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KETs Observatory

Please note, a new “Advanced Technologies for Industry (ATI)” website is currently under construction.
The ATI website will integrate and replace the KETs Observatory, the mapping of KETs Technology Centres
and the Digital Transformation monitor.
Furthermore, additional data, insights, trends and news items will be included. More details will follow.

Why are KETs important for Europe?

Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) are a group of six technologies: micro and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies. They have applications in multiple industries and help tackle societal challenges.. Their impact on EU economy is already considerable: in 2013, products enabled by KET technology amounted to 953.5 billion euro, 19.2% of total EU-28 manufacturing. Find out more on Key Enabling Technologies.

What is the KETs Observatory?

The KETs Observatory is an online monitoring tool that provides the EU, national and regional policy makers and business stakeholders with quantitative and qualitative information on the deployment of KETs both within the EU and in comparison with other world regions (e.g. North America, East Asia).

The Observatory maintains an extensive set of indicators at regional, national and international level to monitor the generation and commercialisation of new knowledge around these technologies. It provides a thorough analysis of how countries cover KETs deployment value chain from technology development to commercialisation.

It also regularly analyses emerging or fast-growing KETs-based products and their value chains, key players and constraints, and recommends specific policy actions to help the EU industry stay ahead of global competition. More information about the Kets Observatory.

Who can use the KETs Observatory?

The KETs Observatory can be used by companies of all sizes, academia, business organisations & intermediaries, policy makers at all levels, to assess the EU competitive position and identify key challenges and market opportunities. It can support nations and regions in developing and implementing their Smart Specialisation Strategies, by assessing their technological strengths and opportunities and comparing their performance with others. Find out the specific benefits, tools and analysis, the Observatory can offer you.

Who coordinates the KETs Observatory?

The second phase of the KETs Observatory has been commissioned by EASME and the European Commission, and is carried out by PwC in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam, CARSA and CBT. The Observatory is funded under the COSME programme. For more information please contact: DG GROW F.1 Innovation Policy and Investment for Growth -

Other relevant initiatives:

Research and innovation – Key Enabling Technologies