In order to enable the European technology industry to make a full contribution to the evolution of the Old Continent’s economy and society, in the European Union and its Member States, targeted investment in industrial digitization and innovation must be strongly promoted. Such a position was heard at the General Assembly of members of one of the largest and most influential European industry organizations, the engineering industry association ORGALIME. Orgalime’s General Assembly is the time for the European technology industry to meet, exchange and discuss. This year’s summer edition took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, hosted by LINPRA – Orgalime’s member association.
Delegates from more than 40 organisations of engineering industry gathered to plan the organization’s activities and to participate in a conference, addressing the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, changes and trends in the industry and society.
The event on 12-13 June brought together CEOs from across Orgalime’s members to explore the latest industry trends and burning policy issues at European level, while charting the future for the association in the year ahead.
The meeting began in closed-door sessions where members reviewed the past year’s achievements and discussed a roadmap for the future.
The public event that followed saw representatives from select companies share their experiences and discuss how transformation in the technology industries is driving positive change in Europe’s economy and society.
Contributions from Gintaras Vilda, Lithuania’s Vice Minister of Economy, and Lasionis on behalf of LINPRA gave participants an insight into Lithuania’s status as an emerging powerhouse in industrial engineering and its enormous growth potential. To cite just one impressive figure: the national industry output jumped by a massive 18 % in the last year alone.
A diverse programme of keynotes and panel debates gave participants the chance to hear directly from some of the country’s most successful technology industry entrepreneurs – with case studies ranging from innovative digitised production models to low-carbon building systems.
Participants of the conference, representatives of engineering industry associations and companies shared their experience on the implementation of technological solutions, which could improve the efficiency of industrial and manufacturing enterprises in several ways. The production volumes of Lithuanian companies operating in this sector have increased by one third, 34 % over the past decade. However, in order to ensure further development of the sector and global competitiveness, it is necessary to focus both private and public sector efforts on creating an investment-friendly environment in the area which has so far been under-emphasized.
The ORGALIME Association, founded in 1954, unites engineering industry organizations. The industries represented by ORGALIME employ nearly 11 million people in the EU and in 2017 accounted for some €2000 billion of output. Association members create about 28 percent of European goods, accounting for about one-third of European Union production exports.
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Tomas Jaskelevičius, the chairman of the Board of UAB “Progresyvūs verslo sprendimai” (Progressive Business Solutions), was elected as the president of the association LINPRA for the two-year term of office of the Lithuanian engineering industry. According to the newly adopted LINPRA head, the association would not only contribute to the improvement of the business environment and the promotion of exports, but would also help the engineering companies to create higher value-added products and establish themselves among European leaders.
“In recent years, we are witnessing a breakthrough in the Lithuanian engineering industry and growing investment in technological efficiency. However, international competition is also growing, and the output of many companies in this sector is yet to reach a higher added value. Therefore, together with the renewed Association’s leadership, we will strive to promote the competitiveness of the domestic engineering industry and help our companies to reach better positions in the European industrial supply chain. Both, the changing competitive environment and the fourth industrial revolution, mean new challenges for our companies, and LINPRA is ready to help them,” says T. Jaskelevičius.
According to him, although the Lithuanian engineering industry is increasingly recognized as an intelligent and reliable partner in the world, but to their customers they do not yet sell the final product that could be used immediately. Therefore, special attention is needed to change this situation. In addition, the Association’s priorities will continue to be the promotion of business-science partnerships and improvement of the working conditions, improvement of the quality of training of qualified specialists and improvement of education.
The newly elected Presidium and Vice Presidents were elected in the general assembly of LINPRA members, which took place in Vilnius on May 12. For the next two years, Kęstutis Jasiūnas, General Manager of Ekspla, and Arnoldas Šileika, General Director of the Western Shipyard, were re-elected as vice presidents. Also to act as a vice president, LINPRA members have entrusted Gintautas Kvietkauskas, the director of UAB Arginta Group, and the previous president of LINPRA.
“Several recent breakthroughs have taken place – the general Lithuanian engineering industry has grown and the association’s activities have expanded, influence has increased, and leadership has grown. If the engineering industry had been left behind in the margins of public attention, today we can firmly say that we are becoming more and more alert, our needs are taken into account, our aspirations are appreciated and recognized. I believe that the new Presidium of the Association and its executives will continue to successfully use the existing work results that have been reached so far, use all available means and continue their activities in the right direction, maintain and strengthen the influence of the engineering industry sector,” said G. Kvietkauskas, who has been chairing the association for the last four years.
LINPRA members have also appointed the Director of the Association. These responsibilities have been entrusted to Darius Lasionis, manager of the Baltic Automotive Components Cluster (BACC) and Plastics Cluster. D. Lasionis took over the position of director of the association from Gintaras Vilda, the present vice minister of economy of Lithuania.
The Lithuanian Engineering Industry Association LINPRA unites over 90 members. An independent self-governing organization represents the interests of its members, working in metal, machinery and equipment, plastics, electrotechnology and electronics sectors on national and international scale.
The turnover of the sector represented by the association in 2017 reached 3.8 billion euro. More than 70 % of Lithuanian manufacturing industry output is exported.
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The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition brings together Member States, companies, social partners, non-profit organisations and education providers who take action to tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe. Member States can support cooperation among different actors in their country by bringing them together in national Digital Skills and Jobs Coalitions.
Specifically, we contribute to the development of vocational competences – including digital ones – for at least 100 trainees and at least 50 VET trainers in the metalworking sector, with the development of a new set of occupational standards, a new VET programme and educational material that matches the skills requirements of the manufacturing industry. In addition, we commit to actively work in the field of vocational guidance and reach at least 6,000 young people and vocational teachers with a mobile STEAM laboratory (InfoMobil), aimed at increasing the attractiveness of the engineering professions and the awareness of the need for digital skills in the manufacturing industry. In order to strengthen vocational training for engineering professionals we aim to establish a sector ‘Professional competence center’, gathering the vocational training centers that provide training programmes relevant to the sector.
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The European Commission launched on 19 April 2016 the first industry-related initiative of the Digital Single Market package. Building on and complementing the various national initiatives for digitising industry, the Commission acts to trigger further investments in the digitisation of industry and support the creation of better framework conditions for the digital industrial revolution. One of the more important pillars of the Digitise European Industry effort is the activity to develop a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH). A first draft version of the Digtial Innovation Hubs catalogue is online. Lithuanian Digital Innovation Hubs are also in the European DIH network. More information – on European Commission page HERE.
European Commission observes and provides an overview of National Initiatives for digitising industry. The full list and the map that reflects the status of national policy initiatives in the Member States is provided on European Commission page.
Fifteen national initiatives for digitising industry have been launched across Europe in recent years. With value chains increasingly distributed across Europe, the further digitisation of industry brings challenges that can only be addressed through a coordinated EU-wide effort. Read more about the digitising European Industry Policy HERE.
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German engineer and economist Klaus Martin Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum in Davos, who holds doctorates in economics and engineering, is one of the most prominent researchers and developers of the concept of the fourth industrial revolution. Initiated by The Engineering Industries Association LINPRA and with the help of partners, professor’s book The Fourth Industrial Revolution has been just released in Lithuanian language and introduced during the Annual Economic Forum 2017 in Vilnius, 12 October.
As the main guest and speaker of the event, Klaus Shwab shared his ideas comparing the concepts of Industry 4.0 and The Fourth Industrial Revolution, explaining that revolution is much more overwhelming and refers to more aspects, not only digitalisation of the industry. One of the most important aspects is Education4.0 – traditional education mixed with lifelong learning and development of digital skills, maybe even coding, since young age.
During the visit Professor K. Shwab was awarded with the honorary doctorate of Kaunas University of Technology and delivered a public lecture on Friday, 13 October.
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Lithuanian engineering industries association LINPRA
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