The provisional agreement between the European institutions on the 2020 CO2 emissions targets for vans could hinder investments in future clean technologies, says the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA),  which is currently studying the full details of the deal.

The Italian agency for internationalization support and overseas business development (ICE), together with Federmacchine (a federation that represents some Italian trade associations), has released the results of a study on Italian machinery goods in terms of prominence and business opportunities in the NAFTA area – the free trade area between the US, Mexico and  Canada.

Launched in July 2010, the EU-funded Demat project defines its main objective as to dematerialise the machine tools and manufacturing systems that are designed and produced in Europe. Coordinated by Tecnalia and disseminated by Cecimo, Demat sets forth comprehensive methodology for decoupling production results from the material structure of machines, which will reduce the total-life-cycle impacts and costs of machines in a radical manner.

The Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have conducted the first large-sample survey of open innovation adoption among large companies. Their study of European and U.S. companies gives an extensive overview of the ways that companies are now practicing open innovation, along with the trends that can be discerned.

Fanuc Corporation, the world’s most diversified manufacturer of CNC Systems, Robots and Machine Tools, has recently been named by Thomson Reuters as a 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator. This new Thomson Reuters program is an initiative that recognises the world’s most innovative organisations as a result of analysing patent data and related metrics in a proprietary methodology.