Industrial Renaissance in North-West Europe: The key role of Maintenance and Asset Management

Industrial Renaissance in North-West Europe: The key role of Maintenance and Asset Management took place on 20th March in the Diamant Conference Centre in Brussels. The event was organised within the framework of the Interreg IVB project MORE4CORE and coincided with the publication of a book with the same title, published to celebrate the 25th anniversary of BEMAS – Belgian Maintenance Association.

The evening started with the opening remarks of BEMAS Chairman Philippe Deneve. After that, Rob Van Dongen (Mainnovation) took the floor with a presentation on the first preliminary results of the international  maintenance and asset management benchmark which is carried out within the MORE4CORE project. A panel, consisting of Marc De Kerf (BASF), Rudi Maerschalck (MIVB/STIB) and Herman Baets (EFNMS) debated these preliminary results and provided extra context.

Afterwards it was time for the keynote presentation by Didier Herbert, Acting Director from Directorate A – Enterprise Competitiveness, Industry and Growth Policies at the European Commission on the European ‘Industrial Renaissance’. Mr. Herbert elaborated on the importance of a strong industry for a prosperous European economy, and the efforts taken on the European level in this context. To gain more insight in the barriers and obstacles the MRO sector is confronted with, the following professionals shared their insight: Laurent Vanhoudenhove (General Manager Regional Sales & Services Benelux at SKF), Philippe Deneve (Division Manager, Services & Panels at Cofely Fabricom GDF Suez) and Henk Akkermans (Scientific Director at Dutch Institute – World Class Maintenance).

Representing the Belgian federal government, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo provided his insights on the history and future of industrial activity in Belgium and on technical education.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Belgian Maintenance Association, the past chairmen of BEMAS were honored for their selfless commitment to promote worldclass maintenance and asset management in Belgium.

The evening was concluded with a networking cocktail. Upon leaving, every one of the more than 150 attendees, key stakeholders within maintenance, received a free copy of the book  Industrial Renaissance in North-West Europe: The key role of Maintenance and Asset Management.

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