Organisations increasingly recognise the importance of supply chain management — the success of which relies on the efficiency and effectiveness of their processes, the quality and availability of information, and the interaction with other members of the supply chain. Digitisation, Industry 4.0, and Blockchains are among the emerging technologies that bear the potential of critically affecting these factors. In this series of roundtables, we will discuss, share, and outline ideas, strategies, experiences as well as research relating to the forthcoming transformational technologies.

The Digital Supply Chain Roundtable Series provides a place where our supply chain community can regularly come together to discuss and interact about new discoveries, techniques  and ideas. Participants collaborate, share business ideas and skill sets to strengthen their businesses together.

The roundtables are of particular interest to the professionals in the logistics and supply chain community.

Registration is limited to 15 participants.

Upcoming session

3D printing: Just an additional manufacturing method or a supply chain disruptor?

Discussion leader: Prof. Joachim Arts, University of Luxembourg

Expert: Prof. Rob Basten, University of Technology, Eindhoven

Planned date: 21 November 2018 16:00 – 18:00.

Location: Room BSC-E00-001
Limpertsberg Campus
162A avenue de la Faïencerie
L-1511 Luxembourg

Free entry upon registration

3D printing

Additional manufacturing (more commonly known as 3D printing) was long confined to specialised laboratories and prototype manufacturing. Now the number of companies that offer 3D printing services is increasing rapidly and 3D printers can even be bought by consumers. Successful application of additive manufacturing already range from parts of jet engines, to trifles for consumers. Any 3D printer can manufacture a large variety of products if given the right digital design. Supply chains (used to) primarily move goods and materials around the globe with a secondary flow of information. 3D printing may reverse that: Supply chains will primarily move digital designs (information) around the globe with a secondary flow of materials. Questions and issues addressed will include:

  • Will 3D printing replace transport as the major activity of 3PLs?
  • When is the best time for firms to start investing in this technology?
  • What is the role of supply chain management in managing the flow of information (designs) in a supply chain with 3D printed components?