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. With more than 32,000 employees, the manufacturing sector in Luxembourg represents 8.3% of total national employment and 4.6% of the national added value. The country offers an attractive labour market with well educated, experienced multicultural and multilingual employees. 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 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. 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); The Physics and Material Sciences Research Unit of the University of Luxembourg; The Research Unit in Engineering of the University of Luxembourg. 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.