Lithuania – discover new supply chain partners. Engineering and technology success stories and the latest achievements


Baltic Automotive Components Cluster together with German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (AHK), Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Germany and LINPRA organized an online webinar for companies in engineering and technology fields.

The seminar is useful to all businesses interested in doing business in the Baltic States.

Lithuanian automotive production is currently enjoying the most favourable conditions for growth, yet the market remains far from saturated. Local and German companies are invited to take a look at the country’s rich traditions in engineering, strengthened by the recent arrival of major industry players like Hella and Continental, establish collaborations and discover the latest achievements in Lithuania.

Find the MS Teams webinar video and speakers’ presentations below in the agenda.

November 17, 2020, Agenda:

1) Dr. Kurt-Christian Scheel, Managing Director of German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA): introduction and welcome speech.

2) Alenas Gumuliauskas, Chancellor of the Ministry of Economy and Innovation of Lithuania: overview of Lithuanian eco-system.

3) Florian Schröder, CEO of German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK): introduction and welcome speech.

4) Giedrius Valuckas,  President of the Lithuanian Association of Free Economic Zones: Lithuania – place for expansion or gateway for German companies.

5) Tobias Pohlschmidt, CEO of HELLA Lithuania: case study of expansion to Lithuania.

6) Darius Lasionis, CEO of Baltic Automotive Components Cluster (BACC): Development of automotive sector in Baltics – engineering achievements and success stories with examples of latest developed solutions for electric vehicle technologies.

7) Q&A.

Moderated by Šarūnė Šablevičienė, Commercial Attaché of the Republic of Lithuania in Germany, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania.

Full video: 

Initiative for European Recovery from COVID-19


EIT Manufacturing, EFFRA and Manufuture ETP signed an initiative letter regarding the Next Generation EU recovery instrument for European Recovery from COVID-19.

On 21stJuly 2020, the EU leaders agreed on an ambitious plan to repair the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “Next Generation EU” aims primarily at kick-starting the economy and protecting employment. In addition to short-term economic and social aid however, the recovery plan has the strategic objective to make Europe´s Economy green, digital and resilient. We, the three main organizations dedicated to manufacturing innovation, welcome the ambition of the Next Generation EU recovery instrument.

Europe’s two million and more manufacturing companies are the backbone of its Economy. In 2018, they provided more than 14% of the European GDP while employing 32,9 million people directly and additional millions though complementary jobs. Europe is a leader in manufacturing and the origin of the new industrial digitalization paradigm, Industry 4.0. Societies across the world seek the prosperity and jobs that are created by a successful manufacturing industry and compete for it fiercely. Europe needs both disruptive and incremental innovation to increase the competitiveness of manufacturing and strengthen its resilience. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of a resilient and strong European manufacturing industry, which is able to produce important parts and products, without strongly depending on global supply chains.

European manufacturing industry is facing several major challenges simultaneously: demographic changes, rapid technological progress, increasingly varying consumer demands, scarcity of raw materials and environmental concerns as well as fierce global competition which overuses commoditization, monopolistic and even dumping approaches. Digitalization and emerging technologies bear a huge potential to increase competitiveness, innovation and sustainability, yet Europe’s manufacturers, especially SMEs, are often struggling to implement such solutions in a useful manner.

Even if it might not seem so at first glance, the design and manufacturing of future “long-life” eco-friendly products is the enabler of the circular economy, since 80% of a product’s environmental impact are determined at the product and process development stage. Manufacturing is focusing on zero-waste technologies and closing of material loops supporting circular and eco-friendly approaches.

For the coming years manufacturing R&D is urgently needed to enable the next generation of innovation-based manufacturing companies to emerge, while providing existing industries with strong support for disruptive and incremental innovation, as well as for highly needed upscaled skills and training. If we play the cards right, the challenges ahead of us could be exploited to strengthen Europe’s lead in manufacturing innovation.

We urge European and national and regional public authorities to ensure that the money foreseen in the Next Generation EU recovery instrument and in the Recovery and Resilience Facility is well spent, by dedicating a substantial share to sustainable and digital Manufacturing, complementing and reinforcing the existing and future European programmes and initiatives, such as Made in Europe and EIT Manufacturing.

Signed by:

  • Maurizio Gattiglio, Chairman of the MANUFUTURE HLG
  • Joaquim Menezes, Chairman of EFFRA
  • Klaus Beetz, CEO EIT Manufacturing


LINPRA is a member of the EIT Manufacturing Consortium


LINPRA is a member of the EIT Manufacturing Consortium

From 2018 LINPRA is officially part of the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) EIT Manufacturing. A consortium of 17 European countries and 50 partners implement ambitious project “Made by Europe”. LINPRA is currently a partner in 4 EIT Manufacturing projects, in which we invite members of association and other stakeholders to participate.

EIT Manufacturing, Europe’s leading industry innovation network, involves more than two million businesses and almost 30 million persons directly. Its aims are to enhance competitiveness, sustainability and productivity in the manufacturing sector.

The initiative has headquarters in Paris and offices in the Basque Country, Germany, Sweden, Austria and Italy. The aim of EIT Manufacturing is to foster and support cooperation in R&D, training and enterprise creation, robotics, digitalisation, zero-defect manufacturing and additive manufacturing.

More about EIT Manufacturing HERE.

More about the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT):

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe. The EIT brings together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. These are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge.  EIT Innovation Communities develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Together, we power innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth.

More about the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs):

The EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities are partnerships that bring together businesses, research centres and universities. They allow:

  • innovative products and services to be developed in every area imaginable, including climate change, healthy living and active ageing
  • new companies to be started
  • a new generation of entrepreneurs to be trained

Through our Knowledge and Innovation Communities, we strengthen cooperation among businesses (including SMEs), higher education institutions and research organisations, form dynamic pan-European partnerships, and create favourable environments for creative thought processes and innovations to flourish. Real sustainable products, services, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, companies, revenue, profit and jobs are emerging from our Innovation Communities, right here in Europe – concrete results from Europe’s, if not the world’s, largest innovation network.

EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities are dynamic and creative partnerships that harness European innovation and entrepreneurship to find solutions to major societal challenges in areas with high innovation potential – and create quality jobs and growth. Since 2010, we have launched eight Innovation Communities.

The Knowledge and Innovation Communities carry out activities that cover the entire innovation chain: training and education programmes, reinforcing the journey from research to the market, innovation projects, as well as business incubators and accelerators. The EIT’s role is to guide the process and set the strategies, but it’s up to the Innovation Communities to put these into practice and provide results.

There are currently eight Innovation Communities and each focuses on a different societal challenge:

New anti-plastic alternatives becomes new “Corona virus”​ for environment and hygiene safety


Rimantas Damanskis, expert in plastics sector and circular economy, member of LINPRA board, shares his views on today’s relevant topic – Plastics VS Alternatives for plastics.

“Public events without plastic, reusable cups, reusable food packaging, change with something, but not plastic” – today, became main headline of every environmentalist agenda.

“Sustainability, carbon footprint, NO one way, just reusable” and many other slogans heard today from European commission down to Vilnius “Kaziuko muge” (Public Spring market)

Business newspaper publish headlines “First event without plastics“, “Follow example”

It was proudly announced that new “sustainable” solutions were found and new sugar cane food packaging replacement were used by all traders even it cost 3 times more. but brings “real value” to environment and hygiene. Traders found sustainable alternatives for food.

Politicians announce that Lithuanian joined European Plastic Pact and will go to reduce single serve packaging with reusable or will go to replace plastic with another “, much better” and alternative solutions which today flows to the market without any control or regulations.

Reality is much different and today is not clear who will take responsibility about not controlled flow of new materials that are not hygiene safe but also do not belong to any recycling stream.

Newest research in Germany and Belgium shows that new alternatives of sugar cane packaging contains formaldehyde and cannot contact with food at all. Society was warned to avoid using that “new material” packaging at all. Laminates appears in the market which look like paper but laminated with plastic eliminates possibility to recycle. Local petrol stations proudly announce about paper cups but they forgot to mention that they are covered with PE plastic in order to keep temperature and to separate these layers in during recycling is impossible.

The current market situation sees retailers and politicians and food companies pushing packaging manufacturers to supply materials alternative to plastic packaging, which are often presented as “sustainable” as they utilize components derived from natural sources. Sugar cane, bamboo fibres, leaves and other plant derived products are increasingly used in these products, however, as most of them do not possess sufficient size stability, use of binders becomes necessary to maintain shape and minimum mechanical properties of the final articles.

Common binders consist of melamine-formaldehyde resins, and the final product would be constituted of a fibre / resin compound. The regulatory status of these articles would of course depend on the composition, and may indeed be very variable depending on such composition.

Recent studies carried out by the German BfR (1) have demonstrated that these articles are not necessarily suitable for food contact applications, in particular for repeated use articles such as cups, bowls and other reusable containers due to high migration of the monomers, in particular formaldehyde (that is a recognized class 1 carcinogen).

 Untreated wood flour and fibres used in these articles are currently allowed as plastic additives for manufacturing of food contact articles in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 (FCM N. 96). They were included in the list of additives based on the assumption of inertness. However no toxicological evaluation underlying the inclusion of this entry in the positive list is available, and EFSA was recently requested by the EU Commission to re-evaluate the substances. EFSA concluded that there is insufficient information to support that the current authorisation of wood flour and fibres is still in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 (2). EFSA suggested a case by case approach to safety determination of the articles containing the concerned substances.

Hygiene specialist strongly recommend to use “single use” face masks and if possible single use packaging in public places and hospitals to reduce Corona virus threat when on other hand politicians pressing retailers to promote reusable solutions or replace hygienically approved and recyclable plastic packaging solutions by formaldehyde filled or non-recyclable alternatives with become a real threat for environment. But food packaging is exactly the same as face mask, who can guarantee hygiene if it is reusable or washable. It should be a must in public areas and hospitals to use single use items in order to secure antivirus and hygiene safety. Everybody agrees that these materials should be part of circular economy and meet European hygiene requirements.

I strongly recommend to read new real fact based publication about plastics impact to environment before making solutions for sustainable future


LINPRA and INTECHCENTRAS image updated


The ambassador of the Lithuanian engineering industry, LINPRA, is entering the new year with determination and modernity. The logo, which has been used for many years and represents the association, has changed. Starting from the New Year, the Association and the INTECHCENTRAS technology center, founded by LINPRA, introduces with new logos and a new image.

The previous LINPRA brand has already gained credibility and market recognition. As the LINPRA community grows, as its members improve in technology and beyond, it is high time to bring change to the association’s image. The new LINPRA logo was designed to reflect LINPRA’s core value – its members. The new design is dominated by elements of the movement that symbolize the strong links between organizations: larger and smaller, but equally significant and forming the basis for a successful association. In order to remain recognizable, the new LINPRA logo has the same colours that convey vigour, robustness and constant development.

“Rapid changes on the outside encourage us to improve ourselves. We are convinced that the renewed identity of the Association is a step forward – seeking to be recognized in the context of the global engineering industry as a modern and reliable partner. We are ready for change and for new projects in 2020,” says Darius Lasionis, director of LINPRA.

The identity of the organization has been carefully designed not only to bring modernity to the image, but also to preserve the basic principles and recognizability of the association.