Industry 4.0 Conference in Lithuania
The current trend of automation and data exchange in leading Baltic manufacturing state

Getting Ready for Industry 4.0: Transformations Needed

This year "Industry 4.0" conference will be held on

May 11th 2017 in Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO, Laisvės pr. 5, Hall 5.1, Vilnius.

On the occasion of the international trade fair on engineering industry Balttechnika 2017, the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK) and the Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania (LINPRA) will host the 2nd Industry 4.0 Conference, on May 11, 2017. This years’ meeting provides not only first-hand reports of international experts on the newest developments and innovations. It also reports about what happened in Lithuania since the inauguration of a national working group „Industry 4.0“ and the aim to set up an platform for smart production and international cooperation.

Get in touch with other participants out of the field and hear more about European digital competence, centres and innovation hubs, data security and the transformation of labour and education in the digital age. Amongst the speakers are representatives of the European Commission, Lithuanian government authorities and leading international companies and institutes.

In order to ensure a successful participation of Lithuania in the fourth industrial revolution, we are in the process of connecting the different stakeholders in our platform. Our goal is to contribute to the technological progress of companies, increase corporate digital maturity as well as a creative ecosystem and share best practices.


09:30 – 10:00 / REGISTRATION
10:00 – 10:20 / WELCOME ADDRESS
  • Mr. Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of Lithuania (TBC).
  • Mr. Robertas Dargis, President, Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists.
  • Mr. Gintautas Kvietkauskas, President, Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania LINPRA.
  • Mr. Florian Schröder, CEO, German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK).
Digitising European Industry – the New Policy for Upgrading, Improving and Adapting EU Industry to Digital Era.
  • Mr. Markus Beyrer, Director General, Business Europe.
  • Mr. Dr. Carsten PolenzVice President, Industry 4.0 & IoT Strategy, SAP.
11:00 – 12:00 / OPENING SESSION
National Strategies to Support Digitization of Industry: Where the Importance Lies?
  • Mr. Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Minister of Economy of Lithuania.
  • Mr. Markus Beyrer, Director General, Business Europe
  • Mr. Dr. Carsten Polenz,  Vice President, Industry 4.0 & IoT Strategy, SAP.
  • Mr. Yves Paindaveine, Head of Sector, Digitising European Industry Governance at European Commission.
  • Mr. Adrian Harris, Director General, Orgalime.
  • Ms. Ph. D.  Merete Nørby, International Senior Consultant, MADE.
13:30 – 14:30 / PARALLEL SESSIONS
Effective Security for Manufacturing in the Industry 4.0 Era
  • Dr. Virginijus Valevicius, Business Area Manager, Industry Management and Automation Phoenix Contact JSC.
  • Mr. Remigijus Dambrauskas, Business Area Manager, Industrial Components and Electronics Phoenix Contact JSC.
Industry 4.0 - the Challenges in IT Security.
  • Mr. Donatas Zaveckas, CEO, BTT Group JSC.
14:30 – 15:30 / NETWORKING COFFEE
15:30 – 16:30 / PARALLEL SESSIONS
Education and Labour for Digital Manufacturing.
  • Mr. Hans Manzke, Representative, Association of Metal and Electrical Industry NORDMETALL
  • Mr. David B. Meinhard, Vocational Education and Training Cologne Institute for Economic Research.

Digitalization of the Entire Industrial Value Chain.

  • Mr. Teemu Pajala, Director of Plant Data Services for Nordic and Baltic Countries, SIEMENS Osakeyhtiö.
Business Area Manager Industrial Components and Electronics, Phoenix Contact JSC

MBA, Vilnius University, International Business with solid technical background. Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) - Kaunas University of Technology (KTU). Nine years of experience in industrial products and international projects management. Expertise - industrial electronics.

Phoenix Contact Vilnius Office serves the customers in the Baltic States and Belarus. The company has one clear mission: to offer you the best possible solution for your electrical engineering tasks. With its expert personal consultation service, our subsidiary ensures that you and your requirements always come first.
Tailored to different markets and their needs, at the heart of the company lies an extensive product portfolio: device and PCB connection technology, industrial components for electrical engineering and electronics, as well as industry-specific automation solutions.
CEO of BTT Group JSC

"BTT Group" is a successfully operating information technology company which has been in service for 10 years. During this time the company has managed to form a team of professionals with profound experience and to establish itself as a partner offering trusted IT services and Cloud solutions in the Baltics and Scandinavia. The company works with one of the most effective Tier III data centres and is oriented to quality services to enterprise companies.
Director, Department of International Relations, Employers Association of the Metal and Electronics Industry NORDMETALL

Task-force of employers organization in North Germany for "work 4.0" and "digitalisation". Served 16 years as  officer in the army, purchased higher education degree in pedagogy and psychology. 26 years Experience working in employer organizations and its institutes for education and research. Resposnsible for international relations - in cooperation with employer organizations in Germany on different levels and branches. Current activities in partnership of European and Eastern countries (Baltic Sea region, Russia,  South Caucasus Region, Ukraine, Moldova).
Director of Plant Data Services for Nordic and Baltic Countries, SIEMENS Osakeyhtiö

Teemu Pajala has more than 15 years of professional experience in industrial services. In the current role he is responsible for the Plant Data Services and MindSphere open IoT operating system in Siemens Nordics. Teemu Pajala is a member of global focus country group of Plant Data Services.
Head of Sector - Digitising European Industry Governance, European Commission

Yves Paindaveine has been working in the policy fields to foster the uptake of digital technologies since the Digital Agenda for Europe and is now driving the Digitising European Industry initiative. A microelectronics and computer science engineer by education. He joined the European Commission as a scientific officer for R&I projects dealing with health informatics, later with network security and dependability. Prior to this, he led, among others, distributed systems and security projects at the Open Software Foundation Research Institute.



Saulius Skvernelis is a Lithuanian politician who has been Prime Minister of Lithuania since 2016. He is also a member of the Seimas. Previously he served as police commissioner, and he was Minister of the Interior from 2014 to 2016.

ROBERTAS DARGISPresident of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK)

Robertas Dargis is a President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK), largest business associated organization representing interests of industrialists and employers, President of the Lithuanian Real Estate Development Association, Founder and Chairman of the Board at real estate development and investment company group “Eika”, Member of the Board of Trustees in Vilnius University, Institute of International Relations and Political Science. One of the initiators of the project “Ambersail" millennium Odyssey around the world dedicated for the commemoration of the millennium of Lithuania's name, Author of the project "Give a Vision for Lithuania".
President of Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania (LINPRA)

Gintautas Kvietkauskas is a President of Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania LINPRA, Vice-President of Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK), Director at „Arginta Group" JSC, Member of the Board of Chamber of Vilnius Industry, Trade and Crafts, Member of the Presidents Board of European Engineering Industries Association ORGALIME.
FLORIAN SCHRÖDERCEO of German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK)

In March 2016, Florian Schröder took over the position of CEO of the AHK Baltic States. During the previous twelve years, the economist had worked extensively on Azerbaijan's economic cooperation with Germany, first as an economic expert at the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ), and from 2006 on as CEO of the German-Azerbaijan Economic Association.
MINDAUGAS SINKEVIČIUSMinister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania
MARKUS BEYRERDirector General, Business Europe

Markus J. Beyrer has been Director General of Business Europe since late 2012. Prior to this he held the positions of CEO of the Austrian Industry Holding ÖIAG, Director General of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) and Director for Economic Affairs of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Before this Mr Beyrer served as Chief Economic Advisor to the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel. In addition to his executive positions, Mr Beyrer held a number of non-executive board functions in various Austrian industrial companies and was a member of the non-executive board of the Austrian Central Bank.Mr Beyrer read Law and Commercial Sciences in Vienna, graduating in law at the University of Vienna.  Later he completed postgraduate studies in European Law at the Danube University in Krems (Austria) and the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
  MR. DR. CARSTEN POLENZVice President, Industry 4.0 & IoT Strategy, SAP

Dr. Carsten Polenz is responsible for the external, political activities of SAP within the areas of Industrie 4.0, Internet of Things and Digitization of Industry, supporting directly the Executive Board Member Bernd Leukert. In this role, he works closely with the German Ministries for Economics (BMWi) and Research (BMBF) to steer the Plattform Industrie 4.0 as well as with the DG Connect of the EU and other national initiatives for Digitization around Europe, e.g. Industrie du Futur. Dr. Carsten Polenz works at SAP since 1999 and has held several executive positions in the areas of Corporate Strategy, Product Development, Design and Service and Support. Besides this he was program lead for a variety of strategic projects (e.g. acquisitions) reporting directly to the Executive Board of SAP. Before working at SAP, he was researcher at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Resources, working in the area of sustainable energy consumption.
ADRIAN HARRISDirector General, Orgalime

Before joining Orgalime in 1996, Adrian Harris worked for 20 years for a number of general contractors for the construction of complete plants, essentially in the agro-industrial and beverage area. Orgalime is a member of the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI), of which Adrian Harris was Chairman (2012-2013) and at present he is a Board member of the Federation of European and International Associations established in Belgium (FAIB). Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association, speaks for 40 trade federations representing the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking & metal articles industries of 23 European countries. The industry employs some 10.9 million people in the EU and in 2015 accounted for more than €1,900 billion of annual output. The industry accounts for over a quarter of manufacturing output and a third of the manufactured exports of the European Union.
International Senior Consultant, MADE

Merete Nørby is responsible for the international activities at MADE and presently primary involved in EUREKA SMART cluster, IMPACT GROWTH and DIGITAL HUB initiation. She played a key role in the Advanced Manufacturing KIC proposal (2016) and is after the relaunch active in this field again. Doctor Nørby has a deep knowledge of manufacturing optimization incl. technology transfer, Lean methods, ambidextrous approaches and SCM in global environment. Prior she worked at Technical University of Denmark with focus on innovation activities and setting up projects between researchers and SMEs. She has also as Head of Center for Production at DTI been initiating and coordinating several manufacturing projects and international study missions incl. supply chain and risk management themes. Merete Nørby has a PhD in Organization from Tsukuba University, Japan and Copenhagen Business School.

 MR. DAVID B. MEINHARDVocational Education and Training, Cologne Institute for Economic Research
PAULIUS VERTELKAManaging Director, Association INFOBALT

Previously he was the Head of Governmental Program JPP “Kurk Lietuvai” and worked as an expert on improving investment climate at "Invest Lithuania". Paulius has graduated high school in the U.S. and later acquired a double major degree (B.A.) in Economics and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During his student years, Paulius co-founded the Lithuanian Student Association of North America and presided over it until his graduation. Also, for over two years, Paulius was Managing director at the Lithuanian American Council – an organization with the task of advocating the interests of the Lithuanian-American community to the United States government.Mission of INFOBALT is to promote the use of Information and Communication Technologies to benefit society, businesses and public sector. Founded in 1994, INFOBALT is a locally and internationally recognized representative of Lithuanian ICT industry.


Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists
The Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania
German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (AHK)


Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania
LITEXPO Conference Centre
25'th International Specialized Exhibition of Manufacturing, Innovations and Engineering Solutions
Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA)
Hannover Messe
Pheonix Contact
BTT Group

German-Lithuanian Industrie 4.0 Conference 2016

While waiting for more information on this years event review last year's conference, which was held May 19th 2016 in Vilnius.