Matthias Bölke appointed to chair Executive Forum for Advanced Manufacturing
23 February 2022
Matthias Bölke, Vice President Strategy Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric, has been appointed to chair the Executive Forum for Advanced Manufacturing, EFAM.
Founded and hosted by Orgalim, the Executive Forum brings together senior industrialists in a unique and pre-competitive forum to work together on shaping Europe's manufacturing future. It also serves as an advisory board to Orgalim's Board of Directors.
Dr. Bölke brings a deep expertise and leadership in Industrial Automation and Energy Management. He is global VP Strategy for Schneider Electric's Industrial Automation business and active in several boards and associations, with a focus on Digitisation. Speaking at EU Industry Days 2022 this month in the session on the Uptake of Advanced Manufacturing, co-hosted by Orgalim, he said: "Our current leading position in Europe on advanced manufacturing is great, but it is not a given. We need to speed up and we have clear opportunities for more overall efficiency, sustainability and also to speed up innovation. If we do that, then we will keep our pole position".
"Europe’s ambition to become a world leader in digital and climate will only be possible with the uptake of advanced manufacturing", said Orgalim’s Director Malte Lohan. "I am delighted that the Executive Forum has appointed Matthias Bölke as its chair. He brings deep insights, experience and leadership to this important forum, reinforcing our ability to impact the future of Europe and its manufacturing industry".
Our current leading position in Europe on advanced manufacturing is great, but it is not a given. We need to speed up and we have clear opportunities for more overall efficiency, sustainability and also to speed up innovation.
The Executive Forum is open by invitation to senior executives from companies joining Orgalim. The first meeting took place in December 2021 coinciding with the first meeting of the EU Industrial Forum. Orgalim is co-curator of Task Force 5 of the Industrial Forum, which focuses specifically on the uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies by European industry, accelerating the digital and green transition in manufacturing, and safeguarding Europe’s global leadership in this field. The work of the Executive Forum will, amongst other things, feed into the work of TF5.
About Matthias Bölke
Matthias Bölke studied Electrical Engineering, realised his PhD in advanced robotics research and is active in the field of automation and energy management for over 30 years. After his academic career he moved towards the industry, where he was active in different entities of Schneider Electric, in R&D, Marketing and as CEO of Schneider Electric’s Country organisations. More than half of this time he spent abroad and today he is global VP Strategy Industrial Automation for Schneider Electric, living in Berlin. Matthias Bölke is engaged in various boards and associations in the industrial market. With his engagement as chairman of the newly created Industrial Digital Twin Association (IDTA) he leads the most relevant and critical topics of the digital transformation at manufacturing.
About Schneider Electric
Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On. Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centres, infrastructure and industries. We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.