Towards 3D Value Chains will lead discussions at IDC's 2nd Pan-European Manufacturing Executive Summit 2014

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28 Jul 2014

LONDON, July 28, 2014IDC Manufacturing Insights recent research highlights that future scenarios of European manufacturers are being driven by an intelligent economy, where customers are more informed, talent is at a premium, and the time to react to changes is compressed. In this complex context, there are tremendous competitive opportunities for savvy companies investing in productivity growth. Exploring and debating this new paradigm  “ Toward 3D Value Chains - Deep dive into manufacturing renaissance opportunities”, IDC's second Pan-European Manufacturing Executive Summit 2014 will take place on 17 and 18 November in Belgium.


Following the success of last year’s summit, this year’s event will gather IT and Line of Business Executives from leading European manufacturing organisations, to discuss an agenda that has been developed in consultation with a core team of industry

Advisory Board including:

  • Frank van den Boomen - Director Manufacturing Excellence and Continuous Improvement, DSM
  • Alexander Dahm - Vice President Final Assembly and Integration, A320 Family Programme, Airbus Operations GmbH
  • Mark Hacker - Engineering Director, B/E Aerospace
  • Stefan Hansson - VP Operations, Alfa Laval
  • Pascal Huau - Chief Architect of Manufacturing and Supply-Chain Information Systems, Renault
  • Sergio Paganelli - CEO, Balluff Automation
  • Salvatore Paparelli - Regional Logistic Officer Europe Head of European Sales Support, Sony
  • Daniel Weber - SVP Supply Chain, Beiersdorf

During this one and a half day summit, IDC Manufacturing Insights analyst team, along with industry representatives, will explore and debate some of the key questions on current and emerging challenges of the European manufacturing sector such as:

  • The Factory of the Future: Industry 4.0
  • Service-Oriented Business Model
  • End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility
  • Managing Lack of Skilled Resources and Aging Workforce
  • Extending and Integrating PLM on the work floor
  • The 3rd IT platform: Mobility, Cloud, Big Data, and Social Business

Bob Parker, Global Head of IDC Manufacturing Insights highlights, “The manufacturing industry has an established track record of continuously improving productivity. Vertical integration, industrial automation, and most recently the Internet have been the main productivity boosters in the last century. But where is the industry going to find new productivity gains going forward? These are some of the issues we seek to explore at the summit during inspiring keynote presentation, interactive panel debates, workshops and round table discussions together with leading European manufacturers, innovative industry thinkers, our outstanding industry Advisory Board, and IDC Manufacturing Insights analysts. Our aim is that you will walk away with ideas on how to address your challenges — today and tomorrow.”


View the full conference programme here


Event dates and location:   17 – 18 November, 2014, Belgium



For media enquiries and to organize an interview with IDC Manufacturing Insights analyst team, please contact  Kanupriya at ; +44 2089877111


About IDC Manufacturing Insights


IDC Manufacturing Insights assists manufacturing businesses and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers that serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing asset-intensive, brand-oriented, technology-oriented, and engineering-oriented manufacturing industries. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology, media, research, and events company. For more information, please visit, email, or call 508-988-7900. Visit our online community at

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