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21st Annual CIM Symposium - Globalisation 2.0
Rethinking supply chains in the new technological and political landscape
Thursday 28 to Friday 29 September 2017
The annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium is the chance to hear from world-leading business figures and thinkers on the challenges facing modern manufacturing.

The 21st annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium provides the chance to hear from world-leading business figures and thinkers on the challenges facing modern manufacturing. It is a unique event that brings together senior industrialists and leading academics to share approaches and experiences in this strategic domain.


The Symposium includes keynote speakers from the world’s leading companies and universities, mixed with informal networking opportunities. It aims to create a growing community of international manufacturing enthusiasts and to inspire ‘thought leadership’ in this exciting field.


The Symposium will address the following areas, with the first day having an industrial focus and day two exploring the latest research in the set themes.


Further information will be made available shortly but in the meantime please do register your interest to keep updated with new announcements.



Symposium location

The event will be held at the Møller Centre, a purpose-built conference facility in the grounds of Churchill College, Cambridge. The symposium dinner will be held at a Cambridge College TBC.


Who should attend

Senior executives responsible for:

  • Manufacturing networks
  • Global supply chains
  • Operations strategy
  • Network reconfiguration procurement & sourcing logistics and customer service

Researchers working in the fields of:

  • Strategic & operations management
  • Design of manufacturing or service based networks
  • International business
  • Network capabilities
  • Sustainable & resilient network design


There will be ample opportunity for questions and informal discussion to enable delegates to assess the relevance of issues to their own sectors. An open forum at the end of the day will debate these issues and identify common themes and needs.


Recent industrial participants include

ABB, Aggreko, ALPS Electric (UK), APV, Arup, AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Beiersdorf AG, Bombardier, BP Solar, Cadbury, Carl Zeiss, Caterpillar, Cisco, Danfoss, Diageo, Domino, Electrolux, Fujitsu-Siemens Group, GKN, GlaxoSmithKline, Grundfos, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, Huawei, Jaguar Land Rover, Jeyes, Johnson Matthey, Kraft Foods, The LEGO Group, Linde, Mars, Maruti Suzuki, Morgan Crucible, Nestlé, P&G, Philips, Reckitt Benckiser, Rolls-Royce, Schneider Electric, Sealed Air, Shell, Siemens, Smiths Group, Unilever, Wärtsilä, Wavin, WABCO, Yamazaki.


Symposium organisers

The Symposium is organised and hosted by the Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM), one of several research centres within the University of Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).


For further information

Please contact: Dr Jag Srai, Centre Head or Dr Tomás Harrington for detailed programme information:


The symposium is supported by


Innovate UK





Department for Science and Technology 

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