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WFSGI Forum on High-Tech Innovation, Digitalization and Robotics

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BERN, Switzerland – For the 4th consecutive year, key decision makers of the sporting goods industry will convene to discuss the future of the industry. On this occasion, World Federation Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) focuses the topics around High-Tech Innovation, Digitalization and Robotics and examines Industry 4.0 and big data management.

WFSGI Forum on High-Tech Innovation, Digitalization and Robotics
WFSGI’s two-day forum will be held in Taichung, Taiwan on November 15-16, 2016. – Photo WFSGI

The two-day forum will be held in Taichung, Taiwan on November 15-16, 2016 and will provide the audience with a mix of high-calibre academic knowledge, practical inputs and concentrated presentations from industry leaders. Bike Europe will be present at the conference as media partner for the bicycle industry.

Big data analytics

The ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ is a hot topic and the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. The WFSGI Manufacturers Forum will bring forward the most advanced concepts and technologies of Industry 4.0/IoT and big data management and is pleased to present a top-class speakers line-up.

Questions answered

What are the trends of predictive big data analytics? How can business innovation based on industrial big data be introduced? These questions will be answered by esteemed Professor Jay Lee from University of Cincinnati/USA.

He is one of the pioneers in the field of Intelligent Maintenance Systems and was invited to be a member of White House Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) American Challenge Program. He has authored/co-authored numerous highly influential articles and technical papers in the areas of E-Manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

Innovative manufacturing in industrial sustainability

Manufacturers want to enable both incremental and disruptive technology based innovation; Professor Steve Evans who is well known to the sporting goods industry and Director of the national EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability at Cambridge University will discuss how manufacturers and brands can structure their current research, development and manufacturing processes to do this.

Textile innovation

The textile industry experiences a growing demand for high-tech materials. Where does the journey take the industry? Will the garments of tomorrow allow fully integrated devices through the use of multilayer 3D printed structures? Edwin Keh, CEO from Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) will present his insights in textile innovation and advanced textiles and clothing production technologies.

Opportunities and risks

In the very near future, it will be impossible to imagine a factory without robots and highly integrated production processes. What are the opportunities and where are the risks? Christian Decker, Managing Director of DESMA and Member of the Steering Committee ‘Plattform Industrie 4.0’ of the German Government will address his keynote speech around Industry 4.0 in the Footwear Business.

Smart factory

The audience will also visit Mobiletron’s state-of-the-art smart factory and experience a high-level panel discussion on Internet of Thing with Mobiletron’s Chairman, Mr. Kim Y. C. Tsai; Dr. Ken Cheng, VP, Siemens Ltd Taiwan; Prof. Peter J. Sher, Corporate Synergy Development Center, Taiwan and Christian Decker.

“We are very pleased to present a concentration of high-class speakers and are looking forward to meeting the world of sporting goods in Taichung”, says Charles Yang, Chairman of WFSGI’s Manufactures Committee and Head of Pou Chen’s Innovation Center.

The Forum’s preliminary agenda is live and registration is open at:



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