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Edwin Keh

CEO, HKRITA
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Kanji Kajawara

Research Fellow, Coordinator, Shinshu University
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Mark Jarvis

Managing Director, WTiN
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Martin Strommer

Advisor to the Board, nCinga Innovations
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Nick Russell

IDEA London, University College London, London UK
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Christian Decker

CEO, DESMA
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Catherine Cole

Executive Director, Alvanon
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Harry Nurmansyah

Senior Director, Field Operation Social & Environmental Affairs, Asia Pacific, adidas
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Marius Janta

Senior Project Manager, Research, Application & BD, WT | Wearable Technologies
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Jonas Wand

Chief Sales Officer, FOURSOURCE Group GmbH
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Louise Leuchtenberger

Head of Marketing & PR, FOURSOURCE Group GmbH
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Professor George Huang

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing, Systems Engineering, The University of Hong Kong

Moderator of World Manufacturers Forum 2018

Biography

Edwin is the CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel. He is also on Faculty at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he teaches supply chain operations.

Until April 2010 Edwin was the SVP COO of Wal-Mart Global Procurement. Prior to Wal-Mart Edwin managed a consulting group that has done work for companies on supply chain, manufacturing, and product design. The practice also did work for non-profit organizations and charities. Edwin co-founded the Consortium For Operational Excellence in Greater China (COER GC). The Consortium is sponsored by the Wharton School and Tsinghua University.

Edwin had a career as senior executive with several US consumer goods and retail companies. He was the Managing Director of Payless Shoesource International, Donna Karan International, and Country Road Australia. He also worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Edwin serves on multiple industry and educational boards. He advises several other social enterprises.

Edwin is the 2011 recipient of the Production and Operations Management Society’s Martin K. Starr Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Award.

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Moderating the World Manufacturers Forum 2018

Fabrics make Records: From natural fiber to synthetic fiber

Biography

Dr. Kanji Kajiwara is now officially retired from the position of Shinshu University Special Project Professor for Fiber Innovation Incubator and Institute for Fiber Engineering, but is engaged in the role of the faculty coordinator. He has been also involved in two new postgraduate courses; a joint master course of three universities (Shinshu University, Kyoto Institute of Technology and Fukui University) by MEXT “Program for Promoting Inter-University Collaborative Education” and a leading graduate school for Ph.D. by “Global Leader Program for Fiber Renaissance”. He had started his carrier as a polymer physicist at Kyoto University, specialized in the field of dilute solution properties of synthetic and bio-polymers including critically branched polymers. A natural extension of this study led to the structural characterization of gels, where a small-angle X-ray scattering method has been fully explored by the use of synchrotron radiation. In 1988, he joined Kyoto Institute of Technology and was engaged more in fiber and textile science, and served as a Governmental adviser in the policy making committee for the fiber/textile technology strategy. He moved to Otsuma Women’s University in 2002 in order to refurbish the education system for female talents in the textile and apparel field. Then he joined Shinshu University as a specially appointed professor till March, 2017, where his task is to establish an innovation center for nano-fusion and human-centered fiber/textile technology. He has been serving as a technological assessment member for the NEDO (national) project on “Novel light weight structural materials” for these 4 years, revising the supporting scheme for the S & M enterprises for the Agency of S & M Enterprises, and also leading the JIS (Japanese Industry Standard) and ISO projects for functional fibers and textiles for 5 years.

Abstract

Fabrics make Records: From natural fiber to synthetic fiber

Fabrics and materials play a significant role in sports goods. The fabrics used for the uniforms of professional sports are required to satisfy visual and physical functions, including not only to be fashionable and distinguishable but also to protect players and facilitate their movements. The fabrics for top athletes are to improve their performance with respect to speed, stamina and comfort.

Specific fabrics and materials have been developed in response to the requirements from specific sports events. In consequence, the world records have been renewed, but occasionally the newly developed fabrics and materials were banned or restricted to use and eventually the rules have been made to restrict the functions of such fabrics and materials.

Here we review the sports development from the view point of fabrics and materials. The world record in any sports is renewed consistently, and this new world record is due to the physical achievement of human beings in collaboration with sports goods made of new fabrics and/or new materials. The examples are shown in swimming, ski jumping, speed skating and other sports goods.

Digital transformation of the textile value chain

Biography

Mark Jarvis is managing director of World Textile Information Network (WTiN), a UK based information provider, where he has leveraged his experience in the media/technology & a degree in Materials Science to fundamentally change the company’s business model. WTiN provides specialist insight and data-driven intelligence to businesses in the Textile & Apparel value chain, enabling them to make better decisions faster and gain competitive advantage. Primary focus are the high growth markets of materials innovation, industry digitalisation and technical textiles. WTiN products are subscription based, with most delivered digitally, leveraging the latest technology to maximise user discoverability. WTiN also organises the multi-stream Innovate Textile & Apparel conferences each year in Europe, the USA & Asia, delivers bespoke consulting projects and publishes a range of journals and reports.

Abstract

Digital transformation of the textile value chain

An insight into the emerging digital transformation of the textile and apparel industry: the presentation evaluates key drivers to this paradigm shift covering the manufacturing process, material innovation & a new economic model. These 3 fundamental changes to the competitive environment present a once in a generation opportunity for manufacturers to re-invent their business. The presentation also includes findings from the recent Digital Transformation survey carried out by World Textile Information Network (WTiN) in collaboration with CEMATEX, Gherzi Textil Organisation, International Apparel Federation, International Textile Manufacturers Federation & World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry and assisted by Dornbirn Global Fibre Congress; the aim is to provide a rounded analysis of the pace of change at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution covering investment regards to people and technologies plus current and expected impacts on the industry as a whole.

Manufacturing in the digital age - the need for real-time visibility and data driven decision-making

Biography

Martin Strommer started engaging with nCinga as a mentor and management / board advisor in
August 2013 and actively worked with the founders on shaping the company. Mr. Strommer
consults the management on technology, operations, funding, commercial and legal matters,
and works with the management team to define the company’s strategy as an innovative and
worldwide leading ISV company.


Martincommands 25 years of experience in the telecommunications and information
technology industry. He has a sound technical background and has been working in software
engineering, software design, project management, business development, business
consulting, sales management and executive leadership roles throughout his career.

He was instrumental in developing some key infrastructure projects in Asia Pacific
such as the China Mobile’s mobile internet and infrastructure to deliver and charge for multimedia
content over cellular networks in the Philippines. He developed US patent 20100111273
“Translation of fees for value added services in a communication network” which has been
applied in several telecommunication networks.

Martin held senior management positions in companies such as Dimension Data,
Hewlett Packard, Alcatel and Motorola. He also successfully managed the Asia Pacific office for
a high-tech spin off from Tandem computers and led a software start-up company through its
second round of funding and go-to-market phase as their CEO.

He was born in Germany and holds a degree in computer science and business
economics from the Akademie fuer Datenverabeitung, Boeblingen. He is a German citizen with
Singapore PR and lives in Singapore.

Abstract

Manufacturing in the Digital Age - The need for Real-time visibility and Data Driven decision-making

Content will include:

  • Industry 4.0 – The Journey to the smart garment factory
  • Smart Manufacturing trends and worldwide industry developments
  • The need for Real-time visibility and Analytics for decision making on the factory floor
  • Use cases – Smart factory implementations in the Garment Industry

Abstract coming soon...

State of Blockchain 2019: Working examples

Biography

Chronology

Recently, I was founding CEO of a real estate technology company based in London. I have since been a retained advisor working on commercialising R&D, and investment strategy.

Earlier experience: Corporate strategy for Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, building environmental and social impacts into investment cases, introducing Louis Vuitton to hip hop.

Ongoing roles

I am currently advising University College London on technology spin-out programmes. I also advise select corporates and early-stage companies across artificial intelligence, fintech, real estate, and supply chain.

UCL – Associate staff

Based in IDEAL London joint UCL – Cisco technology incubator in London. Advised 3Cixty project, a $6M location data research project based at UCL and funded by the EIT. 

Gyana.co.uk – Advisor

Advised Oxford University artificial intelligence spin-out on product strategy and investment readiness. Raised $2M from the AI Seed Fund, Founders Factory, and Stronghold Invest.

We Are Pop Up – Founder/CEO

Co-founded global community and marketplace for short-term retail real estate. Platform transacted 300,000 square feet of retail space and was sold to RE Partners in 2016. Raised $2M in seed funding from Arts Alliance Ventures, Hanxin Capital, and TechStars London.  

Sinopoly Battery / FDG Electric Vehicles – Managing consultant

Advised management team of Hong Kong lithium-ion battery manufacturer on strategy and operations following $300M technology acquisition. Created commercial partnerships with European automotive and energy customers and introduced $40M US acquisition.

Other projects:


Private equity GP Integrate sustainability (environment and social) ROI into investment cases.

Tesco Work with supply chain to build a 100% recyclable building.
LVMH – Brand advisory: hip hop music, culture trends, and M&A transactions.

Qualifications

MBA, Finance; University of Oxford

BA, Psychology (Personality Theory); Loyola Marymount University

Abstract

State of Blockchain 2019: Working Examples

 

Abstract coming soon...

Digitalisation and Smart Supply Chain - The next evolutionary step of the footwear industry

Biography

Christian Decker, born in 1967, graduated in industrial engineering and corporate design at the University of Bremen. He started his career at the Institute of Production Engineering/Bremen in new technologies and rapid prototyping in applications for the automotive and aircraft industries. In 1997, he joined DESMA, where he was responsible for reorganization and integration of ERP and CAD design tools, followed by a variety of international projects and leadership roles in development and design. Since 2001 he has been responsible for all product developments at DESMA. He joined the board in 2009 and is CEO of DESMA.

Abstract

Digitalisation and Smart Supply Chain - the next evolutionary step of the footwear industry

The connection of end-consumers to the production world via digitisation and IoT will have a strong influence on existing supply chain structures. We can expect a fast evolutionary change of relationships and networks from design, brand, suppliers, OEMs and retail in the coming years. Supply chains need to get smarter and far more integrated but also extreme dynamic compared to today.

Christian will focus on the coming steps and gives a view on a possible scenario of the developments.

The State of Skills: Human Labor In The Digital Age

Biography

Catherine Cole is the Executive Director of Motif, Alvanon’s industry learning platform. Motif is the apparel knowledge hub that connects professionals around the world with the skills and industry expertise they need to transform their business, lives and careers. Based in Hong Kong, Catherine overseas the team responsible for Motif. She has over 25 years of experience working with multinationals and start-ups across Asia in business development, marketing and strategy roles for companies such as Samsung, Evergreen International Airlines and Typhoon Consulting. Her passion is the intersection of technology and education, especially as it relates to lifelong learning and upskilling in industries as dynamic as fashion.

Catherine graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Chinese History and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Catherine grew up in Asia and lives on an outlying island in Hong Kong with her husband and daughter.

Abstract

The State of Skills: Human Labor In The Digital Age

As digitalization takes place across the supply chain, staff need to contend with new skills - from understanding big-data facilitated buying and merchandising, to 3D design, to automation, through to new, more collaborative ways of managing product life cycles. 

KEYNOTE OUTLINE:

  • The State of the Skills 2018 -  presentation of industry report and implications
  • Digital & automated businesses at a war for talent 
  • What digitization and automation mean for the current workforce
  • Case studies: How to tackle the apparel industry's digital skills gap

Worker Empowerment in Supply Chain

Biography

Harry Nurmansyah joined adidas in 2001 and have held various positions in the Social & Environmental Affairs Department. He was appointed as the Senior Director Field Operation of SEA in 2013 and is currently based in Jakarta Indonesia. In his position, Harry is responsible for managing social compliance program and supply chain monitoring in all sourcing countries in Asia. He currently leads 25 experienced staffs who are based in 7 countries across Asia.

Harry has extensive experience in driving sustainability initiatives in supply chain and managing stakeholder engagement, i.e. Government, NGOs, ILO, Trade Union group etc. He has intimate knowledge of social and economic condition of many countries in Asia and has been frequently involved in handling and resolving high risk cases that happen in the supply chain.

Abstract

Sporting goods manufacturing industry and its global supply chain has gone through dramatic changes in the last two decades. Manufacturers gradually introduce more automation in their factories with advanced technology so that goods can be produced faster. Amid this automation, workers who have been the central part of manufacturing process do not lose its importance, instead they become more expensive, harder to find and to retain.  They are no longer just an object whose right and well-being need to be protected, but has increasingly playing greater role to influence the changes needed for the betterment of their working condition.

In this context, worker empowerment is quickly becoming common trend in supply chain management because it signifies worker’s contribution in factory’s operation, improve communication channel between management. Workers insights can lead to improved worker engagement, which directly improves retention and productivity at the factory level.

Industry example innovative technology and materials in manufacturing

Biography

Marius joined WT | Wearable Technologies Group one year ago, striving to bring smart connected wearable tech into applications. 

For more than 7 years Marius has worked in industry and research focusing on product development, innovation management for human-machine / product interfaces primarily in health related contexts. For three years he was member of a DIN working group on the development of sustainability standards for sport and fitness equipment and gained international experience in the US, China and Australia.

He deeply believes that innovation with data and wearable technologies supporting an active lifestyle, are factors helping to change things for the good. 

Abstract

“WT | Wearable Technologies is a global platform and system integrator focusing on latest technologies, connected devices and IoT applications across the complete value chain.

Amongst, manufacturing especially in the sports sector experience great changes via material development, innovative additive manufacturing, as well technologies improving productivity via optimized human-machine interfaces. This presentation will pick examples from flexible electronics, smart textiles, auxetic materials, and composites, their process and applications and majorly outline the opportunities that exist digitizing manufacturing processes via wearable techs from efficiency but also safety perspectives.”

INDUSTRY 4.0: IS DIGITALIZATION AN ADDORDABLE ENTRY POINT TO TRANSPARENCY, EFFICIENCY AND SPEED IN APPAREL SOURCING?

Biography

Jonas Wand (36) joined the founding team of FOURSOURCE as CSO (Chief Sales Officer). He worked in the fashion and sportswear business for more than 13 years and contributes his know-how in sales, marketing, multichannel management and product development. The last few years, Jonas was part of the Management Team at Bogner and responsible for the Brand Fire + Ice. He holds a B.A. (Econ.) and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen

Abstract

Digitalization disrupted the apparel and textile industry. Today’s trends are determined by influencers and consumers rather than by the marketing departments of companies. Consequently, speed to market and in-season reactivity of brands and retailers are more critical than ever. Profitability pressures, due to decreasing full-price sell-throughs and increasing unsold stock, call for agile production and for on-demand supplies. Leading industry players are forced to undergo transformation processes that also incorporate the not yet fully integrated supply side. Suppliers are often not involved in the design and product development process but are asked to deliver under increasing time, compliance and cost pressures. In the light of these factors, can digitalization be an affordable solution and what are the key challenges for organizations and people? How will organizations move away from their traditional planning driven cycles to a demand and KPI driven process? Can we digitally orchestrate the entire supply chain with its connected partners, predictive model of today’s demand and the use of artificial intelligence? How can we, as employees, accept and embrace constant change, new technology and thoughts? Corporate culture usually wins against top-down strategies, so how to implement a culture of communication, innovation and learnability? The case study will outline how to digitally connect product development and sourcing with practical examples from brands and manufacturers and keep a special focus on organizations, people and processes.

INDUSTRY 4.0: IS DIGITALIZATION AN ADDORDABLE ENTRY POINT TO TRANSPARENCY, EFFICIENCY AND SPEED IN APPAREL SOURCING?

Biography

Louise Amélie Leuchtenberger (31) joined FOURSOURCE as Head of Marketing & PR and founding team at an early stage. She worked in the fashion and sportswear business for several years at X-BIONIC & X-SOCKS and focused her expertise in on- & offline marketing, growth, content management, and public relations. Originally, she started her career in the automotive industry and is inspired by innovative technology. Louise holds a B.A. from the University of Brighton.

Abstract

Digitalization disrupted the apparel and textile industry. Today’s trends are determined by influencers and consumers rather than by the marketing departments of companies. Consequently, speed to market and in-season reactivity of brands and retailers are more critical than ever. Profitability pressures, due to decreasing full-price sell-throughs and increasing unsold stock, call for agile production and for on-demand supplies. Leading industry players are forced to undergo transformation processes that also incorporate the not yet fully integrated supply side. Suppliers are often not involved in the design and product development process but are asked to deliver under increasing time, compliance and cost pressures. In the light of these factors, can digitalization be an affordable solution and what are the key challenges for organizations and people? How will organizations move away from their traditional planning driven cycles to a demand and KPI driven process? Can we digitally orchestrate the entire supply chain with its connected partners, predictive model of today’s demand and the use of artificial intelligence? How can we, as employees, accept and embrace constant change, new technology and thoughts? Corporate culture usually wins against top-down strategies, so how to implement a culture of communication, innovation and learnability? The case study will outline how to digitally connect product development and sourcing with practical examples from brands and manufacturers and keep a special focus on organizations, people and processes.

Industry 4.0 applications for Industrial Parks: The next leap

Biography

George Q. Huang is Chair Professor and Head of Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at The University of Hong Kong. With substantial research grants from governments and industries, George has been conducting leading research in smart manufacturing and logistics physical internet. He and his co-workers have published over 400 technical papers and more than half appeared in international reputable SCI journals. Professor Huang serves as regional / area / senior editors, associate editors and editorial board members of a number of international journals. Professor Huang is Chartered Engineer, Fellow of ASME, HKIE, IET and CILT, and member of IISE. He currently serves as Regional Vice President for Asia of IISE.

Abstract

Industry 4.0 promises next-generation smart manufacturing. But automation alone does not deliver the revolution, especially when complexity and uncertainty are high and amplified by mixed production volumes and increasing product variety.

 

Industrial parks have played major roles in boosting industrial development in both developed and emerging economies. An industrial park usually involves a large number of manufacturing companies, a few supply hubs providing warehousing and transportation services shared among manufacturers, in addition to players providing financial, technical and accounting services. They create special forms of value chain within proximity as compared with typical supply chains. This talk introduces Digital Twin and Cyber-Physical Systems for the development of Physical Internet technologies and their application in smart manufacturing and logistics in the context of industrial parks. Case studies are used to highlight the challenges encountered and benefits gained in industrial implementations in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region which has been called the Factory of the World in south China. Opportunities and implementation challenges are highlighted for workshop discussions.

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