The Second Household Appliance Congress: one step ahead into the industry’s future jobs, logistics and environment

If only last May APPLiA Polska organised the first of its kind in Europe, Household Appliance Congress and announced the association’s rebranding from tip to toe, in 2019, the AGD Kongres has transformed into a forum looking straight toward the future of the industry. 

If only last May APPLiA Polska organised the first of its kind in Europe, Household Appliance Congress and announced the association’s rebranding from tip to toe, in 2019, the AGD Kongres has transformed into a forum looking straight toward the future of the industry. The event was organised in the Łódź Special Economic Zone, created back in 1997, where at the moment over 20 companies are producing home appliances, and where national and foreign investors have created more than 5 000 jobs since then.

“Poland has become one of the greatest manufacturing powers in the EU. The next step ahead undoubtedly will be the digitalisation of working places. And whatever the short-run adjustment costs have been, the historical evidence suggests that employment growth goes hand in hand with technological development”, the Director General of APPLiA, Paolo Falcioni told the audience. The need to match the local universities’ programme with the job requirements of the industry of the future was also highlighted by APPLiA Polska’s President, Konrad Pokutycki.

While digital skills will be necessary by default, the forecasts show that connected devices will be in nearly every home by 2020, reaching around 50 billion globally. “Smart home means a secure home”, underlined Paolo Falcioni and continued by saying that data ownership and protection, as well as cybersecurity are a crucial issue for home appliance manufacturers. He called on policy makers to focus on future-oriented reforms, such as creating a smart energy market where new technology can benefit from the energy when it is cheapest and bring more savings to the citizens.

Innovation, however, starts from inside out. To encourage entrepreneurship, the AGD Kongres awarded the emerging start-up, DronHub for its hangars which look like a serviceless gas station and a command centre all at once. Since recently, the company has been facilitating logistics by changing the drone batteries in up to 2 minutes and making the drone flight almost undisturbed.

“The society has more power than it thinks and an occasion to prove that are the European elections this week which will also bring change”, Paolo Falcioni concluded, pointing out to the industry’s Manifesto and a clear vision on how the 2019-2024 EU term could make a true difference to Europeans.