invite you to the conference

“Advanced production technologies
for circular manufacturing”

23 May 2019, 09:00 – 12:00
European Economic and Social Committee

Room TRE7701 – Rue de Trèves 74, Brussels

New advanced manufacturing technologies are crucial to bring a change and implement policy objectives related to the circular economy. These technologies are increasingly transforming all sectors of the manufacturing industry. Greater digitalisation – thanks to advances in data, analytics and connectivity – provides immense opportunities for the realisation of sustainable and resource-saving manufacturing. Improvements in the collection and use of data, together with new technologies like Additive Manufacturing, optimise business operations, maximise energy efficiency and use fewer resources more efficiently.

The conference will introduce the recent CECIMO report on the machine tool sector and its contribution to the circular economy. It will especially discuss the role of new advanced manufacturing technologies in the implementation of the circular economy.

Places are limited, don’t wait to book your seat.


09:00-09:30 Registration of participants
09:30-09:40 Welcome speech

Tellervo Kylä-Harakka-Ruonala, Vice President Employer’s Group, European Economic and Social Committee

09:40- 09:50 Priorities of the upcoming Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU

Janne Peltola, Counsellor (Competitiveness), Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU

09:50-09:55 Presentation of CECIMO report on the machine tool sector and the circular economy

Filip Geerts, Director General, CECIMO

09:55-10:45 Examples from the manufacturing technologies sector

“Utilizing the potential of Advanced Technologies for sustainable products, production processes and production”
Stefan Dahl, Head of Technology Unit Advanced Manufacturing, GF Machining Solutions

“Innovative manufacturing: how process control can improve manufacturing processes and contribute to help companies to be more sustainable”
Philippe Reinders Folmer, General Manager, Renishaw Benelux

10:45-12:00 Panel discussion: How can new advanced manufacturing technologies support the circular economy?

Said El Khadraoui, European Political Strategy Centre

Ruben Dekker, DG Environment Policy Officer – Circular Economy
Juha Mäkitalo, Chairman, CECIMO Technical Committee
Cosmina Miu, Minister Plenipotentiary, Head of section Competitiveness Industry, Free movement of goods, Standards, Motor Vehicles, SMEs, Permanent representation of Romania to the EU
Monika Šimánková, CEO, Hestego
Erik de Zeeuw, Project Engineering Manager, Materialise

12:00 End of the conference