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Non-ferrous Metals Manufacturing: Vision for 2050 and Actions Needed

François Dessart and Laurent Bontoux ()
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Laurent Bontoux: European Commission - JRC

No JRC106071, JRC Research Reports from Joint Research Centre (Seville site)

Abstract: The European non-ferrous metals manufacturing industry is a strategic sector directly employing 500,000 people and supplying products for numerous crucial downstream industrial sectors. As a capital intensive industry, its investment horizon spans over decades and is thus particularly in need of adopting a long-term strategic perspective. This foresight study applied a highly participatory, qualitative methodology that gathered representatives of the non-ferrous metals industry, research institutions, policymakers, trade unions and stakeholders from upstream and downstream sectors. This methodology allowed: (1) to define a long-term (2050) vision for the non-ferrous metals manufacturing industry and (2) to propose concrete actions for the industry itself, policymakers, and other stakeholders, to address the challenges faced by the sector (trade and competition, innovation, resources, business integrity and skills) on its path towards the vision.

Keywords: metals; non-ferrous; aluminium; copper; circular economy; industrial policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L52 L61 L78 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
Date: 2017-04
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