Multi-annual roadmap for the contractual PPP under Horizon 2020
Industrial production accounts for 16% of Europe’s GDP and remains a key driver for innovation, productivity, growth and job creation. In 2009, 31 million persons were employed in the EU manufacturing sector, and each job in manufacturing generates at least an additional job in services. Moreover, nowadays 80% of the EU’s exports are manufactured products. However, Europe’s position as an industrial power house is eroding and its leadership in many important sectors is constantly challenged. Under the new EU framework programme Horizon 2020, the contractual Public-Private Partnership (PPP) on... Factories of the Future builds on the successes of the Factories of the Future PPP launched under the European Economic Recovery Plan in late 2008, which selected 150 high level projects involving top industrial companies and research institutions in Europe. This multi-annual roadmap for the years 2014-2020 sets a vision and outlines routes towards high added value manufacturing technologies for the factories of the future, which will be clean, high performing, environmental friendly and socially sustainable. The priorities included were agreed among the wide community of stakeholders across Europe, after an extensive public consultation. With the engagement of the EU manufacturing industry, this PPP is expected to deliver the technologies needed for the new European factories of the future, highly sustainable and competitive.