3-4 October 2018
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Future Manufacturing & Trade Summit 2018

Summit Agenda

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Day 1 - 3rd October 2018
08:00 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10


09:10 - 09:30

Opening Address / Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

09:30 - 09:50

The Role of Technology & Innovation in the Industrial Sector

  • Are we entering a new dynamic phase of manufacturing?
  • Does manufacturing today promote innovation, productivity and trade more than growth and employment?
  • How will the role of manufacturing change over the next decade?
09:50 - 10:10

Preparing for a Post-Oil Future – The Dubai Industrial Strategy

  • Strategies and initiatives in place that will achieve Dubai’s goal of becoming a homeland for innovators
  • Successes since the implementation of the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030
  • A comparison in competitiveness – Where does Dubai stand against other countries?
  • Goals for 2030 in line with the Industrial Strategy and beyond
10:10 - 10:30

Factories of the Future, Now

  • Driving advancements in the value chain using new technologies
    • Creating and testing situations in a virtual world and cutting down on manufacturing time
    • Using augmented reality for remote assistance and real-time feedback to expedite problem solving and reduce travel
  • Cloud computing and smart sensors – Using the cloud to extract and analyze data for a significant impact on R&D, innovation and giving customers what they want
  • Using customer data to improve the manufacturing process, and ultimately the products
10:30 - 11:10

Panel Discussion: Reimagining the Industry

  • Maximizing business potential through identifying the most suitable areas to leverage advanced technology
  • How company culture needs to change in order to truly embrace digital transformation
  • The opportunities for manufacturers to seek partnerships with technology vendors and specialists in the likes of cloud computing, cyber security, telematics and connectivity
11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:00

Evolution of Digital Twins

  • The power of digital twins no longer just focuses on a specific piece of equipment, but on the entire manufacturing operation
  • Using AI, IoT and Big Data to Deliver Digital Twins
  • Can Digital Twins perfect manufacturing?
  • How to get started with digital twin technology
12:00 - 12:20

The IoT – A Core Component in Industrial Transformation

  • Why is the manufacturing industry taking the lead in IoT usage?
  • How can companies leverage the IoT today?
  • Are manufacturers truly leveraging the abundance of data?
  • The next steps
12:20 - 13:00

Panel Discussion: Delivering Digital Transformation to a Physical World

  • How is technology changing the industry from mass production to customized production?
  • Manufacturing is Dubai’s third largest sector and the DED is expecting around US$19million to be spent on R&D by 2030 – What role will digital transformation play in this expansion?
  • How are manufacturers in the region responding to digital?
  • The importance of understanding technological enablers such as digital twins, robotics, AI and 3D printing
  • What are the overall trends we can expect to emerge in the near future?
13:00 - 13:40

Panel Discussion: Logistics 4.0 – Revolutionizing the Supply Chain

  • The need for supply chain managers to think more innovatively and proactively in order to balance product flow and costs
  • Balancing autonomy with the human element – Collaboration is key
  • Using modern technologies to enhance efficiency and accountability from start to finish
  • The importance of integrating technology into the supply chain and the benefits it will bring
13:40 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:00

The Potential of Blockchain

  • Blockchain usages in manufacturing – Anti-counterfeiting, secure supply chains, smart contracts & 3D printing file sharing
  • Providing an increased level of visibility to the supply chain process
  • Are new-founded customer expectations going to be one of the main catalysts for Blockchain adoption across the manufacturing industry?
  • Associated challenges 
15:00 - 15:20

Big Data Benefits

  • Big data is one of the key drivers of productivity and efficiency for manufacturers
  • How can manufacturers use big data and analytics to gain insight into what their customers will want in the future?
  • Visibility into dark data – Operationalizing and analyzing dark data to enhance insights
  • Overcoming the challenges by devising the right big data strategy
  • Achieving a data-driven culture
15:20 - 15:40

What will the Industry 4.0 Workforce Look Like?

  • Improving the manufacturing sector with new technology – Robotics, data analytics and virtual reality
  • Using automation to complement human workers, not replace them
  • Exploring the new kinds of workers in demand
  • Challenges and opportunities ahead
15:40 - 15:50


15:50 - 16:20


Day 2 - 4th October 2018
09:00 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:10


10:10 - 10:30

Moving into the Information Age – Is the industry looking at manufacturing solutions in the cloud?

  • Integrating manufacturing with business operations – connecting equipment, people and processes
  • Identifying the right vendor
  • Expecting better results with cloud and why plant floors will never be the same
10:30 - 10:50

Increasing Profits through Stable Health & Safety Strategies

  • Moving machinery is one of the main causes of fatalities – In today’s technology-based era, what strategies can be put in place to avoid this?
  • The latest trends in H&S technology within the industry, including drones, 3D imaging and wearables
  • The need to evolve H&S across the industry to match emerging technologies
10:50 - 11:10

Cybersecurity – Managing the Risks in an Increasingly Connected Industry

  • The risks associated with Industry 4.0
  • The importance of a fully integrated, vigilant and resilient cyber security strategy
  • Developing a strategic approach to cyber risk is fundamental to manufacturing value chains
  • An approach to defense – Recommendations for manufacturers
11:10 - 11:50

Panel Discussion: Investing in Operational Excellence

  • Operational excellence is a mindset, not a methodology
  • The future of operational excellence in manufacturing is in concepts like growth, innovation and customization
  • The importance of business intelligence
  • Characteristics of operationally excellent companies
11:50 - 12:20


12:20 - 12:40

Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs through Innovation  

  • How can SMEs remain competitive against the big players in the industry?
  • The need for attracting and retaining talent in order to capture growth and survive
  • Digital transformation is a vital growth strategy for SMEs to keep up pace
  • Overcoming technology and resource restraints
12:40 - 13:20

Panel Discussion: Bringing Lean Concepts into a New Generation  

  • The manufacturing industry has changed dramatically since lean principles were first adopted, so where does the lean concept stand today?
  • How can a lean business also embrace new technologies?
  • The importance of balancing minimalist processes with powerful systems
  • Updating lean concepts to match new business drivers
13:20 - 13:40

The Rise of Robotics

  • Tomorrow’s factories will run themselves and coordinate the entire supply chain with only human oversight
  • The need for collaborative robotics
  • Reasons for reluctance and the associated risks
  • How could 5G connectivity enhance the efficiency of robotics in manufacturing?
13:40 - 14:00

The Smart Warehouse

  • Warehouses generate vast amounts of data: From the number of times a shelf/area is used, to the amount of time spent picking products and packing – How can manufacturers put this data to use, and better manage operations?
  • How is the IIoT transforming effective warehouse management?
  • The impact and potential of mobile technology in the warehouse function
  • The role of the smart warehouse in today’s consumer-centric economy – Where are we, and where do we need to be?
14:00 - 14:10


14:10 - 15:10


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