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03.10.2017 10:27

Special Report on additive manufacturing, engine of industrial revival


CECIMO keeps promoting the machine tool industry and additive manufacturing at the European level. In line with this goal, we supported a Euractiv Special Report, which aims at raising awareness on additive manufacturing as one of the technologies of the future and gives an overview of the different measures to be taken at the European level.

The Report opens with an article of Jorge Valero, EurActiv journalist, on the renaissance of the European industry. Mr Valero notices how the “European Commission was asked to provide a holistic EU industrial policy strategy for the future” and how officials already identified additive manufacturing among the technologies that could contribute bringing back jobs and competing globally. In his analysis of the situation and prospects, the European Commission should continue supporting smaller manufacturers to “be on board of this digital transformation”.

Given that the proposal for next EU Framework Programme should be presented by early 2018, CECIMO analysed in an opinion article the needs and reasons to make FP9 an unmissable opportunity to step up public research investment in this technology. We called the EU to increase R&D funding commitments for additive manufacturing and keep ambitious R&D strategies. Indeed, “a large-scale deployment of AM will bring plentiful advantages for industry and the whole society”.

The Report ends with an interview to Mr Reinahrd Buetikofer, an influential Member of the European Parliament involved in industrial issues. According to him, additive manufacturing may help to strengthen the competitive position of European industry if Europe manages to turn its research efforts into innovative results. The race to be at the top of the fourth industrial revolution will be played in the next five-ten years and Europe needs to compete with other industrialised countries.