The Lehendakari inaugurates the 23rd Advanced and Digital Manufacturing Congress

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From 25 to 27 October, the Donostia Campus of the Euskadi Technology Park will host specialists in digitisation, additive manufacturing, aeronautics, automotive, robotics, start-ups and talent attraction.

Once again, Donostia becomes the capital of advanced and digital manufacturing thanks to AFM Cluster, which today inaugurated the 23rd edition of the Advanced and Digital Manufacturing Congress. For three days, experts in matters related to the most cutting-edge manufacturing technologies come to San Sebastian for a meeting that combines lectures, presentations, debates, B2B meetings and an exhibition area.

The president of AFM Cluster, José Pérez Berdud, stated that the sector he represents is “an essential part of the solution to the great transformations in the world” and that the congress aims to take a long but precise look at the challenges facing the manufacturing sector.

In his speech, the Lehendakari stressed that “advanced manufacturing technologies are key to the industrial development of any country”. He also added that “there can be no competitive industry or economic transformation without cutting-edge technological assets and equipment”.

The first talk by Iñaki Gabilondo, a prestigious journalist and communicator, and Pedro Etxenike, a scientist specialising in solid state physics, was dedicated to the future and the challenges that technological advances pose and will pose to the society of the future. His speech was followed by a session on the effects of the integration of AI in industry, which was led by Enrique Dans, Professor of Innovation at IE Business School / IE University, and experts from MICROSOFT.

During the day, attendees were also able to enjoy presentations on disruptive technologies such as 5G or Industrial Cybersecurity, robotics and automation or digitisation, by experts from companies such as ABB, SIEMENS, TELEFÓNICA and IBM.

On the other hand, the scientific-technical congress will feature papers presenting the results and potential applications of various R&D&I projects from technology centres, universities and companies, aimed at a more technical target audience, eager to know specific details of the resolution of complex problems.

The double programme of the 23CMH will be joined in 2023 by the security congress, and a large number of debates and presentations, round tables and B2B meetings, with the aim of promoting networking and creating new opportunities for collaboration among the 450 participants expected for this event.

The congress is supported by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, the Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment of the Basque Government and the SPRI Group.

Closing ceremony

During the closing ceremony of the congress, which will take place on 27 October, five prizes will be awarded: one for the best end-of-studies project related to the advanced and digital manufacturing sector, another for the best paper presented in Basque, the third for the best paper presented in poster format, the fourth for the best communication presented by the scientific-technical community and the fifth for the most innovative paper presented by a company.

Xavier Marcet, a consultant in strategy, innovation and transformation of organisations, will close the congress with a talk on the importance of leadership and talent management.


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