Future of Manufacturing Summit

The Future of Manufacturing Summit is the thought-leadership platform at Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC 2019. As the region’s preeminent Industry 4.0 platform for CXOs in manufacturing sectors across the Asia Pacific region, it is designed to catalyse thinking, facilitate high-level networking, exchanges of strategic insights, and the adoption of Industry 4.0 processes, technologies and solutions among regional governments, businesses and industries.

12:00 – 12:05 Welcome remarks
12:05 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:30

Keynote 1

Industry Options & Prospects in a Volatile Economic Environment

Volatility and economic uncertainty will not be alien to organizations as many will have encountered challenging conditions in the past. The difference now however is technology’s increasingly prominent role as a factor in accentuating complexities & challenges even as it enables new capabilities to potentially overcome them.

This keynote will consider organizational & industries’ options & prospects in the current (trade/economic/tech etc.) risk environment, the impetuses for uptake of Industry 4.0 given the competitive landscape and need to keep up with ongoing tech advances, and how Industry 4.0 is driving developments & serving industry objectives while also serving as a basis for longer-term resilience

13:30 – 14:00

Keynote 2

Reshaping the Future of Industry with Exponential Technological Capabilities

Technology is becoming pervasive in industry as organizations are increasingly deploying tech capabilities in operations etc. But further up-side & potential for industrial performance & improvement will depend on their ability to harness intelligent tech capabilities such as advanced data analytic & AI

This keynote will pose challenges to organization leaders e.g. how ready are they to harness intelligent tech capabilities to deliver the next level in performance? What challenges, risks & future possibilities should they be cognizant of as they leverage Industry 4.0 & intelligent data-driven capabilities? And how will this change the way they understand industry?

14:00 – 14:50

Panel 1

Readying for Technology-Driven Transformation

Panellists will discuss what constitutes necessary foundations for technology-driven change to take root & scale - encompassing infrastructure, talent resources and policy frameworks etc.

With this foregrounding following discussions, panellists will consider how emerging technologies like AI and 5G will impact industry, compare views on how organizations have encountered or leveraged advanced technologies in the past, & critically examine these perspectives in the context of ASEAN/APAC to offer suggestions on how organizations should ready themselves to best leverage tech-driven transformation.

14:50 – 15:10 Break
15:10 – 15:30

Keynote 3

Beyond the “Pilot Trap” – How Industry 4.0 Implementation Takes Flight

The keynote will provide insights into a prominent manufacturer’s journey in transitioning from Industry 4.0 pilots to scaled deployments, their experiences on the front-lines & lessons learn.

15:30 – 15:40


Foundations for Supporting & Accelerating Industrial Transformation

In reference to Industry 4.0 frameworks and recent initiatives developed to facilitate adoption by organisations, this presentation which foregrounds the following panel discussion will address the basis for such frameworks, how they came about through interagency and industry collaborations and consultations, and the guiding principles and objectives framing their development.

15:40 – 16:30

Panel 2

Transformation in the Front-Lines – Encountering Opportunities & Challenges of I4.0

This panel will expand on the preamble above on how organisations have translated and applied I4.0 frameworks in practice, their experiences, issues encountered and key takeaways.

16:30 - 1700

Closing Keynote

Priorities, Imperatives & the Longer-View of Technological Advancement

Technology is playing an increasingly prominent role in industry, yet this keynote will remind audiences to take a longer and perhaps more circumspect view of technology’s broader impacts on society, along with greater cognizance of how human expectations may discount the unknowns of technological possibilities


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