EMO sets scene for future of European manufacturing

October 23, 2003

Brussels, 22 Oct 2003

At a special media briefing at the EMO machine tool fair in Milan (IT), Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin highlighted the need for a 'strategic research agenda' to improve competitiveness in EU manufacturing.

Manufacturing is coming under increasing scrutiny, as new economy business models appear to be failing. Sustainability needs a holistic approach that covers not only flexible manufacturing but also product marketing, product use and service activities.

EMO was organised from 21 to 28 October 2003 by the European Committee for the Co-operation of the Machine Tool Industries(CECIMO) and the Italian Machine Tools, Robots and Automation Manufacturers' Association (UCIMU). It offered an ideal opportunity for journalists to learn what European research is doing to support manufacturing industry in Europe. The Commission press conference placed particular emphasis on machinery and machine tools as well as on industrial research for the European manufacturing industry.

Apart from Commissioner Busquin, participants in the press conference included Roberto Formigoni, President of the Lombardy region, Dante Speroni, vice-president of CECIMO, Research DG Industrial Technologies Director Ezio Andreta and the coordinators of three European manufacturing research projects:

MANTYS Thematic Network on manufacturing technologies;

Advanced machining systems for environmentally friendly manufacturing (ECOSYSTEMS); and

Multipurpose and cross-sectoral modernisation of manufacturing processes through parallel kinematics (MACH21).

In his address, Commissioner Busquin highlighted three principal requirements:

The importance of working together, networking and communicating between researchers and industrialists to prepare common platforms for industrial innovation;

The need to invest in research to illuminate the future of European industry; and

The need for themes such as new manufacturing technologies that are future-oriented and stimulate researchers, industrialists and society. They should open up the promise for renewed growth, a healthier environment and a better quality of life.

Journalists had the opportunity to visit these projects in the EMO exhibition as well as receiving preliminary information about a special conference on

"European Manufacturing of the future: role of research and education for European world leadership"

to be held in Milan on 1 and 2 December 2003.

DG Research
http:///europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/research/i ndex_en.html
Item source: http:///europa.eu.int/comm/research/indus trial_technologies/22-10-03_emo-press_en .html

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