Digitisation is transforming the European machine tool industry. We witness global innovation and connectivity at an unprecedented level. These changes at the same time boost intelligent production and transform the business.
Digital technologies are present in all segments of the manufacturing industry and many European machine tool builders increasingly use these technologies, to optimize business operations, increase product quality and maximize energy efficiency.
However, this digital potential is not yet fully exploited. For a lot of companies, connectivity, industrial data and servitisation are often new topics. To make the most of such technical capabilities, CECIMO wants to disseminate good practices among machine tool builders and promote a European policy that underpin the digital transformation of the manufacturing sector.
Dissemination of good practices
CECIMO decided to develop a compendium, collecting various business practices already on the market and showcasing the digital evolution of the sector. The digitisation campaign fulfils the gap between the most and less advanced in the use of digital manufacturing technologies and it is also addressed to policy-makers at the EU and national levels as to increase their political support on digital transformation.
A prosperous political environment
The digital era brings also new business models that European machine tool builders need to follow for succeeding in the market. The European Commission has already recognized this necessity by providing political support and investment for the uptake of new technologies. Nevertheless, the existing EU regulations on data ownership does not address the complexities of the manufacturing sector. Data is one of the most important production factors and European machine tool builders favour data-driven solutions. As the sector is rapidly evolving, a strict regulatory approach will not support European business growth and competitiveness in the long run.
In parallel, the EU needs to pool its manufacturing capabilities and act in a coordinate manner. The priority would be a collective action removing duplications at national and European levels and combining capabilities, resources and funding, thus coping with the increasing competitive environment.
CECIMO publisehd a magazine that collects different opinions and points of view from representatives of the EU, industry and research institutes. The electronic version is available online.