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EFFRA Meets Commissioner Oettinger at Roundtable on Digitising European Industry

on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:00.

BRUSSELS, 30 June. EFFRA’s Executive Director Željko Pazin has today participated in a high level roundtable meeting with Commissioner for the Digital Economy Günther Oettinger on Digitising European Industry.

The roundtable can be seen as a follow-up to the EFFRA co-organised workshop which took place in January and focused on research and innovation initiatives which are focusing on the topic. The report from the workshop contributed to the preparation of the roundtable.

EFFRA Discusses Digitisation of Manufacturing at Digital Assembly 2015

on Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:00.

RIGA, 18 June. Digitisation of industry and what it could mean for the digital single market were the focus of a dedicated workshop at the Digital Assembly, the European Union’s major gathering of stakeholders to discuss digital issues.

EFFRA’s Patrick Kennedy contributed to the panel discussion which considered best approaches to making digitisation work, digitising industry and related issues.

The panel agreed that Europe is well-positioned to get the most from digitisation, noting the strong role of manufacturing and its relationship with other types of enterprises. The discussion identified concerns generated by digitisation, in particular about data (collection, use and security) and manufacturing opportunities for Europe such the Internet of Things (IoT) and customer-centred production.

EFFRA Elects New Board of Directors

on Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:00.

BRUSSELS, 21 May. The EFFRA General Assembly has today elected a new Board of Directors for the period 2015-2017. Consisting of experts from industry and research, this new Board will be instrumental in overseeing the implementation of the agenda of the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership while also representing the private side in this partnership.

The new Board represents all of the major European manufacturing sectors as well as Europe’s leading research and technology organisations. This ensures that the priorities of both the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership and those of EFFRA are industry-relevant.