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Specific challenge: European transport industries across different sectors are well positioned in the global market. However, they are faced with new challenges stemming from the need to move to smart, green and sustainable transport technologies and systems within a relatively short period of time as well as from increasing international competition, changes in mobility demand and development in the European workforce. The challenge is to provide an overview of research, technology development and innovation capacities and strategies of the European transport industries, and identify present and emerging market prospects at a global scale, making use of diverse data and information sources.

Scope: Proposals should address the following aspects:

·      Analyse the investment trends, productivity levels, technology choices and options, industrial strategies, research and technology development capabilities and funding efforts of the European producers of transport means, including manufacturers of vehicles, equipment, components and systems, in the automotive, aeronautical, ship-building, rail vehicle industries and transport service industries. In doing so, the analysis should build on existing knowledge, including previous Seventh Framework Programme projects.

·      Assess the competitive advantages and disadvantages of those industries in relation to their main competitors world-wide; project their global market share prospects and consider the resulting employment impacts in terms of quantity and quality.

·      Analyse the economic potential of new technologies, products, services and markets and their role in the determination of the industrial and commercial strategies of the major European players; and assess the success factors of those strategies.

·      Consider the incidence of legislatory and regulatory frameworks at national and supranational level on industrial practices, innovation potential and global competitiveness of European industries.

·      Explore the specific areas and conditions under which targeted international cooperation activities can be usefully pursued in a way that is compatible with European industry’s needs, competition rules and the European interest.

Expected impact:

·      The work is expected to provide a comprehensive picture of the research and technology development capabilities, innovation challenges and market prospects of the European transport industries, taking into account the heterogeneous nature and future demand and employment trends of the transport sector.

·      It will enable stakeholders and policy makers to identify possible gaps in the research, technology development and innovation capacities and strategies of the European transport industries, particularly with regard to emerging market prospects, and elaborate appropriate measures at a corporate and policy level.

Type of action:  Coordination and Support Action


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