The Future of Manufacturing in Europe

Client/Funding Institution

Dublin Foundation


There is an increasing concern about the future role of manufacturing both at the European level and in individual Member States of the EU. In the EU as a whole the manufacturing sector employed around 30 million people in 2010 and generated EUR 1590 billion of value added. The future development of manufacturing and, in particular, the way that its share of value-added and employment will tend to change in the coming years is heavily affected, as in the past, by three main factors, or driving forces: technology, the nature of the demand for manufacturing goods, and globalisation. wiiw is part of a consortium lead by Applica. This study will examine the trends in manufacturing performance in different parts of Europe and the factors underlying them.


January 2013 - January 2014

wiiw team Leader

Robert Stehrer

wiiw Staff

Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Magdalena Höllhuber

Project Partners

Applica srpl

Keywords: EU 27, manufacturing

Countries covered: EU27

Research Areas: Sectoral studies