Position in the organisation: Director General
Biography note: Adrian Harris is the Director General of Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association, which speaks for 38 trade federations representing some 130,000 companies in the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking & metal articles industries of 23 European countries. The industry employs some 10.3 million people in the EU and in 2012 accounted for some €1,840 billion of annual output.
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.
Adrian Harris was born in 1952 and graduated with an M.A. in languages from Jesus College, Oxford University and an MBA from the University of Leuven.
At present Adrian Harris is Chairman for the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI) as well as Board member of the FAIB.
Chair of Plenary Session P2 – “HORIZON 2020: Roadmaps for Manufacturing”
According to the EFFRA Strategic Multi-annual Roadmap ‘Factories of the Future 2020’, nearly one in ten (9.8%) of all enterprises in the EU-27’s non-financial business economy were classified as manufacturing in 2009 - approximately 2 million enterprises in total. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the manufacturing industry in Europe. SMEs provide approximately 45% of the value added by manufacturing, and account for some 59% of manufacturing employment. Manufacturing is an indispensable element of the innovation chain: manufacturing enables technological innovations to be applied in the production of goods and services which are in demand in the market, and is key to improving new product accessibility and achieving the desired result. This session will highlight the future of Manufacturing R&D&I prospects within the selected areas.