04 April

Ukrainian Machine-Building & Engineering Forum

Kharkiv, Premier Palace Hotel

Introduction

Developing an internationally competitive industry through innovation and modernisation

With the official support of Kharkiv City Council

The machine-building sector contributes significantly to Ukraine’s economy, accounting for roughly 10% of GDP. It produces machinery and equipment for virtually all types of industrial activity, including: mining equipment, power and turbines, shipbuilding, automotive, agricultural machinery, oil & gas equipment, aviation, rail transportation, defence, heavy vehicles, construction machinery and cranes.

The government recognises the importance of the sector as a major employer, exporter and centre for innovation and has stressed its commitment to creating a business environment which will stimulate investment in the modernisation of the machine-building industry.

The Ukrainian Machine-Building and Engineering Forum will provide you with a unique platform to hear from and meet with all the key stakeholders in the industry, including:

  • Senior national and regional government officials who will outline coordinated strategies to support and stimulate investment in the sector
  • Top executives from Ukraine’s leading machine-building groups, representing all the industry sub-sectors, who will outline their development strategies and investment programmes
  • Regional and Country Heads of major multinational industrial concerns will discuss the outlook for setting up local production and what is required to make this a reality

They will use this strategic forum to discuss such crucial issues as:

  • Where Ukraine stands in an increasingly globalised market and what are the opportunities and challenges. Identifying and winning market share in key export markets
  • Industry 4.0: the impact of digitalisation and digital transformation on the machine-building industry
  • Raising operational efficiency – implementing best practices and lean management systems and processes
  • Identifying domestic and international sources of raising finance for investment in new technologies and modernisation
  • Investing in Research & Development facilities and creating local centres of excellence and competencies
  • Creating the right business environment for a competitive manufacturing base: adequate legislation, skilled workforce, innovation, access to financing, efficient supply chains and infrastructure
  • The outlook for joint ventures between national champions and global players

Programme

  • Session 1: Government Initiatives To Support And Stimulate Investment In Machine-Building And Engineering

    • Current macroeconomic trends and how they are impacting on the industry and growth forecasts for industrial production
    • Maintaining the Ukrainian machine-building industry as the cornerstone of manufacturing in Ukraine
    • Where Ukraine stands in an increasingly globalised market and what are the opportunities and challenges. Identifying and winning market share in key export markets
    • An overview of privatisation plans for 2018 and beyond – which major manufacturers are slated for sale?
  • Session 2: Case Studies Of Improving Business Processes And Achieving Operational Excellence

    • Raising operational efficiency – implementing best practices and lean management systems and processes
    • Automation and information technologies in machine-building – implementing cutting-edge systems and technologies
    • Industry 4.0: the impact of digitalisation and digital transformation on the machine-building industry
    • How manufacturers, government and education can support each other to adapt to change
    • Case studies of successful ERP implementation projects. How to choose the right system and supplier
    • Increasing innovation through a combination of IT, automation and robotics
    • Harmonising technical and quality standards with the EU and US

     

  • Session 3: Investing In R&D Capabilities And Innovation

    • Identifying domestic and international sources of raising finance for investment in new technologies and modernisation
    • Investing in Research & Development facilities. Creating local centres of excellence and competencies. The growth of industrial parks and clusters
    • Using R&D-led solutions to manufacture more efficiently, faster, cheaper and more environmentally-friendly
    • Tax and tariff regimes and the regulatory framework and their impact on technology transfer and industrial investment
    • Engaging with the IFIs as a potential source of financing
    • Reform and innovation in the state-owned sector: corporatisation, audit, clusters
    • Controlling energy costs as a key driver of competitiveness – investing in energy-efficiency programmes
  • Session 4: CEO Panel Debate: The Outlook For The Domestic Machine-Building Sector – Challenges And Opportunities

    • Appraising the international competitiveness of the national machine-building industry
    • Global trends in machine-building and engineering and their impact on the industry in Ukraine
    • Creating the right business environment for a competitive manufacturing base: adequate legislation, skilled workforce, innovation, access to financing, efficient supply chains and infrastructure
    • Sectoral updates and how each sector is performing: mining equipment, power and turbines, shipbuilding, automotive, agricultural machinery, oil & gas equipment, aviation, rail transportation, defence, heavy vehicles, construction machinery and cranes
    • The outlook for joint ventures between national champions and global players and opportunities to further utilise domestic production capacity and increase localisation
    • Cooperating with higher education establishments to ensure that engineering is a sought-after profession and that suitably qualified personnel are entering the labour market
    • Identifying growth export markets

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