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Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

Møller Centre, Cambridge: 27 and 28 September 2018

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Programme and Speakers

Supply chain transformation enabled by advanced technologies: implications for producers, consumers and society


The first day consists of presentations by leading industrialists on the
digitalisation issues their companies are facing in capturing value and
developing international manufacturing and supply networks, and the initiatives
they have taken to improve international competitiveness. Further information can be found here.

Keynote speakers in 2018 were:

  • Juergen Maier, CEO, Siemens UK
  • Chris Fielden, Group Supply Chain Director, Innocent
  • Michelle Shi-Verdaasdonk, Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing, Signify (Read an interview with Michelle here)
  • Edwin de Boer, Senior Director Supply Chain Operations, Cisco
  • John Fleming, Former Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing and Labour Affairs, Ford
  • Alain Leroy, SVP GSC Strategy & Transformation, Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric  (Read an interview with Alain here)        
  • Jon-Paul Sherlock, Global Technology, Strategy Director, AstraZeneca


The second day comprised a mixture of keynote academic presentations and research papers in several parallel interest streams. Papers presented at the Symposium (where available) are here.

Keynote speakers were:

  • Professor Jan Olhager, Lund University
  • Professor Fabrizio Salvador, IE Business School
  • Dr Sandeep Kapur, Punjab Agricultural University

Research themes covered:

  • Global supply networks
  • Automotive
  • Food
  • Sustainability and the circular economy
  • Global manufacturing and China
  • Clobal value chain
  • Supply chain transformation
  • Digital supply chain analytics

2017 Proceedings

The 2017 Symposium was held on 28 and 29 September and a summary article is available here.

The conference proceedings, with the papers presented at the conference, is available to download here.


Download a copy of the 2018 Symposium Programme

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2019 Symposium Dates

The 23rd Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium will be held on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 September 2019.

2018 Symposium - Supply chain transformation enabled by advanced technologies: implications for producers, consumers and society.

How are advanced technologies transforming supply chains? Interactions between producers, consumers and society are rapidly changing, shaken up by a plethora of emerging technologies. For example, we have seen the use of smartphones driving a new e-commerce model; or within manufacturing we have seen how the Internet of Things can support intelligent automation. Beyond the initial hype around 3D printing we are now witnessing real world applications, from large but lightweight structures in aerospace, to small, complex medical devices and instruments. 

What are the implications for supply chains, and how do companies need to adapt and develop their capabilities? And what are the considerations for consumers and wider society?

The Symposium provided an opportunity to discuss and explore these issues. It is a unique event that brings together senior industrialists and leading academics to share their approaches and experiences.