New EU research policy sidelines industry
07.06.2018 The mechanical engineering industry is worried that the new EU research programme "Horizon Europe" is weakening the role of industry in European research policy
EU budget proposal sends a strong signal for research and innovation
03.05.2018 The EU Commission proposes a substantial increase in research and development expenditure for the budget for the financial period 2021 to 2027.
VDMA warns against free access to industrial data
European industry faces an intensive debate over data rights. The European Commission is considering also making non-state databases freely available in future.
EU wants to know more about the status of digitalisation in the EU’s mechanical engineering industry
10.06.2016 The European Commission would like to understand more about the status of digitalisation in European firms. A survey entitled 'Digital Entrepreneurship Scoreboard' is intended to improve understanding of the strengths, weaknesses and needs of companies with regard to digitalisation. In a first round the focus is on the automotive, pharmaceutical and the mechanical engineering sector.
EU-Research Programmes for 2016/2017 published
14.09.2015 The EU-Commission has published so-called "Orientation Papers" with the Horizon 2020-call topics of the next two years. The preliminary documents can already be used for preparing proposals and consortia.
Production in pictures – Manufuture launches photo contest for young Europeans
21.04.2015 Young photographers in the EU aged between18 and 26 are invited to present their expectations and ideas with regard to manufacturing and factories through photography. The best works will be exhibited at the Manufuture 2015 Conference and the three winners will be invited to the conference.
What is needed for the real digital revolution in Europe
10.06.2015 The Digital Single Market strategy by the European Commission is not nearly enough to cope with the changes ahead in European industry. VDMA calls for further steps to support the digital revolution in the manufacturing industry.
Industrial Innovation needs more than “key enabling technologies”
19.01.2015 According to an EU study, public R&I funding should use more flexible instruments and should not neglect the importance of fundamental understanding. A technological focus might not lead to success.
Fast Track - new bottom-up instrument for EU funding
20.01.2015 The EU Commission has launched a new funding instrument which aims to give good ideas the final kick to the market. The drawback: a budget of just 100 million euro per year makes Fast Track more of an "innovation prize" than mainstream funding.