Bringing manufacturing actors of Europe together to inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is a global base for prosperity and key to Europe’s economic, social and environmental sustainability. Manufacturing is the main driver of industrial innovation, job creation and growth for the European society. It stands for over 2.1 million manufacturing enterprises in Europe, providing over 32 million jobs, which corresponds to 16% of the total EU working population, including approximately 13 million jobs in the growing high-tech manufacturing industry and in 2016, the share of EU-28 GDP originated by manufacturing was 16.1% (Eurostat, GDP percentage of total, industry breakdowns, 10.01.2018), corresponding to a total turnover of EUR 7.11 trillion (European Commission, Factories of the Future Manufacturing in Horizon 2020 and beyond, 2017).

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

For that purpose, EIT Manufacturing brings together 50 European leading partners from business, education and research, from 17 countries.

EIT Manufacturing is preparing its Inauguration Event, which will take place on 7 November 2019, at Paris-Saclay Headquarters. The event will announce the official birth of this new EIT Innovation Community and the beginning of its activity for 2020.

In the morning session, the initiative will be presented by Klaus Beetz, CEO of EIT Manufacturing, and has confirmed attendances of Valérie Pécresse, President of the Regional Council of Île-de-France, Agnès Paillard, EIT Governing Board member, Gintaras Vilda, Vice-Minister of Economy and Innovation of Lithuania, and Stéphane Siebert, Director of Technological Research of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).

In the afternoon, the invitees will be able to visit the following digital technology platforms, accessible to SMEs for innovation and product launch, at CEA premises:

  • Open Innovation @Paris-Saclay ShowroomCEA Robotics Platform | Cobotics
  • CEA Robotics Platform | Teleoperation
  • CEA Interactive Simulation Platform
  • Siemens Digital Experience Center

The EIT is already starting the exciting journey of making innovation happen in European manufacturing!