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The future of manufacturing industry in Europe

Risto Kuivanen (VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tampere, Finland)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 25 July 2008




The purpose of this paper is to examine the challenges facing European manufacturing industry in an age of increasing global competitiveness and to explore models for survival.


The paper reflects on trends in global manufacturing and examines the issues faced by European manufacturers.


Manufacturing still has an important role to play in ensuring community welfare; and there are ways in which European manufacturing industry can establish a secure future.

Practical implications

The paper suggests ways in which industry, supported by government, might change to become more competitive in an era of global competition.


The paper presents a useful exploration of the issues and challenges facing modern manufacturing organisations in Europe.



Kuivanen, R. (2008), "The future of manufacturing industry in Europe", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 57 No. 6, pp. 488-493.



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