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Supply chain analysis and material demand forecast in strategic technologies and sectors in the EU – A foresight study


In order for the European Union to achieve the ambitious targets it has set for the energy and digital transitions and its defence and space agenda, it needs undisrupted access to critical raw materials and to many products which contain them. This foresight study presents a systematic and detailed analysis of the complete value chains, from raw and processed materials to components, assemblies and systems, for 15 key technologies across the five strategic sectors (renewable energy, electromobility, industrial, digital, and aerospace/defence) responsible for the delivery of these targets.
The study assesses supply chain dependencies and forecasts materials demand until 2050 in the EU, other economic regions and the world. It also assesses the EU’s materials needs and vulnerabilities now and in the future. As such, it provides a forward-looking basis to help identify strategic raw materials for key technologies and applications, to identify bottlenecks and to pinpoint the segments of supply chains which need strengthening and how. This study contributes scientific evidence to underpin the Critical Raw Materials Act, in tandem with which it is published.
Additive Manufactruing is also included as an strategic Technology.

SpeedTech Forum- 17th March Bilbao

The event is scheduled for the 17th March in Bilbao (at BCMaterials site) and will count on the participation of SMEs that are using AM to make a transformation of their core activities, as well as research projects in the field of AM. It will end with a roundtable discussion to share both, industrial and research perspectives on the topic, with a particular focus on DED Processes (laser and arc based).

It is organised in the framework of MULTI-FUN project. It aims to improve performance and efficiency in metal additive manufacturing through the integration of multi-functionalities based on novel active materials and the development of new structural materials for Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM), including high strength aluminium alloys and low alloyed steel grades.

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- The future of European Manufacturing: Enabling Advanced Innovations in 3D Printing

On Tuesday, Mar 14, 2023The H2020 INTEGRADDE project is holding its Final Event in Brussels (hybrid, format). The event will take place from 09:30 to 14:30 at La Tricoterie. The event is supported by the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) and European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies (CECIMO). 

The conference (which will include different discussions and a networking lunch) will bring together high-level policymakers, industrial actors, research institutions, and other relevant stakeholders to exchange views on the current most compelling issues related to 3D Printing in the manufacturing sector. 

This event will offer a networking space for like-minded people within the manufacturing industry while showcasing the latest advancements in Additive Manufacturing, the project’s achievements and upcoming test-before-invest opportunities from related EU projects for technological innovations. The event will also offer an overview on the current and future positing of 3D printing from the perspective of some of the most accredited voices in the industry. 

If you would like to find out more about 3D printing in manufacturing and network with your peers, register here!

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INTEGRADDE Final Event: The future of European Manufacturing Tickets, Tue 14 Mar 2023 at 09:30 | Eventbrite