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Ger van den Kerkhof

Flanders Make

Senior Account Manager EU Affairs


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Automatisch generierte Beschreibung



Background of 22 years in different industrial management positions in Philips Electronics. From Group Leader to Business Unit Manager and Industrial Director. Managed a factory in Suzhou (PRC) for 1 ½ years.

Since 2008 working in Flanders Make (Strategic Research Centre for the manufacturing industry), also in different positions. Strategy and Business Development Manager, Sales Manager and currently Senior Account Manager EU affairs; responsible for the European footprint of Flanders Make.


Short Description of the Keynote Speech

The driving market forces for technological innovation in manufacturing are the need for customized products (at the cost of series production), human centred and sustainable manufacturing and the interconnection of products and production systems. Humans continue to play an important role in the manufacturing landscape, but in order to stay productive and in view of the market trends, they need to be cognitively and physically supported by technology.

This presentation is about the supportive technology and the changes it will bring to the human worker.



Trends, Vision & Reality

Stage: Gottfried von Einem Saal Nord

14.11.2019 - 09.30 to 10.30 am

English/ Keynote


Title: Can Technology really support humans in manufacturing? - it’s a changing world


Christina Hirschl, Alessandro Marini


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