On the 18th of April, during the EU Research & Innovation for sustainable and efficient raw materials value chains, six raw materials projects managed by the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) presented their successful results at Hannover Messe, one of the world’s largest industrial trade fairs.

This event brings together leaders, innovators, and experts worldwide to showcase the latest developments and technologies and discuss the future of industrial manufacturing. Among the participants were: Robert Lindner (Policy Officer from the European Commission); Knobloch Andreas (Head of Competence Team Geology & Raw Materials at Beak Consultants GmbH); Ivo Zeller (Project manager at Steinbeis Europa Zentrum); Patrik Schumacher (Project Consultant at Steinbeis Europa Zentrum); Heimo Docter (Developer at Ericsson) and Tobias Mathiak (Senior Innovation Manager at K+S).

Acting on behalf of ANEFA, the institution that leads the project, was Lorena Viladés Santos, Mining Engineer, Project Manager, and one of the coordinators of the project. Viladés introduced the project and described the main goals, the structure, and the advances of the project so far.

The panel moderators of the event were Victoria Leroy (Project Advisor at the European Health and Digital Executive Agency) and Dimitrios Biliouris (Project Advisor at the European Health and Digital Executive Agency).

Currently, quarries are missing the great opportunities of digitalisation. In fact, they use ≤1% of the data produced. Here, the biggest challenge is connecting all the quarry processes and integrating their real-time management to improve and optimize their operating regime. DEQ’s ambition is to tap the full potential of “digital quarries” through a significant breakthrough in process digitalisation and automation capabilities for the aggregates sector.

Photos by: Shino Photography / EU Commission