‘Reinventing Europe’s industrial leadership’

At this critical moment for the future of Europe, industry is back in the political limelight. Technological transformation, increasingly fierce global competition and concerns over jobs and skills are stoking fears that Europe is losing the race for industrial leadership. How can the EU safeguard its companies’ competitiveness? By intervening to protect ‘strategic’ sectors from foreign investment? By clearing the way for European champions to compete with state-funded Chinese giants?

And can such approaches continue to reflect the values of openness, innovation and free and fair competition on which European technology companies have built their success in recent decades? Because in fact the EU is already an industrial leader, albeit on different terms to the US or China. Europe’s strength lies in industrial ecosystems that are home to countless technology champions driving innovation across sectors. And these innovations can transform our biggest challenges into opportunities for a greener, more liveable and more prosperous future for EU citizens. 

Orgalim’s event ‘Reinventing Europe’s industrial leadership’ will provide a platform to discuss how the EU can build on its industries’ strengths towards 2030 and beyond, as the global competitive landscape is fundamentally redrawn. C-level representatives of Europe’s technology industries will share their experiences of what is enabling and hindering leadership on the ground in their companies – and will discuss the way forward with policy makers.


First speakers announced

The first speakers for the conference have been announced. Joining Orgalim Director General Malte Lohan and Chairman Thilo Brodtmann (CEO, VDMA) will be:

- MEP Reinhard Bütikofer: as a Member of the European Parliament (Germany, Greens/EFA) with long-standing experience in industrial, research and energy policy, Mr Bütikofer will share his thoughts on the future of EU industrial strategy and international trade

- H.E. Ambassador Kazuo Kodama: Japan’s top representative to the EU, H.E. Ambassador Kodama will give insights into how his country is looking beyond the digitalisation of industry to the digital transformation of society with the ‘Society 5.0’ initiative

- Claudia Olsson: CEO of Exponential AB, technology expert and member of the European Commission’s ‘Industry 2030’ High-Level Roundtable, Ms Olsson will discuss her work on how new technologies are impacting Europe’s economy, society and global markets

- Rada Rodriguez: Orgalim Deputy President and CEO of Schneider Electric GmbH Germany and SVP Strategy & Alliances, Ms Rodriguez will highlight the role of technology in creating value for Europe’s economy and citizens in areas from climate change to mobility to healthcare

Further speakers to be confirmed – watch this space for updates!


CTO of the Year Europe award ceremony

Recognizing the continent’s most prominent technology leaders, the CTO of the Year Europe award is designed to highlight the role of technology and innovation as drivers of European growth and prosperity. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and vote for the winners of the 2019 CTO of the Year Europe edition.

Find more information on the award here


Original networking reception

A creative networking reception will round out the event, giving guests a unique opportunity to meet with senior industry leaders from across Orgalim’s European network.



Please note this is an invitation-only event and places are limited. We welcome pre-registrations as an expression of interest; however, registrations will only be approved and confirmed at a later date. For further details please contact the Orgalim communications team.


Location: Arsenal
Chaussée de Wavre 950
1040 Brussels, Belgium
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