A real renaissance in European manufacturing was the focus of a briefing chaired by European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin today. The briefing highlighted the EMO MILANO 2003 Fair in Milan, the world’s largest trade event for the machine tools, robots and automation industries which attracted over 1600 exhibitors from 38 countries and 200,000 visitors. It also emphasised the contribution of EU research in support of the European manufacturing industry. Currently, Europe provides for 52% of the world-wide value of machine tool production, while Japan scores 20%, China 9.6% and the US 6.1%. The Commission presented key research projects in this field, such as the MANTYS network to encourage cross-sector innovation and technology transfer in manufacturing, ECOSYSTEMS to produce environment-friendly components, and MACH 21 to foster the development of “parallel kinematic”, multitasking machines. Later this year the Commission will present a comprehensive Manufacturing Technology Action Plan (MATAP). Also taking part in this event was Roberto Formigoni, President of Regione Lombardia, and a panel of EU industrialists, researchers and innovators.
Commissioner Busquin said: “Making industrial systems more competitive while ensuring sustainable development requires radically new strategies. We need to coordinate efforts, pool talent, and network resources in order to maximise research investments and develop common technological platforms for industrial innovation. New manufacturing technologies are a forward-looking field. They will play a pivotal role in ensuring renewed economic growth, and fostering a healthier environment and better quality of life”
Towards a Manufacturing Technology Action Plan
Fabio Fabbi | European Commission
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