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Why attend?

The annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium is the chance to hear from world-leading business figures and thinkers on the challenges facing modern manufacturing. It is a unique event that brings together senior industrialists and leading academics to share approaches and experiences in this strategic domain, covering the following key themes:

  • Supply chain transformation enabled by advanced technologies
  • Digital supply chain design, analysis and operation
  • Sustainability, circular economy and industrial ecosystems
  • Collaborative supply chain models, crowdsourcing and the sharing economy
  • Risk and resilience of global supply networks
  • Digitally-enabled consumer-centric supply chains
  • Global manufacturing and emerging countries: repositioning of MNCs 
  • Reshoring and Distributed Manufacturing: new paradigms
  • Smart cities, urbanisation and eCommerce

Find out more about these themes.

Who Should Attend

Senior executives responsible for:

  • Manufacturing networks
  • Global supply chains
  • Operations strategy
  • Network reconfiguration procurement & sourcing logistics and customer service

Researchers working in the fields of:

  • Strategic & operations management
  • Design of manufacturing or service based networks
  • International business
  • Network capabilities
  • Sustainable & resilient network design


The Symposium is organised and hosted by the Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM).

The 23rd Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

Shaping the future of global manufacturing supply networks:

Delivering sustainable value for producers and consumers through digital platforms

Thursday 26 and Friday 27 September 2019

Register your interest for the 2019 Symposium here.


Papers presented at the 2018 Symposium (where available) are here.