From continued mayhem in Ukraine to political upheaval in Italy and the UK, the headlines have not made for happy reading in recent weeks. And the ripple effects are being felt throughout the technology sectors, as an unpredictable financial environment combined with exploding energy costs creates the perfect storm – particularly destabilising for the SMEs and midcaps that make up the majority of companies represented by Orgalim.
Yet we can’t forget there is good news too. The innovations emerging from those same companies’ engineering teams and production halls are helping fuel positive transformation across industries. And it’s happening right here on our doorstep, with all the economic benefits that can bring. Tech may not solve every problem, but the enabling technologies made by our industries are driving the twin digital and climate transitions that are essential to securing Europe’s future. Our latest Technology at Heart edition, on competitive high-tech manufacturing, includes new case studies showing how industrial AI, automation and robotics are being deployed by three Lithuanian companies to improve productivity, reduce environmental impact and increase competitiveness, creating future-facing jobs in the process.
In order to unlock the full potential of these enabling technologies, however, we will need an enabling policy environment at EU level. A future-proof framework to maximise the potential of industrial data and ensure our industrial cyber-resilience, an investment and finance agenda to accelerate the uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies, a resilient new energy system that will sustain the green revolution – these are among the priorities for our engagement with European decision makers, including in the Commission’s Industrial Forum or our own Data Policy Exchange and upcoming conference 'Sustainable energy security through sector coupling'. By putting these vital issues at the top of the agenda, we can create the conditions for our industries to shape a cleaner, greener and smarter Europe.