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Factories of the Future beyond 2013:
Which Role for ICT?
14 October 2010



The Factories of the Future initiative is part of the European Commission's Economic Recovery Plan and aims to help European manufacturing enterprises to adapt to global competitive pressures by improving the technological base of manufacturing across a broad range of sectors.


At the meeting, stakeholders were asked to present ideas for an effective implementation of ICT, in particular Future In.ternet technologies, within the context of the Factories of the Future initiative.

You can find the Final Report of the Workshop here


Program and presentations:

9. 30 Welcome – Meeting Rationale and Objectives
Thierry Van der Pyl, Director, DG INFSO, European Commission

10.00 A View from NMP
Herbert von Bose, Director, DG RTD, European Commission

10.30 A Manufacturer's Perspective: Can ICT help Reduce Manufacturing Complexity?
DrJean-Bernard Hentz, Airbus Operations SAS

11.00 An ICT Industry View: Synergies in Factories of the Future and Future Internet
Dr Uwe Kubach, Director, SAP Research, Dresden

11.30 ICT for FoF beyond 2013
Presentations (3 slides/3 minutes) of participants and Q&A

13.00 (Net)working Lunch

14.00 Factories of the Future beyond 2013 – Which Role for ICT?
Discussion – Moderated by Rolf Riemenschneider

15.00 A View from Research: There is a Role for ICT
Professor Dr. Engelbert Westkämper, Director, Fraunhofer IPA

15.30 Rapporteur's Summary & Conclusions
John Cosgrove & Erastos Filos

16.00 End of Meeting