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The Manufuture Technology Platform aims to provide an analysis and methodology leading to a transformation of European manufacturing industry into a knowledge-based sector capable of competing successfully in the globalised marketplace.
The economic importance of sustaining a strong manufacturing base in Europe is evident from the fact that it provides jobs for around 34 million people, and produces an added value exceeding EUR 1 500 billion from 230 000 enterprises with 20 and more employees. Today, however, it faces intense and growing competitive pressure on several fronts. In the high-tech sector, other developed economies pose the greatest threat. On the other hand, manufacturing in more mature traditional sectors is increasingly migrating to low-wage countries such as China and India. And these, too, are rapidly modernising their production methods and enhancing their technological capabilities.
Moreover, the short-range perspective of some shareholder considerations leads to a disproportionate loss of European technology to outside countries, causing a destruction of work-places that cannot be repaired by technology alone

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 27 pp. free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: KI-73-05-493-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-01026-3
Record Number: 200719304 / Last updated on: 2007-07-10
Original language: en
Available languages: en