Smart Manufacturing for EU growth and prosperity

MAKERS in a nutshell MAKERS is a EU Research and Innovation Staff Exchange project (RISE) funded under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions of Horizon 2020. In this project, 12 academic and 12 non-academic partners from 10 countries (UK, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, US, and Singapore) are joining forces to bring together leaders from business, academia and policy to study issues related to the drivers and dynamics of sustaining the competitiveness of EU manufacturing. The project’s innovative research, training and mobility activities will address key concerns related to the historic opportunity for the EU to lead a manufacturing renaissance and develop new technological capabilities to support regional industrial resilience for more distributed and sustainable socio-economic growth and prosperity. MAKERS will create a multi-stakeholder platform to discuss the current understanding of Industry 4.0 in Europe and look at:

  1. the role of small, medium and large manufacturing firms and local production systems plugged into local-global value chains;
  2. what are the drivers and processes for innovation, technological capabilities and technology transfer from research intuitions to firms;
  3. trends in reshoring and nearshoring and the potentials for re-industrialisation and shorter value chains;
  4. the impact of the socio-economic-environmental sustainability agenda on EU competitiveness;
  5. skills requirements and training; and finally
  6. how policy can ensure the competitiveness of EU manufacturing sectors for more distributed and sustainable socio-economic growth and prosperity.

The Institute for Learning and Innovation in Networks (ILIN) at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences coordinates the third focus on reshoring and local value chains. MAKERS’ programme of activities comprises:

  • annual summer schools that will cover the breadth of the issues above and address methodological requirements;
  • themed workshops with Business/Academia/Policy stakeholders;
  • dissemination activities at events outside the network, such as presentations at international conferences, policy fora and multi-media engagement.