Mechanical Engineering represents one of the largest industrial sectors in the European Union, in terms of number of enterprises (around 169 000 which are mostly SMEs), employment (3,3 million people), production and generation of added value.
With 36% of the world market, Europe is the world's largest producer and exporter of machineries. The competitiveness of the industry relies inter alia on excellent, innovative products, know-how and skills and the ability to comply with customers' wishes.
Mechanical Engineering is a very wide and diverse sector. It mainly covers machinery and equipment, machinery for the production and use of mechanical power, except aircraft, vehicle and cycle engines, agricultural and forestry machinery, machine tools and other special purpose machinery.
The European Commission promotes the global and sustainable competitiveness of Mechanical Engineering by analysing the characteristics and challenges faced by the sector and by taking necessary actions.
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