The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) will host its fifth edition of the World Manufacturers Forum at Messe Munich/Germany on November 14-15. As usual, a widely ranged high-caliber keynote speaker lineup drawing from academics, automotive, consumer-goods, electronics and other sectors will present on how to be “Moving on to a digital and automated business of the future”. During the Forum, the audience will have the exclusive opportunity to subscribe for a tailormade guided tour around productronica – the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production, and to meet the most relevant service providers for the sporting goods industry.
Sporting goods industry of the future
Rakhil Hirdaramani, Director of Sri Lankan based Hirdaramani Intl. Exports and Chairman of the WFSGI Manufacturers Committee asks: “If the world’s biggest car and hotel companies respectively own no assets, then what is the next step for the sporting goods industry? What challenges does the industry face and could it potentially digitize the total supply chain to the point where manufacturers bid for production? Or else could brands potentially open-source their designs or just sell them digitally for a fee only for them to be produced close to market?” Answers will be provided during one of the interactive future workshop and panel discussion. A first preliminary agenda will be published early summer.
Main topics of this year’s event: 
The World Manufacturers Forum will discuss many thrilling topics with its 200+ C-level audience.

  • Automation

  • Digitalization / Blockchain / Disruptive technologies

  • Innovation

  • Segmentation

  • Flexibility

  • Cross-industry exchange with productronica

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Ing. Sami Haddadin, Director Institute Automation, University Hannover

  • Prof. Jay Lee, Uni Cincinnati

  • Dr. Klaus Hecker, Managing Director, Organic and Printed Electronics Association

  • Heinz Eisenbeiss, Head of Marketing Factory Automation, Siemens

  • Rajan Palaniswamy, Chairman and CEO, SoftWear Automation

  • Kurt Cavano, President, GT Nexus - «Future Workshop around disruptive technologies»

  • Denis Pennel, Managing Director, World Employment Confederation

  • Falk Senger, Managing Director, Messe München

  • Karl-Hendrik Magnus, Partner, McKinsey Inc.


Moderated by Edwin Keh, CEO, The Hong Kong Research Institute For Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)



  • WFSGI Members:         CHF 1,000
  • Non-WFSGI Members: CHF 1,400

  • Group discounts will apply

Price includes networking dinner with exhibitors of productronica on November 14, 2x lunches, tailormade guided tour around "productronica" - World's Leading Fair for Electronics Development and Production.


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