In April 2019, representatives of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) and Deutsche Messe AG announced a strategic partnership to host the third edition of the Summit, #GMIS2020, in Germany alongside Hannover Messe, one of the world’s largest industrial technology trade fairs. #GMIS2020 was initially planned to take place in April 2020 alongside Hannover Messe 2020 under the umbrella of #GermanyConnects – inspired by the country’s leadership in connecting the global manufacturing and industrial community with its transformational digital and technological solutions.
In collaboration with Deutsche Messe AG, GMIS established a German Higher Committee for GMIS 2020, comprising members from government, industries, and associations in Germany, who played an advisory role and provided guidance with regards to the #GMIS2020 theme, agenda and opening ceremony, as well as support in creating awareness of the event amongst relevant stakeholders.
Under the theme – Glocalisation: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Global Value Chains, #GMIS2020 was set to bring together experts from around the world, at a live Summit in Hannover Messe 2020, to discuss the impact of digitisation, the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies for the manufacturing sector, and how each will facilitate a shift in value chains from local, to global trade, inevitably generating international prosperity.
The digital transformation of global value chains has been underway for some time, facilitating job creation and economic growth, particularly in less developed countries. During the three-day Summit, discussions would have focused on the emerging trend of ‘glocalisation’ and further evaluated the need to establish new standards and frameworks to guide the manufacturing sector through this transformation, and to enable global value chains to continue supporting global prosperity and providing new avenues for economic inclusivity.