RIT Hosting Global-Manufacturing Symposiums

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Former Financial Times, Forbes editor to speak

Rochester Institute of Technology will host the third World Manufacturing Congress International Symposiums on Manufacturing Systems, Technology and Management, April 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester, 125 East Main St.

The congress brings together industry and academic researchers to help transfer manufacturing research into practice.

Eamonn Fingleton, former editor of Financial Times and Forbes, will give the keynote address at 9:30 a.m. on April 2. His address will focus on how initial manufacturing stages such as making components, materials and capital goods offer better long-term prospects for companies than post-industrial services. Fingleton wrote In Praise of Hard Industries: Why Manufacturing, Not the Information Economy, Is the Key to Future Prosperity, named one of the ten best business books of 1999 by Amazon.com, and Blindside: Why Japan Is Still on Track to Overtake the U.S. by the Year 2000.

"Given the large volume of international business accomplished by Rochester industry, this is a great opportunity to bring worldwide industries and international academics together in our community," says Guy Johnson, RIT professor of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology and chair of the World Manufacturing Congress. "Rochester will continue to be a part of this ongoing dialog in manufacturing and RIT is pleased to host this global event."

The symposiums are sponsored by the International Computer Science Conventions.

Note: Fingleton is available for interviews. To arrange, call 475-5697. For more information, visit icsc-naiso.org/conferences/wmc2001/index.html.