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23.10.2014
 

CECE Congress 2014, Antwerp: a record attendance

Over 200 industry representatives engaged in the 2014 CECE Congress in Antwerp on October 15 to 17, co-organised with Agoria. The evaluation forms (please find the document at: http://www.agoria.be/newsletter/agoria/previews/www/AINnewsletterINTRANET4595.html) are still coming in, but it is already obvious that the overall feedback is very positive: the quality of the speakers, the richness of the programme, the right mix between looking at the future and debating the immediate concerns of the...

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23.10.2014
 

Top speakers deliver deep insight on ‘how to win in Europe’

At the main session of CECE Congress, on 16th October 2014, Mark Sweeney (VP Caterpillar Inc), Rikard Mäki, (Director, Technology Planning & Public Funding, Volvo Construction Equipment), Johan Vyncke (Director Research & Innovation at the Belgian Building Research Institute) and Mr Karel Huijser, (General Manager & Vice President EAME Access Equipment, JLG Manufacturing Europe) gave very interesting insights to the audience on how to improve the agility of the construction...

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23.10.2014
 

Break-out sessions – what did we learn?

Innovation is more than products, parts and components – innovation is the way we do things, in manufacturing processes, in product design, in meeting customer requirements, by learning from other industries. These aspects were discussed by high-level experts from the industry in four breakout sessions. What did we learn? First, that there is no alternative to innovation – if companies do not innovate they cannot survive. Second, the ultimate king is the customer – it is the client who...

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23.10.2014
 

Technical Forum: innovate the machine!

More than 60 participants from industry discussed latest trends in product development and design at the Technical Forum of the CECE Congress, moderated by Paul Peeters from Agoria. Prof. Dr. Herman Van der Auweraer, Director Global Research, Siemens PLM Software, kicked-off the session with a presentation on virtual prototyping. Johann Payer, from the Virtual Vehicle Research Centre in Graz/ Austria, presented first results of the ongoing study on developing a driver assistance system for...

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23.10.2014
 

CECE Economic Forum: volatility at work

Strong cycles in our sector are not a new phenomenon, yet common observation after the turbulences of 2008 and 2009 was: cycles come much more intense, and in shorter intervals. This was a good reason to shed some lights on patterns of “volatility and unpredictability” during the Economic Forum session of CECE Congress. Peter de Keyzer, Chief Economist at BNP Paribas Fortis, started off by giving an overview of the general economic scenario in Europe. His observation was that while the ECB...

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