Additive Manufacturing: an opportunity to fill the gaps in traditional supply chains


Thursday 2nd July 2020  |  11:00 AM – 12:10 PM (CEST)

The sudden COVID-19 outbreak caused severe shortages of essential medical equipment all over Europe.

Due to the scale of demand, the conventional suppliers were unable to provide immediate support to the hospitals in need. During this time of emergency, the additive manufacturing industry provided a quick solution to the demand of the healthcare sector.

The CECIMO webinar on “Additive Manufacturing: an opportunity to fill the gaps in traditional supply chains” focused on the benefits of fast deployment of AM solutions in EU strategical sectors. Our speakers addressed the issue of disruption in supply chains caused by the pandemic, while focusing on the opening of new opportunities for the industry, the society, and the environment.

During the crisis, the AM sector has clearly shown that it could support companies by reinforcing their manufacturing process and create a positive impact on all logistics and supply chain activities. For this reason, it is fundamental to invest in the deployment of these new technologies and new solutions that would contribute to building a more resilient industry in Europe.

Please find below the list of the speakers and their Presentations:



Discover the profiles of our high-level speakers here!

Stewart Lane

Corporate Manager, Renishaw PLC

Chairman of the Additive Manufacturing Committee, CECIMO

Stewart joined Renishaw plc in 2000 and has held a number of positions in the company, including General Manager of Renishaw’s UK and Ireland sales subsidiary and the Group’s Corporate Business Development Manager. He is currently the Sales Director of Renishaw’s French subsidiary based in Paris and is also a non-executive director of the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Association. During this time he was instrumental in establishing Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing customer solution centres and setting up strategic alliances with other Additive Manufacturing and in Paris companies. Since 2018, Stewart has been Chairman of the Additive Manufacturing Committee at CECIMO.


Lorena Ionita

Deputy Head of Unit | European Commission

Unit “Innovation policy and investment for growth”, Directorate General
“Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs”

Lorena Ionita is Deputy Head of Unit, Unit “Innovation policy and investment for growth”, Directorate General “Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs”, European Commission. Previously, she worked in various departments of the European Commission: Directorate General “Competition”, Directorate-General “Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs” and Directorate General “Economic and Financial Affairs”. Before joining the European Commission, she worked for BUSINESSEUROPE in Brussels, representing employers’ organisations at EU level and in the European social dialogue. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics at College of Europe and a Master in International Business and Economics at the Academy of Economic Sciences in Bucharest (Romania).

Bernhard Müller

Spokesman of Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance

Additive Manufacturing Department at Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU

Bernhard obtained his PhD from TU Dresden, Germany, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He worked in the German foundry and automotive supply industry for 12 years, serving as a plant manager before joining Fraunhofer IWU to establish Additive Manufacturing Technologies as a new field of research. He has been working with 3D printing technologies for more than 25 years, focussing lately on laser-based powder bed fusion technology for metals. Bernhard acts as the spokesman for the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance and manages the German industrial Beam Melting Network. He is a member of the board of directors at AGENT-3D e. V. and of several technical committees. He is on the Advisory Council of Rapid.Tech International Trade Show & Conference for Additive Manufacturing in Erfurt as well as on the editorial board of Springer journal Progress in Additive Manufacturing. He has authored 60+ technical and scientific publications and presented 70+ technical papers at national and international conferences, symposia and workshops.

Fabio Annunziata

Global Head of Strategy and Business Planning, 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc

Fabio is the WW Head of Strategy and Planning of the HP 3DP and Digital Manufacturing business. Fabio has been with HP for 15 years, in a number of diverse leadership roles and across several business units. Fabio has been part of the HP 3D Printing business since its inception in 2015. As part of the 3DP leadership team, he led the creation and scale-up of the Materials business and the Open Platform approach. He also led the Strategic Alliances and Partnership group, creating a world class ecosystem of industrial partners that greatly enable the reach and applications breath of MultiJet Fusion. Originally from Italy, Fabio has lived and worked for HP in 4 different countries and is currently based in Barcelona, Spain.


Vincent Wegener 

Managing Director, RAMLAB

Vincent Wegener is an entrepreneur and is co-founder of RAMLAB. In 2016 the Port of Rotterdam Authority launched Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing Lab (RAMLAB). Together with more than 30 partners both from industry and academic institutions research is being done on the applications of Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing for the port related industry with the goal of making parts on demand, when and where they are needed. RAMLAB manufactured the world’s first certified tug boat propeller with Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing technology: the WAAMpeller.  

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