Manufacturing & Engineering

Industrial strength

Manufacturing and Engineering has always been a broad church, and this year we have room for makers of everything from furniture to workwear and safetywear, plus herbal medicines, mattresses and wooden pallets. One thing all successful manufacturers have to have in common these days is a willingness to adapt – to new technology, new markets and a more knowledgeable customer base. The EU’s 2020 Initiative concentrates on innovation and R&D, together with the more efficient use of energy and cleaner technologies, which means that the opportunities are there for companies willing to invest and compete.

Sector at a glance

  • 13.3 million - The number of employees in the automotive sector, 6.1% of the employed EU population
  • 36% - The proportion of the global machinery market produced and exported in the EU 
  • 8% - The rise in European use of robotics by 2020