Project completed in May 2013
PROsumer.NET was a 2-year European networking and roadmapping project, bringing together 5 European technology platforms across consumer goods sectors such as textiles and clothing, footwear, sports goods and wood‐based products as well as the ManuFuture platform covering the related manufacturing technologies.
It addressed the following issues:
− What are the common opportunities and challenges encountered by the European design‐based consumer goods industries and how can a joint research and technology roadmap support a more strategic development of these industries in Europe?
− How do societal developments (globalisation, climate change concerns, ageing etc), market trends (faster product cycles, demand for green/healthy/ethical products) or emerging business models (mass customisation, consumer co‐design, product‐service concepts) drive the need for more research and innovation?
− How does the EU Commission support research and innovation in this field today and how could this be improved in the future?
− Which new concepts and technologies are currently under development and what is their potential for industry adoption?
− How can a widespread adoption of disruptive business models and technologies change the face of the industry and alter the competitive dynamics prevailing today including a renaissance of high added value manufacturing of consumer goods in Europe?
It was an initiative of the following European Technology Platforms:
- The European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing www.textile‐platform.eu
- The European Footwear Products & Processes Technology Platform www.eu‐footwear.eu
- The European Forest-based Sector Technology Platform www.forestplatform.org
- The European Platform for Sport & Innovation www.epsi.eu
- The ManuFuture Technology Platform www.manufuture.org