Manufacturing Perfomance Days Tampere Finland


In the context of the Manufacturing Performance Days in Tampere (Finland), which were held under the theme “True competitiveness” from 8 to 10 June 2015, the CoE-Managing Director Denis Özdemir participated with a talk on the topic “Industrie 4.0”.

Manufacturing Performance Days is related with the long-standing cooperation between Finland and Aachen. In the context of this continuous cooperation, the Finnish-German Meeting in May 2014 and the FIMECC Board Meeting in Aachen in July 2014 already took place. Denis Özdemir and Cluster-Professor Dr. Martina Ziefle of the Human-Computer Interaction Center of the RWTH Aachen University now payed a return visit to Finland.

Özdemir held a lecture entitled ″Development of Integrative Production Technologies for Enabling Industrial Production in High-Wage Countries – Key for Added Value Manufacturing in High-Wage Countries and presented the projects of the Cluster of Excellence with a particular emphasis on self-optimization. Prof. Ziefle primarily encouraged the audience with her talk – entitled ″Fostering Employee Empowerment for Increased Innovation and Creativity″ – to think about future forms of work. Further highlights of the lecture program were the presentations of Dr. Vijay Srinivasan (National Institute of Standards and Technology) on ″The U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance″ as well as Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kluge’s (Kluge & Partner Germany; former CEO of McKinsey) talk on the fourth industrial revolution. The discussion focused on answering what true competitiveness and resilient manufacturing are and how to approach them.

In addition to the excellent lecture program, leading companies and researchers in the field of production technology from Finland and Europe – on the whole, 600 delegates, partners and speakers from all over the world came to attend the event. The Manufacturing Performance Days offered exchange opportunities and brought together internationally recognized experts and academia to discuss and represent industrial best practices and operational excellence, novel business concepts as well as scientific and technological breakthroughs in the field.

Especially satisfying is the fact that the talks and the presence of the Cluster of Excellence at the exhibition led to a series of follow-up activities with Finnish and European partners.