“Training and creativity are the basis for achieving greater competitiveness”. This reflection came from Víctor Pérez de Guezuraga, delegate of AEM (Spanish Maintenance Association) in the Basque Country, at the launch of the Maintenance conference programme.
During his speech, Pérez de Guezuraga identified the three objectives of maintenance professionals, which involve digitisation, servitisation and the implementation of advanced maintenance technology. It will be possible to reach the level required by industry 4.0 just by taking these concepts into account. In this context, the Basque delegate of AEM defended the professionalism and training of the workers in this sector, which are not far from the levels approved by the European Union.
“It is essential to be thorough in order to know how to do something, want to do it and do it well. That is the only way to achieve excellence, which requires the best service with 0 mistakes”, Pérez de Guezuraga stated.
Along the same lines, Xabier Basañez, General Manager of Bilbao Exhibition Centre, stressed that “companies know that in order to remain competitive and reliably deliver a quality product, they must ensure that their manufacturing equipment is working properly”. Basañez also pointed out that “industry 4.0 is going to generate new business models, innovative products and services that will increase productivity and create new skilled jobs”.
The opening ceremony was presented by Diego Galar, Professor at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and Director of Maintenance at Tecnalia.
In other news, the Pumps&Valves fair has been enhanced this year with the inclusion of the Open Meetings, a space for exhibiting companies and sponsors to make direct contact with invited buyers. On the conference side, Thursday will be dedicated to challenges and opportunities in fluid processing and innovative solutions for improving energy efficiency, safety and reliability.