10-11 September 2019
Intercontinental Festival City, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Future Manufacturing & Trade Summit 2019

Summit Agenda

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Day 1 - 10th September 2019
07:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10


09:10 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:55

Dubai Industry Performance Based on the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 Plan & its Main KPIs

09:55 - 10:35

Panel Discussion: Dubai by 2030-A Global Platform for Knowledge-Based, Sustainable & Innovative Industries

  • Overview of major contributing factors that will help transform the future of manufacturing in Dubai
  • GROWTH ENGINE: SMEs represent 95% of the economy – strategies to help Dubai benefit
  • INNOVATION BASED: People represent the heart of any business operation – understanding the importance of a high-skilled workforce to enable socially responsible, sustainable & efficient manufacturing
  • HOME FOR GLOBAL BUSINESSES: How can industries capitalize on the Dubai’s strategic location and business-friendly regulations?
10:35 - 10:55

The Dubai Silk Road Strategy: Cementing Dubai’s Status as the Strategic Link to Global Trade

  • Connecting the world – 80+ international shipping ports operated by Dubai, largest international airport connecting 200+ cities, 1 billion+ passengers travelling through the airport in the next 10 years
  • Overview of the 50-Year Charter & boosting sea, air freight while enhancing logistical integration
  • Enriching trade ties between free zones & other emirates
  • Augmenting the strategic & operational connection of logistics services between Dubai’s port terminals, airports and free zones both locally & across the world
10:55 - 11:15

Geo-Economic Map of the Emirate – Paving the Way to Celebrate Dubai’s Success

  • Establishing specialized integrated economic zones with independent investment goals in the city of Dubai
  • Transparent methods of monitoring milestone achievement & measuring progress – Special Economic Zones (SEZ)
11:15 - 11:35

Establishing a Virtual Commercial Zone & Executing a Shared Vision

  • How will the establishment of a virtual commercial city pave the way for strategic international investments?
  • Moving fast-forward to establish the first virtual commercial city – opening up barriers to entry & advocating the use of technology across the board
11:35 - 12:05


12:05 - 12:45

Panel Discussion: Exploring the Future of Advanced Manufacturing & Production

  • Digital Twin Technology – overview of use cases & establishing its importance for the future of manufacturing in the region
  • Automated Production – With the evolution of AI, machine learning and robotics, factories are changing the way they operate and perform. What process innovation strategies are best to apply AI successfully?
  • Why are manufacturing industries adopting 3D printing at a faster pace?
  • Connected & intelligent smart factories – how does it impact productivity, profitability & predictability?
12:45 - 13:05

Revolutionizing Your Manufacturing Business with Industry 4.0

  • Does Industry 4.0 represent a great promise or potential peril?
  • Improving stakeholder engagement & customer experience with industry 4.0 – will it work for your business?
  • Implementing Industry 4.0 – can government policies help support implementation?
  • Leading the way to sustainable manufacturing
13:05 - 13:25

Cloud ERP – The Key to Linking Digital Manufacturing Technologies

  • Why are small-scale manufacturers moving to Cloud ERP?
  • The limitations & business challenges of Cloud ERP implementation
  • Is it time to implement ERP as yet? Understanding how to evaluate & pick the right technology for your business
13:25 - 14:05

Panel Discussion: Deciphering the Benefits of IoT – The Beacon of Innovation in Manufacturing

  • IoT solutions continue to play a central role in manufacturing – what does the future hold?
  • Understanding what, when & how - approaches and principles while integrating the digital factory in a heterogeneous IT environment
  • Horizontal and vertical integration - two most important factors of production
14:05 - 14:25

Digital Transformation – The Manufacturing Metamorphosis

  • Has digital transformation forced executives to revamp their business models?
  • Exploring how digital transformation is helping companies move from mass production to customized production
  • How digital transformation is helping companies move from mass production to customized production?
  • Servitization via digital transformation for better customer management
14:25 - 14:45

Industrial IoT (IIoT) – An Invaluable Toolset in Manufacturing

  • Using IIoT to transform the simple cost house to a business differentiator
  • How can manufacturers use the additional accuracy in information to drive operational efficiency?
  • Building the most advanced IoT ecosystem for the manufacturing sector – exploring UAE’s strategies
14:45 - 15:05

The Rising Use of Manufacturing Robots & Automation

  • Forging winning partnerships with man & machine
  • Have robotics & automation changed the manufacturing employment landscape – what’s next?
  • Exploring the new concept of ‘lights-out’ – how will advanced automation impact the manufacturing industry?
15:05 - 15:10


15:10 - 16:10


Day 2 - 11th September 2019
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Supply Chain Optimization to Achieve Competitive Advantage

  • Supply chains being driven by technology & taking a quantum leap in the years to come – how will ‘omni-chain’ result in transformative benefits?
  • Rethinking product creation, manufacturing & supply chain to minimize wastage & improve efficiency – what is the manufacturer’s perspective?
  • Utilizing smart warehouses within your supply chain – exploring the benefits
10:20 - 10:40

Shifting Patterns in Future Trade, Logistics & Supply Chain

  • Does your logistics strategy influence a sustainable supply chain?
  • Achieving results with production, marketing & trade – is logistics an important ingredient?
  • Exploring the underlying connections between trade prosperity & employment connected to this industry
10:40 - 11:20

Panel Discussion: The Relative Impact of Trade Finance on the Manufacturing Sector

  • Helping manufacturers expand their market outreach & enhancing the product mix – exploring the role that credit financing plays
  • Analyzing the impact credit finance will have on SMEs – can lending be prioritized for this segment? Are there region-specific precautionary measures to watch out for?
  • Quantifying the financing gap in the regional manufacturing sector – how to go about addressing them?
11:20 - 11:40

Boosting Profitability with Cost Reduction – Finding the Right Balance Between Manufacturing Innovation & Customized Solutions

  • Exploring how the smallest cost-cutting effort can lead to the largest cost-savings – where is the low hanging fruit?
  • Cost optimization with lean product design & development, lean manufacturing & six sigma
  • Collaborating successfully for sustainable innovation – best practices to enable higher performance with minimal investments
11:40 - 12:20

Panel Discussion: Securing Our Infrastructure – The Need for Smart Factories to be Secure, Vigilant & Resilient

  • Understanding how closely inter-related Industrial IoT & smart factories are – what are potential areas where IIoT could be falling behind?
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) & security threats – are there significant risks to be worried about?
  • Manufacturing & the future quantum internet – is there a need to quantum proof cybersecurity?
12:20 - 12:50


12:50 - 13:30

Panel Discussion: The Evolution of Operational Excellence & Lean Strategies

  • Exploring the adoption of OpEx & lean strategies – do they make sense for all manufacturing facilities?
  • Is operational excellence essential to business transformation?
  • Can technology help with re-engineering existing business processes to maximize efficiency?
  • Driving business excellence with the alignment of people, process & technology at your manufacturing facility
13:30 - 13:50

The Overwhelming Need to Secure Manufacturing Operations – Understanding the Significance of Cybersecurity

  • How to manage digital risk in the age of connected production & its impact on the supply chain?
  • Developing cybersecurity skills – the need for a cyber-compatible workforce at your manufacturing facility
  • Getting manufacturers to be cyber-compliant and raising awareness on building cyber-resilience capabilities
13:50 - 14:30

Panel Discussion: The Future Manufacturing Workforce - Nurturing & Engaging Local Talent

  • Youth development & skill building – is manufacturing & engineering being given the significance it deserves in our schools?
  • Bridging the immediate skill gap – can creative recruiting help?
  • Is there a workforce management strategy in place? Placing emphasis on succession planning for business continuity
  • From ‘gloomy factory floors’ to bright & automated production facilities – how changing regional stereotypes is crucial to development of the industry
14:30 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:30


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10-11 September 2019

Intercontinental Festival City, Dubai
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