MINSK, 17 October 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized the “From Lean Management to Industry 4.0” conference, which took place in Minsk, Belarus, from 17 to 18 October 2018.
Attended by over 70 participants, the conference addressed issues such as the disruptive potential of the fourth industrial revolution and the convergence of technologies, as well as the importance of being prepared to deal with the challenges related to these processes.
In addition, the participants discussed the key role of Industry 4.0 strategies, policies and programmes to foster technological learning and innovation for smart specialization. They also debated moving to “Digital Kaizen” and synergies between lean management and Industry 4.0.
“Which skills are required for the digital economy; what are the future trends for the digital factories in the automotive industry?,” asked UNIDO Deputy Director Olga Memedovic. “What can companies gain from further upgrading and development, and how will leading companies in Belarus respond to key challenges, such as introducing lean management and Industry 4.0?”
The theme “continuous change” took centre stage during the discussions, and especially the requirements and difficulties of connecting lean and Industry 4.0 on a shop floor. Following the conference, which gathered Industry 4.0 experts, representatives of government, industry, academia and training institutes, the Project Steering Committee of the UNIDO project “Institutional strengthening and policy support to upgrade the component manufacturers in the automotive sector in the Republic of Belarus (Phase II)” discussed establishing an industrial upgrading centre in Belarus.
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Deputy Director and Chief, Business Environment, Clusters and Innovation Division
UNIDO Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation