Winning the Race for Survival: How New Manufacturing Technologies are Driving Business-Model Innovation

An employee works on a production line manufacturing protective suits at a medical supply factory in Xinzhou district of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China February 12, 2020. Picture take February 12, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS


Project team

World Economic Forum (Platform for Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production)

Francisco Betti, Head of Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production

Maria Basso, Research and Analysis Specialist

Leading authors

Geoffrey G. Parker, Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College; Visiting Scholar, MIT Sloan School; Research Fellow, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Nitin Joglekar, Dean’s Research Scholar, Associate Professor, Operations and Technology Management, Questrom School of Business - Boston University

Jagjit Singh Srai, Head, Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Advanced Manufacturing and Production


Global Future Council on Advanced Manufacturing and Production

Dimitris Kyritsis, Professor of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for Sustainable Manufacturing, Director of the Doctoral Program on Robotics, Control and Intelligent Systems, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

David Fitzmos, Director, European Remanufacturing Council

Leanne Kemp, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Everledger, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Advanced Manufacturing and Production

Eric Marchiol, Vice-President, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Groupe Renault

Jay Lee, Member of the Board and Vice-Chairman of Foxconn, Founding Director of Industrial AI Center, Industrial Engineering Professor, University of Cincinnati

Yasuyuki Nishioka, Professor of Engineering and Design, Hosei University

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Sophia Velastegui, Chief Technology Officer for Operation Applications, Microsoft Corp.

Rubana Huq, Chairperson, Mohammadi Group

Tan Ming Jen, Director, HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Frank Gayle, Deputy Director US Advanced Manufacturing National Programme Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Daniel Johns, Visiting Professor, University of Sheffield, former Chief Technology Officer, Additive Manufacturing, Oerlikon

Jason Berns, Senior Vice-President, Product and Manufacturing Innovation, Polo Ralph Lauren

Nathalie Marcotte, Senior Vice-President, Industrial Automation Services, Schneider Electric

Ajit Manocha, President and Chief Executive Officer, SEMI

Sudhi Bangalore, Vice-President, Industry 4.0, Stanley Black & Decker

Vijay Vaitheeswaran, US Business Editor, The Economist

Jun Ni, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Christiane Eckert, Head, Group Production Strategy and Environment, Volkswagen AG

Wu Xiaobo, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Zhejiang University

Torbjorn Netland, Assistant Professor and Head of Chair of Production and Operations Management, ETH Zurich

Kamau Gachigi, Executive Director, Gearbox

Dheeraj Chugh, Senior Director, iPhone Operations, Apple

The World Economic Forum thanks also the following individuals for participating in interviews, workshops and discussions that contributed to the development of this white paper.

Bright Machines

Amar Hanspal, Chief Executive Officer

Fast Radius

Lou Rassey, Chief Executive Officer

Natan Linder, Chief Executive Officer


Nitesh Bansal, Senior Vice President & Global Head Engineering Services

Nampuraja Enose, Industry 4.0 Leader, Advanced Engineering Group

Calogero Scibetta, Head of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Everledger