Budapest/Denkendorf, December 6, 2018 - The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has announced the winning team of a Europe-wide competition of the new Manufacturing Innovation Community, a consortium of 50 partners in 17 countries launched in January 2018.
Festo Didactic as a partner company and expert for digital transformation in production and education for the Industrial Internet of Things is part of the winner consortium. The EIT Manufacturing Innovation Community brings together leading organizations from business, education, research and the public sector to increase the innovation capacity of the member states and thus contribute to sustainable economic growth and the creation of future-proof jobs in Europe.
"We are very proud to be part of Europe's largest network for innovation," says Dr. Reinhard Pittschellis, Head of Global Research and Development at Festo Didactic. "As an industrial partner, we will play an essential role in providing the European production industry with well-trained employees who are prepared for future technological changes," continues Pittschellis. "There is no innovation without education," emphasizes Dr. Pittschellis, the interim Director for Education at EIT Manufacturing. As the world's leading service provider in technical education and training, Festo Didactic has for many years been driving forward topics such as digital transformation and successfully preparing the next generation of skilled workers for digital production. In addition, the company offers learning systems, software and courseware as a complete concept, as well as training and consulting for industrial companies looking to successfully shape their own digital change.
"Our goal is to strengthen the global competitiveness and attractiveness of Europe's manufacturing industry through our commitment to radical innovation and entrepreneurial talent." – says George Chryssolouris of the University of Patras, the key coordinating partner for EIT Manufacturing. The winners of the competition were chosen after careful evaluation by external experts and the EIT Governing Board. The main factor behind the appointment to the Manufacturing Innovation Community was the potential to create the innovations needed to make the economy more competitive, sustainable and productive. The manufacturing industry in the EU alone employs nearly 30 million people in 2.1 million companies all of whom need to train their skilled workers for the technologies and applications of the Industrial Internet of Things (MES, HMI, artificial intelligence, smart maintenance, digital twins, etc.). "With our unique education-focused approach to innovation, EIT Manufacturing has now created even more opportunities for talented entrepreneurs and students in Europe," emphasizes Tibor Navracsics, EIT Officer and European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.