Smart Factory Industry Forum hosted by GACC

  • October 09, 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • DMDII 1415 N Cherry Ave, Chicago

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The world of manufacturing is evolving rapidly - it is moving into the next generation – an interconnected, digitalized world of machinery, technology, supply chains, logistics, etc.

In Germany, it is known as Industry 4.0, with Germany leading the way in this fundamental transformation.

In the US, it has various names – the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Internet of Things, the Digitalized Factory. Simply put – Smart Factory.

On October 9, the GACC Smart Factory Industry Forum will delve into an in depth, content focused discussion of what the Smart Factory means, elaborating on its growing strategic importance, opportunities, and challenges.



DMDII (Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute)

1415 N Cherry Ave

Chicago, IL 60642

The DMDII is the United States‘ flagship research institute for applying cutting-edge digital technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing, strengthen the capabilities of the supply chain, and reduce acquisition costs.


Three keynotes will be held by:

  • Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, TU Kaiserslautern, Chairman and Executive Board SmartFactoryKL, Technology Initiative
  • Dr. Dean Bartles, Executive Director, DMDII
  • Marc Siemering, Senior Vice President and Division Director of HANNOVER MESSE

with many more speakers joining for the panel discussions.


Agenda Smart Factory Forum

1:00 pm Registration opens

1:30 pm Start program

1:30-2:20 pm Welcome & Keynotes

2:20-3:15 pm  Panel 1

3:15 pm break

4:00-5:00 pm Panel 2

5:00 pm Closing remarks 



Smart Factory Industry Forum only (Members $50 | Non-Members $65)

Combo-Ticket: Smart Factory Industry Forum & GACC Awards Gala (Members $420 | Non-Members $515)

To register, please go to the German American Chamber of Commerce  website at:

You need to register for this event though the GACC's website.

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