• EUROPEAN TECHNOLOGY FORUM26-27 September 2018


    An event devoted to industrial modernization and technological development organized by the Polish Chamber of Commerce for High Technology.

    • Horizon Europe – a new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027
    • Polish technology policy
    • Flagship industrial sectors in the Responsible Development Strategy: (e-mobility – circular economy – medical products – IT solutions for professional applications)
    • International research networks in science and technology
    • New technologies in the management of large urban agglomerations


  • 15TH CONGRESS OF NEW INDUSTRY ENERGY | GAS 27-28 September 2018


    A project dedicated to the Polish energy sector. The two-day forum brings together around 8,000 participants every year, including some of the most important figures in the energy and fuel sector in Poland.


    State energy policy

    • Long-term horizon, strategic decisions. Challenges for the future and the shape of the state energy policy
    • Changes in the Polish energy? Main trends. Decisive factors
    • Role of support systems, impact of EU regulations

    Distribution sector – time for investment

    • Assets of the electricity distribution sector in Poland. Necessary investments in the grid and new technologies
    • Plans and schedules of key investments
    • Smart grid as an opportunity and an issue for the sector
    • Electromobility development – how to meet new demands and requirements

    Energy, technology, infrastructure

    • Main development trends in global energy vs. the distribution infrastructure in Poland
    • Technologies that will change the distribution sector – the most promising solutions, techniques, equipment lines
    • Internet of Things, AI, and Big Data in the distribution grid and relations in the energy market
    • Importance of new solutions: efficiency, safety, glitch prevention

    Energy market in Poland

    • Electricity prices – today and tomorrow. It's not getting any cheaper
    • Price-shaping factors (CO2 emissions quota, BAT, power market)
    • Growing energy prices and their effects on economic competitiveness

    Electricity market – before the debut

    • Ready, steady...! First auctions – forecasts, experiences, schedule of further actions
    • We have a bill but… The winter package as a source of uncertainty
    • Expected electricity market outcomes on investments in production capabilities, consequences for the market, system functioning and energy consumers

    Main directions of the development of renewable sources in Poland

    • Photovoltaics, biomass, wind off shore and on shore – green energy sources worth investing in
    • Regulations, support systems, funding. Factors shaping the share of renewable energy sources in the Polish energy mix
    • Energy clusters vs. renewable energy sources: assumptions, forecasts, and practice
    • Prosumers and dispersed generation in the green energy market – main trends

    Technologies and devices in the renewable energy sources sector

    • Renewable technology costs – main trends, opportunities, hopes
    • When will support for renewable energy sources end? What are the prospects for the competitiveness of green energy?
    • Green investor – large or small. Market entry threshold
    • Job: prosumer? Technologies to support dispersed energy generation

    Electromobility and the energy sector

    • Consequences of electromobility laws – inevitable changes in the energy sector
    • Vehicle-generated energy demand – scale and structure. Benefits and problems for the energy sector
    • New challenges for Distribution System Operators
    • Large-scale energy storage and other technologies that help adapt the system and grid to new needs and demands

    Energy market integration. Energy union

    • Toward synchronization. European energy sector on a path to change
    • Cooperation of countries and systems within the framework of regional energy markets. Cooperation models, convergence vs. diversity. Moot issues
    • How to achieve safe, affordable, sustainable energy deliveries?
    • Investment toward the energy union: achievements, plans, funding
    • Winter package and the future of the single European energy market

    Funding investment in the energy sector

    • Financial needs of the largest investors today and tomorrow
    • Active and potential funding sources for innovative investment in the energy sector
    • Attractive projects, interested institutions, funding conditions

    Cogeneration – new investments in the heat sector

    • Prospects for the development of cogeneration. Announced changes in the support system (from 2019)
    • Should we expect an investment boom in cogeneration?
    • Fuels for cogeneration – coal, RDF (refuse-derived fuel), biomass
    • Large or small sources? Development of cogeneration in small and medium-sized towns

    Large-scale energy and anti-smog measures

    • Polish energy sector – achievements in the struggle against pollution
    • Technological, economic, and strategic opportunities for including the energy sector in the process of reducing low emission
    • Different models, one goal: anti-smog schemes of the main players in the Polish energy sector
    • Cooperation for clean air. Local governments, energy consumers, service and technology providers as partners in the struggle for better air quality

    Energy in the digital era

    • Analytics and Big Data. IT solutions and digital technologies in customer service
    • Is the IT sector catching up with the developing needs of the energy market?
    • Smart grid, smart metering. Areas of the energy grid in need of smart solutions
    • Digitization in energy generation – maintenance, efficiency, management, and safety
    • Dispersed and renewable energy sources and the development of smart energy
    • Solutions to support efficient energy management


    LNG – a step towards the gasification of Poland

    • LNG as a new gas source – access and demand in the region, Europe, and the world
    • What does the increased supply of liquefied natural gas mean for the market, consumers, and the economy?
    • Advantages of LNG technology. Easy access to cheap and relatively clean fuel
    • Necessary investments. Local grids and then what?

    Polish regional gas hub

    • Alternatives to Russian gas in the region – needs, possibilities, deadlines
    • Who can receive Norwegian gas and LNG? Survey of volumes and capabilities
    • Effects of the Northern Gateway. Opportunities for a new gas hub
    • Gas for Central Europe – as seen from Brussels. Rules and declarations vs. facts
    • Gas union or conflict of private interests? Chances for a common European policy toward importers

    Gas strategy for Poland

    • Prospects for gas. Supply and demand in the light of medium- and long-term forecasts
    • Where can sales be expected to increase? Energy sector as a recipient
    • Barriers to the development of the gas market – sales, prices, logistics and technology
    • How to reach the retail customer? Infrastructure for natural gas and LNG

    Gas transmission and distribution infrastructure in Poland

    • Density, range, and condition of the gas grid. Opportunities for expansion and modernization
    • Current and prospective infrastructure investments in the gas sector
    • New technologies and materials, innovative solutions, investment models
    • Impact of gas infrastructure development on the economy and quality of life


    A prestigious and opinion-shaping meeting of the Polish black coal sector organized in Katowice. A recurring debate about the future of Polish mining that brings together important managers, politicians, and experts.

    Mines of the future

    • Toward a smart mine. Technological capabilities and the everyday practices of a mining plant
    • Automation of extracting processes in practice. How to overcome the natural, economic, technological, and mental barriers?
    • Risks and costs as an implementation issue. Increased safety and efficiency thanks to innovative solutions

    Coal: a new game

    • Trends and forecasts. Where is domestic coal mining heading to?
    • Coal supply in the light of resources, investments, and demand
    • Efficiency vs. work organization in coal mines – time for changes
    • Technologies of the future. Is coal gasification a good idea?
    • New mines in Poland in the context of growing coal imports

    Production for mining – the Polish brand in the world

    • Poland as an exporter of mining and extracting industry know-how and technology
    • Market-tested solutions. Polish technology in foreign coal mines
    • More than heading machines. How to create a comprehensive offer?
    • Stronger together. Cooperation models between Polish companies in the global market
    • Support for the foreign expansion of Polish mining companies


    Metallurgy – a global market

    • Freedom and barriers. Changes in global trade and the trade in metallurgy products
    • Decisions of the Trump administration – outcomes for the European steel sector
    • Chinese economy, expansion and metallurgical production as factors shaping the global situation and prospects for steel production in Europe

    Efficient metallurgy

    • Main trends in the changes of metallurgical production – efficiency, quality, and environment
    • Survey of new technologies and solutions for cost reduction and better resource use
    • Energy efficiency and the use of waste products in the steel industry

    Quality steel

    • Key areas of research and development projects in quality steel
    • Properties in high demand in the industry (malleability, plasticity, durability, and weight)
    • Metals as composite components
    • Steel quality testing – needs and methods

    Steel in construction and industry

    • Modern structural steel processing technologies – response to new customer demands
    • Material savings and structural parameters in the industry and the construction sector
    • Possible specializations – constructions for the offshore sector, industrial tanks, chemical installations
    • Safety and quality. State-of-the-art monitoring and testing methods for steel structures

Thematic paths

  • INDUSTRY 4.0


    Industry 4.0 – a time of great change

    • On the cusp of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Where do we stand, what lies ahead?
    • Industrialization, digitization, robotization – where is contemporary industry heading?
    • Key technologies that create the environment for change in modern industry
    • What are we missing? Cooperation, knowledge-sharing, education, integration of dispersed measures
    • Polish Industry 4.0 Platform to support the global competitiveness of Polish industry. Business expectations

    IT tools in industry

    • Abundance of data vs. the practical utility of information and its use in production
    • Effectiveness of IIoT technology – technological capabilities, implementation costs, business
    • How to create an effective IT environment for the new industry. Cloud services. Mobile technologies
    • Planning and overseeing production processes: SCADA and DCS, EAM, MES and ERP, and APS
    • Product life management (PLM) systems and services
    • Virtual and augmented realities in design and production
    • Cyberthreats and defence against cyberattacks

    Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

    • IIoT in Poland, Europe, and across the globe. What is the progress in the digitization of our industry?
    • How to spur the economy forward – free market or state support?

    Digitization that pays off

    • What IT solutions are used by various industries? Costs, effectiveness, investment funding
    • Needs and the potential of digitization in different fields: human resources, planning, management, logistics, production, R&D
    • How to spend money on digitization to make it as profitable as possible from a business perspective?

    Production management

    • Digital technologies and IT solutions in production process planning and monitoring
    • Decentralizing production – managing a network of autonomous, smart process units
    • Market demands. From mass customization to personalized production
    • Man in tandem with machine. “Digital leaders” and leadership. Cultural changes in companies
    • Automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence vs. employment. Workers in the face of new challenges. New work organization models
    • How to build involvement and create conditions for permanent skill development?

    Industry 4.0 in the automotive industry

    • Automotive industry – a testing ground for automation and robotics, a pioneer in innovationv
    • ndustry 4.0 implementation and applications in automotive production. Experiences thus far
    • Car factory of tomorrow. How will digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT) change vehicle manufacturing?
    • Electromobility – new products, new demands, new technologies

    Automotive industry – effective cooperation

    • Component and subassembly suppliers – an important segment of the Polish economy and its international corporate connections
    • Polish automotive companies in the light of new trends
    • Cooperation with procurers and cooperation between suppliers – standards, competition, know-how sharing
    • Role of industry clusters and associations in increasing access to knowledge and technology and responding to changes in the market

    “Made in Poland”– technologies, exports, expansion

    • Industry 4.0 solutions – opportunities and limitations in Poland
    • Export potential of Polish companies based on new technologies
    • Technology-driven advantage. Industries, specializations, business niches – what are we betting on in our expansion?
    • Good practices and best experiences. Presentations and case studies
    • Data, information, management. Technology companies that support the development of Industry 4.0 in Poland

    Maintenance 4.0

    • New approaches to maintenance – Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Big Data management
    • How to meet the growing demands of maintenance – schedules, conservation periods, legal requirements and documentation
    • Manufacturing process safety – role of complete and reliable machine and device testing
    • Predictive maintenance strategies vs. cost analysis
    • IoT solutions and their integration with machine learning, predictive and cognitive analysis, and smart PLM, WMS, and ERP solutions

    Logistics in industry

    • Information rules. Role of state-of-the-art logistics in industrial production managementv
    • Technology-supported logistics, i.e. a healthy nervous system for the factory of tomorrow
    • System and organization innovations, IT solutions in internal logistics
    • Secure deliveries, strategic planning, complete flexibility – how to combine them?
    • Time and space, or the art of smart warehousing
    • Relations with suppliers and interfaces with the external system. Logistics bottlenecks. How to minimize the risks?

    Energy efficiency in industrial plants

    • Energy-efficient industry – achievements and further development potential
    • How to invest in rational energy management?
    • Technologies to support pro-efficiency measures
    • ESCO services, i.e. a business approach to improving energy efficiency

    Modern chemical industry

    • Digitalization and the circular economy: major challenges and opportunities for the modern chemical industry
    • Chemical industry partners in the digitization process. Modern agriculture and services for the sector, pharmaceutics, waste processing?
    • Investment in research as a main factor of competitive advantage
    • Forecasts, predictions, prospects – key chemical processes and products today and tomorrow


    Future of robotization in industry

    • The position of Polish industry in Europe and the world. How can we catch up?
    • Large plants or small and medium-sized enterprises – who are the robots best for?
    • Cost and benefit analysis – when, if at all, does it pay off?
    • Robotization vs. the job market. Workers' fears, employers' hopes
    • Cooperating robots as an opportunity for faster robotization in the SME sector

    Automation as a prerequisite for increased production

    • Full automation of production lines – necessity or great opportunity?
    • Precision and reliability – how to achieve them?
    • Directions of development for industrial steering systems


    Technology and engineering education

    • Demand for engineers vs. the “supply” of Polish universities
    • Tailor-made graduates? Cooperation between industrial companies and universities
    • Dual education. Organizing and funding internship programmes. Role of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
    • How to teach and educate for the future? Soft and hard skills on a par
    • Student internships and practicums, engineering and doctoral thesis written in cooperation with industrial plants. Cooperation between universities and the broader socio-economic environment
    • Activities of the National Centre for Research and Development and its educational programmes

    Specialized labour market

    • Situation in the job market for engineers. Scale of the deficit – entrepreneurs' problems and fears
    • Fighting to hire an engineer? How to find one? How to be found? Job market and service professionalization
    • Study majors in greatest demand on the current job market. Professional relocation, career change, continuing education, and specialist training
    • Employ and retain in the company. HR rotation and motivational incentives
    • New engineer in a new structure? Industry 4.0 and the soft skills of specialized staff
    • Demographic trends. What lies ahead? A migration of specialists or an escape of investors?


    Welding 4.0 – challenging times

    • Welding industry and industry 4.0. Directions for development of material joining technologies in industrial plants
    • Innovations in the global welding industry vs. local realities
    • Demands of the modern manufacturing process – speed, quality, safety, savings
    • Welding system robotization – opportunities and barriers
    • How to combat the shortage of specialists in the welding industry?

    Metal joining and securing: technologies, trends, new developments

    • Cutting-edge welding technologies vs. increasing quality and efficiency demands
    • Laser beam welding as key to high-efficiency low-mix high-volume production
    • Microelectronics – a revolution in welding?
    • Innovative protective and anti-corrosive films in state-of-the-art production processes
    • Experience and practice. Technologies employed in Polish plants (automotive and shipbuilding industries)


    Waste management and the circular economy

    • Circular economy – the beginning of evolution? Waste: a problem or a business opportunity?
    • Waste as fuel for heat and energy. Waste management in industry
    • Compliance with emissions standards. Role of environmental protection departments in enterprises
    • Waste management and recycling. Waste collection and segregation – role of local government in waste management


    The largest investors present their plans and projects. Efficient and effective cooperation of large investors with suppliers and contractors. Dialogue with suppliers: standards, partner relations, mutual expectations. Formalized requirements – supplier code, rights and obligations. Transparency above all – criteria of choice, principles of competition

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