MANUFUTURE 2015: Strategic investments in European manufacturing to rise to global challenges

Date: 23/11/2015

Luxembourg industry is currently in the international spotlight as the Manufuture 2015 conference takes place at the European Convention Center in Kirchberg. Organised by Luxinnovation and its partners and supported by the European Commission, this major international event gathers over 800 participants from industry, academia and the public sector all over Europe. The aim is to develop recommendations for how to reindustrialise Europe and ensure that European industry remains competitive on the global market in the future.

Industry is crucial for sustainable growth and employment in Europe. The sector has, however, experienced difficulties over the past few years with considerable job losses and decreasing production levels. The EU has now defined a strategic objective to boost reindustrialisation and increase manufacturing industry’s current GDP contribution of approximately 16% to as much as 20%. Defining the measures and framework conditions needed to achieve this will be the main topic of Manufuture 2015.

Developing policy recommendations

Manufuture is held every two years and aims to address topics of strategic importance for the future of manufacturing industry. The 2015 edition, which is organised under the auspices of the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Union, looks in particular at how to optimise the use of key instruments such as the European Structural and Investment Funds and Horizon 2020 and how to widen the access to finance for new manufacturing ventures as well as established companies with high growth potential. Manufuture 2015 also aims to assess manufacturing research and development progress in Europe compared with global competitors and develop recommendations for national and European policy makers.

High-level speakers

Four main topics will be addressed during the two-day conference:

  • Technology, research and innovation in manufacturing
  • Business and competitiveness
  • Policies, standards and sustainability
  • Finance and investments

Participants have the opportunity to listen to over 80 international speakers and give their input to the debate about the future of European industry. Honoured guest speakers include, among others, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Luxembourg, Francine Closener, Secretary of State of the Economy, Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, Clara de la Torre, Director Key Enabling Technologies at the European Commission’s Directorate General (DG) for Research and Innovation, Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director General at the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation, Michel Wurth, Member of the Board of Directors of ArcelorMittal, Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, Ömer Sahin Ganiyusufoglu, Personal consultant to the Chairman of Shenyang Machine Tool Co, Heinrich Flegel, Chairman of ETP ManuFuture, and Gregory Ludkovsky, Head of Global research and development at ArcelorMittal.

Showcasing Luxembourg industry

The programme of the conference has been defined by the host country in collaboration with the European Commission and ETP ManuFuture. This has allowed Luxinnovation and its partners to put forward the main considerations of Luxembourg industry and also to highlight the sector’s cutting-edge skills and products. The programme includes speakers from several Luxembourg-based organisations such as Guardian Glass, Tarkett, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and Luxinnovation, as well as visits to the Goodyear Innovation Centre Luxembourg and FANUC.

Matchmaking: helping SMEs innovate and grow

Manufuture 2015 provides excellent opportunities to participants get new contacts and initiate new research or business relationships. In order to further help the participants, and in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) set up new partnerships and launch new collaborative projects, a "Matchmaking" event takes place in parallel with the general conference programme. Organised by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), the Matchmaking event consists of face-to-face meetings between participants organised upon request which allow them to present themselves and their expertise and discuss ideas for collaboration with potential new partners.

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Manufuture 2015 website