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Impact of Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit already felt

posted on 29/03/2017: 1655 views

The inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS 2017) opened in Abu Dhabi on Monday, and its impact is already being felt, as global industry leaders, policymakers and civil society organisations unite to explore ways in which manufacturing and industry can fix the global economy and help create prosperity, opportunity and employment.

The global CEO of Siemens, Joe Kaeser, announced that the company would grant 100 million in software licenses to UAE universities in partnership with AIESEC, the world's largest non-profit youth-run organisation. The technology will support the development of the skills required to drive the country's digital transformation in the Fourth Industrial revolution (4IR) era.

"Siemens is a founding partner of GMIS where it will showcase technologies for the full digital enterprise, cyber security, energy optimisation, industrialised 3D printing and product lifecycle management," Kaeser said at the GMIS, 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 announcement adds further weight to the UAE's status as one of the most advanced and innovative hubs regionally for manufacturing and industry, as the UAE government pushes the 4IR agenda with a view to diversifying the economy; capitalising on opportunities emerging from the global value chain; creating game-changing and action-led partnerships between global industry leaders and local businesses and organisations; and developing high-skill, sustainable employment opportunities in the age of increased automation – meeting the increased demand to create jobs for the region's youth and build a prosperous post-oil future.

"With GMIS, the UAE has created a platform in which leaders from international industry, global governments and civil society organisations can come together and forge alliances, develop policies and find tangible solutions to pressing global issues. Never before has a summit like GMIS been held – where the world's manufacturing community can convene and not just talk but crucially act on issues which matter not just to industry, but to the world. Over the three days of this summit we will see much, much more. The impact will be felt not just here in the UAE, but far beyond," said Badr Al Olama, Chief Executive Officer, Strata Manufacturing, and Head of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit Organising Committee, who opened the Summit with a passionate speech on the need for the manufacturing sector to work to solve the pressing issues of global inequality and create a more equitable and just world.

"The time for change is now, the place to make that happen is here in the UAE at the GMIS. I firmly believe that we could not have made this happen anywhere else in the world. The Siemens announcement truly represents how companies can make transformative contributions to the world - starting with the youth," Al Olama added.

A joint initiative by the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), and co-hosted with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, the GMIS is 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.

Today, Siemens, Strata and Etihad Airways Engineering announced a landmark pilot project that has successfully developed the first aircraft interior part to be designed, certified and manufactured with 3D printing technology in the Middle East.

The part - a plastic frame which surrounds media screens on Etihad Airways aircraft - can be manufactured on demand, cutting production time and eliminating the need for shipping or a locally-stored inventory. The additive manufacturing technology (known as 3D printing) also removes the requirement to design and build tooling for the manufacturing process, allowing future design updates to be modeled virtually and printed swiftly using existing equipment. The monitor frame was selected for the pilot project because of its complexity and appearance requirements. The 3D-printed parts can be used in Etihad Airways aircraft immediately.

The Summit is a global platform for participating attendees to learn from best practices from across the world. This unprecedented global gathering is set to 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.


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