Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 29, 2017: Ways in which innovative and unexpected partnerships can unleash the opportunities inherent in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies to advance manufacturing and industry is the focus of the Innovation Circle at the Manufacturing Expo 2017, an integral component of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) being held in Abu Dhabi this week.
The centrepiece display of the Manufacturing Expo 2017, the Innovation Circle – powered by Tawazun, the Abu Dhabi strategic investment company – is focused on forging new and innovative partnerships harnessing disruptive 4IR processes and technologies. The centre is a catalyst for connecting businesses in the UAE with global industry players to explore new synergies and cooperative working models. The partnerships will evaluate new technologies, showcase breakthrough innovations, and introduce concepts that enable manufacturers to drive the future of industry in the region.
Amongst the projects on display is a recently announced collaboration between Strata, Etihad Engineering and Siemens, which sees industrialised 3D printing employed in a first of its kind initiative to create aircraft interior components for the UAE’s national carrier. Working to Etihad Engineering design data, Siemens has provided manufacturing integration and, for the first time in the Middle East, Strata has used 3D printing technology to manufacture the required components.
Also on display in the Innovation Circle is GE’s microfactory model, which is being brought to the region for the first time, offering access to various additive technologies at a scale suitable for small production runs. The microfactory model serves as an accelerator for small and medium businesses (SMEs) and start-ups that want to take prototypes into production.
Dubox – a subsidiary of Amana Group, partnered with Witteveen + Bos and Eindhoven University from the Netherlands, demonstrates 3D printing of concrete, a method that will enhance the manufacturing process by bringing greater freedom to those designs that can be optimised and realised. 3D printing of concrete enables accommodation solutions to be efficiently produced, affordable, and even reusable, and they can be rapidly erected in remote areas and even mass-customised to increase consumer appeal.
The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is presenting its CubeSat programme, supported by Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat). CubeSat is part of the Institute’s concentration in Space Systems and Technology for the United Arab Emirates and enables the Institute’s Master’s students to design, integrate, construct, test and operate a miniature satellite. Masdar is also exhibiting student projects with applications as diverse as solar energy, infra-red-blocking glass, next generation catalytic convertors, and cosmetic treatments.
Badr Al-Olama, Chief Executive Officer, Strata Manufacturing, and Head of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit Organising Committee, said: “It’s easy to speak of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as being something that will benefit manufacturing tomorrow, or even further in the future, but the reality is that this is happening today. Manufacturing has much to gain from advances in technology, and these benefits are already being put into play here in the UAE. The Manufacturing Expo, as part of GMIS, showcases the strong existing capabilities and innovations of the UAE, demonstrates the power of partnerships, and sets the tone for the smart, 4IR-integrated future of our country, and the world.”
The Manufacturing Expo will take place in conjunction with the inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, which will be held at the Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, UAE, from March 27-30, 2017. A joint initiative by the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and co-hosted with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, the Summit will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The Summit is the world’s first global gathering for the manufacturing community, bringing together decision-making leaders from governments, businesses and civil society organisations to shape a vision for the sector’s future.
The Summit is a global platform for participating attendees to learn from best practices from across the world. This unprecedented global gathering will spark new ideas and set the stage for debate and action – addressing ways in which manufacturing can shape and reshape the world, integrating activities between developed and emerging markets, and delivering on social responsibility towards future generations. Leaders from the public and private sectors, along with representatives from civil society organisations, will gather to discuss global challenges within the manufacturing sector, looking specifically at six themes: technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and environment; infrastructure; standards; and stakeholder alignment.
About the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit
As the world’s first cross-industry forum, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is a global gathering for manufacturing minds. It is a voice and a venue for global manufacturing transformation. More than 1,200 delegates will attend, including world leaders, industry CEOs, policy-makers, specialist researchers and academics. The Global Manufacturing and Industralisation Summit will deliver (i) a voice for transformational ideas, (ii) a venue for the generation of new networks and cross-industry partnerships, (iii) a showcase for pilot projects arising from cross-industry research,
Global Agenda on the Future of Manufacturing
The conference will focus on the role of manufacturing in reconstructing the global economy and restoring global prosperity. Leaders from the public and private sectors, along with civil society representatives, will gather together to discuss global challenges facing the manufacturing sector. The discussions will focus around six themes: technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and environment; infrastructure; standards and stakeholder alignment. The participants will form working groups to identify concrete action plans and recommendations that outline potential solutions to global issues, as well as showcase best practices and case studies from across the world. To highlight an example of global issues, the inaugural conference will focus on the issue of economic migration, with the aim of establishing a manufacturing platform that will bring together countries facing emigration or immigration challenges with regional countries that seek to support economic reconstruction. These countries will work together with manufacturers and the wider United Nations network on restoring global prosperity.
The Manufacturing Expo
Capitalising on the huge presence of the global manufacturing community under a single meeting venue, the Manufacturing Exhibition will offer space to corporations looking to showcase their products, services and latest innovations or technologies that can further contribute to promoting global economic development. The Manufacturing Expo consists of four components: an exhibition showcasing the manufacturing capabilities of the host country; international pavilions showcasing the manufacturing capabilities and economic incentives of each participating country; an innovation exhibition that demonstrates the latest fourth industrial revolution technologies; and an event for SMEs to present their products and solutions to potential customers.
The Global Value Chain Market
The Global Value Chain Market (GVCM) is a business matchmaking platform dedicated to increasing regional and international partnerships and opportunities. The platform will provide networking and sourcing opportunities both online and onsite via pre-scheduled meetings with the vision of forging investment opportunities, commercial partnerships, and encouraging technological transfer and knowhow. The platform will enable countries to identify and meet global manufacturers to promote industrial development, and familiarise global manufacturers with targeted industrial activities in various countries. The GVCM will become a source of valuable information for global investments, providing insights on legislation and regulations, sovereign risk, political stability, and physical and logistical infrastructure.
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