Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

ICT 2010

FoF: Factories of the Future

This is an information stand, located in Zone E: Information Booths. Stand number: E04

The ‘factories of the future’ public-private partnership has been launched as part of the European economic recovery plan.

The importance of public-private partnerships (PPPs) is highlighted in the Commission's Communication on mobilising private and public investment for recovery and long-term structural change. Furthermore, PPPs in research are recognised as a powerful means of addressing Europe's competitiveness. To facilitate the communication flow with the private sector in relation to factories of the future, the European Commission has set up an ad-hoc industrial advisory group to which the European factories of the future research association (EFFRA) contributes. Moreover, EFFRA has been part of the Sherpa Group joint technology initiative, which has drafted a blueprint for PPPs in European research, and expects to be among the first to put this blueprint into practice.

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Coordinator: Frank KNECHT (European Factories of the Future Research Association - EFFRA, EFFRA Office, Belgium)

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