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Robert Thielicke

Editor in Chief

Technology Review

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Robert Thielicke studied Biology and Anthropology at the University of Heidelberg. He has 15+ years experience as technology and science editor, currently being the Editor in Chief of MIT Technology Review (german edition). The print and online magazine ist the leading source of innovation-related information, covering the most important trends from Biotech to Artificial Intelligence. In addition, Thielicke curates the yearly competition „Innovators under 35“ for young Scientists and Founders, and hosted the event series „Innovators Summit“.

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September 24th, 2020 – Thursday

1:30 PM (UTC)

0:20 h

The Rise of Smart Factories – The Beginning of the End for the Global Supply Chain?

Lisa SmithPrewave, Max Enno KraftMicrosoft, Valerij AsmusDaimler

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At our EXPO Days we always try to answer some of the most challenging questions our corporate partners are currently facing. The circumstances of the last 6 months have uncovered essential flaws in the way supply chains have worked over the last years: The outsourcing of every aspect of the supply chain, just-in-time deliveries and precarious conditions in countries along the production process proved to be unstable mechanisms to keep the operations smoothly ongoing in times of crisis. Due to the complexity of their vehicles, flawless processes along the supply chain are especially important for manufactures in the mobility industry. For this reason, already before the crisis many major industry players became early innovators and constructed Smart Factories to be more adaptable towards supply chain risks in general. With the possibility to produce more and more (vehicle) parts of the process in one location and with the challenges of a globalized production approach becoming more evident, this topic is highly relevant for all players in all kinds of industries.

Speakers of this Session

Lisa Smith

Managing Director


Max Enno Kraft

Industry Executive Automotive Sector


Valerij Asmus

Manager MBC Strategy for Digital Initiatives


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