The suppliers’ forum “Digitize to supply!” for SMEs was organised jointly by the Municipality, EDC Debrecen City and Economic Development Centre and ADMA TranS4MErs programme on Thursday at the Kölcsey Centre.

So far, 3.5 million ball bearings have rolled off the assembly line at Schaeffler’s Debrecen plant every year, but production capacity will be increased significantly in the coming period. In a few years, annual production could reach 24 million units, but this will require Schaeffler to expand its supplier base from Debrecen to Asia.

“We also came to this forum because we want to continue to recruit suppliers, we want to show what such a large company expects from suppliers. It is very important that everyone must continuously improve in the field of sustainability and digitalization, because this is now a basic requirement, “ managing director of Schaeffler Debrecen Péter Szabó said  at the supplier forum.

Speaking at the event, Mayor László Papp said micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are an important pillar of Debrecen’s economy.

And the city is interested in making as many of them as possible suppliers to the large companies that have settled here.

“In fact, our goal is to use the upcoming few years to make sure that the SME sector of the Debrecen economy can continue along the route we originally outlined for it a decade ago. The only thing that has changed is that we have created a huge market here in Debrecen,” the Mayor stressed.

Deputy Mayor Lajos Barcsa emphasised that the local government and EDC have been and will continue to be a source of support for the growth of the SME sector in the future as well.

“In the framework of the Business 2030 Programme, we also want to continue this year the educational activities that we think are key to increase efficiency and also to help them become suppliers for large companies,” he said.

Managing Director of EDC Debrecen Zoltán Pécskay explained that one of the main topics of this year’s free training courses is effective human resources strategy.

With today’s economic growth, there are also challenges on the HR side, and it is an important goal, an important goal for the city to help the SME sector in this area as well, to the extent possible.

Representatives of 12 large companies and more than a hundred small and medium-sized enterprises took part in the third Supplier Forum in Debrecen. The event also provided an opportunity for networking and exchange of experience between companies.

Source: debrecen.hu

Author: Debrecen4U