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WFSGI Forum on Integrating Design & Manufacturing

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BERN, Switzerland – ‘How can design and manufacturing embrace’ is the theme of WFSGI’s Manufacturers Forum 2014. “We want to foster profound discussions between designers and manufacturers on how to improve communication, strategic leadership and innovative future manufacturing processes between designers and manufacturers,” says WFSGI Secretary General Robbert de Kock.

WFSGI Forum on Integrating Design & Manufacturing
WFSGI has selected the event location with great care and is happy to offer all attendees also to visit the Porsche Factory in Leipzig. – Photo Porsche

After a successful first WFSGI Manufacturers Forum 2013 on “The Future of Manufacturing”, the World Federation Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) sees a great interest for the 2014 edition of the Manufacturers Forum which is scheduled to take place in Leipzig, Germany on November 13-14. As the list of participants is limited all companies interested to participate are invited to register via:

Registration for WFSGI MEMBERS (15% discount)

Registration for NON WFSGI MEMBERS

Amongst many others, the following companies from the bicycle industry confirmed the presence of senior leadership team members: Accell Group, Amer Sports, BMC Switzerland, Cevelo/Pon, Corima S.A., DT Swiss and Shimano.

The Manufacturers Forum 2014 offers a unique agenda that will discuss ways to improve communication, strategic leadership and innovative future manufacturing processes between designers and manufacturers. Many sectors have worked hard to better integrate their design and manufacturing activities, resulting in better, cheaper and faster-to-market products.

Critical factors

The Forum will discuss why these companies changed, and describe some of the changes. Drawing from automotive, aerospace, food, electronics, furniture and other sectors the most critical factors in ensuring that manufacturing and design can embrace successfully are discussed. The event is to provoke, awake and provide insights from the car industry and other leading experts in design and manufacturing.

Confirmed speakers (updated):

  • Herbert Hainer, CEO, adidas group
  • Dr. Oliver Blume, Executive Board Member, Porsche
  • Pier Paolo Righi, CEO, Karl Lagerfeld
  • James Carnes, Global Creative Director, adidas
  • Leanne Fremer, SVP/Executive Creative Director Women’s, Under Armour
  • Steven Shih, Business Unit Director, Yue Yuen
  • Charles Yang, Executive General Manager, Apache Footwear
  • Andreas Lechner, Director Marketing, Rolf Benz AG & Co KG
  • Prof. Steve Evans, University of Cambridge

WFSGI has selected the event location with great care and is happy to offer all attendees also to visit the Porsche Factory in Leipzig. For the “Need-for-Speed-Enthusiasts” there’s the opportunity to ‘Taxi Ride’ the Porsche Panamera together with a professional pilot.

Video from Manufacturers Forum 2013 (Taipei)

If you are now curious about the WFSGI Manufacturers Forum please go ahead and get a feeling on what to expect in Leipzig by watching the video of last year’s manufacturers forum. Click here to watch the video.

All other details on the event can be found if you visit us at http://www.wfsgi.org/events-cal/wfsgi-manufacturers-forum/how-can-design-and-manufacturing-embrace.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either sramsauer@wfsgi.org or ymoeri@wfsgi.org.

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