The mission of the Task Force for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Clean Production is to co-ordinate EU 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.
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.