Digital technologies are driving a new industrial revolution. European businesses have to engage in this development to remain competitive globally. But the competition is tough. Countries such as the United States, South Korea and Japan are moving ahead. China under its new 5 year plan is also committing to an industrial digitization strategy with Chinese companies acquiring leading European companies, such as Kuka, in this field. At this conference, we will discuss on one hand the state of play regarding the digitization of European industry. How is Europe faring compared to its international competition? On the other, we will look at how sustainability, competitiveness and social factors come together in the digitization drive. How can the digitization of industry be shaped to address global societal challenges? What are the political possibilities to advance a digitization competitiveness agenda that simultaneously advances sustainability and social aspects?
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Commissioner Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek, ZEW – Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim
John Tuccillo, Senior Vice President of Global Industry and Government Affairs, Schneider Electri
Prof. Arnold Tukker, Professor of Industrial Ecology and Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Leiden
Dirk Bergrath, IG Metall, Head of EU Liaison Office
Prof. Byung-Tae Lee, Professor College of Business, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and CEO, KAIST Venture Investment Holdings
Michael Mandel, Chief Economy Strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and founder of Visible Economy LLC
Jost Wübbeke, Head of Programme Economy & Technology, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS