European industry is facing the challenges of changing market conditions and technological progress. Companies have to adapt to individualization of customer demand, shorter delivery times, faster innovation cycles and they also have to reduce resource consumption. In particular, the digitalization of products and value chains will require substantial changes to the way in which production is organised. EU research policy has to support this process by ensuring international cooperation, access to knowledge and a world-leading research landscape.
Dialogue platform, lighthouse and cooperation partner of the EU Commission: anyone who wants to engage in research on production topics in Europe cannot avoid the "European Factories of the Future Association".
With two proposals for a Regulation, the EU-Commission is entering the next round of its battle with platform operators: while the "Digital Markets Act" is intended to limit the market power of large service providers, the "Digital Services Act" wants to regulate how platforms deal with content.
The new EU research framework program "Horizon Europe" will most likely include again a public-private partnership on the topic of production. On the research agenda of "Made in Europe" are classic themes such as Industry 4.0 and future production processes, but also hot topics such as circular economy, artificial intelligence and climate protection.
How can the change towards a sustainable economy be successful? How can prosperity be secured at the same time? And above all, what technologies and innovations are needed to achieve this? The industrial research conference "IndTech2020" looked for answers on 27 October. On board: Dr. Eric Maiser, Head of Future Business at VDMA.
In an open letter, the European Technology Platform "Manufuture" calls upon policy makers to give the production sector more consideration in the "Next Generation EU"-recovery plan: The reasoning: Innovative production technologies not only create jobs, but are also essential for a sustainable and resilient economy.
Under the chairmanship of German federal minister of education and research, Anja Karliczek, the EU Competitiveness Council has made an important step towards the next EU Research Framework Programme and adopted a "general approach". This paves the way for finalising negotiations with the EU Parliament with a view to a punctual start at the beginning of 2021.
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research wants to support the production sector in adapting and digitising production lines. To this end, the EU Commission has announced two calls for proposals for this week (week 21).
Special rules governing the use of artificial intelligence in high-risk applications, and adjustments to existing legislation: two ways in which the European Commission aims to create the appropriate legal framework for AI in Europe.
With the new research framework programme from 2021 to 2027, funding might be distributed according to the watering can principle. However, a targeted programme for key technologies would be important.
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