Multi-KETs Pilot Lines: A roadmap towards jobs and growth – Final mKPL conference with great response

On January 23rd, 2015, the final conference of the multi-KETs pilot lines project successfully took place in Brussels. The objective of this closing event was to present and disseminate the results and the lessons learned of the mKPL demonstration activities and the project in general. An important issue was to discuss the findings with the broader audience, as well as policy implications in order to finalise the tentative policy roadmap for multi-KETs pilot production activities.

The one-day conference featured high-level experts from industry and academia sharing experience in pilot activities, as well as keynotes from policy makers with insight into new funding opportunities and strategies. The entire experience was moderated and enhanced with the latest findings from the mKPL consortium. Attendees also had the chance to interact with managers of top rated pilot line demonstrators during the showcase of selected demonstration pilots.

With more than 120 participants from industry, policy and academia the response was huge and showed that the topic is on the agenda of many stakeholders. Already more than 60 participants joined the informal reception on the evening of the 22nd at the European Parliament, where MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij and TNO director Arnold Stocking pointed out that KETs and the crossing of the “valley of death” to valorise technology developments are important for Europe’s future competitiveness.

In three parallel sessions during the conference, the participants could discuss and deliver input to the needs for different policies to manage the technological, eco-system and market complexities accompanying pilot production activities. The conference was concluded with a panel discussion of representatives from policy, industry and RTOs moderated by the chair of the day, Dr. Thomas Reiss from Fraunhofer ISI. Issues such as the rational for a public pilot production support and important elements of a pilot production policy were discussed.

The conference clearly showed and provided evidence that multi-KET pilot production activities are important means to facilitate crossing the valley of death. It became clear that pilot production is not only about technology, process and production, but also about cooperation/interaction, organisation, coordination and people; in other words, pilot production is embedded into the systemic character of innovation. There is a broad variety of pilot production depending on technologies, processes, markets, competition, actors and regional settings. This clearly implies that policy towards supporting multi-KET pilot production activities needs to be really flexible and systemic.

For more details on the conference please go to the conference page.

Successful fourth and final expert workshop on policies for multi-KETs pilot production activities

On September 23rd, 2014, the fourth and final workshop of the multi-KETs pilot lines project successfully took place in Brussels. This workshop had the objective to provide input to, and elaborate a tentative policy roadmap for the implementation of a policy to support multi-KET pilot production activities in Europe.

During this workshop the main results from the project regarding barriers and definition of pilot production activities as well as policies for the support of pilot production were presented. These are based on the country studies, the benchmarking report, the online survey and the collected insights from the four demonstrator projects (http://www.mkpl.eu/results/).

In two parallel workshop sessions focusing on support for Start-ups, SMEs, Mid-Caps, and multiple partner consortia and large enterprises, the different needs for pilot production support and possible measures to address these beneficiaries were elaborated. Several experts from policy (EU, national and regional), research organisations as well as industry representatives including SMEs provided their input to the workshops. With these very interesting insights, the mKPL team will now elaborate a tentative policy roadmap for the support of multi-KET pilot production activities.

Below is a photograph of all participants that was taken during the workshop.

 

First Conference

The first conference provided by the multi-KETs pilot lines project was organized co-jointly with the RO-cKETs project and took place in Brussels on April 2-3, 2014. With nearly 200 attendees, the two day conference entitled “Key Enabling Technologies for a European Renaissance” provided an excellent opportunity for participants to learn about the importance of multi key enabling technologies and how they are implemented in pilot lines.

There is renewed interest in high value added manufacturing and the role of KETs based industries in fostering economic development in Europe. It is recognized that combinations of KETs (or multiKETs) offer even greater possibilities to foster innovation and create new markets. The two-day conference featured high-level experts from industry sharing their experience in bringing technology into pilot production, as well as keynotes from policy makers with insight into new funding opportunities and strategies.  The entire experience was moderated and enhanced with the latest findings from the MultiKET consortia, including the release of the initial results of the study on multi KETs activities. Attendees also had the chance to interact with pilot line case studies during the showcase of selected demonstration pilots, now part of an extensive study by the MultiKET pilot lines consortium.

 

Workshop 3 – Focus on SMEs

Within this project several high level workshops have been conducted, where a limited number of experts are invited to share their expertise on a specific topic related to pilot lines. The third workshop, held on October 23, 2013 in Brussels, focused on SMEs and their involvement in pilot production. The objective of the workshop was to understand the role of SMEs in pilot production, as well as to identify success factors and barriers for SMEs to participate in multi-KETs pilot lines in Europe.

The first part of the workshop made use of testimonials from SMEs to examine practical experience relative to pilot line activities. SMEs are considered to be an important component in the future success of European pilot lines. Typical roles taken by of SMEs in pilot line “ecosystems” were identified and analyzed. The second part of the workshop focused on identifying success factors and barriers to success for SMEs in the implementation of pilot lines. The conclusions of the workshop may be considered as general guidance for making recommendations on policy measures to facilitate successful SME participation in KET pilot lines. 


Workshop 2 - multi-KETs pilot lines

On the 30rd of May 2013, the second workshop of the multi-KETs pilot lines workshop took place. This workshop had the objective to foster the development of a shared and coherent vision and approach for the efficient development of multi-KETs pilot lines in Europe.

During this workshop the core conclusions drawn from the benchmark study were presented, for which 21 countries and the results of 200 interviews and a worldwide online survey have been analysed. Furthermore, a preliminary view on selection criteria for pilot activities and on possible policies to support these activities was discussed in two parallel sessions. The last part of the workshop focused on a preparation of the second phase of this study where two demonstrator activities will be assessed and analysed. Attention was paid to both the activities that the community would like to see in this demonstrator phase and the activities that pilot activity owners can offer to the community. The objective of both sessions was to give input to the further development and refinement of the demonstrator phase. Below is a photograph of all participants that was taken during the workshop.