Inaugural Factories of the Future Conference A Major Success

on 16 September 2016.

BRUSSELS, 16 September. The inaugural Factories of the Future Conference, which took place on 15 and 16 September, was major success with a participation rate of five hundred people from across Europe and further afield. It is the largest event of its kind to focus on ‘Factories of the Future’. In particular, it is the first to place the achievements of the ‘Factories of the Future’ projects at the very centre of thematic discussions.

Over eighty speakers discussed major industry 4.0 themes, illustrating these discussions with key examples from ‘Factories of the Future’ projects and made use of the unique pitch sessions to pitch results to potential business and innovation partners.

Opening the conference, Commissioner Gunther Oettinger (Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society) expressed his support for the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership and congratulated the community on the achievements of its projects. He also underlined the important role the partnership is playing in the transformation of European industry.

During his address to participants, EFFRA Chairman Maurizio Gattiglio unveiled the ‘Factories 4.0 and Beyond’ strategic working document. Complementing the existing ‘Factories of the Future 2020’, this document is at the centre of EFFRA’s discussions with the European Commission 'Factories of the Future' work programme 2018/2019/2020. Dispatched to all participant on the eve of the conference it can be downloaded via the link below.

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