8th International Heinz Nixdorf Symposium

Changing Paradigms: Advanced Manufacturing and Sustainable Logistics


Additional information for the evening event at the Artega Showroom.

    • 06:50 p.m. to 07:20 p.m.: Bus tranfer towards Artega will start in front of the HNF and at 07:20 p.m. in front of the welcome hotel
    • 08:00 p.m.: official opening and
    • 09:30 p.m.: the walk-though the production hall.

Here you find more information about the program.

The Heinz Nixdorf Symposium is an established biannual event of the Heinz Nixdorf Institute during which researchers and practitioners come together to present challenges from industry, discuss contributions from research institutions and develop novel solution approaches.

The Heinz Nixdorf Institute is a research center within the University of Paderborn since 1987. Its research is aligned with the program “Dynamics, Mobility, Integration: En-route to the technical systems of tomorrow.” In training and education the Heinz Nixdorf Institute is involved in many programs of study at the University of Paderborn. Today seven professors and 200 researchers work at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute.

The 8th International Heinz Nixdorf Symposium will take place on April 21–22 in the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn. On April 21, distinguished professors and senior executives from large manufacturing and logistics companies will deliver invited speeches. On April 22, contributions are invited from both researchers and practitioners in the fields of manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management. Papers can be submitted to any of the six conference tracks.

Advanced Manufacturing and Sustainable Logistics

The pervasive integration along the supply chain has contributed to a hitherto unknown transparency of global markets. Through collaboration and coordination, enterprises have been offered new opportunities to access external purchasing and business markets. The emerging global procurement strategy can also be understood as a chance to rethink traditional strategic decisions, e.g. relocations of existing production facilities to markets with low labour costs.

Many enterprises reduce their vertical integration by outsourcing sections of their value chain. These contracted services of production result in higher transport volumes, increased complexity of supply processes and new requirements on logistic networks.

Changing Paradigms

Manufacturing and logistics undergo changes incurred by the development and implementation of advanced information technologies. Network-wide cooperation is required in order to take advantage of these shifting paradigms. So far, existing potentials such as intra-company knowledge are not adequately tapped.

Corporate networks are strengthened by the application of best practices and by sharing their experience with supply chain partners for achieving integral improvements. Ecological awareness influences existing processes by the application of green principles to logistics and supply chain management.