Project duration
10.2016 - 06.2018
Projekt order
Horizon 2020 - EU Research and Innovation programs
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The European transport manufacturing industries are currently well positioned with competitive products of high quality on the worldwide market. However, global economic shifts, societal trends and environmental challenges may put their leadership role into question. For companies and policy makers to anticipate the challenges, to identify conceivable enablers and hurdles for counteraction, and to conclude on effective push or pull measures, the current state and the future development paths of the European transport manufacturing industries have to be thoroughly investigated. The Coordination and Support Action “Scoreboard of Competitiveness of the European Transport Manufacturing Industry” (SCORE) explores, assesses and forecasts how progress in research and development, new innovative technologies and future demand changes in combination with forthcoming geopolitical and geo-economic developments affecting the global competitive position of the European transport manufacturing industry.

The analyses focuses on the four major transport manufacturing industry’s segments automotive, aeronautical, ship-building and rail rolling stock, all for carriage of passengers and freight, and has a time horizon up to 2030 (and partly to 2050).



Based on these assessments, several development scenarios will be elaborated in order to compare competitiveness evolution for each of the industry segments. The findings will be summarized and visualized in a so called scoreboard that indicates in an easily accessible way the current and future competitive position of the European transport manufacturing industries compared to their global rivals.

Subsequently orientations for adjustments, changes, and expansions of corporate innovation, production and investment strategies, EU industrial competitiveness policies and other measures will be provided. For verification and validation, the SCORE project seeks extensively the assessments from an Industrial Advisory Board.


The CSA “Scoreboard of Competitiveness of European Transport Manufacturing Industries” (SCORE) targets to:

  • Provide a coherent picture of the current status and global competitive situation of the European transport manufacturing industries in the four segments automotive, aeronautics, ship-building and rail rolling-stock.
  • Consider the three most relevant transversal indicators of competitiveness for the targeted industries which are dynamics of industrial value chains, changing demand side requirements and economic analysis and forecast of competitiveness.
  • Assess the strength and weaknesses in relation to not only traditional but also nontraditional competitors which enter the established value chains with very agile organization forms, large financial resources and rapid globalization strategies.
  • Analyse the potentials and challenges of disruptive technologies, innovative products, new business models and emerging markets for European manufacturers; including e.g. aspects like complementary product services enabled by networking and big data analysis and economies-of-scale concepts.
  • Forecast the future development of the competitive position in view of company strategic opportunities, changing user demand and societal requirements as well as related economic implications.
  • Help stakeholders to assess the current position and identify areas requiring priority investments and actions by visualizing the current and future competitive position of the European transport manufacturing industries in comparison to their worldwide rivals in an easily accessible way, e.g. by means of a scoreboard.
  • Create harmonized cross-sectorial recommendations for industry and advice on policies and regulatory frameworks for securing and furthering the competitive position of the considered industries. Engage a broad stakeholder community, particularly from individual companies, as members of the Industrial Advisory Board and Associated Partners into the consultation processes of the project and in implementing its results.
  • Sustain the work of the project beyond its duration, e.g. by publishing the results in a volume of the Springer book series “Lecture Notes in Mobility” and converting the methodology and the scoreboard into a self-sustaining service offer. In order to achieve these objectives, knowledge about the current and future innovation potentials and industrial capabilities of the four relevant transport manufacturing sectors automotive, aeronautics, ship-building and rail-rolling stock has to be related to trends in the three transversal fields dynamics of industrial value chains, changing demand side requirements and economic analysis and forecast of competitiveness. The analysis is made in comparison to major global rivals.
ISL contribution

ISL will provide a profound process for the shipbuilding sector in order to assess the current position of European shipbuilding industry in terms of dynamics of industrial value chains, demand side requirements and economic analysis of competitiveness, the outlook on disrupting trends in this industry and the developed framework and recommendations.

ISL will investigate European and global policies, regulatory and legal frameworks and its impact on the competitive position of the European shipbuilding sector leading to a comprehensive analysis of the relevant policies on different policy levels determining the research, technology development, innovation capacities and strategies of this sector. Based on developed qualitative criteria and quantitative indicators the impacts of these policies on the shipbuilding industry will be compared with existing and up-coming competitors from outside the EU. The issue that there are a number of often interrelated policies influencing the European shipbuilding industry (e.g. transport and environmental policies) will be taken into account accordingly. Moreover, policies may establish clear legal or rather regulatory frameworks and they vary in their degree of administrative discretion. Hence, in order to thoroughly analyze the role of policies and their impacts, ISL analyses the involved national and international institutions (e.g. EU, national Ministries, WTO) and the relevant policies and their degree of compulsion. The derivation of impacts of policies on the shipbuilding industry's competitiveness and also on trends and future developments that also affect the competitiveness of the industry will be analysed in collaboration with the partners of the consortium.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No 724112.

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