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2nd Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Business Forum

Venue: Jelgava Technical School, Pulkveza Oskara Kalpaka Street 37, Jelgava, Latvia

 

Register to 2nd Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Business Forum

22nd February, 2018
Venue: Jelgava Technical School, Pulkveza Oskara Kalpaka Street 37, Jelgava, Latvia

For more information: andris.alksnis@liaa.gov.lv

 

Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) is pleased to invite you to take part in the upcoming 2nd Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Business Forum in Jelgava, Latvia to spur successful development in mechanical engineering, explore new opportunities and competitive advantages to establish business in Latvia and participate at the buyers-suppliers matchmaking event, including outstanding presentations by renowned local and foreign speakers from industry and provides excellent opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss new global trends.

Why to choose Latvia? Since the last decades, mechanical engineering and metalworking has become one of the most prominent manufacturing companies and highly export-oriented sectors in Latvia.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE:

  1. The overview about the mechanical engineering of Latvia – statistics, insights, perspectives and challenges of today and beyond;
  2. The overview about competitive advantages for establishing the business in Latvia, especially in Jelgava;
  3. Panel discussions about proficient education, competent human resources, financial support and co-funding of regional, national and international programmes;
  4. Matchmaking event between foreign buyers and the local companies;
  5. Networking events with Latvian engineering companies.

THE MAIN TOPICS:

  • Mechanical engineering in Latvia – statistics, insights, perspectives and challenges of today and beyond;
  • Competitive advantages for establishing the business in Latvia;
  • Proficient education and competent human resources;
  • Financial support and co-funding of regional, national and international programmes;
  • Logistics.

Please note: The language of the Forum will be English with the simultaneous translation into Latvian and Russian.

Attendance is free of charge.

  • DAY 1 | Thursday, February 22nd
  • 9:00 - 9:30 Registration

    Venue: Jelgava Technical school

  • 9:30 - 10:00 Opening remarks

    Moderator:

    Mr Ņikita Kazakevičs, Business Incubator Manager

    Speakers:

    Mr Andris Ozols, Director of Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

    Mr Andris Rāviņš, Head of the Jelgava City Council

  • 10:00 - 10:40 Next steps for the engineering industry of the Nordic-Baltic region

    Good leadership and continuous development of new ideas

    Speakers:

    Mr Henrik Mitelman, Columnist Dagens industri and independent economist (Sweden)

  • 10:40 - 11.00 Coffee break
  • 11:00 - 11:30 New global supply chains – The case of Rail Baltica the future of logistic solutions through Europe

    A project with opportunities for Nordic and Baltic companies – Rail Baltica

    Speakers:

    Mr Kaspars Rokens, COO and Member of the Management Board of RB Rail AS (Latvia)

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Panel discussion: Production efficiency – IT; automatization and robotics

    Robot-Human interaction to achieve flexible assembly in production

    Speakers:

    Mr Dirk Torfs, CEO, Flanders Make (Belgium)

  • 12:30 - 12:45 Questions & Answers
  • 12:45 - 13:45 Lunch
  • 13:45 - 14:45 Panel discussion: The case of Latvia

    Speakers:

    Insights, perspectives and challenges of mechanical engineering in Latvia

    Mr Roberts Dlohi, Member of the Board, “PERUZA” (Latvia)

    Statistics, statistics …. Leadership of the Nordic-Baltic region, isn’t it?

    Mr Petteri Rautaporras, Industrial Relations, Technology Industries of Finland (Finland)

    Success stories of foreign investors “The case of AKG Thermotechnik Lettland”

    Dr Gerhard Ritzmann, Chairman of the Management Board (Germany)

  • 14:45 - 15:45 Panel discussion: Supply Chain management

    As Latvia’s main economic force is well educated society and skilled workforce, we should look for innovative ways to face the challenges of global competition. Latvia has defined priorities like process of innovation, development of new technologies, services and solutions combined with innovation absorption ability within the enterprises and industries. Latvia chooses “smart” not “cheap”.

  • 15:45 - 16:00 Coffee break
  • 16:00 - 19:00 B2B Meetings
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Dinner reception and networking
  • DAY 2 | Friday, February 23rd
  • 10:00 Visit at “TehnoBuss”

    “Tehnobuss” – educational engineering project by MASOC. A specially equipped traveling training laboratory that gives young people an opportunity to gain insights into the mechanical engineering and metalworking industry. “TehnoBuss” is up to 18 m bus base and is equipped with modern metal, automation and other technologies.

  • 11:00 Leave for the visits to companies in Jelgava

    The timing will be about 40 min. per company. The duration of the trip for one group will be max 3 hours. 

Speakers

Henrik Mitelman

Columnist Dagens industri and independent economist (Sweden)

Independent economist/advisor at his own consultancy firm, member of investment committees for institutional asset managers and a senior columnist in the Swedish

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Kaspars Rokens

Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Management Board, Rail Baltica (Latvia)

Experienced manager in power distribution and generation, retail, building automation and industrial applications’ business. Since 1994 he

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Andris Ravins

Head of the Jelgava City Council (Latvia)

We dedicate our mind and soul for the development of the City, aiming to establish our role as a European heart for education, culture and sports, with general prosperity of the

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Gerhard Ritzmann

Member of the Board, AKG Thermotechnik Lettland (Germany)

The Latvian subsidiary AKG Thermotechnik Lettland SIA in 2005 built its first production plant. Gerhard Ritzman notes that of all the AKG factories, Latvia has the lowest

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Roberts Dlohi

Member of the Board, “PERUZA” (Latvia)

Peruza is smart budget equipment specialist for processing. Since beginning until present day we offer great mechanical engineering solutions, adopted sensor techniques

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Andris Ozols

Director, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (Latvia)

Andris Ozols is an director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA), a government agency responsible for

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