Digitalizing the Future: Revolutionizing Manufacturing Through Transformation

Business Leaders’ Debate Series

17th June 2024

Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower

18 avenue de Suffren, Entrée au 22 rue Jean Rey, 75015, Paris

In today’s connected world, IoT enabled plants, and the application of digital is crucial to achieve cost effective and sustainable solutions that drive value for asset intensive organisations. Greater visibility and optimized real-time data driven information management can provide a competitive advantage, enabling future focused insights that will deliver improved outcomes for the business, as well as an enhanced reputation through transparent manufacturing chains.

SPEAKERS

Sandra Bianchi

Sandra Bianchi

Group Director of OpEx and Industry 4.0

Frédéric Moret

Frédéric Moret

Worldwide Industrial Director

Eric Chalengeas

Eric Chalengeas

Regional Vice President, South Europe

Khaled HAJJAR

Khaled HAJJAR

OPEX & Quality Director

AGENDA

17th June 2024, Paris

All times are CET

10:00 - 10:20

Registration & Coffee

10:25 - 10:30

WELCOME BY FAISAL ANSARI, CEO, GLOBAL BUSINESS RESEARCH

10:30 - 11:10

Automation & digitalization: a key stake for production of automotive & infrastructure Hydrogen solutions

  • Faurecia Hydrogen Solution as a new entity of Forvia Group
  • Zero emission of heavy mobility and related infrastructures: a key decarbonation challenge
  • Hydrogen systems: technology & quality expectations
  • Why automation & digitatization are key success factor for operation of Hydrogen system production

Frédéric Moret, Worldwide Industrial Director, Forvia

11:10 - 11:50

DIGITIZED MANUFACTURING - SUSTAINABLE, AUTONOMOUS & TRANSFORMATIVE SKILLS TO CREATE VALUE

  • The transformative future landscape of manufacturing and how to thrive in an ever-evolving environment
  • ROI in an era of unparalleled efficiency, innovation, and sustainable growth
  • Global industry perspectives and practical approaches

Eric Chalengeas, Regional Vice President, South Europe, Rockwell Automation

Antoine Pris, Director Enterprise Software Sales, South EMEA, Rockwell Automation

11:50 - 12:30

Industrial Digital Transformation to increase value creation

  • Connect operational excellence system and industrial digital transformation to business strategy to onboard all stakeholders
  • Test, learn and standardise as approach to get benefit while upskilling resources and expand in sustainable way
  • Consider people at the core of the transformation to get sustainable impact

Sandra Bianchi, Group Director of OpEx and Industry 4.0, Tarkett

12:30 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:10

Foundation for the Future: Building on Industrial Digitalization for Sustainable Growth

  • Strong foundation: Technology integration, data-driven decision-making
  • Long-term success in digitised industrial landscape – Sustain
  • Maximising energy efficiency and productivity
  • Navigating complexities of Industry 4.0 with confidence
  • Adaptation to dynamic market demands

Khaled Hajjar, Global Operational Excellence and Quality Director, Calderys

14:10 - 14:40

Group Discussion - FROM DIGITAL MANUFACTURING TO SMART CONNECTED NETWORKED ECOSYSTEM

  • Digital Transformation with right focus – Focus on common problems not technologies
  • Digital Leads network – human & skills-centric approach to Digital Transformation
  • Many companies want to start with a first IoT prototype implementation for smart manufacturing, but are not sure how this can be done in a cost and time efficient manner
  • There are so many buzzword out there in the IoT domain, that it is really cumbersome to find out what technology is relevant for a prototype

14:40

CHAIRPERSON CLOSE

PAST PARTICIPANTS

  • ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbHLeiter Automation and Industrial IT
  • Amazon EU Sarl Director Reliability Maintenance Engineering
  • Applied MedicalDirector Maintenance and Automation
  • ArcelorMittal Manager Digitalisation
  • Arctic Paper Maintenance Developer
  • ArianeGroup Industrial Architect – Prepare the Future
  • Arla Foods Maintenance Excellence Manager
  • Asahi Head of Performance
  • Aurorium Reliability & Maintenance Manager
  • Autoliv Global Director Digitalization of Manufacturing
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Senior Manager, Site Reliability SME
  • Cap Corporate Business Advisor
  • Calderys OPEX & Quality Director
  • CEPSA Head of Maintenance Engineering
  • Cooper Standard Maintenance Manager
  • DNA ScriptScientist
  • DNA ScriptSr. Manufacturing Manager
  • Dow Chemical Digital Operations Global PM
  • ELI LILLY Sr Reliability Engineer
  • Forvia Worldwide Industrial Director
  • Fulgor Head of Electrical Maintenance
  • FOT Mechanical Engineer
  • GE Power Global Maintenance Lead
  • Henkel Global Project Manager for Predictive Maintenance Solutions
  • Jaguar Land Rover Head of Manufacturing Digital & Innovation
  • LotusWorks Site Lead at WuXi Biologics
  • Nyrstar Budel Reliability Engineer
  • Nyrstar Budel Head Reliability Engineering
  • PFALZSOLAR GmbH Operations & Maintenance Lead
  • Pfizer Ireland Process Engineer
  • Sanofi Site Validation Manager
  • SISECAM SODA LUKAVAC D.O.O. Head of Electrical Maintenance Dept.
  • Synthomer Specialty Resins S.r.l. Senior Reliability Engineer
  • Tarkett Group Director Operational Excellence & Industry 4.0
  • Valeo Vision IS Director
  • Valmet ltd Global Operational Development Manager
  • Valmet ltd Director, Asset Reliability Optimization
  • Vallourec Industrialization Project Manager
  • Volvo Cars CorporationGlobal Innovation Lead Manufacturing Engineering
  • Yara Sluiskil B.VGlobal Subject Matter Expert

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Francois Germain

Francois Germain holds a Masters’ degree in General Engineering. His career spans power generation, chemicals, refining and offshore. In 2014 he joined Total Refining and Chemicals as VP Health & Safety where he leads global Safety Culture transformation programs for several Business Unit’s within Total. Francois is now leading Digital Innovation within Total Refining and Chemicals

Ron Wissenburg

Ron his main experience is redesigning and implementation of the changes in supply chain processes and organization by leveraging IT solutions. He started his career in consulting at Deloitte where he supported business transformations with SAP in various industries. He Joined Alstom Power in March 2010 which in 2016 Alstom became General E. At Alstom/GE he had various IT leadership roles and the past 3 years he has been working on driving Digital Technology programs within Quality and EHS for Gas Power.

Pierluigi Petrali

Pierluigi Petrali has been working Whirlpool Europe since 1989. He started his career in Information Technology, working at introduction in Whirlpool of CIM, MES and Fault Tolerant Networks. He has then worked in innovation projects, contributing to the spread and growth of TRIZ methodology in Italy and Europe and to the development of product/process design support approaches. Presently he coordinates manufacturing research and development activities for EMEA region. Directly involved as technical and main partner in more than 10 funded research projects under FP7 and H2020 program in the last five years, he’s currently working in definition and implementation of Whirlpool Industry 4.0 strategy. He’s the inventor of five patents and author several technical papers and public speech on TRIZ, Technology Forecasting, Manufacturing Quality, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.

Henrik Fransson

Henrik Fransson is a Swedish manager with an aeronautics and computer science background working for Airbus in Hamburg, where he has held various management positions. He is passionate about finding new ways of working and influencing the lives of others by making their daily life easier.

“Use my data to serve me, do it wisely and with care”

Bjoern Neal Kirchner

Bjoern Neal Kirchner, a graduated economist from Munich and London universities, has almost 20 years’ experience in logistics and supply chain management at senior level. Shifting twice between China and Europe, he has worked in 5 countries moving along the entire supply chain. He gained experience in emerging markets and led teams through challenging SAP-implementations and post-merger integration projects. With the focus on building high performance teams, Bjoern has been engaged in various business process optimization and organizational transformation projects. Currently, he is leading the Global Supply Chain team in Amsterdam for Adhesive Technologies of HENKEL.

Stefan Schrauf

Dynamic, self motivated and results-oriented cross-cultural team player with a proven track record of digital operations and supply chain strategy, excellence and transformations across several industries including industrial products, automotive, consumer goods and chemicals.

Dr. Stefan Kluge

• Education: Chemistry, Information Technology, General and Environmental Law, Toxicology

• Companies: DASA, General Electric Capital/ BMW, Siemens, Infineon, Intel

• Functions: R&D, Systems Engineering, Factory Automation, Strategic Planning, Manufacturing Strategy, Business Planning, Outsourcing Strategy, Supplier Development, External Manufacturing Management

• Currently: Sr. Director Operations & Systems Enabling, Corporate Planning Group, Intel

Toni Sirviö

Mr. Toni Sirviö has been working at Konecranes Plc. since 2005 with various responsibilities within Sales development, Commercial Excellence and Supply Chain Management including Project Management, Global Order Management, Pricing, Planning and ERP Tool process and conceptual development/deployment. Mr. Sirviö has also been working in the Commercial Excellence program as a project director for the sales lead
development process.

Håvard Jörgensen

Håvard Jörgensen is in his role as VP Group Supply chain in Electrolux, leading the work on the strategic direction and plans for the Electrolux supply chain. Specific focus on SC Resilience, digital development, E2E SC integration, SC Sustainability, processes and capabilities. He has +20 years of experience within Supply Chain and Operations from various leadership roles in Procter & Gamble, Arla Foods and Coca-Cola European Partners.

Sean Garoghan

An experienced and results orientated Sustainability and Compliance senior manager with a background of 10 years working within the service and energy sector with strong leadership and people management skills and specialising in Sustainability and Compliance. A professional buyer with a wealth of experience in stakeholder management and developing supplier compliance frameworks. Pro-efficiently experienced in various procurement and supplier systems such as; ORACLE 11i & R12, SAP, Proactis and Avetta. Experienced within all Microsoft and Google packages, highly proficient in Excel and highly experienced in data analysis and commercial intelligence with extensive knowledge within OHSAS and ISO audits and accreditation's and CDM regulations.

Vera Bartsch

Vera Bartsch is the Sustainability Manager for UPM Raflatac’s EMEIA region. She leads the self-adhesive label company’s sustainability efforts in the market. Vera’s activities include providing expert sustainability consultancy for sales, stakeholder and partnership development, management of eco-design, life cycle assessment with UPM Raflatac’s Label Life tool, recycling of label waste through the company’s RafCycle program as well as sustainability marketing and communications.

Vera has a background in sales of label material with regards to sustainability in Central Europe, working with both label printers and brand owners. She coordinates the cooperation with other UPM business units for UPM Raflatac and has worked on several international projects for the development of UPM Raflatac.

Rebekah Bell

Rebekah currently serves as the Work Management & Planning Manager for Southern Company’s Fleet Performance & Reliability organization. Rebekah was the leader in the integration and implementation of CiM Visual Planner for daily work scheduling and has spent the last seven years of her career as a subject matter expert on work management, maintenance strategy, and process improvement across the Southern Company fossil, hydro, and renewables fleet.
Rebekah began her career with Southern Company in 2006, and over the last 16 years Rebekah has served in a variety of maintenance roles, including experience additionally in contractor relations, fleet outage optimization, and reporting and analytics.


Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the proud mother of Kimberly Grace, 17.

Harald Kirsch

Dynamic, entrepreneurial business strategist with over 30 years of professional experience in organizational and business development in the segments of Digital Transformation, IIoT, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, automation of enterprise processes, sales of innovative SW solutions and services, portfolio management, consulting, system integration services, outsourcing as well as business transformation, change management, product management and product development.

Jean Charbonneau

Mr. Jean Charbonneau is a renowned worldwide speaker with over 30 years of experience in asset reliability and a leading influencer on the best methods for asset intensive organizations to achieve maintenance excellence. He founded the Maintenance Excellence Group in 1997, putting together a team of asset reliability experts to assist organizations with maximizing their production output while minimizing asset maintenance costs. MEG’s flagship solution, the Visual Planner Digital Platform, is used by over 10,000 maintenance professionals from all industrial sectors worldwide, allowing them to execute the right maintenance, at the right time, at the lowest costs.

Rachel Cooke

I am a technical leader with over 15 years of experience in global operations in food and drink and logistics. I have held a range of supply chain roles including engineering, manufacturing, purchasing and project management.

I currently lead Reliability Engineering for Amazon Europe, which includes robotics, reliability programs, learning and information services, predictive analytics (machine learning), computerized maintenance management systems, new technology introduction and new site launches. Previously, I was Head of Central Programs and Capability for Amazon Engineering Services Europe, where I led several teams that supported the growth of Amazon's warehousing capacity. Prior to this I was responsible for manufacturing performance measurement and operational excellence for SABMiller (FTSE-10), who were the world’s second largest brewer by volume with over 100 operations worldwide in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the USA. Before this I led a team delivering a portfolio of product change initiatives from project initiation through to implementation and launch at Cadbury. I have spent three years living in Poland, where I worked on the design, construction and commissioning of two new-build confectionery factories.