Leading digital manufacturing: DIGITALEUROPE’s declaration

An image from Masters of Digital 2019 where the declaration on digital manufacturing was announced.

Today at the Masters of Digital 2019 conference in Brussels, over a dozen senior executives from the membership of DIGITALEUROPE have set a clear path for the European Union’s global leadership in digital manufacturing by signing a new declaration.

The Digital Manufacturing Executive Council (DMEC) includes executives from leading technology companies and manufacturers. It defines the goals and action plan for the EU to become a world leader by 2025. DMEC has signed and publicly released the new declaration which indicates their key goals, actions, and targets for measuring success.

Their recommendations to both the European Commission and the European Parliament on how to become a high-level platform for policymakers to consult and discuss the future of the EU’s digital manufacturing sector have been presented.

DIGITALEUROPE on the opportunity of digital manufacturing in Europe

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director-General for DIGITALEUROPE said:

“The EU has many critical success factors for the manufacturing sector to be world class and we need to act with a sense of urgency to take advantage of the opportunities of the digital transformation. The continued leadership of this industry depends on digital to pave the way towards the next generation of manufacturing: Manufacturing 5.0.”

“The lack of digital skills in our workforce remains a serious, but not unsolvable, issue. In the next 5 years, by working together with Members States and companies across Europe, we should have completed retraining 20% of the workforce. Currently an estimated 52% of workers need some form of reskilling. Enterprises in Europe should be providing digital skills training to an additional 5% of their employees. Today, only 21.4% of all European enterprise do so.”

She concluded: “Technology is an enabler to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, waste and vital resources not only in our manufacturing processes but through the products we are creating. In the next five years, Europe should have saved 26 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions by digitising resource-intensive sectors. According to estimates, 15.8 billion can be saved from the electricity sector, 9.9 billion from the logistics sector, and 540 million from the automotive sector alone.”

The declaration

The key goals by 2025, as outlined by the declaration, are:

  1. The EU has a regulatory framework that allows the manufacturing sector to lead internationally as well as stimulates the development and deployment of key enabling technologies
  2. The EU has developed a Digital Manufacturing ecosystem that leads on innovation and competitiveness
  3. The EU is generating and enhancing investment in the Digital Manufacturing ecosystem and enabling technologies
  4. The EU is a leader in creating high-value data-driven services and in sharing data across Europe and the world
  5. The EU is continuously reskilling and upskilling its workforce to embrace digital production processes
  6. The EU has accelerated sustainability and green growth through new industrial technology solutions
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