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Expert Workshop: SMEs readiness factors for adopting Advanced Manufacturing products and modernise their business Challenges and Policy Actions

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AnschriftBld. A. Reyers
Stadt1030 Brussels, Belgien


NameDr. Nikos PANTALOS
Telefon+32 2 29 99734

Manufacturing  SMEs  in  Europe  and  beyond  are  under  increasing  pressure  today  for  adopting  advanced technologies and products in order to stay competitive and successfully participate in local and global supply chains. The question is straightforward: Are they ready to do so, and if not, which are the main barriers and obstacles that prevent them to make this step forward? Can SMEs see the potential benefits for improving their productivity, and increasing their production capacity and innovation capability? Are their managers ready to invest and change the structure and culture of their  company  to  respond  to  the  new  challenges  of  digitalisation  and  resource  efficiency? How can policy actions support them to take the right decision? What programmes, initiatives and support services for manufacturing SMEs exist today in EU countries, and what are the lessons learned so far?

The workshop will bring together stakeholders from different Member States to debate on the readiness  factors  of  SMEs,  as  well  as  the  barriers  and  implications  of  up  taking  advanced  manufacturing  technologies  and  products.    In  particular,  intermediary  support  organisations that  are  currently  providing  specific  services  to  manufacturing  SMEs  will  provide  information  about their experience and lessons learned in working closely with manufacturing SMEs across EU countries. Taking into account the expressed views and the key recommendations from this debate,  the  objective  will  be  to  draw  some  concrete  policy  actions  that  could  be  implemented  under COSME and H2020 in 2016-­-2017, with a view to help Member States leverage their efforts in this area or to be inspired by it and launch similar support schemes in their country. 

It is expected that an audience of about 50-­70 stakeholders attend the workshop, composed of manufacturing SME managers, intermediary organisations providing specific support services to SMEs  in  this  area,  cluster  managers,  representatives  from  European  SMEs  associations,  and  policy makers.

Please find more information in the agenda of the event. Interested parties can register here

Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General, European Commission
Unit B.3 – Innovation Policy for Growth
Mail: European Commission, BREY 06/074, 1049 Brussels, Belgium
Address: Avenue d' Auderghem 45, 1040 Bruxelles
Phone: +32 2 29 99734   
Fax: +32 2 29 60 428