06/10/2013 - 17:00 to 08/10/2013 - 16:30
The forum on the Future of Manufacturing in Europe - MANUFUTURE 2013 - was held in Vilnius and is part of the official programme of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) in the second half of 2013. The conference was organised as a key event of the M-Future2013 Project, funded by the Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), within the framework of the "Cooperation" specific programme. More than 500 attendants, the Manufuture 2013 was one the largest conference to date to discuss on opportunities and challenges of the Horizon 2020 between stakeholders, policy makers and Research and Technology Institutes (RTO).
STOICISM made a presentation in the session “Manufacturing: the Enabler for the Integration of Technologies” chaired by Dr. Rikardo Bueno, (TECNALIA). The presentations covered different aspects of the integration of technologies in the manufacturing processes, with STOICISM as a practical example of how the research in new technologies can be incorporated in the industrials minerals industry, within a value chain approach.
STOICISM presentation: http://www.manufuture2013.eu/images/MF/presentations_PDF/W15/5_W1.5_Imerys_STOICISM.pdf
After all the presentations, the discussion was mainly about the tendency of moving the manufacturing operations to Eastern Europe due to more favourable economic conditions regarding labour and infrastructure costs. Discussions on how by increasing the dependency on technology in factories, there is less need of manpower and how it could affect negatively the employment rate were debated in the panel session.
Main concerns addressed by the industry during the conference were: 1. the EU skills shortage and competence deficit. 2. Importance of make EU an attractive place to invest by the integration of a series of factors like appropriate regulations, efficient internal markets, developing regional synergies, applied research targeted to industry needs to mention some. The key message from the EU representatives was on the emphasis in how Horizon 2020 will contribute to do research in making the manufacture in Europe more competitive and sustainable in order to meet the society challenges.
The event assisted in creating awareness on the efforts of the industrial mineral sector to address the challenges of Horizon 2020 agenda. Access to the presentations in the link: