World Manufacturing Week 2021

18/10 - 22/10 | In presence + On line Events

SMEs: The Way Forward

“SMEs: The Way Forward”

This is the title under which EIT Manufacturing South will address the needs, opportunities and lessons of manufacturing SMEs in a post-pandemic scenario.

Currently, SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises) count for a large portion of the non-financial business economy and consequently make an important part of the manufacturing arena, but they still require support in transforming their business. How can this be achieved?

To find out the reply to this burning topic, join us on 19 October at 3:30 PM CEST at our virtual stage as we will guide you through the world of financial instruments at the regional, national, and EU level fostering growth and modernisation of SMEs. Furthermore, we will dive into the reality of SMEs in our ecosystem and will bring on stage best practices in terms of industrial production resilience, drawing experience from the Covid-19 crisis.

EIT Manufacturing Co-Location Center South

19 October 2021

3:30 PM – 6 PM CEST

Working language: English

Online event


  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM CEST

    Brief introduction to the event
    Keynote speeches on topics of:
    – SME landscape in Southern Europe and their participation in EU projects
    National, regional, financial instruments and synergies among them

    Stephan Raes, OECD
    Klaus Beetz, EIT Manufacturing
    Francesco Matteucci, EIC
    Luigi Gallo, Invitalia
    Paolo Dondo, MESAP

    Moderated by Gian Mario MAGGIO, EIT Manufacturing


  • 4:30 PM – 4:35 PM CEST


  • 4:35 PM – 5:20 PM CEST

    Keynote speech followed by a panel discussion with the case studies

    Eleonora Marino, Prima Industrie
    Valeria Tirelli, AIDRO
    Michele Poggipolini, Poggipolini
    Roberto Rossi, Smart Robots

    Moderated by Edoardo ROTA, EIT Manufacturing


  • 5:20 PM – 6:00 PM CEST
    Keynote speech followed by a panel discussion with the case studies

    Dimitrios Kyritsis, EPFL
    Jameel Istaitih, Razor Lab
    Maurizio Giubilato, Flexcon
    Alessandro Ceriani, Univet

    Moderated by Edoardo ROTA, EIT Manufacturing

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