Manufuture 2013 Participants Issue Declaration
VILNIUS, 8 October. Participants attending the Manufuture 2013 conference have issued a declaration expressing the key concluding messages of the conference.
The Manufuture 2013 Vilnius Declaration underlines the vital role that European collaborative research has played and will play in the re-industrialisation of Europe and the important contribution that the Factories of the Future public-private partnership will make under Horizon 2020.
With the recent competitiveness report published by the European Commission clearly identifying ongoing challenges facing Europe, the declaration expresses the participants’ view of the contribution manufacturing will make to Europe’s recovery:
“Enabled by collaborative European research and innovation in manufacturing technologies, the re-industrialisation of Europe will strengthen our economies and create and secure much needed high skilled jobs both directly in manufacturing and in related services”.
The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė expressed a similar message in her keynote address at the opening of the conference on behalf of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, “Our key to the re-manufacturing of Europe should be developed by the collaborative efforts of private-public partnerships and based on research in advanced innovative technologies”.
In her welcome address on behalf of the EU, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, also articulated the views of many participants when she stated that “Factories of the Future is a clear success story with 150 projects launched and with the involvement of over 1,000 organisations from across Europe”.
Co-organised by the Manufuture ETP and EFFRA member LINPRA, Manufuture 2013 brought together experts and key stakeholders in manufacturing technologies from over 30 countries across Europe and international representatives. They assessed the success of research, development and innovation under the European Union’s Framework Programme 7 (FP7), discussed the progress and results of ‘Factories of the Future’ projects and the implementation of the ambitious Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.