Schneeberger appointed new CECIMO President

The CECIMO General Assembly has elected Dr Hans-Martin Schneeberger as President for a period of two years. His term will focus on the setting of global standards and the uptake of artificial intelligence (AI).

Succeeding Dr Roland Feichtl, Dr Hans-Martin Schneeberger has been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the European association, which represents more than a third of the world’s machine-tool production. In a highly competitive and uncertain global market, CECIMO and its members have to convey, to both the national and European institutions, the clear message that industry is vital for the future development of Europe.

“The machine-tool sector can contribute to the health of the European industry by shaping the next EU regulatory initiatives and policies. Given that the world is evolving around three dimensions of sustainability (sustainability of economy, environment and society), CECIMO can play a crucial role in challenges like the circular economy and digitalisation. We can help define standards on new technologies such as AI based on our values and ethics. Europe must lead the race on global standards at an international level, so that our regulations set the example for others to come,” says Schneeberger.

Schneeberger also makes it clear that European Institutions should value the role the machine tool sector in drafting pivotal dossiers. On AI specifically, EU representatives should broaden their view and value different perspectives, not only the one of big technology companies.

“In many cases, these companies are suppliers to our industry, while we are customers and therefore users. So why should the European Commission discuss relevant issues exclusively with suppliers if they can have a well-founded discussion with users?”

Under his presidency, CECIMO will commit to being the voice of manufacturing in the definition of the digital single market. The priorities of Schneeberger are in line with the project of the next European Commission. Europe wants to set the right environment for digital networks and services to thrive, and strengthen itself as a responsible global leader. CECIMO will follow closely all the dossiers on the table, such as cyber security, trade agreements and IP, where valuable input can be provided.

Schneeberger has been serving as chairman of Schneeberger Holding AG since 2003. He has been a board member at Klingelnberg AG for the past 12 years.