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Press release - Digital construction event 22 February

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Industry Stakeholders are ready to take the lead in digital construction

  • Top class digital construction event held during the EU Industry Day 
  • More than 100 attendees (all along the value chain)

The European construction industry has moved closer to its vision of a common European digital construction strategy.

"As this will be crucial to master the digital transformation of the industry along the value chain, I am really satisfied with the course and the outcome of our today’s pilot event”, said CECE President Enrico Prandini.

For the first time, four organisations of major industries (CECE, Construction Products Europe, FIEC and EBC) got together on this topic at the highest political level and had commonly invited to attend a construction digital seminar that was held on February 22, 2018 in Brussels in the framework of the European Industry Day.

"Having a collaborative and inclusive strategy for the European construction industry will help us to figure out where our industry wants to be” said Kjetil Tonning, FIEC President Elect. "We need to work together with existing players in the value chain, public and private, large firms and SMEs, new market entrants, researchers and clients as well as investors.”

With their approach on digitization, the sectors contribute to the fine-tuning and concrete implementation of the European Industrial Policy Strategy.

"As digitalisation will transform the whole construction industry, it is important that the main actors come together to discuss the various options and look for synergies. Yesterday’s successful event will surely be followed by many other such exchanges as European construction industry strives to lead the world in all these technological developments”, stressed Construction Products Europe Director General, Christophe Sykes.

The digital seminar was opened by Emil Karanikolov, Bulgarian Minister of Economy, the country currently holding the EU presidency.

In his opening speech the Minister underlined that digital innovation was key for the European construction sector to remain competitive, a global leader and to achieve the EUs ambitious targets.

In their discussion, the panel of experts and representatives of the industries made clear that the construction sector is ready to embrace digital, whether it be Building Information Modeling (BIM), IoT, big data, drones, or autonomous driving. Especially in view of climate change commitments the motto simply is to do more with less.

"The event has shown the strong commitment of participants, all key European players of the construction industry, to support the digital transformation of the sector” said Philip van Nieuwenhuizen, EBC Director. "In doing that, we need to make sure that construction SMEs and craftsmen keep up in the definition and in reaping the benefits of digital tools, by facilitating their accessibility and use with the support of the whole construction value chain”

One of the major challenges of the sectors will be to develop and standardize digital networking solutions to make possible a cooperative, safe and efficient collaboration of all decentralized parties on a construction site. 

The digital seminar was attended by more than 100 representatives from companies, organisations, politics and the press. The organisations announced that they would continue on their path and create more dialogue opportunities for value chain representatives and the political class in Brussels.