studies show that the massive integration of advanced manufacturing
will displace in a few years many of the current traditional
manufacturing processes. In particular, energy and resource-efficient
and low carbon technologies and the circular economy will be key
drivers of innovation in SMEs. To remain competitive, manufacturing
SMEs will increasingly need to rely on advanced manufacturing
technologies for clean production. These technologies enable the
development of new production processes, but also improve the
manufacturing of existing products by reducing production costs, the
reliance on raw materials and the consumption of energy, while
diminishing the adverse impacts on the environment by reducing the
generation of waste and pollution.
only one third of manufacturing companies in the EU has used advanced
manufacturing technologies so far and plans to use them in the next
year[]. The challenge is to provide technology support to SMEs who
lack resources and/or competences to integrate innovative advanced
manufacturing technologies for clean production.
access to technology services and facilities remains difficult in
many regions of the EU (a recent inventory shows that two thirds of
the technology infrastructures providing services to SMEs in the
field of advanced manufacturing are located in only four Member
States[[Namely Germany, the UK, France and Spain]]). In this context,
the High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) recommended
in its report of June 2015 to ensure pan-European access of
manufacturing companies to "premier-class" technology
infrastructures in the field of KETs. As a first step, the Commission
has published an inventory of existing technology infrastructures in
the EU capable of providing SMEs with technology services and
facilities in the field of KETs.
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