Prof. Heinrich Flegel
Organisation: Daimler AG/ ETP ManuFuture
Position in the organisation: Member of the Supervisory Board/ Chairman
1978 - CAD/CAM-application in tool design Daimler-Benz AG, Sindelfingen plant
1981 - Senior Manager at process engineering department head of CAD/CAM Mercedes- Benz AG, Sindelfingen plant
1988 - Director machining technology Mercedes-Benz AG, Sindelfingen plant
1993 - Director process engineering Mercedes-Benz AG, Sindelfingen plant
1996 - Director manufacturing and materials technologies Mercedes-Benz AG
1998 - Director advanced manufacturing engineering Research and Technology DaimlerChrysler AG
Since 1991 - Lectures in computer science at Stuttgart University, Germany
Since 2003 - Member of Supervisory Board of DaimlerChrysler AG (name has been changed in October 2007 to Daimler AG), Re-election in 2008
Since 2004 - Chairman of ManuFuture High Level Group, re-elected 2009
Since 2007 - President of DVS (German Federation for Welding and related processes)
Plenary Session P1 – “Industry’s Visions and Concepts for Sustainable Economic Growth and Jobs”
Towards Re-Industrialization of Europe: Europe’s trade competitiveness is based on knowledge-intensive goods such as machine tools, automobiles, aircrafts, medical devices, as well as pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
Successful companies make markets. This is only possible if they meet customer needs proactively. This requires constant innovation in order to be always one step ahead of competitors. Therefore Europe needs to invest in new technologies and innovation. Manufuture’s Vision of “Sustainable globalization” and must be the guideline for the development of future products and processes.
We are on the eve of a new technological era which some analysts have called new industrial revolution, where cleaner technologies fundamentally change production patterns and also the global value chain. We must seize the opportunities brought by these changes.
The manufacturing sector is of vital importance as a source of value creation, income and prosperity. On almost any product, you can put the sticker “manufacturing inside”. That is why the manufacturing sector is of vital importance to foster economic growth and eventually job creation and has a pivotal role to play in prompting investment and innovation in particular as a vehicle for the introduction of radical innovation by integration of new and advanced technologies in high-demand products and solutions.