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BUSINESS FORUM IN LIEPĀJA:

Mechanical Engineering in Latvia striving for excellence

 

2nd - 3rd February 2017

On behalf of the Liepaja City Council and the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia we would like to cordially invite you to the Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industries Business Forum „Mechanical Engineering in Latvia – striving for excellence”, which will take a place on Thursday February 2nd, 2017 in Liepāja, Latvia.

Our story began many centuries ago when the first blacksmith made the first horseshoe – since then Mechanical Engineering has become one of the most prominent manufacturing and highly export-oriented sectors in Latvia. Today our story is all about striving for excellence – dynamic, customer-driven supply solutions and internationally known quality.

Business Forum is launched to spur successful development in mechanical engineering, present opportunities and competitive advantages to establish business in Latvia or become a significant partner in global supply chain. The programme features outstanding presentations by renowned local and foreign speakers from industry and provides excellent opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss new global trends. Amongst the successful home grown companies there are Sidrabe (www.sidrabe.eu) that develops vacuum coating technologies; UAV Factory (www.uavfactory.com) manufacturing drones and its techonologies; Mikrotīkls (www.mikrotik.com) and SAF Tehnika (www.saftehnika.com) thay specialise in developing wireless data transmission equipment. While amongst foreign companies manufacturing in Latvia there are names like Trelleborg Wheel Systems (Sweden),LesjöforsSprings (Sweden), Caljan Rite Hite (USA, Interspiro Production (Sweden), Bucher Municipal (Switzerland), LEAX Group (Sweden).

Engineering sector is the largest export sector in Latvia. Of the total Latvian exports 10.4 billion euros in 2015 (27%) were contributed by machinery and mechanical appliances, base metals and base-metal articles. Proximity to Scandinavian markets and well-developed logistics network makes Latvia a perfect location for manufacturing in the Nordic-Baltic region. Moreover Latvia’s well-established education system allows professional and shop-floor staff to compete in today’s global market. Universities and colleges provide engineering, technology and science programmes, while technical and vocational schools, certified according to EU standards, train the skilled labour force using the latest technologies in automated and programmable metalworking equipment.

The programme highlights:

  • High profile speakers from EU engineering sector discussing industry trends
  • Latest on the engineering industry in Latvia 
  • Factory and production site visits in Liepaja
  • Investment, financial support and co-funding opportunities 
  • Networking events with Latvian and foreign engineering companies

*Liepāja city

Preliminary programme

1st of February - Arrival to Liepāja and networking with an exclusive circle of thought leaders, industry influencers and entrepreneurs.

2nd of February - The Business Forum

3rd of February - Visits to companies in Liepāja and its region

Within the framework of the forum the matchmaking event covering interests of foreign buyers with the local Latvian companies may help to increase strong business relations in long-term perspective and bring success to your business.

There are direct flights to Riga from London, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, the East Midlands, Sheffield Doncaster with Airbaltic, Wizzair and Ryanair. Liepāja is 3 hours drive from the capital Riga and we will assist with arranging the transport upon the request.

For more information please contact Ms Alise Pika: alise.pika@liaa.gov.lv / 02075631611

We sincerely hope that you can join us in Liepāja and make this forum a true success!

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