Regions from Central Europe join their forces for Industry 4.0

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The Commission supports cooperation among regions in Central Europe to address challenges and grasp benefits of digitalisation and human-robotics cooperation in the industry as well as how to create a smart factory from processing of production data, maintenance forecasting, manufacturing platforms, to industrial internet, cyber-physical systems, 3D printing. These will be some of the highlights of the first thematic workshop of the Smart Specialisation in Central Europe Initiative that will take place in Budapest, on 20 and 21 September 2017. The event, organised by the European Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, in cooperation with the National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary will be focused on smart investments in the field of Industry 4.0 and will offer businesses, researchers and institutions the possibility to explore new partnerships and exchange ideas for innovative solutions and collaborative investments. 

In particular, it will aim at:  

  • creating a professional forum for regional actors;
  • presenting relevant cooperation, network opportunities and financing sources,
  • preparing regional collaborative projects,
  • offering matchmaking solutions and promoting consortium building
  • connecting new partners to the already existing European S3 Thematic Platforms.   

The matchmaking event is co-organised with Watify, an awareness-raising campaign, funded by the European Commission, in order to stimulate the technological transformation of Europe’s industry.  

Participants can register until 16 September 2017. 

Launched at the end of 2016 by Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, the Smart Specialisation in Central Europe Initiative helps stakeholders of the macro region and their local industries cooperate and pool their resources in order to develop innovative products and expand beyond local markets. The initiative aims at fostering tight partnership among innovation actors and researchers, matching smart specialisation priorities and exploiting identified synergies, complementary resources and strengths. 

The next 2 thematic workshops in the context of the initiative will take place in Slovenia in November this year on Smart cities and the beginning of 2018 on Agro and Bio Economy. 

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