2020 is a year that will go into history. Not because of Euro 2020 or the 2020 Olympic Games, but as the year in which Covid-19 arose and took down our personal as well as our professional life. A major lockdown in the second quarter of the year caused companies to close, and challenged entrepreneurs to come up with new ways to survive and be successful again. Covid-19 is the biggest challenge for the manufacturing industry in over 100 years, as it affects both customers as manufacturers worldwide.
The European Union is a strong economy. Nearly all EU member countries have already established joint initiatives across industry and research to identify and support the transition into smart factories. We, as Flanders Make, also started a similar initiative with the SmartFactoryBNL. Now, the new SmartFactoryEU EEIG association is starting to build a network to connect these important national initiatives. So, let us join forces and innovate our way forward out of this crisis.
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