The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) says just a few seats are still available for its upcoming 2015 WFSGI Manufacturers Forum in Hong Kong.

The third annual forum will be held on 2-3 December and will include speakers from the sport and fashion industry discussing topics such as circular manufacturing, lean production and labour issues in apparel and sporting goods supply chains, and aims to offer solutions and hands-on advice on shifting to a circular or closed-loop approach to sustainability, how to optimise factory planning, and increasing labour productivity..

"We are pleased to present again an topical agenda, including speakers from different corners of our industry. As in the previous years we listened to the needs and questions of our industry members with the goal to provide them with inputs and benefits to their manufacturing processes," notes Robbert de Kock, secretary general of the WFSGI. 

Speakers include Diesel co-founder Adriano Goldschmied, Rakhil Hirdaramani, director at Sri Lanka's Hirdaramani Group, and Alex Thomas, VP supply chain and manufacturing/engineering strategy at VF Corp.

There will be a keynote presentation on how to improve factory operations through lean production from Carsten zur Steege, managing director of automotive parts supplier Bosch Automotive (Thailand). The company's novel approach is said to deliver real improvements to the bottom line.

Professor Steve Evans, director of research in industrial sustainability at the University of Cambridge, will discuss circular manufacturing and how brands, designers and manufacturers have the technical knowledge to keep each fibre within the value system as long as possible.

And Gerhard Flatz, managing director of performance wear manufacturer KTC Ltd, will share insights on creating a competitive advantage through responsible HR practices.

Edwin Keh, CEO at the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel (HKRITA), will outline his vision for the 'Roadmap to the supply chain of the future'; Adriano Goldschmied will discuss the marriage of sport and denim; VF's Alex Thomas will speak about 'The Third Way'; and Rakhil Hirdaramani's topic is 'Human Centric Manufacturing.'

There will also be sessions on 'Factory Planning and Production Optimisation' and 'Workforce Education and Human-Centered Manufacturing.' Delegates will also be able to take part in workshops. 

Click on the following link for more details on the WFSGI Manufacturers Forum 2015: Beyond Lean Manufacturing.