IMS2020 aimed at strengthening international co-operation under the IMS, providing an effective interface to ongoing road-mapping activities and creating research synergies at international level through establishment of inter-regional manufacturing communities in the five Key Areas of Activity of IMS (from now on: IMS Key Areas).
IMS Key Areas are five priority topics that have been identified for international cooperation among IMS participant regions: (i) Sustainable manufacturing, (ii) Energy efficient manufacturing, (iii) Key technologies, (iv) Standards, and (v) Education. In order to enhance R&D on these wide and complex topics, international co-operation is needed. A global and heterogeneous perspective will allow the creation of synergies for better addressing the issues involved in these IMS Key Areas.
IMS2020 project mapped and analyzed on-going major research activities and will conduct foresight analyses to derive a set of recommendations for future 2020 manufacturing research. These recommendations included:
• Roadmaps for suggesting R&D orientation and prioritized topics, with also dedicated sections on the needs and opportunities of SMEs;
• Proposals for new schemes & frameworks of co-operation research support among IMS regions;
• Identification of specific SME-focused actions to enhance SME participation in IMS research.