A framework to unlock the potential of industrial data for Europe’s digital future

4 February 2020

A central priority set out in Commiss...

A central priority set out in Commission President von der Leyen’s political guidelines to the new Commission is to ensure Europe is “fit for the digital age”. As data is an essential ingredient in the digital transformation, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has been tasked with developing a European strategy on data. The technology industries represented by Orgalim view the transition to a data-driven economy as essential for future growth and competitiveness.

With our companies developing and providing sensor-equipped machinery, data-based services, smart production systems and intelligent products, industrial data has become part of commercial practice for our industries.

This is why we believe that the new EU data strategy should support the further reinforcing of a Common European Data Space for smart manufacturing. “Data is the key asset for Europe’s digital transformation that will strengthen European industry’s competitiveness while helping solve major societal challenges,” commented Orgalim Director General Malte Lohan. “To unlock this potential, we are calling for a future-proof approach to industrial data in Europe that builds on our core strengths.”

Our new position paper presents our views on how policymakers can shape an ecosystem that will enable data sharing and foster data access in a safe and secure environment. We provide examples from across the technology industries showing how data is being used to enhance productivity and efficiency in manufacturing, while enabling new data-driven services and business models in areas from mobility to renewable energy. And we make nine concrete recommendations for the future European data policy framework to ensure it takes into account the specific nature and use of industrial data - enabling EU industry to unlock the full potential of the digital transformation in the years ahead.

Read our position paper here.

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