8-9 October 2018
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Future Manufacturing & Trade Summit 2018

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Day 1 - 8th October 2018
07:45 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10


09:10 - 09:20

Welcome Address

Saed Al Awadi, CEO, Dubai Exports

Saed Al Awadi
09:20 - 09:40

Digital Transformation - Two words not one. Digital can be the Easy Part, the Transformation of your Organisation will be a much Tougher Challenge.

  • Industry, or established companies in general, risk being left behind in the digital age due to out of date approaches to the their organisation. Why is this?
  • What are the main components of a modern organisation that is able to deal with the transparency and new skills that data driven technology brings?
  • "In the next few years, every company will be a software company". Why to many modern companies believe this?

Richard Allbert, Head - Digital Innovation, Pirelli Deutschland

Richard Allbert
09:40 - 10:00

Fuelling the Manufacturing Ecosystem

  • Providing conducive business environment
  • Efficient trade logistics systems to facilitate access to market
  • Enabling technology adoption through provision of world class facilities

Ahmad Alhaddad, Chief Operating Officer, Jafza, DP World

Ahmad Alhaddad
10:00 - 10:05

Introduction by Epicor

Hesham El Komy, Regional Vice President, Middle East LTD, Epicor

Hesham El Komy
10:05 - 10:25

Tech Mega Trends for Today and Tomorrow

  • What Cloud really means for today’s manufacturers as well as exciting technologies which bring the phrase ‘factory of the future’ to life
  • How close are we to seeing drones in our factories? What role does wearable technology play on the production line?
  • How can Epicor help you take your manufacturing business to new heights

Himanshu Palsule, Chief Technology Officer, Epicor

Himanshu Palsule
10:25 - 11:15

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

Alexander van 't Riet, Chief Operating Officer, Mai Dubai
George Paraskevadis, Logistics Director - MENAP, Johnson & Johnson
Iyad Jaber, Head - Supply Chain, United Foods Company
Mohsen Ahmad, CEO - Logistics District, Dubai South
Shahab Al Jassmi, Commercial Director, DP World
Walaa Maher, General Manager Group Supply Chain Operations, Warehouse, Logistics, RAK Ceramics

Alexander van 't Riet George Paraskevadis Iyad Jaber Mohsen Ahmad Shahab Al Jassmi Walaa Maher
11:15 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

How Smart and Automated Warehousing helps Transform a Water Business

  • Effective optimization of all material flows using smart technology
  • Continuous product tracking and monitoring throughout the factory, in real time
  • “Being in the dark” might be a good thing

Alexander van 't Riet, Chief Operating Officer, Mai Dubai

Alexander van 't Riet
12:10 - 12:30

Augmented Intelligence in Manufacturing: the New Approach for Innovation

  • A new relationship between human and machine, dream or reality?  
  • Effective use of big data to support managers to take decisions
  • Implementation of new augmented intelligence technologies in manufacturing
  • How to use machine learning and Predictive maintenance to improve manufacturing performances?

Francesco Alfieri, Founder and CEO, Taiprora

Francesco Alfieri
12:30 - 12:50

Warehouse - Centric Factory

  • The role of a warehouse at a factory of the future.
  • A warehouse-centric factory: revolution in factory planning
  • Smart warehouse technologies as a driving force of business growth

Andrey Kras, Account Manager, Daifuku

Andrey Kras
12:50 - 13:10

The Future of Trade – A Perspective on the Decade Ahead

  • The changing nature of global trade
  • The impact of digitalization
  • Bridging the gap in trade finance
  • Shaping the future of sustainability in trade

Gautam Sashittal, CEO, DMCC

Gautam Sashittal
13:10 - 14:00

Panel Discussion: Delivering Digital Transformation to a Physical World

  • How is technology changing the industry from mass production to customized production?
  • 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?

Ahmed Mamdouh Wagdi, Group Head - IT, Jamal Al Ghurair Group
Ibrahim AlHashimi, Director - Production IT, Emirates Global Aluminium
Kurt Russell, VP-Product Development, Emirates Glass
Laurent Fauville, Director - IT and Continuous Process Improvement, Gulf Craft Inc.
Richard Allbert, Head - Digital Innovation, Pirelli Deutschland
Stephan Keil, Senior Head - Production, Projects and Innovation at Etihad Design, Engineering & Innovation, Etihad Airways Engineering

Ahmed Mamdouh Wagdi Ibrahim AlHashimi Kurt Russell Laurent Fauville Richard Allbert Stephan Keil
14:00 - 14:10


14:10 - 15:10


Day 2 - 9th October 2018
08:00 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:20

Official Ceremony

09:20 - 09:25

Welcome Speech

H.E. Sami Al Qamzi, Director General, Department of Economic Development

H.E. Sami Al Qamzi
09:25 - 09:35

Opening Address 

H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Al Kaabi, Assistant Undersecretary of Petroleum, Gas, & Mineral Wealth Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Industry

H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Al Kaabi
09:35 - 09:40

Dubai Industrial Performance 


Mohammed Al Kamali, Deputy CEO, Dubai Exports

Mohammed Al Kamali
09:40 - 09:50 

Rewarding Sustainable Manufacturing - Dubai Exports, Green Industrial Awards

09:50 - 10:00

Welcome Remarks by Official Freezone Partner

Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer, DP World

Abdulla Bin Damithan
10:00 - 10:20

Demystifying MES/MOM and what it means for your Digital Manufacturing ambitions

  • Why is ISA-95 important? What is it?
  • What is MES? Is it the same as MOM?
  • What are the compelling reasons for having MES/MOM?
  • How do organizations benefit by such digital manufacturing techniques especially with respects to its cost efficiency

Martyn Gill, Business Development Director – EMEA, Lighthouse Systems

Martyn Gill
10:20 - 10:40

The Transformative Power of Additive Manufacturing and Disruptive Applications

  • How additive manufacturing solves traditional manufacturing challenges and can improve quality of products
  • Additive manufacturing provides an increased level of choice, flexibility and design freedom for manufacturers
  • The growing importance of additive manufacturing and means of adoption of the technology in the region

Dr. Matthew Beaumont, Customer Experience Center Leader - Europe, GE Additive

Dr. Matthew Beaumont
10:40 - 11:00

Digital Manufacturing – Your Journey to Remain Competitive  

  • Digital disruption in manufacturing is a current phenomenon
  • Latest trends in technology like Internet of Things (IoT), dynamic enterprise management, global supply chain visibility, and machine learning are disrupting the manufacturing sector
  • Manufacturers are revolutionizing the production of goods and interaction with customers with technology

Bino George, Business Consulting Manager, Infor

Bino George
11:00 - 11:35


11:35 - 11:55

Empowering Manufacturing Through Open Digital Fabrication Labs

  • We live in an ever changing world, where rapid scientific and technological advancement are shaping the reality of manufacturing around the world. These advancement allowed more economic manufacturing solutions, and most important, it gave the general public access to the world of advanced manufacturing. From mega-factories, large machineries and huge investments into micro-factories with desktop machineries and modest crowdfunding! At the heart of this revolution, comes the concept of Open labs, which empowers the public to start developing and manufacturing new product ideas into the market. The Innovation Factory open lab in Muscat, is the first ever Open Lab in Oman. This presentation will showcase how makers in Oman are utilizing the Innovation Factory lab to produce new products in the most feasible manner and we will probe into the future of open labs and advance digital manufacturing. 

Firas Al Musafir, Founder and CEO, Innovation Factory

Firas Al Musafir
11:55 - 12:45

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

Amitava Giri, Head - Group Quality & Business Excellence, Emirates National Oil Company
Dr. Ahmad Wassim Al Gendy, Manufacturing Excellence Head, Al Khaleej Sugar
Ignacio Sanchez Gatell, Director - Lean, Quality & Business Transformation, Emirates Global Aluminium
Karl Suni Vatnhamar, Director - Manufacturing, Corys Packaging
Thomas Tengström, Quality Director, NIMR Automotive

Amitava Giri Dr. Ahmad Wassim Al Gendy Ignacio Sanchez Gatell Karl Suni Vatnhamar Thomas Tengström
12:45 - 13:05

 How AR & IoT Transform Industrial Innovation

  • Technology accelerating factory digital transformation
  • IIoT and AR use cases for industrial enterprises
  • New value drivers for all manufacturing functions

Carmelo Giulio Cinardi, Sales Vice President & General Manager, EMEA, PTC

Carmelo Giulio Cinardi
13:05 - 13:55

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

Firas Al Musafir, Founder and CEO, Innovation Factory
Jayakumar Mohanachandran, Head – IT, Precision Group
Kapil Raghuraman, Digital Leader- MENA, EY
Saymaad Mansoor, Head - IT, Siddco
Tamer Hamed, Head – IT, Ducab

Firas Al Musafir Jayakumar Mohanachandran Kapil Raghuraman Saymaad Mansoor Tamer Hamed
13:55 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00


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Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
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