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MEET THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CHAMPIONS

At the online ADMA live event on Thursday April, 22nd you will be offered a sneak preview into the main project results achieved. Next, we’ll guide you through a total of 15 ADMA SME ‘best practice’ showcases and together with you we’ll look into what the future might hold.

 

AGENDA

11h00 Welcome note from EISMEA (European Innovation and Small-Medium Enterprises Executive Agency)
Jean-David Malo, Director, EISMEA, European Commission
11h05 The ADMA Morning News, incl. recorded testimonials and interviews from 8 selected SME leaders
Lien Van de Kelder (anchor), assisted by Alessandro Marini (Sr. Advisor AFIL), Jean-Francois Romainville (Expert IDEA Consult) and Paul Peeters (Sr. Expert Agoria)
12h00 Announcement of Europe’s ADMA Methodology Frontrunning SMEs
Alessandro Marini (Sr. Advisor AFIL)
12h15 Workshop on the ADMA project learnings (with input from recorded testimonials and live interviews from selected SME leaders)
Lien Van de Kelder (anchor), assisted by Paul Peeters (Sr. Expert Agoria), Alessandro Marini (Sr. Advisor AFIL) and Jean-Francois Romainville (Expert IDEA Consult)
12h30 Break
14h00 The ADMA Future Objectives Show, incl. recorded testimonials and interviews from 7 selected SME leaders
Lien Van de Kelder (anchor), assisted by Mayte Carracedo (Partner at FundingBox), Herman Derache (Managing Director Sirris & Vice chairman EFFRA) and Wim van der Beken (Managing Director IDEA Consult)
14h40 Announcement of the European ADMA Transformation Champions
Announcement of the European ADMA Transformation Champions
15h05 Keynote by the awarded ADMA Supporting Organisations
MIENK Cluster (Hungary) - Tamas Gyulai
ICT Cluster Bulgaria - Krasimira Shindarova
IntechCentras (Lithuania) - Marius Kvedaravičius
15h15 Workshop on the next steps for the Advanced Manufacturing support Centre Centre for European manufacturing SMEs (with input from recorded testimonials and live interviews from selected SME leaders)
Lien Van de Kelder (anchor), assisted by Paul Peeters (Sr. Expert Agoria), Wim van der Beken (Managing Director IDEA Consult) and Igor Kalinic (Head of Sector Competitiveness & Internationalisation EISMEA, European Commission)
15h30 Announcement of the European ADMA Factory of the Future Champions
Ulla Engelmann – acting Director Networks & Governance at DG GROW, European Commission
15h40 Interviews with the ADMA FoF Champions
Lien Van de Kelder (anchor), assisted by Herman Derache (Managing Director Sirris & Vice chairman EFFRA)
15h55 Closing contribution from DG GROW
Ulla Engelmann – acting Director Networks & governance at DG GROW, European Commission
16h00 End of event

 

THE ADMA MORNING NEWS (11H00-12H30)

We’ll start the day with an ADMA morning News show, presenting the key learnings from building and implementing the ADMA methodology, engaging ADMA advisors throughout Europe and working closely with >100 European manufacturing SMEs during the ADMA pilot.

We’ll tell you why Advanced manufacturing technologies should support the SME’s ambition, not the other way around. We’ll also share evidence on why exactly European manufacturing SMEs do need proper guidance and support as a lever to transform their manufacturing processes, and why any kind of support should always be fully tailored to the specific needs of the SME.

Next, 5 companies will be awarded as ADMA Methodology frontrunners. They all actively embraced the ADMA methodology, and will share with you their ADMA journey from the scan process up to the implementation of the chosen technological and social innovation actions.

We’ll close the morning session with a first interactive session between the audience, SME CEO’s, ADMA advisors and European officials, through a presentation of SME input and experiences on following questions:

  • “Which ambition level did you set for yourself entering the ADMA project?”,
  • “Is an ADMA transformation plan valuable for the company’s objective? If not, could you indicate why?”,
  • “Which aspects of your production are your biggest challenges in your journey towards Factory of the Future?”,
  • “Which of the services provided by the advisor were most useful?” and
  • “What were the main incentives/barriers to move on from the ADMA transformation plan into the implementation phase?”

 

THE ADMA CHAMPION EVENT (14H00-16H00)

During the afternoon session, you will dive into the five key future trends & objectives for the further roll-out of the support offered to manufacturing SMEs on their journey towards Factories of the Future.

Next, in order to recognize their outstanding performance in one or more of the Seven ADMA Transformation Areas, 8 companies will receive an ADMA Transformation champion Award.

A second interactive session will be run, zooming in on questions like

  • “Which breakthroughs you expect to realize in key performance areas of your production”,
  • “Which projects did bring the highest shift in sustainability and employee engagement? Why?” and
  • “What could be further improved to make the ADMA support even more tuned to your needs?”

 

The event will be closed by the announcement of the winners of the 1st European ADMA Factory of the Future Champion Award. This Award recognizes those companies that have been able to achieve and sustain the highest maturity level on every single ADMA Transformation Area.

 

This project is performed on behalf of the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) under Service Contract GRO-SME-17-C-063.