|The European Commission is acting to reverse this trend and
the Report of the Task Force on Advanced Manufacturing for Clean
Production, just published, presents an overview of measures to foster
the adoption of advanced manufacturing, including sustainable processes,
to increase European competitiveness.
is looking to enable an Industrial Renaissance and to increase the
contribution that European industry makes to EU GDP to 20% by 2020.
Sustainable chemistry and the process sectors represented by the SPIRE
(Sustainable Process Industry through Resource Efficiency) PPP, have a
clear role here.
the manufacturing sector in the EU employed 30 million people directly
and provided twice as many jobs indirectly manufactured goods amount to
more than 80 % of total EU exports and manufacturing accounted for 80 %
of private research and development expenditure.
currently faces a number of challenges such as the increasing scarcity
of resources, the availability of big data, and mass customisation that
have the potential to modify the global industrial landscape.
Anticipating and reacting to these trends will be a major challenge for
the European manufacturing sector.
chemical industry has been, is currently, and will continue to be a
major driving force for innovation through its materials and processes,"
commented Gernot Klotz, executive director research and innovation at
Cefic. "However, Europe also needs strong leadership and a commitment to
create an integrated manufacturing policy that can drive a significant
increase in job creation and prioritises growth without jeopardising the
manufacturing includes all production solutions that can improve the
productivity and/or to improve waste and pollution of manufacturing
production both in traditional sectors and emerging industries. For
example sustainable manufacturing technologies can increase
manufacturing efficiency in the use of energy and materials and
drastically reduce emissions.
manufacturing technologies are of a cross-cutting nature, providing a
crucial input for process innovation in all manufacturing sectors. Their
greater uptake in production processes would increase the
competitiveness of the EU’s manufacturing industry.
global market for industrial automation solutions is estimated at $ 155
billion in 2011, 35 % of it in Europe, and is forecast to reach $ 190
billion by 2015. In addition, the market volume for resource-efficiency
technologies – an area of significant focus for SPIRE - is estimated at €
128 billion per annum.
2020, the new Research & Innovation Framework Programme of the EU,
will offer funding opportunities for research and innovation in advanced
manufacturing. Public-private partnerships have been established such
as Factories of the Future with an indicative budget of €1.15 billion
and SPIRE with a €0.9 billion budget from the EU and matching
contributions from private sources. New public-private partnerships in
the area of Robotics and Photonics will also play a role for advanced
A new emphasis on technology transfer and demonstration activities will bring research results quicker to the European market.
European Investment Bank has introduced new measures that provide
financing for advanced manufacturing. The Structural and Investment
Funds also provide significant opportunities for European regions to
modernise their industrial base via smart specialisation.
schemes on the EU level to foster the adoption of advanced
manufacturing technologies by EU industry such as SILC (Sustainable
Industry Low Carbon) and I4MS (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs)
could serve as sources of inspiration for Member States and their
will present information campaigns to industry on business opportunities
for sustainable manufacturing opened by the Energy Efficiency
Directive. A technology-neutral internal market legislation and enhanced
cooperation with standardisation organisations on advanced
manufacturing will also help to avoid obstacles for the uptake of
advanced manufacturing technologies in European industry.
between industry, education and training institutions will be
strengthened, notably with the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC)
on added-value manufacturing that will be launched in 2016.
2014 the Commission services will continue their partnership with
Member States, Regions and industry to discuss potential measures in the
medium-term that would contribute to improving the productivity and
competitiveness of EU manufacturing industry.