"From Global Challenges to Grand Manufacturing Opportunities: Leading towards Growth and Sustainability" will be the motto for the fourth edition of the World Manufacturing Forum, taking place in Barcelona (Spain) on May 3 and 4, 2016.

During the beginning of the 21st century, the importance of manufacturing as a key contributor to economic health and growth has been recognized and elevated as a priority in industrialized nations. Innovation fuelled by ever increasing customer demand drives research and innovation for new technologies and increased productivity, all the while meeting requirements for sustainable use of resources in both developed and developing countries.

In order to increase trade, manufacturing enterprises need to expand beyond their boundaries to generate the more revenue. Globalization was the biggest driver of growth for many corporations over the past decades, but today, that is not enough. Competitive advantage also requires a solid innovation strategy and sustainable use of ever-decreasing resources.

Under this context, the World Manufacturing Forum will assemble global policy experts, industry leaders from large multinationals to small-to-medium sized enterprises, and academic leaders to discuss the economic, social, and technical challenges that impact global manufacturing.

The Forum will present policy views supporting and defining manufacturing megatrends, challenges for SMEs in the global marketplace, manufacturing intelligence, social innovation as a driver for new products, services, and technologies, financial challenges that affect industrialized and emerging economies, the circular economy and zero waste, and other disruptive technologies.

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