Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
Welcome to the homepage of the Task Force for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Clean Production. The mission of this Task Force is to co-ordinate Union efforts to increase the competitiveness of Europe's manufacturing industry. We aim to do so by fostering the development, and speeding up the market uptake of European advanced manufacturing technologies by industry. Advanced manufacturing includes all production solutions that can improve the productivity (production speed, operating precision, and energy and materials consumption) and/or to improve waste and pollution of manufacturing production both in traditional sectors and emerging industries. You can read about the first results of our work and our recommendations in the Task Force on Advanced Manufacturing for Clean Production Report [242 KB] which was published on 19/03/2014 (see the press memo). It presents an overview of measures taken recently to foster the adoption of advanced manufacturing by European industry in order to increase its competitiveness.
The European Commission's Industrial Policy Communication from 2012 aims at boosting the weight of industry in Europe from its current level of around 16 % of GDP to 20 % by 2020. To achieve this ambitious target the European Commission engaged in a partnership with the Member States and industry to 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 was established in 2013 to fulfil this mission.
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.
Task Force co-ordinates Union’s 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
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 transnational collaboration taking into account their national specialisations and needs.