Manufuture 2017 Brought Together over 600 Leading Figures from Industry and Academia

This international conference brought together over 600 leading representatives from industry and academia as well as political figures from all over Europe with the aim of imagining the future of European industry and prioritizing the ways forward form technological development towards the year 2030.

This was the 9th time since 2001 that we have imagined the future of manufacturing. ‘Moving up the Value Chain’ was in the spotlight at Manufuture 2017: we analysed the 4th industrial revolution in practice, discussed sustainable manufacturing and circular economy topics, shared experience of collaborative technological innovation in manufacturing and much more besides.

European Commission

This conference has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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Day 1 photos

Photographer Edmond Mäll

Day 2 photos

Photographer Edmond Mäll

Welcome Reception

Photographer Joanna Jõhvikas

Gala Dinner

Photographer Joanna Jõhvikas

Green Screen photos

Photographer Maike Tubin

Conference publication

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Day 1

Heinrich Flegel
Moving up the Value Chain – ManuFuture 2030 Strategic Vision

Maurizio Gattiglio
Realising Europe’s Industrial Potential

Ergin Tuganay
Capturing the Silent Knowledge of Machine Whisperers

Claudio Kantner
Becoming a Digital Industrial Company –
The Brilliant Factory initiative

Hans Michael Krause
Turning Ideas into Reality: The Journey of One Leading
Manufacturer into the Industrial IoT

Cecilia Bonefeldt-Dahl
Has Europe Lost the B2C Revolution &
Will Europe Win the B2B Digital Industrial Revolution?

Joost van Iersel
Industry 4.0 – Where to Go

Johan Stahre
Future Work and Social Sustainability of
Manufacturing in the Age of Digitalisation

Dr. Pedro-José Arrazola Arriola
Adapting Education and Continuous Training to Industrial Needs

Doris Schröcker
European Initiatives to Support Skills in Manufacturing

Luisa Coutinho
Industry 4.0, Jobs for the Future Versus a Future with no Jobs

José Carlos Caldeira
ManuFUTURE-EU Vision 2030

Seán O’Reagain
Perspectives on Industrial Technologies in Horizon 2020 and Beyond

Cecilia Warrol
Produktion2030 – A Swedish Platform to
Strengthen Innovation in Production

Thomas Bauernhansl
ManuFUTURE-DE 2030

Toomas Kärner
Telia Eesti Approach to IoT and Manufacturing

Max Lemke
Digitising European Industry – Digital Industrial Platforms for the Smart Connected Factory of the Future

Oliver Väärtnõu
Building Secure Data Exchange in Industries According to
Estonian X road Model

Dr. Albrecht Ricken
How the Internet of Things Inspires New Ways to
Do Business and Run Companies

Adam Gąsiorek
Using the Concept of Industry 4.0 in Modern Factories. Factories 4.0.

Urmo Sisask, Andres Kostiv
Industry 4.0 – Digitalisation and Co-operation in
Process Automation

Dr. Björn Sautter
Personalised Manufacturing from an Automation Point of View

Kay Matzner
Industry 4.0, Industrial Data Space and the Need for Transforming Manufacturing in Emerging Economies

George Chryssolouris
Circular Economy and the Digilization of Industry:
The FUTURING Project

Dr. Odd Myklebust
To What Extent Can Digitalisation Change Collaborative Innovation?

Renno Veinthal
Exploring University-Business Partnership and Identifying the Best Fit to Maximise Research Impact

Harri Kulmala
How Can Europe Increase the Impact of RDI-investments via P4.0?

Filip Geerts
The Digitisation of Manufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities for European Advanced Manufacturing

Ilmari Veijola
Turning Data into Business Value with MindSphere IoT

Dr. Jan Michael Mrosik
On the Way to Industrie 4.0: Driving the Digital Enterprise

Hando Sutter
Digitalization – the Way to Survive for Energy Sector

Day 2

Lauri Väin
Innovation Collaboration Between Start-ups and Established Players

Dr. Gustaf Winroth
Factories of the Future – Manufacturing in Horizon 2020 and Beyond

Helena Almqvist
Estonian Case Study About Product Innovation Through Clustering

Enrico Callegati
Regional Collaborative Innovation for
Meeting Global Manufacturing Challenges

Vidmantas Janulevičius
Renewable Energy: How You Can Save and Make Money

Toms Torims
Developments in Manufacturing Technologies Research and Co-operation between Riga Technical University and CERN

Riikka Virkkunen
Use-It-Wisely: Innovative Continuous Upgrades of
High Investment Product-Services

Dr. Georg Muntingh
CAxMan: Computer Aided Technologies for Additive Manufacturing

Raquel Ledo
FORTAPE: Research on Efficient Integrated Systems for the Manufacturing of Complex Parts Based on Unidirectional Tapes for the Automotive And Aeronautical Industries

Aleš Ude
ReconCell: A Reconfigurable Robot WorkCell For Fast Set-up of Automated Assembly Processes in SMEs

Chris Decubber
ConnectedFactories: Industrial Scenarios for Connected Factories

Manuel Oliveira
HUMAN: Human-Centred Manufacturing

Giuseppe Lucisano
CTC Project – Local Flexible Manufacturing of Green Personalized Furniture Close to the Customer in Time, Space and Cost

Dr. Lina Huertas
Digital4Industry in the UK

Mathea Fammels
EIT Innovation Community on Added Value Manufacturing

Johan Stahre
I4MS Initiative and Futher Perspectives

Max Lemke
Digitising European Industry – Digital Innovation Hubs Helping SMEs and Mid-Caps in Their Digital Transformation

Dr. Géza Haidegger
INDUSTRY 4.0 Giving New Opportunities for Innnovative Cooperation

David W. Bergman
IPC Smart Factory Standards

Dr. Riikka Virkkunen
Strategic Development of Innovation Policy in Finland

Marco Sacco
EuroVR Initiative and VR&AR Opportunities in Personalised Product/Services/Manufacturing

Andrzej Soldaty
Poland on the Way to Industry 4.0. Existing Preconditions and Measures Undertaken

Dr. Minna Lanz
Collaboration as a Driver for Success in the Digital Era

Philippe Montfort
Renault’s Interest in Collaborative Projects

Dr. Jun Ni
Future of Manufacturing – China and USA Perspective

Prof. Reijo Tuokko
Rapporteurs’ Reports from the Different Programme Streams


MONDAY 23 October 2017

Smart Machines Welcome Reception

Energy Discovery Centre

Welcome reception takes place in a historic powerplant that used to power the whole Tallinn. Now a museum, it features 100 years old machinery and a lot other to see. We bring the powerplant back alive with great atmosphere, music, food and of course the wonderful guests.

19:00 – 21:00
Smart Machines Welcome Reception at the Energy Discovery Centre
TUESDAY 24 October 2017
8:30 – 9:30

Karen Coleman

Broadcaster, Journalist & Author

The award-winning Irish journalist, Karen Coleman is one of Ireland’s most accomplished journalists who now specialises in European issues. Karen is the Editor of EuroParlRadio which reports on stories from the European Parliament. A former BBC foreign correspondent, she has been covering international affairs for radio and television for over two decades. She has worked for both the public and commercial broadcast industries including a ten-year stint with the BBC. For many years Karen presented the award-winning international affairs radio show The Wide Angle on Newstalk in Ireland. Karen regularly moderates high-level conferences that cover a wide range of topics from complex EU issues to economic, environmental, health and other topics. She is also a published author.

9:30 – 9:40
Conference opening by Chairperson of the Conference
Karen Coleman
, Broadcaster, Journalist & Author
Stream 1:
Industry 4.0 in Practice
Stream 2:
Sustainability & the Circular Economy
Stream 3:
Collaborative Technological Innovation

Becoming a digital industrial company – The Brilliant Factory initiative

  • GE’s Digital Thread
  • Becoming a Brilliant Factory
  • Best practices from Germany and France

Claudio Kantner

Brilliant Factory Leader

GE Power

Claudio Kantner leads Brilliant Factory program @ GE Power Conversion in Berlin, Germany. Owning Lean and Digital to develop Berlin Site towards a Brilliant Factory. 
Brilliant Factory is one key element of GE´s digital threat to become #1 digital industrial company. Beside that he works as GE Multi-Site Lean Leader transferring supply chain learnings to France, Brazil and India. Claudio participated in one of GE´s Leadership programs, taking different assignments among Global Supply Chain within Europe and Middle East. He graduated as Diploma Engineer in Business Administration and Engineering at the Technical University of Cottbus and is a certified Business Coach.

11:45 – 13:15
Digital Manufacturing: Advancing the Digitisation of European Industry (Stream 1: Industry 4.0 in Practice)
Chairperson Karen Coleman

  • Becoming a Digital Industrial Company – the Brilliant Factory Initiative
    Claudio Kantner, Brilliant Factory Leader, GE Power
Social Manufacturing: Life-long careers, role of education etc. (Stream 2: Sustainability & the Circular Economy)
Chairperson Dr. Dimitris Mavrikios

  • Future Work and Social Sustainability of Manufacturing in the Age of Digitalisation
    Johan Stahre, Chair Professor and Head of Division Production Systems, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology
Manufuture 2030 – Panel Discussion (Stream 3: Collaborative Technological Innovation)
Chairperson Dr. José Carlos Caldeira
  • ManuFUTURE-EU Vision 2030
    Dr. José Carlos Caldeira, President, ANI Porto


Tallinn University of Technology
Innovate UK homepage
European Commission


Republic of Estonia Ministry of Education and Research
Republic of Estonia Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Deutsch-Baltische Handelskammer in Estland, Lettland, Litauen
Enterprise Estonia
Estonian Electronics Industries Association
Baden-Württemberg International
SimPlan AG
EIT RawMaterials


Conference registration is open


We are pleased to announce that registration for the conference “MANUFUTURE 2017 – Moving up the Value Chain” is now open. You can find the topics, program structure and participation terms at the conference website: MORE

Three focus areas of MANUFUTURE 2017 conference


We met with Mr Tauno Otto, Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Tallinn University of Technology to enquire about the topics for the upcoming MANUFUTURE 2017 conference in Tallinn. “We are well underway with content preparation,” said Mr Otto who continued: “After our first brainstorming sessions, we agreed the three main topics that will be pillars of the program. First, Energy and Resource efficient manufacturing. This will look at how the emerging circular economy and energy measures can help reduce costs whilst at the same time potentially creating READ MORE

Previous events

Manufuture 2015
Manufuture 2013
Manufuture 2011
Manufuture 2009
Manufuture 2007
Manufuture 2007
Manufuture 2005


With any information request you might have regarding the conference, welcoming reception or gala dinner, or In the event you can not attend, please contact the conference information desk

Tauno Otto
Programme Chairman

Mati Lukas
Conference Project Manager

Doris Põld
Programme Coordinator

Merili Deemant
Contractor Relations

Margot Ots

Liina Vahaste
Event Management and
Partner Relations

Endrik Randoja
Speaker and Partner Relations

Ragne Kalamees
Volunteers Coordinator

Manufuture 2017 took place in autumn 2017, during the second half of Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) and at a time when the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020, was reaching its halfway point.

Manufuture 2017 thus served as a forum for stakeholders from industry, universities, research institutions and government to discuss opportunities for better implementation of the EU Framework Programme for research and innovation as well as respective national initiatives.

In the course of its EU presidency, Estonia will be paying attention to how to shape the positions of different stakeholders regarding general and sectoral industrial policies in the context of the European Union.