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The automotive industry on the brink of a new paradigm? (Information report)

The automotive industry on the brink of a new paradigm? (Information report)

The European car industry employs 2.5 million workers. Together they account for 8% of total value added in industry. Indirectly the sector provides employment for 12 million workers. European exports of cars are twice as big as imports, resulting in a large trade surplus. European assembly plants produce one out of three cars worldwide. The sector is highly innovative as it accounts for 20% of industrial research funding in Europe. The long tradition and accumulated know-how are making the automotive sector a stronghold of European industry. The industry is a world leader in terms of product innovation, flexible production (modular production systems), high-quality (premium) design, green engines and alternative powertrains, the management of complex value chains etc.

Despite the strengths of the European car industry, it is currently confronted with a large number of structural challenges, which could bring about a new industrial revolution in the sector. The sector will need to adapt to changing conditions and turn these challenges into opportunities. Among others,  Main challenges can be identified as:  mature markets; ongoing globalisation; sustainable development; consumer preferences are changing; the gradual automation  as part of the long-term evolution to self-driving cars; disruptive production technologies; or the need for electrification.

 

Practical information

Administrator in charge: Aleksandra Wieczorek / Assistant: Marie Noëlle STASSENS

Timetable:

  • 1st study group meeting: 03/11/2016
  • 2nd study group meeting: 16/12/2016
  • CCMI meeting: 30/01/2017
  • Plenary session: 22-23/02/2017

 

Study group composition

 

Presentations made during the Hearing on 03/11/2016:

 

Relevant EESC opinions:

 

 

Policy and strategy - Overview

 

 

Environment protection

 

Articles

 

EUR – Lex

 

European Parliament

Articles

 

Think tank

 

 

Related links and documents

 

Industry 4.0 relation with the Automotive Industry

 

External links (third party publications and articles)

Dieselgate

Electric cars

Smart cars

Manufacturing

 

Market trends (IBM & Paris Auto Show)