Future Manufacturing & Trade Summit 2017

6-7 November 2017
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Dubai, UAE


Summit Agenda

» Day 1 - 6th November 2017

» Day 2 - 7th November 2017

Day 1 - 6th November 2017
08:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00

Welcome Address by the Guest of Honor

10:00 - 10:20

The Future is Industrialization – UAE's Vision for the Manufacturing Sector and its Focus on “MADE IN UAE”

  • Building an innovative ecosystem aimed at supporting the nation's drive towards Vision 2021
  • A quick overview – The government’s focus on business friendly policies and incentives that best supports innovation and knowledge driven growth in the manufacturing sector
  • Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution technology and converting action plans to implementations – How close are we?
10:20 - 10:40

“Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030” – Boosting Economic Competitiveness

  • Transforming Dubai into a leading manufacturing hub based on knowledge, innovation and sustainable industrial practices
  • Promoting environmentally-friendly and energy efficient manufacturing enhancing Dubai’s industrial status regionally and globally
  • Strategic partnerships between public and private sectors – A boost to the emirate's economy going forward
10:40 - 11:00

Dubai Exports: A Major Player in the Emerging Picture

  • Enabling local companies to establish contacts with importers overseas and connecting regional trade to new markets
  • Initiatives aimed at enhancing value of exports: A focus on large firms and SME’s in Dubai and UAE in general to be competitive in the global market
  • Presenting the export capabilities of UAE firms and serving as a one-stop shop for importers looking at Dubai as a source market
11:00 - 11:20

“Industry 4.0” Delivering Excellence in Manufacturing through IoT

  • Do manufacturers in the region consider themselves ready for Industry 4.0?
  • How digital transformation will help manufacturers reinvent new industrial and business models
  • Adapting business processes to incorporate connected and next-generation digital technologies to remain globally competitive
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:30

Panel Discussion: Small and Medium Enterprise Sector – Boosting UAE’s Economy and the Manufacturing Sector

  • Policies, initiatives and incentives aiming to accelerate the growth of SME’s in the region
  • Attracting local talent and strengthening relationships between industry players and academic institutions
  • Helping SME’s choose the best technologies to facilitate growth as it's time to either “Digitize or Die”
12:30 - 12:50

Intelligent Manufacturing: A Focus on Energy Management

  • How can manufacturers embrace green and sustainable technologies supporting UAE’s 2050 energy initiative to reduce the environmental impact of operations and cut operating costs
  • Pursuing energy efficiency at all levels of production is very expensive: Overcoming the first hurdle
  • Can we achieve an energy efficient manufacturing process if manufacturers could form a synergy with technology?
12:50 - 13:10

Factories of the Future: Intelligent, Digitized & Automated – Ready or Not?

  • The role of big data & cloud behind the Future Factory Revolution
  • Leveraging IoT solutions for smart manufacturing to achieve operational excellence
  • Customer centricity – How digital factories will react to customer preferences more quickly and support regional manufacturing
13:10 - 14:10


14:10 - 14:50

Panel Discussion: Innovation in Manufacturing – Measuring Progress

  • Are manufacturers in the region using innovation to drive growth & how is it helping to stay ahead of competition?
  • Looking beyond the product – Organizations who focus on fostering a strong innovation culture will attract, retain and motivate key talent
  • Do you have a robust innovation strategy or do you need to define one? Where are you now and where do you want to go?
14:50 - 15:10

Digital Twin – Bringing Together the Digitized Product and the Digitized Plant Process in a Virtual World

  • Educating the industry and harnessing business value by helping manufacturers drive actionable insights from their data
  • How IIoT & digitalization will enable manufacturers to perform simulation, testing & optimization upfront to provide improved manufacturing quality and efficiency
  • Overcoming conventional processes to meet customer demands giving them what they want when they want
15:10 - 15:30

Industrial Robots – The Future Recruits Fueling the Next Wave of Transformation in Manufacturing

  • Is the industry gearing up for higher growth with automation and robots
  • A tech-savvy smart workforce VS the rise of the robots OR is it going to be “Human-centric Manufacturing” – A synchronization between man and machine
  • What about SME’s – Do they lack capital or skilled resources?
15:30 - 15:50

3D Printing - Its Impact on the Future of Manufacturing “A Business Solution, Not a Technology Solution”

  • Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by 2030 – ADVANTAGE MANUFACTURING
  • How will 3D printing shape end to end value chain in manufacturing and are we ready with a future proof disruption plan?
  • Meeting the two major requirements “Time-to-Market” and “Unique-customer-necessities”
15:50 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30


Day 2 - 7th November 2017
09:00 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Building a Modern Thriving Manufacturing Workforce – Addressing the Skills and Workforce Development Gaps Required for Manufacturing Jobs in the Region

  • How can the industry change the perception of careers and promote manufacturing as a viable choice
  • Developing strategies to address priorities and expectations for the next generation labor force
  • Empowering women in manufacturing & reducing gender disparities – The role of government
10:20 - 10:40

Understanding the Drawbacks and Complexities of Retrofitting – Weighing the Pros and Cons

  • Upgrading legacy systems is budget friendly solution but do you have to compromise on utilizing next gen technologies and automation?
  • Understanding how integration of new equipment’s or software’s with older machinery works
  • If it works, don’t mess with it! Changing the reluctance attitude
10:40 - 11:00

Predictive Maintenance 4.0 – Maximizing Machine Availability to Increase Operational Performance

  • Are manufacturers in the region now turning to predictive maintenance in order to better compete on a global scale?
  • How investments in predictive analytics solutions enable maintenance professionals to make more highly informed decisions, avoid costly production disruptions, help reduce downtime and gain better visibility of processes
  • What to look for in a predictive maintenance solution as not all IoT solutions are created equal
11:00 - 11:20

Supply Chain Excellence: Seeing Beyond the Plant

  • Manufacturers thrive on operational excellence but when it comes to transport and logistics can third party perspective complement a positive change?
  • How to reduce costs and improve service by creating an integrated and effective transportation management program
  • Can “Smart operations” empower manufacturers resolve issues in supply chain faster – Is this the new key to manufacturing excellence
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:30

Panel Discussion: Driving Operational Excellence: The benefits of integrating core improvement programmes into the company culture

  • How Kaizen/Lean concepts & methodologies has changed the landscape of manufacturing
  • Do manufacturers understand the need to create a culture of continuous improvement at all levels to improve processes and quality?
  • What are the challenges in adopting lean manufacturing principles and how can it transform organisations into high performing enterprises


12:30 - 12:50

Next Generation ERP Solutions: Assisting Manufacturers to Meet the Fast Paced and Connected Requirements of Industry 4.0

  • Shifting to a cloud based ERP and its benefits
  • Empowering stakeholders in the business to have access to latest and most accurate data in real time
  • Improving customer experience and speed to market – Isn’t customer the KING?
12:50 - 13:10

Mobility in Manufacturing – Playing the Game Changing Role in Improving Operations and Minimizing Downtime

  • Are manufacturers in the region still far behind in moving to mobile operations? Is it the cost to upgrade or challenging plant conditions?
  • What technologies and capabilities should you consider before creating a mobility strategy in your plant?
  • Integrating mobile technology with legacy equipment – Addressing the key challenge
13:10 - 13:30

Industrial Security – Protecting Networks, Facilities and Systems

  • Fortifying your connected enterprise in a fast-changing threat landscape
  • Manufacturers should increase their IT budgets to overcome the disconnect between high presence of threats and the industry’s limited spending on cyber security
  • Manufacturing sector must strive for a cyber threat resistance – After all isn’t prevention better than cure?
13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:10

Panel Discussion: Big Data as a Bridge between Departments – Strengthening the CIO, CDO, CTO and COO Connection in the Modern Manufacturing World

  • Leading the digital transformation journey – Fusing IT, data & operations to improve manufacturing and operational efficiency
  • Addressing the ongoing tug-of-war between CIO’s and CTO’s – Creating a common ground around improving process, product, quality & supply chain
  • Creating a win together – Driving the collaboration culture and creating a brand identity with digital transformation
15:10 - 15:30

Applying New Technology within Existing Business Process Frameworks – How Machine Learning can Bring Operation Excellence

  • Equipping finance, operations & supply chain teams to better manage factory and demand side constraints by delivering more relevant data
  • How manufacturers can accomplish better manufacturing intelligence contributing to greater six sigma performances
  • Knowing where to start – The key to unlocking the benefits of machine learning
15:30 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:10


Agenda is subject to change

Register Today!

6-7 November 2017

Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Dubai, UAE

Industry News


Follow us on

Contact Us

Expotrade Middle East FZ-LLC
1002, Al Thuraya Tower 2, Dubai Media City
PO Box 500686 Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: +9714-4542135 Fax: +9714-4542136
Email: info@expotrade-me.com

Want more information? Let us know, we can help.

(Page Load time: 0.456935 Sec)