MAKERS workshop: “Reshoring and Industry 4.0”

When: 3 May 2017

Where: Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

Contact: steffen.kinkel@hs-karlsruhe.de

Organized by Steffen Kinkel (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences) & Lisa De Propris (University of Birmingham).

Offshoring trends are changing, and several companies are now turning to reshoring. Reasons are quality and flexibility issues in cross-border supply chains, rapidly rising labour costs in some of the target countries, but also new possibilities for competitive manufacturing practices in high-wage countries, supported by new and digitally integrated manufacturing technologies. These “manufacturing 4.0” technologies, in Germany called “industry 4.0”, are based on the intelligent, real-time, horizontal and vertical integration of value-added processes and business models. They bear the potential to produce highly individualized products while at the same time improving the speed and efficiency of the production process significantly.

Confirmed speakers include Steffen Kinkel, Luciano Fratocchi, David Bailey, Guido Nassimbeni, Bella B. Nujen, Jan Stentoft, Pamela Robinson, Rosemary Coates (Reshoring Institute -US).

The Workshop is free of charge to attend. Please join us by registering your attendance with Venessa Rouse at v.rouse@bham.ac.uk.

Programme

Smart Manufacturing for EU growth and prosperity

Service Implementation in Product Firms: The role of new entrants

Dr Ferran Vendrell-Herrero (Birmingham Business School) and Dr Oscar F. Bustinza (Department of Management, University of Granada)

According to the last European Rental Association (ERA) market report the European Rental industry have had an average annual growth over the last few years of 2% despite the uncertain economic conditions. This growth is catching the attention of global investors, and rental fleets/inventories are rising fast. Why are we observing this preference in the use over the ownership of equipment, vehicles or machinery?