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Europe, with its high-quality manufacturing industry, can and should be the world leader in incorporating digitalization into product design, production processes, management and administration, logistics and other operations. And indeed, “Digitising European Industry” is a key initiative of the European Union.

At this lunch debate, EIF members will hear experts’ views on the successes and challenges the Union faces in bringing digitalization to Europe’s traditional manufacturing industries, including in particular the small and medium-sized enterprises that are the backbone of our manufacturing sector. Invited speakers will give their views about how digitalization is progressing “on the ground” and in the factories before inviting comments and questions.

  • programme - 24th April 2018

    Welcome and introduction:

    Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair

    Speakers:

    Pearse O'Donohue, Director for the Future Networks Directorate, DG CONNECT, European Commission

    Justin Hobbs, Senior Director for EMEA Technical Solutions, Zebra Technologies (2017 Manufacturing vision study)

    Thomas Walloschke, Steering Board member of Alliance for the Internet of Things Innovation and Chair of its Working Group 11 on Manufacturing

    Exchange of views with participants

    (under the Chatham House rule)

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Speakers

  • Pilar Del Castillo MEP, EIF Chair
  • Pearse O'Donohue Director for the Future Networks Directorate DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Justin Hobbs Senior Director, EMEA Technical Solutions Group Zebra Technologies
  • Thomas Walloschke Steering Board member and Chair of its Working Group 11 on Manufacturing Alliance for the Internet of Things Innovation