Sustainable and smart manufacturing


The automotive industry is shifting from traditional manufacturing to sustainable and smart manufacturing.

This means optimizing production methods, processes and natural resources and energy sources, and using new technologies to contribute positively to societal challenges, such as reducing CO2 emissions.

The business climate

Dutch Automotive Industry

The business climate for the Dutch automotive industry has evolved in recent decades from regional to European and even to global. The current playing field is an international industry where companies have to deal with international competitors, customers and suppliers and their challenges. A problem today, and tomorrow, is the fluctuating demand from a more diverse customer base. This is forcing companies to incorporate a higher degree of flexibility into their production process.

In addition, manufacturing companies are faced with reducing carbon emissions and introducing circularity, leading to a growing awareness of strategic adjustments to remain competitive. Future prospects and the development of high-quality, sustainable (incl. circularity), and smart (incl. Big data and AI) manufacturing are current trends.

Various situations, such as China's influence and the current war in Ukraine, teach us that dependence on supply chains outside the EU can be risky and that EU supply chains may offer more stability. Products will also involve a strategy for future disassembly, refurbishment, and recycling as part of a product's life cycle. Sustainable and smart manufacturing is strongly linked to the Automotive Roadmap and Smart Industry. Development in the coming years will focus on the further development of the Manufacturing program based on the development in the Factory of the Future.

RAI Automotive Industry NL proudly presents the focus document and action plan for Automotive Manufacturing in the Netherlands.