Overall 34 Research Topics were identified by industry experts to evaluate the future status of the European competitiveness concerning demand requirements and technological aspects. Furthermore a comprehensive expert survey was carried out to assess future global competition arenas between European and other global rivals. Whereas the technological perspective and the expert survey are mainly scored on a 5-point scale, the demand-side view is of qualitative nature. Based on the quantitative scoring of the identified 16 Research Topics with a technological focus, the European Transport Manufacturing Industry has has neither a competitive advantage nor a competitive disadvantage with its main rivals.
Based on the current and emerging trends, knowledge of risk sources and future global transformations, the future analysis anticipates developments that might affect global competitive positions of European manufacturing industry until 2030/2050 in markets of interest. Considering cross-sectoral aspects, the impact of these trends on the set-up and dynamics of the value chain and demand side will be assessed including a synthesizing economic analysis reviewing global trends and risks. The analysis covers both passenger as well as freight transportation while in some cases there is no clear separation any more. Along its structure, the goals of this analysis are to:
All Focus Areas within the aspects Technology are scored on a 5-point scale, reaching from strong competitive disadvantage (0) to strong competitive advantage (4). The individual scores are derived from selected Key Performance Indicators identified for each of the transport modes.