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4th Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Business Forum

24 – 25 november, 2021


The Forum and matchmaking event will be held during November 24 – 25, 2021.


Forum programme will be published and registration will be opened as soon as possible. 


The event will be held according to Covid-19 restrictions.


The aim of the forum is to introduce the foreign companies with Latvia’s developments in mechanical engineering and to spur their international growth. We are inviting companies to explore the opportunities in the vibrant engineering sector of Latvia by either establishing a business or sourcing new suppliers from Latvia.

We hope you will join us to exchange ideas and to form new partnerships in Latvia!

 The programme will include:

  1. Overview of the present mechanical engineering sector in Latvia – statistics, insights, perspectives and challenges of today;
  2. Discussions on the future of engineering sector, new markets and development of supplier networks in regional, national and international levels;
  3. Networking and matchmaking event for the foreign buyers and local companies.

Please note:

  • The Forum will take place online;
  • The language of the Forum will be English with the simultaneous translation into Latvian;
  • Attendance is free of charge;

For more information: (Latvia)


Before you visit take a virtual journey through Latvia:

Or watch Latvians accomplish the World’s first human jump with the drone:

  • November 25th, 2020
  • 09:00 - 09:10 Opening remarks

    Moderator, Kristaps Tālbergs


    Mr Kaspars Rožkalns

    Director of Investment and Development Agency of Latvia


    Mr Jānis Vitenbergs

    Minister of the Economics, Republic of Latvia


    Mr Vilnis Rantiņš

    Chairman of the Advisory Board, Association of Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industries of Latvia (MASOC)

  • 09:10 - 09:30 Industry 4.0. – “The Big Picture”

    Prof. Dr. Dieter Wegener, Vice President, Head of External Cooperation, Siemens Corporate Technology, Germany

  • 09:30 - 09:40 Questions & Answers

    Prof. Dr. Dieter Wegener, Vice President, Head of External Cooperation, Siemens Corporate Technology, Germany

  • 09:40 - 10:15 Panel Discussion – Industry 4.0, Case Studies, Latvia Success Stories

    Mr Roberts Dlohi

    Member of the Management Board



    Mr Thomas Karlsson


    “Mindsource” AB, Sweden


    Mr Denis Gacicha

    Director General

    “Schneider Electric Baltics”


    Mr Jānis Poruks



  • 10:15 - 10:30 Insights, perspectives and challenges of mechanical engineering in Latvia

    Mr Toms Grīnfelds, Chairman of the Management Board, Associaton of Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industries of Latvia (MASOC)

  • 10:30 - 10:50 Break
  • 10:50 - 11:50 Panel discussion: New markets for the Latvian mechanical engineering Industry

    USA & Canada

    Mr Peter Lapins

    Head of European Operations, “BW Papersystems”

    Mr Ģirts Ozoliņš

    CEO, “Erica Synths” SIA

    Mr Aivars Flemings

    Chairman of the Management Board

    CEO, “Valpro”SIA

    Mr Ēriks Bēdiķis

    Chairman of the Management Board, “ISP Optics” SIA

    Japan & Far East

    Mr Arnis Petrānis

    Chairman of the Management Board, “PERUZA” SIA

    Mrs Alina Aščepkova,

    Head of the the LIAA Office in Japan


    Africa, case country Namibia

    Mr Dainis Rācenis

    International Project Manager

    Association of Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industries of Latvia (MASOC)

  • 11:50 - 12:45 Sourcing Issues – Panel discussion: Global Supply Chains and “Covid-19” influence. Is it a chance for Latvia to continue?

    Mr Christoph Wittwer

    Vice President Operations

    ANDRITZ Soutec AG (Switzerland)


    Mr  Flemming Rasmussen


    East Metal A/S (Denmark/Latvia)


    Mr Jaakko Ruohoniemi

    Sourcing Manager

    “Bronto Skylift” Oy (Finland)


    Mr Keijo Kivimäki,

    Director, category management Pulp and Energy business line

    “Valmet”, Finland

  • 12:45 - 13:00 International Logistics

    Dr Rolf Neise, Professor at the International School of Management and Consulting (ISM), Germany

  • 13:00 - 14:00 Break
  • 14:00 - 18:00 Matchmaking event
  • 14:00 - 18:30 Pitch sessions: Invention of New Technologies and Materials

    Mitutoyo Metrology Laboratory,

    Riga Technical University (RTU),

    Mr Jakub Ruszkowski

    Vice President

    Mitutoyo Polska SP.z.o.o.

    Mr Jānis Lungevičs

    Head of the RTU Mitutoyo Laboratory


    „AB Metal“ SIA

    New “OKUMA” machining centre – the first in the Baltics

    Mr Arnis Balodis

    Member of the Management Board


    “Baltic3d.EU” SIA

    Mr Jānis Jātnieks

    Member of the Management Board


    Metals and their coatings – development and Characterisation

    Dr.phys.Krišjānis Šmits

    Head of Laboratory

    Institute of Solid State Physics, UL | Materize


    Qimtek – manufacturing connections that matter

    Mr Sigitas Brazinskas

    Regional representative


    “Small to medium sized businesses as the motors of innovation in Germany”.

    Mr.Josef  Stumpf,

    Head of BVMW Nordbaden/Rhein-Neckar


    MultiMaterial-Welding – joining technology platform for lightweight and multi-material constructions”

    Mr Lasse Behrmann

    Project Manager Lightweight Technologies

    Bossard GmbH

  • 09:00 - 17:00 November 26th, 2020 | Virtual matchmaking
  • 09:00 - 17:00 November 27th, 2020 | Virtual matchmaking

Forum lecturers 2020

Denis Gacicha

Denis Gacicha, Master of Control Technology and Electrical Engineering, has been working for Schneider Electric Lietuva since 2006. Currently is the General Manager at Schneider Electric Baltics. Graduated from Kaunas University of Technology and Dublin Institute of Technology.

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Tomas Karlsson

CEO & Founder Mindsource AB

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Alīna Aščepkova

Head of the LIAA Representative Office in Japan

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Toms Grīnfelds

Chairman of the Board of the Association of Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industries (MASOC) and Member of the Board of the Mechanical Engineering Competence Centre (MKC) and of Tehnobuss Latvija.

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Jaakko Ruohoniemi

Jaakko Ruohoniemi is currently working as a Sourcing Manager for Bronto Skylift Oy in Tampere, Finland.

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Arnis Balodis

Arnis Balodis is sales manager ir Metālmeistars. Metālmeistars is family company making various kind of metal parts.

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Dainis Rācenis

Dainis Racenis joined MASOC as Manager of International projects in 2018, developing an integrated marketing strategy for Central Baltic ( Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Sweden) companies, entering into the markets of Southern Africa within the framework of EU project SME Aisle.

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Flemming Rasmussen

Strategic and commercial Business Executive

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Aivars Flemings

Aivars Flemings is the President of the Executive Board at VALPRO, one of the largest metal working companies in the Baltics.

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Jānis Poruks

Janis Poruks is the founder and CEO of RoboEatz – a company developing a robotic food service solution for the B2B market, solving labor shortage in the industry and targeting personalized nutrition to the final consumer.

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Dieter Wegener

After graduation in Aeronautical and Aerospace Technology Dieter Wegener worked as scientist at „Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)“.

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Jānis Lungēvičš

M.Eng. Janis Lungevics is currently working at the Riga Technical University’s (RTU) Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics (FMETA) as a Researcher/lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics (DMEM).

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Ēriks Bēdiķis

Erik Bedikis (SIA ISP Optics Latvia, GM & Chairman of the Board).

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Arnis Petrānis

Arnis Petranis graduated from Riga Politechnical Institute in1977 as mechanical engineer.

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Dr. Rolf Niese

Dr Rolf Neise is currently working as an Associated Professor / lecturer at the International School of Management (ISM) in Hamburg, a private university with a focus on international business.

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Peter Lapins

Peter Lapins is currently a Sr. Vice President of BWPapersystems, (BWP) a machinery manufacturer serving the paper industry worldwide.

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Ģirts Ozoliņš

Ģirts Ozoliņš is the founder and visionary of the electronic musical instrument development and production company Erica Synths.

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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. For the last 13 years Robert Dlohi has been a member of the board of PERUZA company, which designs and manufactures production equipment.

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