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3rd Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Business Forum

Venue: “Hanzas Perons”

Pulkveža Brieža iela 28a


November, 25th – 26th, 2020


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.

The program includes presentations by distinguished foreign and local engineering industry experts on topics like the future of engineering, industry 4.0., robotics and supplier networks in 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 language of the Forum will be English with the simultaneous translation into Latvian and Russian;
  • Attendance is free of charge;
  • All the events will be strictly regulated according to the Convid-19 global situation. The procedure of the Forum might proceed also in a form of webinar or online conference instead of on-site attendance.

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:

  • 19:00 November 24th

    “Come Together” – networking event

  • Day 1 | November 25th
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Registration, coffee
  • 09:00 - 09:10 Opening remarks

    Director of Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

    Minister of the Economics, Republic of Latvia

  • 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 Jānis Poruks




    Mr Shigeyuki Sasaki

    Director Mitutoyo Europe GmbH


    Mr Renārs Vītols

    Member of the Management Board


  • 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 Coffee 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

    Mr Dmitry Serdega

    Head of Business Development, “UAV Factory”

    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?
  • 12:45 - 13:00 International Logistics

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

  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 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 Didzis Dejus

    3D Thinker & Investor

  • 19:00 - Evening diner reception hosted by LIAA
  • Day 2 | November 26th
  • 09:00 - Matchmaking event continues at the premises of the exhibition “Tech Industry 2020”

    Visit to the exhibition

    Visits to companies in Riga and the Riga region