Research & Innovation
Research and innovation are fundamental to increase the competitiveness of Europe and contribute to the welfare of our society. The European Union supports research as basis for our growth.
The machine tool and related manufacturing technologies sector is a knowledge-intensive industry, characterised by companies’ continuous investment in innovation, research and development. CECIMO supports the development of measures to promote private investments, cooperation along the whole value chain and the availability of R&D funds for the manufacturing sector at national and European level.
Multi Annual Financial Framework and Horizon Europe
Within the current discussion on the Multiannual Financial Framework, CECIMO calls for an increase in the overall EU budget for research and innovation. Adequate EU funding for the development of innovative and high-added-value solutions is crucial if we want to capitalise on European strengths and our research excellence, while ensuring that EU businesses can compete on a global level.
This should also be reflected in a more ambitious budget for the new Horizon Europe (the successor of Horizon 2020). That’s why CECIMO and 92 Associations at the European level signed a statement, which called to Council to allocate at least €120 billion of budget (in 2018 prices), of which at least 60% should be dedicated to the “Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness” pillar.
Horizon Europe should achieve better synergies with the European Structural and Investment Funds, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (Juncker Package) and private investments.
Horizon Europe design should maximise the participation of all actors in the value chain, industries of all sizes – including small & large companies – as well as Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs), for example, via Private Public Partnerships.
The new Horizon Europe proposal emphasizes the importance of supporting European industry and its global competitiveness. Resources allocated to industry though should be raised, especially for the Digital and Industry cluster.
Authorities should seek a technology-neutral CO2-reduction policy. Although the European Commission does not prescribe the technology to be used to achieve the CO2 emission reductions, by introducing a benchmark for manufacturers that achieve a share of zero- and low-emission vehicles, it gives the market a clear signal for investments in pure battery electric vehicles rather than other alternatives, such as plug-in hybrids.
Combustion engines have been and continue to be the driving force behind mobility, freight transport, and mobile machinery. Electrification and further improvements in the internal combustion engine should thus complement each other.
Authorities should also compare the complete system of different solutions – for example, from production to use, and all the way until the disposal of a car – to help the environment and, therefore, in a market-driven economy, they should only set targets. Though, the final agreement of the EU regulators for a 37.5% CO2 reduction from cars sets highly challenging and unrealistic targets which do not allow enough time for industry to make the necessary technical changes to vehicles. The industry needs a gradual shift to low-carbon mobility.
CECIMO is involved in several European projects in the field of research and innovation. We cooperate with research centres, associations, universities and companies in areas of strategic importance for the competitiveness and development of our sector.
CECIMO is member of EFFRA, the European Factories of the Future Research Association. EFFRA is a non-for-profit, industry-driven association promoting the development of new and innovative production technologies.
The key objective of EFFRA is to promote pre-competitive research on production technologies within the European Research Area by engaging in a public-private partnership with the European Union called ‘Factories of the Future’.