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New WFSGI Forum on ‘Beyond Lean Manufacturing’

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BERN, Switzerland – The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) continues its successful series of Manufacturers Forums. From December 2-3, 2015 the WFSGI is gathering sporting goods and apparel brands and their independent supplier factories on a global basis in order to discuss topics “Beyond Lean Manufacturing”.

New WFSGI Forum on ‘Beyond Lean Manufacturing’
Registration for the next WFSGI’s Manufacturers Forum is open now. – Photo WFSGI

The Forum will be supported by the International Apparel Federation. This year’s event will not only focus on the more technically orientated topics but also on Corporate Responsibility in its many aspects.

Circular manufacturing & lean production

During the two-day conference the audience will have the opportunity to interactively participate in workshops and raise questions to the keynote speakers with regard to circular manufacturing, lean production, reduction of labour intensive production as well as workforce education and human-centered manufacturing.

Bosch presentation

“We are pleased to present a first line-up of speakers already today and we are looking forward to learning more about solutions and hands-on advice on how to improve factory operations through lean production from the global automotive parts supplier Bosch,” notes Robbert de Kock, Secretary General of the WFSGI.

Carsten zur Steege, Managing Director of Bosch Automotive (Thailand) Co., Ltd. will present a novel and holistic approach to lean production which integrates established lean principles and methods with the EFQM business excellence framework (EFQM: European Foundation for Quality Management). This approach, known as “Excellent Lean Production”, provides concrete guidance for lean implementation that delivers real improvements to the bottom line.

Technical knowledge

Professor Steve Evans, from University of Cambridge will present the idea of circular manufacturing and how to keep each molecule and fibre strand within the system that creates value for as long as possible. “Brands, designers and manufacturers have the technical knowledge that could allow those molecules to keep delivering value, but the dominant system we all use – design, make, sell, leave it with the customer – makes it difficult to apply our knowledge”, says Prof. Steve Evans.

Gerhard Flatz, Managing Director of tech-textile giant KTC Ltd. will provide the attendees with information on how one can define new socially sustainable workplaces where human dimension is built into the foundation.

As of today, the Forum’s preliminary agenda is live and registration at is open.

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