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Abstract

This report presents the results of a study carried out for the European Commission in relation to European participation in the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) international R&D cooperation scheme. IMS is motivated by phenomena such as globalization, the changing labour and market conditions, environmental issues and increasing cost and complexity of R&D in manufacturing. This work explores strategic options for optimizing IMS implementation in Europe, and was supported by two studies aimed at analysing the position of European manufacturing industry. The report is divided into four sections discussing the IMS framework and EU policy objectives, the competitive position of EU manufacturing industry, the technology profile and knowledge infrastructure available in Europe, and international cooperation and knowledge transfer mechanisms. The conclusions of the study are translated into a number of strategy options and approaches.

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Authors: IPTS, ;SEVILLE (ES), ;IRISH PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE (IE), ;CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT (GB),
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18103 EN (1998)
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Record Number: 199910539 / Last updated on: 1999-04-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en