Industry 4.0 and Technology Lighthouses

Industry 4.0 promises to revolutionize manufacturing, but empirical evidence for the movement's effectiveness has been hard to find until recently. Forbes writer Amy Feldman hosts a discussion on Industry 4.0, beginning with a presentation on lighthouses and benchmarks by McKinsey & Co.'s Global Head of Manufacturing Enno de Boer, and continuing with a panel discussion that includes Tulip CEO Natan Linder and Vention CEO Etienne Lacroix.
Amy Feldman

Amy Feldman is a writer at Forbes, and heads up Forbes’ coverage of manufacturing and industrial innovation. Previously, she worked as a senior writer at BusinessWeek and at Money, a reporter at the New York Daily News, and, in an earlier incarnation, a writer at Forbes. Her work has also appeared in Barron’s, Inc., Fast Company, and numerous other publications. She resides in New York.

Enno de Boer is a partner at McKinsey and is Global Head of Manufacturing. He leads the firm’s strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum on the future of manufacturing, including the publication of several collaborative whitepapers identifying the world’s leading manufacturers and their adoption of digital manufacturing technologies. Enno serves clients on digital manufacturing strategies and transformation across many industries. His work at McKinsey also includes leading the firm’s global network of Digital Capability Centers and Model Factories—innovative experiential learning spaces that train more than 15,000 executives each year in customized learning course. Enno has a passion for disruptive business models and start-ups, with a track record for innovation, business building, large scale transformations, scaling businesses, and value enhancing strategies. His industry expertise spans across pharmaceutical, medical devices, automotive, advanced electronics, private equity, food and beverage, and FMCG.

Natan Linder is co-founder and CEO of manufacturing technology company, Tulip, and co-founder and chairman of Formlabs, the pioneer and industry leader in professional desktop 3D printing. Drawing from over 15 years of experience and accomplished careers at companies like Samsung, Sun Microsystems, and Rethink Robotics, Linder holds a depth of expertise in computer science, product design, and entrepreneurship. Prior to starting Tulip and Formlabs, Linder was co-founder and general manager of Samsung Electronic’s R&D Center in Israel, spearheading the group’s innovation efforts in mobile and shipping multiple products to the global market. He’s served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Jerusalem Venture Partners, the leading Israeli venture capital firm. Linder holds a PhD from MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group and a S.M. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. Linder’s work aims to fuse design and engineering to create novel human experiences.

Etienne Lacroix is the founder and CEO of Vention, a software and hardware platform that enables mechanical designers to develop and manufacture custom industrial equipment significantly faster than what is possible today. Before Vention, Lacroix spent five years at McKinsey & Company as an Associate Principal with the Operations and Product Development Practices. In this role, he led enterprise-wide strategic, operational, and turnaround programs at global industrial and high-tech companies. Before joining McKinsey, Lacroix held various positions in product management, product development, and supply chain at General Electric as part of the Technical Leadership Program. Prior to that, he worked in a variety of product development, IT, and manufacturing roles for an aeronautic and automotive supplier, and founded a company specialized in the development of high-end mountain bikes. Lacroix holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA in mechanical engineering from the École de Technologie Supérieure.


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