A forum for exploring the direction of manufacturing innovation in the new era of digital transformation took place in Ulsan on November 25, 2022.
Jointly organized by UNIST and Ulsan Metropolitan city, the 2022 Ulsan Global Advanced Manufacturing Forum took place in the Ulsan Exhibition and Convention Center (UECO) under the theme of ‘Manufacturing Innovation in Ulsan and 3D Printing.’
Ulsan, being the global manufacturing innovation hub and the center of domestic manufacturing industry, plans to discuss and advance the potential future directions of manufacturing innovation for the digital transformation age, together with UNIST. Through this, they will help accelerate digital transformation across major industries (i.e., Automobiles, shipbuilding, and petrochemicals), improve their competitive edge, and lay the foundations for creating new industries.
“UNIST AI Graduate School and the AI Innovation Park are taking the lead in digital transformation of AI-driven manufacturing companies that involve major industries and new industries in Ulsan,” said Director Sunghoon Lim of UNIST Industry Intelligentization Institute, who hosted the forum. “We hope this forum functions as a platform to discuss and promote manufacturing innovation in the digital transformation age.”
This year’s keynote speeches were delivered by Distinguished Professor Yong-Sup Joo (Graduate School of Engineering Practice, Seoul National University), Director Dominic Gorecky (Swiss Smart Factory & Swiss Health Tech Center), and Director Namhun Kim of UNIST 3D Printing Convergence Technology Center.
A panel discussion, featuring in-depth discussion and expert presentations, on the topic ‘Manufacturing Innovation in Ulsan and 3D Printing‘ was also held. This has been attended by Kyung-Woo Lee from Ulsan Development Institute (URI), Chul-Woo Jeong from Ulsan Technopark, and Mp-works Co., Ltd.
“We plan on restoring growth and competitiveness in key manufacturing industries in Ulsan through digital transformation and 3D printing,” said Hyo Dae Ahn (Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs, Ulsan Metropolitan City).
“The future of Ulsan depends on business innovation based on AI and data,” said Vice President Jaiyong Lee in his congratulatory remark. “UNIST shall accelerate digital transformation in manufacturing and support new challenges in Ulsan through industry-academic cooperation and talent cultivation.”
Meanwhile, the forum has been attended by 100 people, including companies and organizations related to manufacturing innovation and 3D printing in Ulsan region, as well as the members of Ulsan Forum (U-Forum).