Game changing technologies: Exploring the impact on production processes and work

Language: English

Publication date: 5th April 2018

Eurofound, the European Foundation for the improvement of Living and Working Conditions, manages a research program on the Future of Manufacturing in Europe (FOME). Technopolis Group was selected to explore how five game-changing technologies will change the production process, jobs, skills and working conditions in manufacturing industries. A literature review and interviews with thought leaders, companies and stakeholders led to the selection of  five case studies spread across Europe. 

The report (by Eurofound) summarises the findings of five case studies (prepared by Technopolis) on the likely impact of game changing technologies on production and employment in the manufacturing sector in Europe up to 2025: advanced industrial robotics; industrial internet of things; additive manufacturing; electric vehicles; and industrial biotechnology. The adoption of these new technological possibilities will not only have consequences for the production process, but also for the working conditions of those employed on the process and on employment demands at company level. The report highlights the increase in digitisation, the greater demand for highly skilled workers, the expansion of value added to both ends of the product cycle, the even greater importance of data security, the possible reshoring of some production back to Europe, and the need to develop and observe industry standards and protocols. 

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