Industrial production accounts for 16% of Europe’s GDP and remains a key driver for innovation, productivity, growth and job creation.
In 2009, 31 million persons were employed in the EU manufacturing sector, and each job in manufacturing generates at least an additional job in services. Moreover, nowadays 80% of the EU’s exports are manufactured products. However, Europe’s position as an industrial power house is eroding and its leadership in many important sectors is constantly challenged.
In 2008, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for Factories of the Future (FoF) was launched under the European Economic Recovery Plan. PPP activities - funded under the EU’s 7th EU Framework Programme for Research (FP7 - 2007-2013) – comprised 150 high level projects involving top industrial companies and research institutions in Europe.
Under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, for 2014-2020, the new contractual Public-Private Partnership (PPP) on Factories of the Future (FoF) will build on the successes of the FP7 Factories of the Future PPP.
The FoF multi-annual roadmap for the years 2014-2020 sets a vision and outlines routes towards high added value manufacturing technologies for the factories of the future, which will be clean, highly performing, environmental friendly and socially sustainable. The priorities have been agreed within the wide community of stakeholders across Europe, after extensive public consultation.
With the engagement of the EU manufacturing industry, this cPPP is expected to deliver the technologies needed for the new sustainable and competitive factories of the future.