Metalworking industries increasingly rely on additive manufacturing for the production of high added-value final parts and products. However, high costs and unpredictable defects are hampering the complete deployment and full adoption of this technology. Two EU funded projects have started recently under the topic “Factories of the Future – Pilot lines for metal additive manufacturing”, to address this challenge and ensure that Europe successfully makes the transition towards lower energy consumption and more efficient production.
The conference launched the dialogue on a new vision for public-private partnerships with the industry, after 2020. These visions were in particular inspired by the urgency of our global environmental issues and the need for a carbon-free industry.
The report with the summary of this event is published in the EU Bookshop.
The European Commission's staff is pleased to welcome you at their stand at Industrial Technologies 2018 !
Do you want to get an update on the latest EU policy priorities in the fields of nanotechnologies, advance materials, advanced manufacturing, biotechnology?
Are you looking for the right partners for your next project proposal or do you want to extend your network for future collaborations?
Then join us on the European Commission’s booth at INDTECH2018.
The Horizon 2020 CarbonNext project evaluates the potential use of CO2/CO as carbon-feedstock for the process industry in Europe. After two years of intensive work, the project consortium wants to share the major outcomes and results.
Join us at the conference and learn more about the whole carbon value chain and get in touch with an interdisciplinary network of CCU stakeholders.
The website of the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) now offers new information about nanomaterials within the EU regulatory framework. In addition, it features NanoData, a knowledge base on nano science and technology and the eNanoMapper, which will help you find safety information about nanomaterials.
For more info, visit the EUON website.
An independent High-level Strategy Group on industrial technologies has published a report entitled Re-finding industry – Defining Innovation on the support of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) through research and innovation. At the request of Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, the experts reviewed and updated the existing strategy on KETs. The Commission will now carefully study their recommendations.
Among other recommendations, the experts proposed two new key enabling technologies for prioritisation at EU level: artificial intelligence and security & connectivity. Their report states that with the right level of ambition for more skills, courage for funding, single market and social dialogue, these KETs will contribute to support growth, jobs and democracy. The experts believe that by focussing on inclusive and sustainable growth, Europe can become the best place to live, study, work and flourish.
Biotechnologies are improving the quality and quantity of products in a wide variety of sectors such as wellbeing, environment, and food.
Sustained investments are needed to continue the development of cutting-edge biotechnologies.
On 1 January 2018, 8 EU funded biotech projects kicked off for a duration of 4 to 5 years. These projects will develop new biotechnologies for environmental protection and breakthrough solutions to transform industrial processes with environmentally friendly and sustainable methods that can outcompete conventional alternatives.
This study provides an insight into the bottlenecks in access to finance for highly innovative technology ventures. It lays out a comprehensive set of ideas for improving access to finance and mobilising private capital to realise the potential of deep-tech innovations associated with Key Enabling Technologies companies in Europe.
Steel is strategic for the future of European industry. And industry has always been a cornerstone of economic prosperity in Europe as reminded in the 2017 Commission 'Industrial Policy Strategy'. Efforts are needed to reinforce industrial leadership in the age of globalisation, sustainability challenges and rapid technological change. The proceedings of the Seminar 'European steel – The wind of change’ underline the energy questions for the future European steelmaking. The report tackles the issues of hydrogen and electrical technological paths, of energy efficiency as well as the energy applications largely based on steel, stemming from renewable energy technologies to gas pipelines. This publication sheds light on the need for a large European innovation joint public and private initiative to ensure long-term EU competitiveness and sustainability challenges.
Plenaries and thematic sessions covered themes relevant to European industry and central to the Commission's strategic approach to industrial policy, such as the circular economy, jobs and skills, digitisation and sustainability, and eco-systems and value chains.
Industry representatives shared their own activities, provided inputs and debated on strategic priorities for industry on the 'Road to 2030'.
The exhibition of 28 EU-funded research & innovation projects showed hands-on examples of some deep tech products and materials in areas such as energy, 3D printing, recycling, health and cultural heritage.
On 23 February, Commissioner Moedas launched a €10 million European Innovation Council Horizon Prize for the development of a reliable, safe, low-cost battery for e-vehicles, and announced the signing of a €52.6 million InnovFin loan for the start-up Northvolt to build a gigafactory for battery cells in Europe.
The reports evaluate the wide range of EU policies concerning nanotechnology and their impacts in five core nanotechnology sectors: energy, health, ICT, manufacturing and photonics. The reports are built on three pillars: an ex-post impact assessment, a gap analysis and ex-ante impact assessment.
They provide insights into motivations of research & innovation programme participants and analyse the innovative performance of EU, national and regional nanotechnology research & innovation networks. The reports highlight the scientific and technological outputs as well as the effects on employment, on societal and on economic outcomes, providing a comprehensive evaluation of EU policies which affect nanotechnologies.
The reports and synthesis report can be downloaded from EU Law and Publications
A selection of articles about EU funded Research & Innovation projects from across Europe.