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9th EFAConference in Lucerne, Switzerland for

  • Owners and CEOs of factory Automation manufacturers and users
  • R&D and strategic Marketing Managers of Automation industry
  • Anyone who is interested in Automation industry

Register now via the Conference online registeration: Online Registration


For any questions contact the Organising comitee.


8th EFAConference for Assembly Executives

  • European Top-Level Executives of Integrated Assembly Solutions Meet Again.
  • Motto: We Create the Smart Factory.

Frankfurt, 30th July 2015 – Nowadays everybody talks about Industrie 4.0, but companies of the integrated assembly solutions sector have been developing such solutions for years. However, at this point in time, there is a need to take this concept to the next level. To achieve this goal the EFAConference has dedicated its programme entirely to the smart factory. This year for the first time the EFAConference will take place in Frankfurt instead of Davos.

On Friday, 30th October, the conference speakers from Bosch, Festo, IBM and Schunk share their thoughts and freshly gained experiences about building smart factories.

Ample space for networking has always been another focus of this conference. This year it will be even broader: The EFAConference not only brings together Swiss, Italian, Austrian and German executives of assembly and handling technology, but also those from robotics and machine vision. The participating CEOs of all three divisions will meet at the Gala Night, which will take place at Klassikstadt – an intriguing venue for car lovers. On Saturday morning October 31st all three divisions have a joint session about the future of automotive production, the future of the economic development and the future role of China in robotics.

Supported by their partner organisations AIDAM and Swissmem, the organisers expect more than 100 participants from Europe to come to Frankfurt on October 30th and 31st.

Registration is open from now on at where the complete programme as well as organisational details can be found.

Any questions?
Daniela Dietz, VDMA Integrated Assembly Solutions
Phone: +49 69 6603-1530, E-Mail:

6th EFAC Assembly Technology Conference 2011

More than 60 top-level executives from all over Europe met in Davos from 21 – 22 January 2011 for discussing the challenges of the assembly and handling business with a focus on strategic topics of the future and growth markets for the industry. Please see the download press release for further information.

EFAC Conference 2011

Final programme of the 6th EFAC Conference now available

The final programme of the 6th EFAC Assembly Technology Conference has been released and is now available for download. (Final_EFAC_Programme_2011.pdf)

New in the programme is a presentation on "Challenges in the assembly of high-voltage vehicles" by Thomas Zembok of Volkswagen AG. The EFAC Conference takes place every other year in Davos, Switzerland, and provides a unique networking platform for business leaders in the international assembly and handling technology industry.

1st EFAC International Assembly Night, AUTOMATICA 2010, Munich

”Where business leaders of the assembly technology industry meet” is the motto of the new EFAC networking event on the 8th of June, 2010, at AUTOMATICA in Munich. The dinner speech entitled ”Mechanical Engineering: Structures, Prospectives and Challenges” will be given by VDMA Chief Economist, Dr. Ralph Wiechers. The 1st International Assembly Night is supported by AUTOMATICA. Entrance is only possible upon prior registration (by 1st June 2010). For further details and a registration form, please click on the download below!

>> Download (1st_EFAC_Assembly_Night.pdf)

5th EFAC Conference united leaders of European assembly and handling industry

Nearly 70 top-level executives from all over Europe met in Davos from 23 – 24 January 2009 for discussing the challenges of the assembly and handling business with a focus on customer perspectives, global markets and opportunities as well as business trends. Presentations from assembly suppliers and users elaborated on current and future trends and strategies.

In an interactive session participants discussed risks and opportunities of the current economic situation. In addition the latest results of the EFAC Quick Survey, the business climate analysis for the assembly and handling sector in various European countries, were presented.

Ample space was given to networking opportunities, such as the Swiss Night Out! on top of the Schatzalp mountain, “speakers’ corners” and networking sessions. The next EFAC Conference is scheduled to take place in January 2011 in Davos.

EFAC Conference 2007 in Davos presented ’Best Practices’

Reading like a ”Who is Who” of the European assembly and handling technology industry, the 4th EFAC Conference (January 19-20, 2007, Davos, Switzerland) united more than 60 top-level executives for sharing ”Best Practices”, which was also the general motto of the conference. The conference sessions centered around approaches for achieving excellence in manufacturing, business and technology. Ample space was given to networking opportunities, such as the Swiss Night Out! on top of the Schatzalp mountain.

The next EFAC Conference is scheduled to take place in January 2009.
>> Download (EFAC_Conference2007_testimonials.pdf)

3rd EFAC Conference 2005 delves deeply into globalization issues

More than 70 top-level attendees from 10 countries came to Davos on January 21st/22nd 2005 for discussing the challenges of the assembly business with a view to global shifts of production and a fierce competitive environment. Presentations from assembly suppliers as well as users of this technology elaborated on current and future trends and strategies. The next EFAC Conference is scheduled to take place in Davos in January 2007.
For further information click on the link below!

2nd EFAC Conference strengthens European Network

The conference held on 17/18 January 2003 attracted some 60 senior executives of the assembly technology sector from 11 countries and provided a unique networking opportunity for the decision-makers within the industry. (January 20, 2003)
>> Download (confererence_report_2003.pdf)


First EFAC Conference in Davos establishes European network

On 19 and 20 January 2001 Davos was the place to be for European manufacturers of assembly and handling technology. The European Factory Automation Committee’s (EFAC) first conference attracted 40 executive level participants from 7 European countries.

”We are a young industry with a tremendous growth potential. Global competition, shorter product life-cycles, new technologies as well as higher quality and safety standards make a challenging and promising environment for assembly and handling technology manufacturers. Let us join forces on a European level to seize these opportunities.”, said Martin Frauenfelder, President of EFAC and Chief Operating Officer of Mikron Assembly Technologies, Switzerland, in his opening address. ”In the last five years, the European and US markets for assembly technology have experienced annual growth rates in excess of 10%”, he added.

The conference reflected the current trends and challenges facing the industry. Present and future requirements of the users of assembly technology were a definite focus of the conference: ”For us, more speed and higher flexibility means no more than two months from receiving the order to the actual start of mobile phone production”, said Norbert Malinowski of Flextronics International, a globally active contract electronics manufacturer. Further topics of the conference included quality management systems of the automotive industry, Community research opportunities, after-sales service as a strategy to raise competitiveness and the potential of e-business for selling and buying automation products.

EFAC will continue to promote networking between European manufacturers of assembly and handling technology and focus on statistics. The next European EFAC Conference is scheduled for January 2003. In the words of a participant: ”To be able to meet other companies from the automation world from other countries was very instructive. Hopefully EFAC will grow.”
(22 January 2002)