Objective: To measure the innovation capabilities and the technology readiness of the European manufacturing industry; to monitor technical, organizational and managerial innovations of the European manufacturing industry; to share the findings of the study with the manufacturing sector; to assist in the diffusion process of the new technical, organizational and managerial concepts and developments within the manufacturing sector; to inform the firms participating in the study on their relative position within their sector; to make recommendations for the development of the manufacturing industry; to be able to present reliable information to the decision makers in politics and bureaucracy.

Scope: Innovations in European Manufacturing 2006/07 is an international project conducted through a consortium comprised by Austria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey (REF) and United Kingdom under the supervision of Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research. The data has been gathered in five provinces (Istanbul, Kocaeli, Kayseri, İzmir and Gaziantep). The study includes textiles, food products, wood products, paper products, publishing, chemicals and chemical products, rubber and plastics products, non-metallic mineral products, basic metals, fabricated metal products, machinery, electrical machinery, radio, television and communication equipments, medical, precision and optical instruments, watches, motor vehicles, transport equipment and furniture industry.

Partners: REF (Gündüz Ulusoy and Hande Yeğenoğlu), Sabancı University and Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research.

Current Status: The studies on the survey have started in December 2005 and have been completed in January 2006. The pilot implementation of the survey in eight firms representative of different sectors has been completed in February. The data gathering process has been started in May 2006 and 124 surveys have been completed.

Please click here for the project report with only Turkish firms' data (in Turkish).