‘Factories of the Future’ Conference 2016 explores the future of manufacturing

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On 15 and 16 September, leading industry and research experts from across Europe gathered to explore the future of European manufacturing and the achievements of the EU’s ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership.

Opened by Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, the conference unveiled a vision of advanced manufacturing in factories of the future (Factories 4.0) and showcased the achievements of the ‘Factories of the Future’ projects.

A total of 500 participants exchanged perspectives in ten parallel sessions with ‘Factories of the Future’ projects providing examples of results and further developments which are transforming manufacturing today.

In addition, two pitch sessions enabled projects presented their achievements to potential partners and investors with a view to further exploit project results and spin-offs.

The ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership is the EU’s €1.15 billion research and innovation partnership which is transforming manufacturing across Europe.

‘Factories of the Future Conference 2016: Materialising Factories 4.0’ was organised by the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA).

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