The Annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium is the chance to hear from world-leading business figures and thinkers on the challenges facing modern manufacturing. These challenges relate to the latest demands on today’s complex value chains, including key dynamics such as: supply networks becoming increasingly reliant on remote partnerships; the proliferation of intermediate suppliers and contract manufacturers; emergence of novel ‘downstream’ last mile delivery systems; more pressures being felt ‘upstream’ as key resources become increasingly scarce. Any analysis of future industrial systems needs to respond to these challenges and consider how new products, processes and business models should be configured.
The Symposium is a unique event that brings together senior industrialists and leading academics to share approaches and experiences in this strategic domain. The event this year covers the following key themes
- Disruptive supply networks
- Emerging global industrial systems and ecosystems
- Design and coordination of international manufacturing networks and supply chains
- Configuring sustainable supply networks
- Global value chains and emerging multinationals
- Risk and resilience of global supply networks
The Symposium includes keynote speakers from the world’s leading companies and universities, mixed with informal networking opportunities. It aims to create a growing community of international manufacturing enthusiasts and to inspire ‘thought leadership’ in this exciting field.