Chairperson: Karl Vrancken
The circular economy is a complex transition to tackle. A number of companies of all sizes and in all sectors have already experimented with ad hoc experiments or have implemented circular principles. It helps underlining the potential, but so far the number of outspoken circular strategies is still limited.
Given dependency on critical resources, the manufacturing industry has most to gain from switching to a circular economy. Maturing digital technologies help as necessary enablers to tackle complexity, as was discussed at G-STIC2017 and 2018. Bridging manufacturing and digital industries might be key to achieve the envisioned acceleration and upscaling of circular possibilities and proven practices with an eye to limiting resource dependencies and supply risks, but also with an eye to achieve the 2050 goals set by the Paris Agreement.
Servitisation is one of the strategies within a circular approach that is of growing interest to many companies, as it offers many advantages ranging from resource management, over customer connection, to insight in product usage over the lifecycle.
This deep dive session is organised by the technology sector federation Agoria. It kicks off with 2-3 company presentations, to have a view and testimonial from both manufacturing and digital industry, and also brings a reflection from an EU point of view. Mature companies are challenged by a number of digital start-ups and niche frontrunners in the manufacturing industry.
In a panel debate the invited speakers tackle questions such as: how to tweak the existing linear model step-by-step to a more circular approach? Which digital technologies will speed up the innovation in circular manufacturing? Is servitization the next big thing, and can it be more than ‘As A Service’? What roles can norms and standards play to guide or boost this evolution? Should governments, industries and science & knowledge institutes interact more on this matter? Which digital skills are needed to reap the full potential?