Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

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.



09:00 – 09:10 Opening welcome
09:10 – 11:00 1.     Steffen Kinkel – Offshoring, Reshoring and the use of Industry 4.0 technologies in the German manufacturing industry


2.     Diletta Pegoraro – Reshoring under the lens of GVCs/GPNs: A Theoretical Framework


3.     Alessandro Ancarani – The Relevance of Technological Innovation for Reshoring Strategies

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee
11:30 – 13:00 4.     Rosemary Coates – Reshoring Manufacturing in the Time of Trump – The Potential Disaster in Ethnocentrism and Trade Barriers


5.     David Bailey – Brexit, UK auto and possibilities for reshoring


6.     Jan Stentoft – Drivers and barriers for industry 4.0: Insights from a Danish large scale questionnaire-survey

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 7.     Bella B. Nujen and Lise L. Halse – Backshoring Readiness


8.     Oliver Fläschner – Reshoring and Efficiency: Can superior Management, Technology and Macro Factors offset the Benefits from Offshoring?


9.     Guido Nassimbeni and Guido Orzes – Manufacturing Reshoring: Empirical Evidences of the European Reshoring Monitor

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee
16:00 – 17:30 10.  Luciano Fratocchi – Is 3D printing an enabling technology for manufacturing reshoring?


11.  Pamela Robinson & Linda Hsieh – Sustainable reshoring in high-end clothing – Ethical and Environmental dilemmas


12.  Jussi Heikkila – Financial Information Guiding Offshoring and Backshoring in Nordic Countries

17:30 Close
19:00 Dinner

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