World Productivity Congress Comes Back To India After 45 Years


After a successful India edition in 1974, the World Productivity Congress is now being organised once again in India alongside World of Manufacturing, an international trade fair for Factory Automation, Digital Factory and Warehousing in Bangalore from 7 – 8 May 2020 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bangalore. The 19th World Productivity Congress is organised by the World Confederation of Productivity Science and PDA Trade Fairs Pvt Ltd.

This 19th World Productivity Congress will bring together industry and academia from India and abroad as well as representatives from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. It will provide a platform for exploring economic and productivity development in India, and for ongoing international communication and cooperation. In addition to the Congress and the Trade Fair, there will be a display of adjudicated student posters with awards given for the best posters. The World Productivity Congress is the premier global convention dealing with productivity development. It is organized on a partnership basis between the World Confederation of Productivity Science and a host organization which is normally a Network Partner of the WCPS.

Though each Congress has a particular theme, and specific sub-themes or tracks around which the program is structured, the Congress is industry-neutral. Similarly, though a particular Congress may – for obvious reasons connected with its geographic location – include particular elements relating to a particular region or nation, the Congress is essentially geographically-neutral. Themed as Industry 4.0 – Innovation and Productivity Industry 4.0 (I-4.0) represents the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The first three industrial revolutions were based on Steam, Electricity, and Digital Technologies. The fourth is based on “cyber-physical systems” that merge the capabilities of humans and machines. I-4.0 uses innovations based on artificial intelligence, IoT, and connectivity in industry, advanced manufacturing and the service sectors to increase productivity in a sustainable manner Mike Dillon, Chairman of WCPS, has been in India as part of the planning for the World Productivity Congress in Bangalore. During his visit he met the deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka to discuss the legacy that the Congress could leave for the State.