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‘Make Europe the innovation hub of the world’

What is crucial to create a smart Europe? This question framed the first day of the European conference Industrial Technologies 2016, Wednesday 22 June in Amsterdam. The world is changing rapidly and we need to come out of our comfort zone to make our factories future proof. It’s eat or be eaten. With this message opened Ineke Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink, chair of FME and president of CEEMET, the conference.

Pan-European policy

All keynote speakers underlined the importance of a pan-European policy to make Europe the innovation hub of the world. With presentations, interviews, trailers and an entrepreneurs pitch for His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, the conference in Amsterdam made a good start. Around 1.000 participants from all over the world enjoyed inspiring keynotes and lectures, interactive workshops and networking at a successful first conference day.

Self-confidence for the European industry necessary

Keynotes came from Thomas Hedenborg, CEO FASTEMS and president of Orgalime, Peter Wennink, President and CEO of ASML, and Patrick Child, Deputy Director General EC DG Research & Innovation. ‘Europe needs to reinvent and work together to be able to compete with the Tiger and the Eagle’ said Peter Wennink, CEO and President of ASML in his keynote: ‘It is important to regain self-confidence for the European industry’. Hedenborg emphasized that Europe is at the beginning of an evolution. ‘It’s all about innovation and creating commercial successes.’ Peter Wennink underlined the importance to regain self-confidence for the European industry. To beat the competition with the Eagle –America- and the Tiger –Asia-, Europe needs to bring government, industry and academia together. Patrick Child complemented: ‘We need an open and inclusive European response to innovation challenges.’

See a video recap of day 1

Compliments of the Netherlands EU Presidency 2016