General Information

European manufacturing is at the centre of a twin ecological and digital transition, being both driver and subject to these changes. At the same time, manufacturing companies must maintain technological leadership and stay competitive. The size and the complexity of the associated challenges - such as the integration of Artificial Intelligence, the use of industrial data, the transformation into a circular economy and the need for agility and responsiveness - requires pooling of resources and a novel approach of cooperation. 

The Made in Europe Partnership will be the leading European lighthouse and driver of this change, bringing together the leading actors from manufacturing and relevant European industrial ecosystems, coming from academia, industry, non-governmental organisations and the public sector. The Partnership will serve as a platform for national and regional manufacturing technology initiatives and the required disciplines and technologies, creating economies of scale, common understanding and alignment of objectives and priorities. Strategic cooperation with key actors at national, regional and local levels will be developed, to ensure urgently required exploitation and implementation of research results. 

Based on joined expertise and resources, the Made in Europe partnership will be the voice engine for sustainable manufacturing in Europe. It will boost European manufacturing ecosystems towards global leadership in technology, towards circular industries and flexibility. The Partnership will contribute to a competitive, green, digital, resilient and human-centric manufacturing industry ​​​​​in Europe.

Made in Europe Partnership has four General Objectives, namely: 

  1. Ensuring European Leadership & manufacturing excellence 
  2. Achieving Circular and climate-neutral manufacturing 
  3. Mastering the Digital transformation of manufacturing industry 
  4. Creating Attractive added-value manufacturing jobs 


These four Partnership Objectives are related to different EU policies which address manufacturing: these are (i) the new industrial strategy for Europe, (ii) the European Green Deal, (iii) a Europe fit for the digital age and an Economy that works for people.

There are four Specific Objectives which drive the Made in Europe Partnership, by providing a clear focus on the generation of impact (see Column 1 of Table 1). The specific objectives will be broken down in more detailed Research and Innovation Objectives, which will then become inputs for the preparation of future work programmes (see Column 2 of Table 1).

Table 1. Specific Objectives and Research & Innovation Objectives of the Made in Europe partnership

Specific ObjectiveResearch & Innovation Objectives
1. Efficient, responsive and smart factories and supply chains1.1. Zero-defect and zero-down-time high precision manufacturing, including predictive quality and non-destructive inspection methods 
1.2. Manufacturing for miniaturisation and functional Integration 
1.3. Scalable, reconfigurable and flexible first-time right manufacturing 
1.4. Artificial intelligence for productive, excellent, robust and agile manufacturing chains 
1.5. Advanced manufacturing processes for smart and complex products 
1.6. Data ‘highways’ and data spaces in support of smart factories in dynamic value networks 
2. Circular products & Climate-neutral manufacturing2.1. Ultra-efficient, low energy and carbon-neutral manufacturing 
2.2. De-manufacturing, re-manufacturing and recycling technologies for circular economy 
2.3. Manufacturing with new and substitute materials 
2.4. Virtual end-to-end life-cycle engineering and manufacturing from product to production lines, factories, and networks 
2.5. Digital platforms and data management for circular product and production-systems life-cycles 
2.6: Predictive Manufacturing capabilities & Logistics of the future
3. New integrated business, product-service and production approaches; new use models3.1. Collaborative product-service engineering for costumer driven manufacturing value networks 
3.2. Manufacturing processes and approaches near to customers or consumers (including urban manufacturing) 
3.3. Transparency, trust and data integrity along the product and manufacturing life-cycle 
3.4. Secure communication and IP management for smart factories in dynamic value networks 
4. Human-centred and human-driven manufacturing innovation4.1. Digital platforms and engineering tools supporting creativity and productivity of research &development processes 
4.2. Improving human device interaction using augmented and virtual reality and digital twins
4.3. Human & technology complementarity and excellence in manufacturing 
4.4. Manufacturing Innovation and change management 
4.5. Technology validation and migration paths towards full industrial deployment of advanced manufacturing technologies by SMEs 

The Made in Europe Partnership is embedded in a network of thousands of industrial companies in Europe, which annually invest dozens of billion Euros into research and innovation. The funding that will be invested in overcoming the challenges and opportunities identified by the Made in Europe Partnership, will concentrate on collaborative research between companies, institutes and universities

The governance consists of a continuous interaction between three groups of actors: (i) the wider manufacturing stakeholder community, represented by EFFRA, the private side of the partnership
(ii) the European Commission and (iii) the member states.

It is extremely important that as many actors as possible are heard and can express themselves. EFFRA, the private side of the partnership, will bring together manufacturing expertise from various sectors, for example:
- machinery and other technology providers (machine tools, robotics and other suppliers of production equipment) 
- industrial ICT solution and software providers 
- automotive, aerospace and consumer goods industry i.e. the users of production equipment 
- component suppliers - material providers (steel, chemicals, power manufacturers for additive etc ) 
- Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) 
- Universities active in applied research or education related to manufacturing 
- industry associations and clusters, which provide access to 100.000s of SMEs which are part of the EFFRA network.
Current members of EFFRA, the private side of the partnership, from Turkey: Arçelik, Teknopar

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