Networking Days 2019

The future is now!

Networking Days 2019

The future is now!

In August, 800 guests from industry and research accepted Bühler’s invitation to Networking Days 2019 and convened in Uzwil, Switzerland. The primary goal of the three-day event was to offer a platform for inspiration and exchange, to create a common understanding for the urgency to make use of our planet’s resources more sustainably, and, following the motto of “creating tomorrow together”, bring about industry commitment for rapid action.

There are so many industries represented at the event and so many different companies with different perspectives. It is very inspiring to hear all the ideas and to learn more about the solutions that we can jointly develop.

WILLIAM BONIFANT, Vice President Engineering at The Hershey Company, United States

Our speakers

CEO of Saint-Gobain Northern Europe

Patrick Dupin

If you’ve seen the CUBIC, you’ve seen his company’s work: Saint-Gobain SageGlass uses Bühler Leybold Optics technology to coat glass, which can create up to a 35% energy savings in buildings that use it. Patrick Dupin, CEO of Saint- Gobain Northern Europe, has worked for the company for 20 years advancing innovations and contributing to making it a global leader for sustainable environment. To learn more about the benefits of smart glass, listen to his speech and also the interview with him and Alan McLenaghan, CEO of Saint-Gobain SageGlass.

Co-founder of One Young World

Kate Robertson

Kate Robertson, co-founder of One Young World (OYW) made it clear in her keynote: “If industries don’t work together, especially in combating the effects of climate change, people will not survive.” The mission of OYW is to bring young people together to create a better world. Since 2016, Bühler has been sending an international delegation of young leaders and talents to the OYW summit every year.

Chief Technology Officer of Nestlé

Stefan Palzer

Nestlé CTO Stefan Palzer shared his insights on how food companies can embrace the opportunities of emerging consumer trends. New and exciting foods, such as meat analogue products, emerge when producers listen to consumers. They expect the industry to produce food more sustainably. To do this, he says, requires a lot of activism from different players, and collaboration. Discover more about future food trends in his speech.

Professor at the ETH Zurich and Founder of the Crowther Lab

Tom Crowther

One of the biggest threats to biodiversity is global warming. Tom Crowther, Professor of Global Ecosystem Ecology at the ETH Zurich and Founder of the Crowther Lab explains the potential that reforesting the world has on reducing carbon. In his speech and his interview he explains how everyone can make a difference.

Chief AI Strategist for PROS

Dr. Michael Wu

As the Chief AI Strategist for PROS, Dr. Michael Wu is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. He believes industries have the potential to create a more sustainable world, and gain tangible business value from this evolving technology. To learn more about leveraging AI-enabled solutions, listen to his speech and the in-depth interview.

Retired South African rugby union player

Francois Pienaar

Francois Pienaar is the captain who led the South African rugby team to win the 1995 World Cup − a momentous occasion for the team and especially the country. Nelson Mandela presented the cup to Pienaar in a moment that united the nation. As the final speaker of the Networking Days, he inspired everyone to grow, unite, and think beyond themselves. Relive his speech and listen to the interview with this leader to learn more about the power of collaboration.

Founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Isabel Wijsen

Isabel Wijsen and her sister Melati founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags in Bali when they were 10 and 12 years old. Six years later, their organization has become a global movement to say goodbye to plastic bags. Today you can find Bye Bye Plastic Bags in about 50 locations around the world, run by young people. Wijsen proves the impact that can be made when people work together to drive change. In her speech and in the video interview, you can learn more about her journey and what you can do to be part of the solution.

With our current state of technology, these goals are completely possible. I also think that Bühler can achieve these goals with our support.

YELENA PISKUN, Head of Oat and Cereals, Lantmännen, Sweden

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