Global Production Academy



Our Focus Group in Collaboration with the wbk Institute of Production Science at the KIT

In 2022 we started our Global Production Academy in collaboration with the KIT. With two leading research institutes led by Prof. Friedli (St.Gallen) and Prof. Lanza (Karlsruhe) and currently 8 multinational companies, we discuss the current challenges within global production networks and work on solutions, commonly.


Each of our exchange days includes a unique exchange between practitioners and researchers consisting of keynote presentations, discussions, workshops, shopfloor tours, and networking sessions. The program is complemented by a get-together on a respective evening before the exchange to get to know each other personally.

GPA 2024

This year we will focus on the following 4 topics:


  • Complexity Management in Global Production Networks
  • Connection between Technology and Production(-network)
  • Know-How Transfer/Sharing within the Network 
  • Success Factors of Factories
If you are interested to join our Global Production Academy 2025, feel free to reach out to Jens Kaiser or Fabian Specht.
GPA 2024 Participants
GPA 2023

Together with our collaboration partners we are focussing the following topics this year:


  • Knowledge Sharing & Collaboration between Plants
  • Centralization of Decision Making between HQs and Global Plants
  • Data-based Decision Making
  • Plant Roles
GPA 2022

Our focus topics 2022 were the following:


  • Global Production Strategy
  • Resiliency in Production Networks
  • Strategical Site Selection Process
  • Risk Mitigation in Production Networks

Latest Meetings and News

We constantly adapt our format to the questions and challenges of our partners. Stay informed and read the articles of our latest meetings.

Production Management
Global Production Academy 2024: Site Visit at Sick

Last week, together with wbk Institute of Production Science Karlsruhe, we launched this year's Global Production Academy (GPA) at Sick Sensor Intelligence in Reute near Freiburg - now in its third year.

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Global Production Academy 2023: Site Visit at Miele

On Tuesday, the Global Production Academy (GPA) visited the Miele production facility in G├╝tersloh - a facility with over 100 years of history. We discussed a simple question: "How do you drive the strategic development of manufacturing plants".

Global Production Academy 2023: Site Visit at FACC

In September, we went to Austria to the company FACC, and could get an insight into the impressive aircraft parts production. The day was dedicated to the topic of corporate organizational structures for the management of the global production network.

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Global Production Academy 2023: Site Visit at Julius Blum GmbH

After our joint Kickoff at the KIT in Karlsruhe we had our first site visit at Julius Blum GmbH in Austria directly at the Lake Constance. BLUM is an international manufacturer of furniture hardware and has therefore highly automated processes at its production facilities worldwide. With it's 8 sites in Vorarlberg (Austria) it was really impressive to see how a global company, being active in more than 120 countries, can run its major production cost efficiently in Central Europe.

In joint discussion rounds with our consortium together with CLAAS, FACC, HOMAG, MTU Aero Engines, Balluff, PERI, Miele, our host BLUM and our research partner the wbk Institute of Production Science (wbk-KIT) we could collect and define valuable successful practices  under the topic of Centralization vs. Autonomy in Global Production Networks.