Agenda

Tuesday 23 June, 2015

Morning

08:45 – 09:30

Welcome Coffee and Delegate Registration

09:30 – 11:00

Keynote Session: A New Industrial Ambition for Europe

This session provided an introduction to Industry 4.0 and discussed the fundamental issues surrounding digital and industrial policy and regulation, economic growth and the effect of industrial jobs on labour productivity and social functions.

Moderator: Paul Adamson , Chairman, Forum Europe

09:30 – 09:50

Elżbieta Bieńkowska , European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, SMEs & Space

09:50 – 10:10

Matthias Machnig , State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

10:10 – 10:50

Sanqi Li , CTO, Products and Solutions , Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

10:30 – 10:50

Heinz Haller , President Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, The Dow Chemical Company

10:50 – 11:00

Keynote Q&A

Moderator: Paul Adamson , Chairman, Forum Europe

Antti Peltomäki , Deputy Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission
Heinz Haller , President Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, The Dow Chemical Company
Sanqi Li , CTO, Products and Solutions , Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

11:00 – 11:30

Morning Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:15

Session 2: How can innovation change the face of industry in Europe?

Innovation in technology, business models and policy approaches will all be essential to the successful reindustrialisation of Europe. This session examined the drivers and enabling framework conditions of innovation in each area and explored how the latest developments and thinking in each can be harnessed to the benefit of the reindustrialisation agenda such that it can deliver the EU's strategic goal of 'smart, green and inclusive growth'. Key areas for discussion included digital technologies such as big data and the cloud, smart factories, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, nanotechnology and service-based manufacturing systems-of-systems.

11:30 – 11:50

Session Keynote

Beata Stelmach , CEO, GE Poland and Baltics and Member of the High Level Group of Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness (i24c)

11:50 – 13:15

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Jon Freeman , Research Leader, RAND

Tomislav Radoš , Assistant Minister, Ministry of Economy, Croatia
Mikko Kosonen , President, SITRA and Member of the High Level Group of Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness (i24c)
Eliana Garces Tolon , Deputy Chief Economist, DG GROW, European Commission

Afternoon

13:15 – 14:30

Networking Lunch

14:30 – 15:30

Afternoon Keynote Session


14:30 – 14:40

Welcome back and scene setting

Moderator: Paul Adamson , Chairman, Forum Europe

14:40 – 15:00

Dalia Marin , Chair of International Economics, University of Munich

15:00 – 15:20

Jyrki Katainen , Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission

15:20 – 15:30

Keynote Q&A led by Paul Adamson

15:30 – 17:00

Session 3: The social dimensions: skills, labour and entrepreneurship in Industry 4.0.

The enthusiasm for the digitalisation of Europe’s industrial and manufacturing sectors is tempered by the possibility of traditional manual occupations being replaced by automated processes. Academics and analysts are divided on what levels of job displacement to expect and in which specific sectors this might occur if at all. The conundrum of technological efficiency vs. increasing employment is not new, but one that must be understood if the full benefits of technological innovation are to be felt across society.

This session assessed the challenges and opportunities facing Europe as it seeks to tackle social exclusion and inequalities, as part of the Europe2020 Strategy, while addressing the potential that technological development and the integration of digital into the industrial and manufacturing sectors brings. Themes included the incentivisation and role of start-ups and individual endeavours; the quality of jobs and the distribution of human capital and wages; and education systems and skill sets needed for the future industry environment.

Moderator: Jonathan Cave , Senior Fellow in Economics, University of Warwick

Dalia Marin , Chair of International Economics, University of Munich
Paolo Calefati , Advanced Research and Additive Manufacturing Department Manager, Prima Industrie SpA
Indy Johar , Senior Innovation Associate , The Young Foundation
Laurent Zibell , Policy Adviser, IndustriALL