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Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

17 and 18 September 2020

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Symposium Research Themes

The Symposium will address the following areas, with the first day having an industrial focus and day two exploring the latest research in the following themes:

Supply chain transformation enabled by advanced technologies and digital platforms

Latest insights into advanced manufacturing and digital technologies (such as continuous, additive, autonomous operations and other digitally-enabled processes) and how these underpin emerging digital platforms. Contributions from leading players will explore implications for producers, consumers and society in terms of building trust and operational effectiveness.

Digital supply chain design, analysis and operation

New data-rich supply chain models are supporting greater visibility, and integration across increasingly complex supply networks. The application of digital supply network design tools to simultaneously optimise production process, manufacturing footprint and inventory levels in current and future supply networks scenarios is examined.

Sustainability, circular economy and industrial ecosystems

Resource-efficiency is becoming an essential factor within the design of future manufacturing supply chains. Developments in the process industries (such as food, pharmaceuticals) are examined including the transformation of ‘waste’ streams into high-value products. The engagement of producers and consumers through informed choices on product design and delivery is also considered.

E-commerce, last-mile logistics and the sharing economy

We explore opportunities to leverage advances in eCommerce to enable flexible and efficient production and distribution in a data-rich environment. The interplay between consumers and last-mile logistics models are explored from a cost, convenience and resource use perspective. Service economy concepts such as resource sharing and crowdsourcing are also examined.

Resilience and risk management in supply networks

Evaluating risk and resilience in supply networks requires visibility across the extended supply chain. However, as sector supply chains have their particular nuances, risk is often assessed generically without due regard to sector-specific challenges and interdependencies between risks. Tools to identify risk “pathways” across the supply network are explored to inform mitigation strategies.

Reshoring and Distributed Manufacturing: implications for global manufacturing footprints

MNCs continue to evolve their global manufacturing footprints in response to changing institutional and economic landscapes, as well as the need for shorter lead times, supply security and enhanced service levels. We examine how competing requirements of global network optimisation and local responsiveness are impacting the performance of manufacturing models.



24th Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium goes online: 17-18 September 2020


This year’s Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium will be an online and interactive event. It will take place as previously scheduled, on 17-18 September 2020. We will take the opportunity to extend our international keynote contributions and broaden access to offset current restrictions on travel related to COVID-19.

The new, redesigned format will feature facilitated and interactive discussion sessions. Two days of focused discussions will ensure the live engagement of participants from both industry and academia on the future of manufacturing supply networks.

We are not seeking academic paper submissions this year.

An overview of the programme involving main plenary sessions on Day 1 and specialist thematic topic discussions on Day 2 is available here.

Jagjit Singh Srai
On behalf of the organising committee