Navigating the Digitalisation Journey: Empowering SMEs in the Manufacturing Sector

  • Date
    28 February 2024
  • Beijing Time
    16:00 - 17:50
  • Brussels Time
    9:00 - 10:50
  • Location
    Tianjin & Online
  • Venue
    Zoom | European Chamber Tianjin Office 41/F Tianjin World Financial Center, No. 2 Dagubei Road, Heping District, Tianjin, 天津市和平区大沽北路2号天津环球金融中心4108室
  • Open to
    All European SMEs
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In today’s competitive landscape, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector are faced with the imperative to embrace digitalisation as a means to drive growth and sustainability. Whether capitalising on cost efficiencies or harnessing the power of unique product offerings, SME manufacturers are recognising the pivotal role of digitalisation in shaping their future trajectory. It is no longer a matter of choice, but a strategic necessity for professional managers to chart a course towards digital transformation. The questions that loom large are where to begin and how much to invest, among other crucial considerations.

In light of this pressing need, we are thrilled to announce the upcoming hybrid workshop “Navigating the Digitalisation Journey: Empowering SMEs in the Manufacturing Sector.” This event is tailored to cater to the specific needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, offering a platform for industry leaders and professionals to delve into the intricacies of digitalisation within the manufacturing realm.

Digitalisation Journeys for SMEs

With a keen focus on the digitalisation progress of SMEs in the manufacturing sector, our event aims to bring together representatives from SMEs to share insights, experiences, and best practices in their digitalisation journeys. Participants can expect to gain valuable knowledge on the necessity of digitalisation for SMEs in the manufacturing industry, the essential steps for embarking on a digital transformation, and real-world case studies highlighting successful digitalisation practices.

The event will serve as a forum for open dialogue, knowledge exchange, and networking opportunities, allowing attendees to connect with like-minded professionals and gain inspiration from the success stories of their peers. Through engaging panel discussions, interactive workshops, and expert presentations, participants will be equipped with the practical guidance and strategic insights needed to propel their organizations towards digital maturity.

Join us as we embark on a collective exploration of the digitalisation landscape, empowering SMEs in the manufacturing sector to seize the opportunities presented by the digital age. Together, let us unravel the complexities, embrace the possibilities, and pave the way for a thriving digital future in manufacturing.

This free event is organised by the EU SME Centre and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. It is open to all SMEs from EU Member States and countries participating in the Single Market Programme (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway).

Agenda (Beijing Time)

15:30 – 16:00

Registration at the venue
For onsite participants in Tianjin

16:00 – 16:10

Opening remarks
Liam Jia, Team Lead, EU SME Centre

16:10 – 16:30

Road to the Future – How Can SMEs Prepare for the New Digital Era
Lin Hao, General Manager, abat China

16:30 – 17:10

Industry Leaders’ Digitalisation Experiments: Roadmap, Actions, and Reflections
Jiang Nan, General Manager, LESER Safety Valve (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.
Yang Xinyu, Vice President, Operations for ADB Safegate in China

17:10 – 17:30

Panel Discussion: The Necessity for SMEs to Embark on a Digitalisation Journey
Liam Jia, Team Lead, EU SME Centre

Lin Hao, General Manager, abat China
Jiang Nan, General Manager, LESER Safety Valve (Tianjin) Co., Ltd
Yang Xinyu, Vice President, Operations for ADB Safegate in China

17:30 – 17:40

Q&A session

17:40 – 17:50

Concluding remarks

Speakers and Panellists
Hao Lin
General Manager, abat China

Hao Lin, General Manager of abat China, brings over a decade of expertise in IT consulting, with a focus on digitalisation and ERP systems in the manufacturing industry, particularly automotive. As an expert in digitalisation, he is dedicated to helping companies achieve a modern digital environment using advanced manufacturing knowledge.

With extensive experience in international projects between Germany and China, he has taken on the responsibility of expanding abat group’s China subsidiary. During the workshop, he will discuss the challenges and complexities that arise from digitalising SMEs, offering strategic advice and solutions based on his wealth of experience.

Jiang Nan
General Manager, LESER Safety Valve (Tianjin)

With nearly 25 years of dedicated engagement in the manufacturing industry, Mr. Jiang has developed a profound understanding of the ever-evolving landscape of manufacturing, with insights into various facets of the industry from hands-on operations to strategic leadership.

Mr. Jiang is a firm believer in the power of continuous improvement and striving to stay informed about industry trends to ensure our practices align with the latest advancements. In the era of rapid technological advancement, he is deeply passionate about guiding organisations toward digital transformation, a journey LESER has undertaken under his stewardship.

James Yang
Vice President of Operations, ADB Safegate

James Yang (Yang Xinyu) is Vice President of Operations for ADB Safegate in China. With over 30 years of experience in operations, project management, R&D, and business development, Mr. Yang has demonstrated exceptional leadership in driving growth and transforming the company to a high-tech enterprise.

Under his leadership, ADB Safegate Tianjin has achieved remarkable success with a 30% increase in revenue every year and has transitioned from an assembly/test workshop to a company that integrates R&D product validation, system simulation, and production.

James has great confidence in the Chinese market and works tirelessly to advance the company’s success.

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