Europe’s industry in focus

Triple Steelix was on the spot when the EU organised the Industry Days for the second year, where Europe’s industry is in focus.

The conference addressed major questions about EU competitiveness globally with much focus on the necessary increase in innovation and entrepreneurship, skills supply, digitalisation, environmental issues, etc. The steel industry was mentioned in the context of several lectures and workshops. The Swedish and Finnish industry and innovation capacity were emphasised in several contexts as for example: Northvolt’s investment in battery manufacturing in Sweden was widely noted.

In the global context, the importance of the EU has declined relatively, and with today’s rate of development, the population of the EU is estimated to be less than 10% of the world’s population in the not too distant future. Much of the innovation and development taking place in industry is already under way in Asia and the United States. In order to increase our influence, opportunities and competitiveness, innovation in industry needs to grow and discussions took place on how to increase efficiency and reduce bureaucracy in EU support programs with the aim of increasing R & D and innovation efforts despite Brexit.

The situation and opportunities surrounding clusters and innovation networks (e.g. Triple Steelix) have been raised to the highest EU level and seen as a way to support, in particular, the innovation and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises.

To emphasise the importance of the issues, several high level EU dignitaries participated in the meeting via video link and on-site, including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. About 700 participants came to the fully booked meetings, and there was also great interest in following the debate live via the web.

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