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Global Megatrends and their Effects on the Production of the Future
Thomas Schott

He finished his Master degree in electrical engineering 1978 and joined Siemens in 1978 as Project Manager within Siemens Industrial Solutions Group. 1984 his job was Sales Manager Automation Products. 1989 he started to work as Marketing Manager SIMATIC. 1993 he became General Manager Marketing and Engineering unit for SIMATIC products.
In 1997 he was responsible as Director Product Management Field bus Technology and Distributed I/O Systems. In the year 2000 he became Vice President Competence Center Automotive for Automation and Drives Division, in October 2002 his duty was Vice President Factory Automation for the Industrial Automation Systems Group of Automation and Drives Division.
Since 2005 he is Vice President Factory Automation and Sector manager Automotive.
Thomas Schott is married, has 1 daughter and 1 son. His hobbies are tennis, skiing and modell railways.


Speech Summary

Global trends such as the vastly increasing number of megacities, the increase of the average life expectancy and the growth in world population are changing the requirements of future production plants using discrete and process technology.
In this context, one important aspect will be the continued optimizing of operational resources and raw materials to ensure the supply of acceptable resources for mankind. But the growing dynamism of the markets and ever shorter product lifecycles, too, are part of the core requirements of the “Production of the Future.
To implement these requirements, there are interesting approaches such as the Digital Factory, Autonomous Components or Plug&Play. The Siemens Automation & Drives Group is highly concentrating on these innovation topics and is working closely with science and research to find the solutions of tomorrow.

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