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Industry Days in Debrecen

Challenges, economic development, and career opportunities for young engineers - among other things were the topics discussed at the Industry Days conference.

The three-day event started on the 29th March and was organised jointly by the Faculty of Technology of the University of Debrecen and the Municipality of Debrecen. Students were also invited to a trade exhibition where 30 industrial companies presented many industrial novelties and things of interest in the Nagyerdei Stadium. Among those participating included BMW, Beckhoff, Halms, FAG and Vitesco.

“Every fourth bottle in the world and every second bottle in Europe is produced using a Krones machine. The German company employs around 600 people at its Debrecen plant, working closely with the city and educational institutions. In his presentation, Managing Director Pascal Männche spoke about the opportunities for young engineers just starting their careers. There may be people who want to work with us, so we need to show them a clear picture of what we can do, but because we also have challenges, the presentation can also show how the government and the university can help us in the field of education,” Pascal Männche said.

Speaking about the challenges facing the bus industry, György Kossa, CEO of ITK Holding, said that the automotive industry has to respond to global changes in terms of technology and logistics. “It’s a very fluid story; there will be a period when all three, sooner or later, will become clear which will be the dominant part of this area,” he added. 

In his speech, Mayor of Debrecen László Papp stressed that the economy of Debrecen could grow sixfold by 2030, with a number of developments underway that will challenge the city in terms of housing, labour market, culture and transport. Debrecen’s industrial zones currently cover an area of 1,500 hectares.

“This is an astonishingly large number for a city of 200,000, and it also means that compared to 2014-15, when there was approximately 150 hectares of industrial land in the city, including the Határ Road Industrial Park and smaller industrial areas, we have increased this tenfold in seven years,” László Papp pointed out.

The mayor said that Debrecen’s economic growth in terms of industrial zones will peak around 2025-2026. The Industry Days event is not just for business, but also for students, who can take part in professional programmes on Friday and meet large companies from the region in Hall on Wednesday.

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