EIT Manufacturing was conceived to help respond to major challenges shared by the manufacturing industry and society as a whole
Global market competition
Climate change and carbon emissions
Fast-paced technological transformation
A need to nurture and secure talent for today and tomorrow
To meet these shared challenges, EIT Manufacturing seeks to achieve five strategic objectives. The objectives are grounded in key European policy initiatives, including the European Institute of Technology and Innovation (EIT), Horizon Europe, the New Industrial Strategy for Europe and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Our objectives, and the reasoning behind them, are as follows
Adding value through an upskilled workforce and engaged students.
Europe requires a highly skilled workforce employed in attractive jobs. More than half of Europe’s workers will need reskilling to be able to engage in jobs that are already being transformed by market trends, such as digitalisation. EIT Manufacturing addresses this challenge by supporting the creation of new, attractive industrial jobs, and by launching a pan-European education and training platform in 2021. In addition, EIT Manufacturing will increase the innovation capacity of the education sector by promoting institutional change in higher education institutions (HEIs).
Adding value through the creation of ecosystems for innovation, entrepreneurship and business transformation that are focused on innovation hotspots.
Europe benefits from highly active, open and visible communities that allow manufacturing stakeholders to create strong ecosystems for innovation, entrepreneurship, business transformation and integrated higher education. EIT Manufacturing is establishing the leading European manufacturing community, while also leveraging the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) to address regional disparities in innovation capacity across Europe and promote cohesion. In 2021, EIT Manufacturing launched AGORA, a dedicated social network and open innovation platform, to offer another opportunity for knowledge sharing and collective problem solving.
Encouraging both disruptive and incremental innovation to increase the competitiveness of manufacturing and strengthen its resilience.
Europe competes in a challenging global market that requires extreme agility to meet customer demands. EIT Manufacturing supports Europe’s industry in increasing agility, flexibility and resilience. The Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) will support established players as well as the innovative new startups and SMEs that are key sources of innovation across Europe.
Helping manufacturing to radically reduce its climate impact while creating closed-looped production.
EIT Manufacturing supports European industry in significantly reducing emissions, environmental pollution, and energy and material consumption, while promoting the transition to a circular economy. It will thus significantly contribute to the goals set out in the European Green Deal.
Cutting across all other objectives, this objective is focused on leveraging digital technologies along advanced manufacturing value chains.
EIT Manufacturing boosts the application of emerging digital technologies and standards across value networks, to enable and advance rapid digitalisation of Europe’s industry, supporting the fourth industrial revolution.