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World Manufacturing Forum 2021

20/10 - 21/10 | Live streamed from Cernobbio, Como, Italy

Digital Technologies as Key Enabler for Circularity

Perspectives on the Future of Manufacturing


The 2021 edition of the World Manufacturing Forum will focus on key emerging topics relevant to the resilience of Manufacturing​. ​A particular focus will be given on the significance of the Circular Economy and how Digital Technologies are deployed to achieve environmental sustainability in manufacturing.

Participants will have the chance to achieve a comprehensive knowledge of the most relevant themes in the manufacturing scenario, thanks to streaming sessions, in-depth materials, videos, speaker-led discussions and interviews with experts from high-level international institutions, research organizations, and companies.

An unmissable event in the manufacturing calendar


The World Manufacturing Forum is a prestigious event where global policymakers, industry leaders and eminent academic and research innovators address and discuss the challenges and trends of global manufacturing.
It has been held since 2011 and has grown to become one of the most relevant events in the sector to find innovative solutions and spread industrial culture worldwide.

The World Manufacturing Forum will take place over two days, from 20​ to 21​ October, in Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy.

Resilience is cultivating a mindset among organisations that places importance in investing in future-proof workplaces, factories, and supply chains.
The event will focus on emerging themes on productivity, new technologies, and the changing manufacturing landscape.



The World Manufacturing Forum’s Speakers come from all over the world, representing a wide array of stakeholders, including manufacturing companies, research organisations, and governments.

Each of them brings personal experience and knowledge, taking the chance to interact and find innovative solutions to global issues.


Villa Erba is a 19th-century villa in Cernobbio, on the shores of world-renowned Lake ComoItaly. The building is today complemented by first-class conference facilities and is surrounded by a gorgeous park facing the lake. Luchino Visconti, one of the fathers of Italian neo-realism, was probably its most famous dweller. This pleasing setting gives a charming Italian touch to the international reach of the WM Forum & Week.

World Manufacturing Week 2021

Taking place from 18 to 22 October, the World Manufacturing Week will include a number of events co-organised with manufacturing companies, institutions, and associations partnering with the World Manufacturing Foundation.

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