Global manufacturing Innovation will be led by Europe

EIT Manufacturing is an Innovation Community within the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) – that connects the leading manufacturing actors in Europe. Fueled by a strong interdisciplinary and trusted community, we will add unique value to European products, processes, services – and inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing.

EIT Manufacturing’s headquarters are in Paris, with a network of Innovation Hubs across Europe: Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, and Austria.

Mission and vision

EIT Manufacturing’s mission is to bring European manufacturing actors together in innovation ecosystems that add unique value to European products, processes, and services and inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing.

Our vision is that the global manufacturing innovation is led by Europe. EIT Manufacturing’s approach is designed to immediately and forcefully address specific economic and societal challenges, leveraging opportunities to maximise the impact for successful European manufacturing.

EIT Manufacturing has six strategic objectives:

  1. Excellent manufacturing skills and talents: adding value through an upskilled workforce and engaged students.
  2. Efficient manufacturing innovation ecosystems: adding value through creating ecosystems for innovation, entrepreneurship and business transformation focused on innovation hotspots.
  3. Full digitalisation of manufacturing: adding value through digital solutions and platforms that connect value networks globally.
  4. Customer-driven manufacturing: adding value through agile and flexible manufacturing that meets global personalised demand.
  5. Socially sustainable manufacturing: adding value through safe, healthy, ethical and socially sustainable production and products.
  6. Environmentally sustainable manufacturing: adding value by making industry greener and cleaner.

EIT Manufacturing will establish an innovation community and build a network of ecosystems where people will acquire skills and encounter opportunities; and where innovators are able to attract investors and acquire venture capital.

By creating innovation hotspots, ideas and enabling technologies will be refined and connected to markets. These hotspots will generate value networks in Europe with the ambition of establishing global leadership in the high-value manufacturing arena. EIT Manufacturing will deploy an Enabling Technologies and Customer Radar that continuously monitors the emergence and development of enabling technologies.

This will be achieved by:

Combining the strength of the partners and dynamic models for collaboration: allowing cross fertilisation across technologies and sectors as well as cooperation within the entire value system. The huge innovation potential does not come from this set-up alone, but also from a dedicated mechanism to bring forward mutual benefits from cooperation among start-ups, SMEs and established players representing customers and extensive networks in global markets.

A unique network of world-class empowering assets: complement facilitating partners with a network of empowering assets made available by EIT Manufacturing’s renowned partners. These assets aim at testing, validating, and scaling up new technologies, providing environments that bring the factory into the classroom, and the research lab to the factory, and allowing rapid prototyping of new ideas and exchanges between makers.

Innovative, personalised and industry driven education solutions: establish the most ambitious learning platform in the manufacturing sector. This platform will combine learning-related facilities, and open access to digital learning content and tailor-made learning paths. It will connect learners with each other and link facilities and content.

Novel approaches to identify and stimulate innovation hotspots and accelerate innovation: put tools and processes in place to identify and launch the most promising ideas and technologies. EIT Manufacturing will detect potential innovation hotspots by means of the Enabling Technologies and Customer Radar, a powerful digital tool for technology foresight and business intelligence.

Creating gazelles to transform Europe: target existing manufacturing solution providers and seek to transform them through access to knowledge, technologies, customers, and finance.

EIT Manufacturing activities

EIT Manufacturing has more than 70 ongoing activities that are grouped under five pillars: Business Creation, Education, Innovation, Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) and the Cross-KIC activities that are the result of cooperation between several EIT Innovation Communities. You can learn more about the EIT Manufacturing running activities and search information by Pillar or by Flagship.

  • Business Creation – Creation, acceleration and transformation of high-growth companies with potential to lead Europe’s industrial transformation & drive value-added job creation.
  • Education – Programmes, courses and digital platforms aiming at training and upskilling future and current industrial workforce to meet the future market needs.
  • Innovation – Bringing new technologies to the market by putting in place tools, processes to lead the launch, development of new products, services, processes and integrated solutions.
  • Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) – Boosting innovation capability of countries and regions in Europe that are today lagging behind in terms of innovation.
  • Cross-KIC – Activities that are the result of cooperation between several of our innovation communities, and related to global concerns related to the environment.

For more information

Visit the official page if you want to know more about EIT Manufacturing.

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