Lithuania – in the list of initiatives for the digitisation of industry across Europe

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.

 

The author of “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” Klaus Schwab visited Lithuania

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.  

First meeting of the ‘Industry 4.0’ Commission

The first official meeting of the National Industrial Competitiveness Commission ‘Industry 4.0’ (‘Pramonė 4.0’) takes place on August 29, 2017, aiming to:

  • Introduce activities, performed due to the digitalisation of industry and the implementation of ‘Pramonė 4.0’ initiative;
  • Discuss further possibilities of the initiative;
  • Determine the main directions of the National Digitalisation Platform ‘Pramonė 4.0’ activities;
  • Set up the tasks for the Coordinating group of the National Industrial Competitiveness Commission.

Structure of the National Industrial Competitiveness Commission ‘Industry 4.0’ (‘Pramonė 4.0’) is confirmed by the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis on June 13, 2017, and consists of the following:

  • Mindaugas Sinkevičius – Minister of Economy (chairman of the Commission);
  • Robertas Dargis – President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (deputy chairman of the Commission);
  • Gintautas Kvietkauskas – President of Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania LINPRA;
  • Eglė Radišauskienė – Deputy Minister for Social Security and Labour;
  • Lukas Savickas – Adviser to the Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Strategic Change Management;
  • Rimantas Vaitkus – member of Lithuanian Robotics Association, General manager of joint stock company ‘Vilniaus baldai’;
  • Gintaras Valušis – Director of State Scientific Research Institute, Center For Physical Sciences And Technology (FTMC);
  • Paulius Vertelka – Executive director of association ‘Infobalt’;
  • Giedrius Viliūnas – Deputy Minister of Education and Science;
  • Mantas Vilys – Director of Public Institution Lithuanian Innovation Center.