3 things to know about Lithuanian IT sector
One of the main countries where Lithuania exports its IT knowledge and products is Germany. Germans choose Lithuanian companies as their partners quite often, and there are reasons for that. Let’s have a look at 3 main things to know about the Lithuanian IT sector.
What could we learn from Lithuania to prepare for our digital future?
1/5 of the total Lithuanian exports of domestically produced goods are manufactured by the traditional engineering sector and Lithuanian products are exported all over the world. As Lithuania is becoming even stronger in the IT and engineering industries, it is expected to see even more Lithuanian products all around the world. So far, the most commonly exported products from the country are electronic machinery and equipment, plastic products, products of iron and steel, machinery and mechanical appliances, which are all in growing demand right now, as the move to Industry 4.0 is now trending. Lithuania is doing really well at implementing the new industrial standards and there are a few things Germany could learn from Lithuania when it comes to the implementation of technology, so let’s have a look at a few of them.
The new industrial revolution and how Germany must prepare for it
The new industrial revolution often called Industry 4.0 sets a new standard for countries, and it seems like Lithuania is prepared quite well. What about Germany? Even though it’s one of the industrial leaders of the world, there are some things where Germany is still lacking. Let’s have a look at things that Germany could learn from Lithuania while making Industry 4.0 a standard of today instead of a standard of the future.
The Lithuanian company bringing sustainability to the food industry
Many consumers choose organic products not just because they are healthier, but also because they are grown without chemical fertilisers. AUGA group, a Lithuanian business that is the largest vertically-integrated organic food company in Europe, believes that businesses can do more for the environment than simply producing eco-friendly products – they need to operate sustainably. To ensure its place in the current market and fulfil the needs of today’s customers, AUGA group is going the extra mile to make sustainability relevant to the food industry.
From village mill to international market: the Lithuanian family business exporting food innovations
Natural foods are now more popular than ever. As more and more consumers look for healthier food options that make them feel good and help them maintain a balanced diet and lifestyle, the food industry is seeking innovative alternatives to deliver value. But with fierce competition in a crowded market, new companies need to offer innovative and distinctive products to make themselves stand out. Ustukių malūnas, a small family-owned mill in Lithuania, is doing exactly that in Germany, offering wholegrain cakes made with protein-rich powders – including more imaginative options containing spirulina and even ground insects.
An eco-friendly food journey with the help of innovation
Ensuring the ethical journey of products from field to table is one of the greatest challenges for the food industry. And central to it is the goal of zero waste – for example, using green energy produced by recycling leftover manufacturing waste, to run manufacturing machinery. Lithuanian company Ekofrisa, one of the main manufacturers of grains in the Baltic States, which also exports to the Netherlands, shares its own story about running a company with an eco-friendly mindset. Ekofrisa is taking buckwheat manufacturing to the next level: not only does it produce organic snacks that are brand new to the Dutch market; it also re-uses the leftover buckwheat hulls to fill pillows, and even heat its factory.
AUGA group: leading the way to a more sustainable food industry
Eco-friendliness has become a hot topic for the food industry over recent years. Consumers are increasingly choosing organic products because they are healthier, produced in an ethical way, and are grown without the use of chemical fertilisers. But according to one Lithuanian company, AUGA group – the largest vertically-integrated organic food company in Europe – it’s not enough to simply make eco-friendly products and find your place in the current market by fulfilling the needs of today’s consumers. Instead, companies need to take things a step further and act sustainably to safeguard the future of the planet.
Innovative packaging straight from the beehive
Everyone knows that the main purpose of food is eating. However, keen innovators have found other ways to turn certain food items into sustainable solutions for everyday life. These include various types of packaging made from fish bones, coffee grounds – and even a 100% pure honey beeswax pot, designed in Lithuania. Not only are these solutions organic and zero-waste; they also bring benefits to both humans and nature.
Ekofrisa: minimizing waste, maximising recycling in the food industry
Getting products from field to table in the most ethical way possible is a continuing trend in the food industry. And one of the key ethical values is the goal of reducing waste – for example, by running machines on green energy generated by recycling production waste. Lithuanian company Ekofrisa is a pioneer in this field. One of the main producers of cereals in the Baltic States, Ekofrisa also works with private labels in Germany – and is demonstrating just how much can be achieved when processing buckwheat. Not only is Ekofrisa producing brand new organic snacks for the German market; it uses the leftover husks to fill pillows and even heat its factory premises.
Beeswax: the smart new solution for zero-waste packaging
The main purpose of food is for eating, right? But what if there were more things we could do with food products? For example, turning them into product packaging – an idea that has become a growing trend among innovators in the food industry. Packaging can now be made from fish bones, coffee grounds – and even 100% pure beeswax. It’s like the perfect circle of food recycling– food products that are packed in zero waste packaging made from… organic food products! So how does it work?
Lithuanian ICT companies present new products and services at Mobile World Congress, the first live business event in one and a half years
No business cards, leaflets, handshakes, at least 1.5 meters distance between people, digital attendance certificates, COVID-19 tests every 72 hours, constantly worn FFP2 respirators, this is the new reality of business exhibitions. Nine Lithuanian information communication and technology companies experiences this reality at Mobile World Congress, a global tech event in Spain on June 28-July 1.
What Lithuania can offer Germany, when implementing Industry 4.0 standards
Lithuania has been a strong partner of Germany for quite a while. The Baltic country has a lot of experience with German companies such as Continental, Hella, Rehau, Schmitz Cargobull and others. Continental has famously managed to bring the largest greenfield investment in Lithuania while also creating an innovative Industry 4.0 factory, Hella built its plant in Lithuania from scratch within just a few years, while Schmitz Cargobull is one of the largest player of the logistics industry in Lithuania. In total, there are more than 90 German companies operating in Lithuania with around 70 thousand staff.