The Future of Manufacturing

June 2 – 7, 2013 | Hernstein Castle, Austria

From 2 to 7 June, the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development held a Global Executive Programme on “The Future of Manufacturing”. The programme, developed by UNIDO’s Institute for Capacity Development and supported by the Austrian Government, was held at Hernstein Castle, just outside of Vienna. It hosted policymakers and government officials from 26 middle income countries and informed them about future trends in manufacturing and the latest developments in the sector.

The executive programme enhanced the capacity of policymakers to effectively shape and implement industrial policies and respond to global trends and changes to promote the competitiveness of their manufacturing industries. It included workshops led by experts in manufacturing and industrial policy management, such as representatives from academia, the private and public sectors, as well as UNIDO and its partner institutions.

Participants learned about the potentials of the new technologies being used in manufacturing, for example, additive manufacturing, cloud computing, mechatronics and customizable materials. Presentations were held on solutions for sustainable, green manufacturing and innovations in environmental technologies, as well as on the business strategies used to respond to the challenges of the new industrial revolution. The programme also included sessions on global trade and investment patterns and potential policy implications and responses to the aforementioned trends.

Lectures were delivered by high-level policymakers (Arun Maira from the Indian Planning Commission), experts from the University of Cambridge, the University of California, Berkeley and the Fraunhofer Institute, as well as by renowned authors on manufacturing such as Peter Marsh (former editor, Financial Times) and Paul Markillie (The Economist).

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Course Alumni

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Background Papers

The following papers were produced to contribute to the current debate on manufacturing and serve as a reference for the programme:

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Emerging Trends in Global Manufacturing Industries

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21st Century Manufacturing

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Emerging Green Technologies for the Manufacturing Sector


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