Manufacturing Composites, multifunctional materials and highly customised production technologies are at the heart of Luxembourg’s manufacturing sector. The sector excels in several of the Key Enabling Technologies that are high on the EU’s current agenda for enhancing innovation and competitiveness, notably advanced manufacturing, advanced materials and nanomaterials. ArcelorMittal, DuPont de Nemours, Goodyear, IEE, EURO-COMPOSITES®, CERATIZIT and other internationally renowned companies form, together with numerous SMEs, the manufacturing sector in Luxembourg. With 32,200 employees, the sector represents 8.3% of total national employment and 4.6% of the national added value. Dominated by the metal and chemical industries, the sector has a strong international orientation and exports the lion’s share of its production. Its enterprises, of which some have also established their R&D centre in Luxembourg, benefit from the strategic position, neutrality and efficient logistics infrastructure of Luxembourg in the centre of Europe. Advanced materials Luxembourg upholds a proud tradition in the manufacture and processing of materials, established since the heyday of the nation’s steel industry over a century ago. Over the past decades, the focus has shifted from traditional materials to the production of high added value products that hold leading positions on niche markets. The sector currently specialises in composites, nanomaterials, high performance steel, biodegradable and recyclable materials, glass, concrete and plastics, and demonstrates expertise in the functionalisation of surfaces. Competitive production technologies The implementation of new, innovative and improved production technologies to boost productivity and competitiveness at the international level is a central consideration of the manufacturing sector. Its main fields of interest and expertise include: Highly automated production lines Cyber-physical manufacturing systems Robotics Additive manufacturing Reduction of energy consumption and waste production The current shift to more highly automated production also implies a need for highly skilled staff able to manage those advanced production processes. Luxembourg offers an attractive labour market with well educated, experienced multicultural and multilingual employees. Extensive public research capabilities Several public research centres are active in fields that are of interest to the sector. The Materials Research and Technology Department (MRT) of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) translates cutting-edge materials research into applied technologies in the fields of material design, performance design and material modelling, the development of new surface treatments and the production of innovative nanomaterials, among others. At the University of Luxembourg, the Physics and Material Sciences Research Unit is dedicated to R&D and innovation in material sciences, physics of condensed matter and advanced materials, radiation physics and photovoltaics. The Research Unit in Engineering carries out strategic research projects, for instance in the fields of lean manufacturing, laser welding, robotisation / human robot interaction and multi-scale modelling that are of interest to the sector. Clustering opportunities The Luxembourg Materials & Manufacturing Cluster brings together the various actors of the sector with the goal of creating and developing new and sustainable business opportunities through collaborative R&D and innovation projects. It counts over 50 companies and public research organisations among its members. Strategic areas currently addressed by the Cluster include composite materials, additive manufacturing and high performance computing.