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The Dialogue

Driving Convergence in an Age of Disruption

Examine the nature of the technological transformation that is driving convergence in today’s business environment and its current and future impact on governments, businesses and society.

Firms of the Future

Explore the outlook for manufacturing companies, including which business models could become obsolete and how evolving production processes, the digital revolution, SMEs and geography will shape the factories of the future. 

Sustainable Manufacturing

Address the responsibilities of the manufacturing industry in light of global warming, growing public concern for sustainability, and whether new technologies can be significant contributors to a new social compact between industry and society.

Financing Emerging Technologies

Establish the priorities for essential R&D activities by identifying funding mechanisms for emerging technologies through new sources of investment from banks, venture capitalists and institutional investors. 

The Evolution of Employment

Determine how digital integration and automation will affect future employment, how industry can attract new talent from younger generations, and how governments can encourage the free flow of labour.

Policy in the New Millennium

Review the role of governments in creating the right regulatory environment for meaningful growth that contributes to open innovation, capabilities-orientated manufacturing, and global development.

Skills of the Future

Establish the extent to which the digital revolution has necessitated a shift in relevant skills and education systems, and how this will continue in the future with the rise of artificial intelligence and the growing interface between man and machine.

Global Partnerships in Value Chains

Identify the challenges, opportunities and implications of global value chains following the evolution of modern manufacturing towards complex international production networks and assess the future of production and convergence. 


Address the importance of a common framework that promotes business continuity and streamlines manufacturing through the standardisation of skills, capabilities, technical specifications, networks, and assesses the future of production and convergence.