It is time to be honest: Europe and CEE has missed out on leveraging the internet revolution. According to the publication 'Industrial Internet - A European Perspective' the train is now gone, but there is an even faster engine that we can jump on. The Industrial Internet offers greater productivity gains and therefore a fast way to catch up with the world or even move ahead of the curve. Is Europe ready to remove the obstacles from this promising track where 1% growth can add 2.2 trillion dollars to Europe’s GDP? To find out, we are at the meeting of masterminds and power players of GE: the Minds and Machines event in London.
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Guest post by Peter Stracar, CEO, GE CEE
There is only one day before the start of European ‘Minds and Machines’ multi-stakeholder event in London. I have to admit I feel a great amount of anticipation and excitement about what the event is going to bring for Europe and especially for CEE, as I am responsible for the latter... We are about to witness the spark of a new industrial revolution when new ecosystems of connected machines have the potential to reap the rewards. I am proud that some 30 participants from CEE accepted our invitation for an open discussion on progress.
Guest post by Agnieszka Jankowska, GE Government Relations Director
Poland is the largest market in CEE, but what changes could be implemented in the Polish economy to increase its share in global innovation? This was discussed by the participants of the experts' seminar of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland "R&D in universities", in which I took part together with other representatives of the world of science, business and politics.
Like nothing else, the annual gala celebrating the Engineering Recognition Day (ERD) - held in the Congress Hall of the Palace of Culture and Science, in the very heart of Warsaw - shows how the EDC has grown over time. Year after year, the 2880 seat Congress Hall is coming closer to a capacity crowd - 13 years ago the event hosted 20 engineers in a small local auditorium, today that number exceeds 1500 in a more representative location.
Guest post by Alexander Silin, General Manager Sales - Europe -Thermal Products - GE Power & Water
CEE’s energy landscape is changing fast and that is not only a figure of speech: new power plants are appearing across the region as the industry strives to shift gear. At the end of last year, construction started of PGNiG and Tauron’s heat and power plant in Stalowa Wola and only last week I was in Wloclawek at the launch of another landmark project that will change Poland’s energy landscape for good and for the better. Both projects deploy GE’s advanced technologies.
Guest post by David Boyd, GE Healthcare Europe’s Director of Government and Public Policy
Some 18 months ago, as European governments and healthcare providers were coming to terms with the realities of the financial crisis, The European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR), the trade association for Europe’s diagnostics and healthcare IT sectors, was suggesting that investing in innovative technologies to improve healthcare systems would be a wise use of the limited finances available in countries. Primarily, COCIR was thinking of public financing – through government procurement or through the use of EU Structural Funds in eligible countries such as those in Central and South Eastern Europe, to expand healthcare infrastructure.
Guest post by Milan Šlapák, Commercial Director at GE Aviation, Turboprops
”I am really pleased that Czech – Russian cooperation in aviation is growing dynamically and the number of Czech aircraft in the Russian sky is growing,” said I. D. Irinich, General Director Deputy of the 2nd Arkhangelsk Aviation Company, one of GE Aviation’s customers in Russia, at the very first Russian Customer Advisory Board meeting. The meeting was held by GE Aviation in Moscow recently and was a great opportunity for us to talk to our customers from different parts of the country and beyond, as they came from Yakutsk, Kamchatka, Moscow, Yaroslavl, Archangelsk, Kazakhstan and other places. The opening speech of Jan Krs, Head of Economic Section at the Czech Embassy in Moscow, emphasized the close cooperation between Russia and the Czech Republic.
GE recently announced an agreement to purchase of the aviation business of Avio S.p.A., an Italy-based manufacturer of aviation propulsion components and systems for civil and military aircraft. GE plans to pursue new opportunities for Avio in power-generation, oil, and marine products.
Innovation is far more then R&D, therefore when it comes to the list of the most innovative countries of the world, many factors are considered crucial. Productivity, high-tech density, researcher concentration and manufacturing capability are key to success - see why CEE countries got among the best 50 in Bloomberg’s 50 Most Innovative Countries list, and why some countries in the region performed better than China, Hong Kong or Malaysia.
Guest post by Mario Costariol, Managing Director – Chief of the Renewable Energy Division at Eurecna, sole adminstrator of Energia Verde Ventuno
Wind was once used to power ships, playing a significant part in transport and economies. Today, the strong winds in South Eastern Romania give munitions to a very different industry, not only by powering wind turbines but also by boosting the economy in areas where it is needed the most. The Cerna wind park project is a masterpiece example of how a vision of a country, the commitment of Energia Verde Ventuno and the technology of GE come together to create new opportunities for growth, innovation and sustainability.