In recent years the environmental factor has gained more and more traction among the European Union’s policymakers, leading to an unprecedented political momentum towards achieving a sustainable transition at the European level. This historic transition will require the overall industrial sector to play a very active role, to ensure that it can fully reap the economic and social benefits deriving from the realization of a truly sustainable society.

Through this document, we aim to demonstrate not only that the machine tool manufacturing sector can effectively lead the transition towards a circular economy, but that it is already rising to the challenge. Numerous industry players are rethinking traditional industrial processes, developing advance manufacturing technologies, eliminating unnecessary waste and promoting the recycling and reuse of product materials. By embracing a whole life-cycle approach, the sector is starting to put the concept of circularity into action, and setting out a model for others to follow.