New date! The winners will present their successful concepts at the congress on 18 and 19 June 2020. The emotional highlight is the festive award ceremony for the seven winners. Learn more about the congress here and register directly!
Full conference details
Why the winners at the 28th “Factory of the Year” stand out from the competition – here theory becomes practice!
The 28th round of the annual benchmark competition closes with the festive “Factory of the Year” congress from 17 to 19 June 2020. The “Factory of the Year” is not only the toughest, but also the most traditional competition of its kind. The congress is organized by SV Veranstaltungen GmbH together with its partners Kearney and the trade journal
“Flexible assembly lines, digitalization across all areas and the consistent implementation of the lean concept – these are the goals that have long been talked about in production. This year’s benchmark competition “Factory of the Year 2019” (Daniel Stengel, Kearney ) showed that many companies have already successfully implemented them.
Highly automated and yet flexible – how can this be implemented? The main winner, the Mercedes-AMG plant, has flexible assembly lines that replace the assembly line. The workers have the option of crossing or overtaking during waiting times or downtimes, which guarantees efficiency gains in employee performance and an increase in productivity.
In other category winners, the trend was that automation is now also reaching the indirect areas such as management, planning/dispatching, logistics, quality and work preparation.
Furthermore, digitization in the workplace has already progressed so far for many winners that there is usually only a piece of paper left with a bar or data matrix code. Intelligent tools enable employees to solve problems that were previously solved by the indirect structure directly at the workplace itself. Further success factors of the winners will be presented at the two-day congress in Esslingen. The managers of the winning plants will be available for discussions during the congress.
The highly emotional award ceremony will be led by the well-known TV journalist Katrin Müller-Hohenstein on June 18, 2020. We will also award prizes to innovative start-ups that present their ideas for the industry of tomorrow.
Be there and look forward to seeing the winners of the “Factory of the Year 2019” competition! We look forward to welcoming you on 18 and 19 June.
To register, please click the “Registration” tab. When we receive your details, you will be registered as an attendee and will receive written confirmation along with an invoice, to be paid prior to the start of the event.
If you cancel later than the final cancellation deadline (14 days prior to the event) or you do not attend, you will be charged the full attendance fee; however, a substitute may attend in your place. Cancellations before this date are free of charge. All cancellations must be made in writing. The organizers reserve the right to relocate, reschedule, change or cancel the event, in whole or in part, at short notice.
WORKSHOP: 17 June 2020
CONFERENCE: 18 June – 19 June 2020
The standard attendance fee for both the workshop and conference is €2,350 plus VAT.
The attendance fee for the workshop alone is €590 plus VAT.
The attendance fee for the conference alone is €1,980 plus VAT.
The attendance fee includes:
- Attendance of the entire conference
- Conference documentation
- Refreshments during the breaks
- Visit to the parallel trade exhibition
- Attendance of the evening award ceremony
- Tour of winning factories including the bus transfer
If you cancel later than the final cancellation deadline (14 days prior to the event) or you do not attend, you will be charged the full attendance fee; however, a substitute may attend in your place. Cancellations before the deadline will incur an administrative charge of €150. All cancellations must be made in writing. The organizers reserve the right to relocate, reschedule, change or cancel the event, in whole or in part, at short notice.
Workshop: “The Impact of AI on Production”
People and machines work together closely in production. Artificial intelligence now enables machines to learn from experience, to adapt to new inputs, and even perform tasks more or less like humans. This means AI has the potential to permanently change manufacturing tasks such as visual inspection, predictive maintenance and even assembly processes – or so the theory goes.
In our Factory of the Year workshop, we want to see how artificial intelligence has carved out a place for itself in production and to explore the new possibilities it offers. To start off, we will present selected results from an international study titled “The State of Human Factory Analytics” – conducted by Kearney with Drishti Technologies, a Silicon Valley company – which examines the impact of AI on production and the workforce. In the first part of this interactive workshop, two companies will report on how AI is changing production in practical terms. We will also discuss their experiences with AI, and examine how, and to what extent, they have tapped into AI’s potential. We will then go on to look at technology vendors: What innovations are out there? In which areas could manufacturing companies continue to benefit from AI, going forward? And what risks might AI entail?
We invite you to join us to explore artificial intelligence in greater depth, and to clarify and discuss some of the unanswered questions that surround it.
You can find further information on the workshop agenda in the program.
Hotel am Buchwald
73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Zimmer ab 139 €
Hotel am Schillerpark
73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Zimmer ab 115 €
Hotel NEO Linde
73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Zimmer ab 139 €
Hotel Landgut Burg
Landgut Burg 1
Zimmer ab 89 €
Please reserve directly with the keyword „SV Veranstaltungen“.
Sponsors and exhibitors
Sponsors and Exhibitors
This is a valuable opportunity to present your company directly and highly effectively to a target audience consisting of industry professionals. The event offers an ideal setting in which to forge ties with attendees in a congenial and personal atmosphere.
You can raise your profile and promote your business by setting up an exhibition stand on site.
Stand out from competitors and engage your future customers with your own unique presentation strategy.
Dr. Jörg Burzer
Sponsorship & Trade Exhibitions
Plant Manager, Diehl Controls, Wangen im Allgäu factory
Chair of Supply Chain Management at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Nuremberg
Plant Manager, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
Former CEO of FAG Kugelfischer AG, Schweinfurt, and DEKRA AG, Stuttgart
Former automotive company plant manager and managing board member, currently working as a consultant, coach and interim manager for major industrial companies
President of the Fraunhofer Society, Munich
Former manager of the Chemnitz Engine Plant, Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH
CEO of Pöppelmann Group
Group Function Quality and Supply Chain, ABB Management Services Ltd.
Director of the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL at RWTH Aachen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
CTO, Rational AG