EIT Manufacturing

Global manufacturing Innovation will be led by Europe

About EIT Manufacturing

EIT Manufacturing is an Innovation Community within the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) – that connects the leading manufacturing actors in Europe. Fueled by a strong interdisciplinary and trusted community, we will add unique value to European products, processes, services – and inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing.

EIT Manufacturing's headquarters are in Paris, with a network of Innovation Hubs across Europe: Spain, Germany, Denmark, Italy, and Austria.

Mission and Vision

EIT Manufacturing’s mission is to bring European manufacturing actors together in innovation ecosystems that add unique value to European products, processes and services and inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing.

Our vision is that the global manufacturing innovation is led by Europe. EIT Manufacturing’s approach is designed to immediately and forcefully address specific economic and societal challenges, leveraging opportunities to maximise the impact for a successful European manufacturing.

EIT Manufacturing activities

  • Business Creation - Creation, acceleration and transformation of high-growth companies with potential to lead Europe’s industrial transformation & drive value-added job creation.
  • Education - Programmes, courses and digital platforms aiming at training and upskilling future and current industrial workforce to meet the future market needs.
  • Innovation - Bringing new technologies to the market by putting in place tools, processes to lead the launch, development of new products, services, processes and integrated solutions.
  • Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) - Boosting innovation capability of countries and regions in Europe that are today lagging behind in terms of innovation.
  • Cross-KIC - Activities that are the result of cooperation between several of our innovation communities, and related to global concerns related to the environment.

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EIT Manufacturing flagships

EIT Manufacturing defined four Flagships that add value to European manufacturing and address multiple strategic objectives. These flagships are prime demonstrations of the community’s ability to solve complex challenges, while delivering high societal and industrial impact.

EIT Manufacturing will establish an innovation community and build a network of ecosystems where people will acquire skills and encounter opportunities; and where innovators are able to attract investors and acquire venture capital.

1. People and robots for sustainable work

Industrial robots, capable of collaborating and interacting with humans to supports us are key enabling technologies to simultaneously achieve human well-being and manufacturing performance. Made by Europe has unique strengths in its robot-manufacturer partners; broad spectrum of industrial applications. Also, expertise in human/robot collaboration, mobile, connectivity, exoskeletons etc. The are is highly attractive for young people and entrepreneurs.

2. Additive Manufacturing for full flexibility

Additive manufacturing of multiple material combinations enables personalised products and advanced servitisation, meeting economic and environmental challenges. The flagship will develop “push-button” additive manufacturing technology in highly flexible manufacturing systems. Also, dynamic value networks with “supply & produce on demand services”. This includes emerging technologies such as multi-material printing and one-step printed sub-assemblies.

3. Waste-free Manufacturing for a circular economy

Waste-free manufacturing enables circular economy by minimising waste and resources use in the entire product lifecycle. Digitalisation of zero-defect manufacturing increases the efficiency of industrial processes, reducing stocks. Digital twins facilitate eco-design and additive manufacturing boosts dematerialisation. Our programmes will boost technical advancement and shifts in skills, mindsets and behaviour, to innovative and promote responsible production patterns.

4. Platforms for digitalised value networks

Value networks for digitalized manufacturing companies need a strong base of digital platforms to enable an efficient digital marketplace. Platforms and integrator companies are key enablers to European manufacturing innovation. Such capabilities are critical to capitalise on the potential of AI for SMEs, which requires strong digital backbone. It will support manufacturers’ use of digital platform integrators to create high-value manufacturing in value networks across Europe.


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EIT Manufacturing has six strategic objectives:

  1. Excellent manufacturing skills and talents: adding value through an upskilled workforce and engaged students.
  2. Efficient manufacturing innovation ecosystems: adding value through creating ecosystems for innovation, entrepreneurship and business transformation focused on innovation hotspots.
  3. Full digitalisation of manufacturing: adding value through digital solutions and platforms that connect value networks globally.
  4. Customer-driven manufacturing: adding value through agile and flexible manufacturing that meets global personalised demand.
  5. Socially sustainable manufacturing: adding value through safe, healthy, ethical and socially sustainable production and products.  
  6. Environmentally sustainable manufacturing: adding value by making industry greener and cleaner.

EIT Manufacturing will establish an innovation community and build a network of ecosystems where people will acquire skills and encounter opportunities; and where innovators are able to attract investors and acquire venture capital.

By creating innovation hotspots, ideas and enabling technologies will be refined and connected to markets. These hotspots will generate value networks in Europe with the ambition of establishing global leadership in the high-value manufacturing arena. EIT Manufacturing will deploy an Enabling Technologies and Customer Radar that continuously monitors the emergence and development of enabling technologies.

This will be achieved by:

  1. Combining the strength of the partners and dynamic models for collaboration: allowing cross fertilisation across technologies and sectors as well as cooperation within the entire value system. The huge innovation potential does not come from this set-up alone, but also from a dedicated mechanism to bring forward mutual benefits from cooperation among start-ups, SMEs and established players representing customers and extensive networks in global markets.  
  2. A unique network of world-class empowering assets: complement facilitating partners with a network of empowering assets made available by EIT Manufacturing’s renowned partners. These assets aim at testing, validating and scaling up new technologies, providing environments that bring the factory into the classroom, and the research lab to the factory, and allowing rapid prototyping of new ideas and exchanges between makers.
  3. Innovative, personalised and industry driven education solutions: establish the most ambitious learning platform in the manufacturing sector. This platform will combine learning-related facilities, and open access to digital learning content and tailor-made learning paths. It will connect learners with each other and link facilities and content.
  4. Novel approaches to identify and stimulate innovation hotspots and accelerate innovation: put tools and processes in place to identify and launch the most promising ideas and technologies. EIT Manufacturing will detect potential innovation hotspots by means of the Enabling Technologies and Customer Radar, a powerful digital tool for technology foresight and business intelligence.
  5. Creating gazelles to transform Europe: target existing manufacturing solution providers and seek to transform them through access to knowledge, technologies, customers and finance.

EIT Manufacturing across Europe

EIT Manufacturing has formed Innovation Hubs (Co-location Centres)  five across Europe:

  • Bilbao– CLC West (France, Portugal, Spain)
  • Darmstadt – CLC Central (Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium)
  • Gothenburg – CLC North (Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Ireland)
  • Milan – CLC South (Italy, Switzerland)
  • Vienna – CLC East (Switzerland, Greece, Slovakia, Austria)

Partners per Country

EIT Manufacturing brings together 50 leading partners from business, education, research as well as cities and regions.

  • Austria: TU Wien, Atos, Magna, VoestalpineAustria
  • Belgium: OCAS-ArcelorMittal
  • Czech Republic: Czech Technical University
  • Estonia: University of Tartu
  • Finland: Aalto University
  • France: CEA, CT-IPC, Arts et Métiers Paris Tech, Aerospace Valley, ESI Group, FIVES
  • Germany: TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Festo, KUKA, Siemens, Stryker, Volkswagen
  • Greece: Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation
  • Italy: Polytechnic University of Milan, Polytechnic University of Turin, Arduino, Avio Aero, Brembo, COMAU, PRIMA, Whirpool Europe
  • Ireland: University College Dublin
  • Lithuania: LINPRA
  • Portugal: Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science, Sonae
  • Slovakia: Slovak University of Technology, Spinea
  • Spain: IK4 Research Alliance, Tecnalia, Aernnova, ITP Aero, Mondragon
  • Sweden: Chalmers University of Technology, Research Institutes of Sweden, Sandvik Group, Volvo
  • Switzerland: University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
  • The Netherlands: TU Delft, Accell Group

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