Mission and scope
On 10 October 2012 the European Commission launched the Industrial Policy Communication update. A clear and ambitious target was set: Reversing the declining role of Europe's industry from its current level of around 16 percent of GDP to as much as 20 percent by 2020.
To achieve this target the European Commission will engage in a partnership with the Member States and industry to considerably step up efforts to boost the market uptake of European advanced manufacturing technologies and give Europe a competitive lead in the new industrial revolution.
A dedicated Task Force for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Clean Production is now established.
The Task Force retains a large definition of advanced manufacturing encompassing all production activities applying cutting edge knowledge and/or non-technological innovation leading to improvements of existing products, processes and business models and to the production and diffusion of new ones. Advanced Manufacturing includes production activities able to improve production speed, productivity, energy and materials consumption, operating precision, waste, pollution management and enabling resource-efficient and low emission production. The retained definition is not linked to any particular industrial sector.
The mission of the Task Force is to co-ordinate Union efforts to increase the competitiveness of the EU's manufacturing industry by fostering the development and speeding up the uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies by European industry.
There is a threefold objective to this mission:
Accelerating the dissemination and commercialisation of advanced manufacturing technologies
Boosting the demand for advanced manufacturing technologies
Reducing skills shortages and competence deficits
Joining forces to advance manufacturing
Industry involvement is key to achieving tangible impact in the real economy. Member States are encouraged to promote the commercialisation and deployment of advanced manufacturing technologies, and to develop cross-border collaboration taking into account their national specialisations and needs.
Industry and Member States, as well as other stakeholders, are invited to hearings and dedicated workshops.