Innovation, sustainability and competitiveness, all sides of the same coin
16 June 2022
The conference themes of innovation, sustainability and competitiveness "are exactly what we need to discuss these days: they are the core concepts that strengthen the Single Market," said Margrethe Vestager, European Commission Executive Vice-President for ‘A Europe fit for the Digital Age’, in her opening keynote address to Orgalim’s conference this week.
Taking place as part of Orgalim’s General Assembly in Stockholm, the conference also featured a keynote speech by Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, Sweden’s Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation, and a discussion between the policymakers, Orgalim President Rada Rodriguez, CEO of Signify GmbH, and President of Teknikföretagen Tom Erixon, CEO of Alfa Laval.
Two panel sessions with leading representatives from Europe’s technology industries and Swedish technology entrepreneurs completed the programme. Over 150 attendees gathered in person at the Epicenter innovation centre in the heart of Stockholm, with more following the proceedings on livestream.
The third message emerging from the discussions was that cooperation and partnership are key. "It's no secret that Sweden is one of the most innovative countries in the world," said Minister Thorwaldsson. That success he attributed in part to the "close cooperation between companies, with research and universities and with workers in factories".
Closing the conference, Malte Lohan, Director General, Orgalim, concluded "we want to put manufacturing back at the heart of the EU. And not the manufacturing of the past, but the manufacturing of the future. We call that advanced manufacturing."
We want to put manufacturing back at the heart of the EU. And not the manufacturing of the past, but the manufacturing of the future. We call that advanced manufacturing