Priority Technologies in Mechanics 2025, a strategic and evolutionary tool

In a constantly changing world, identifying the technologies of the future and anticipating the impact of an emerging technology is essential to remain competitive.

Conducted for more than 20 years by Cetim - with the support of the FIM - Priority Technologies in Mechanics (PTM) is above all an exercise of technological prospective. Conducted every five years, and regularly updated, its objective is to enlighten mechanical engineering companies and their ecosystem (customers, academics, institutions, etc.) on important technologies in the medium term and to feed the reference frame of the Industry of the Future. 51 technologies have been identified with a horizon of 2025.cetim1

A technological architecture in 6 bricks :

Materials and Surfaces                             Connected Objects and Monitoring

Digital                                                              Manufacturing processes

Design Simulation                                       Sustainable Development

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A competitive advantage for manufacturers

PTM 2025 feeds strategic thinking in and out of companies and their ecosystem. This is to improve competitiveness through technological management, to ensure they move upmarket and also to develop the capacity for innovation by combining several technologies and gaining market recognition.

The PTMs accompany the rise of mechanical engineering companies by allowing them to :

  • Save time thanks to this pre-selection.
  • Open up to technologies that are not today at the heart of their activity.
  • Estimate the impact of an emerging technology.
  • Confirm or invalidate their choices.
  • Gain in competitiveness.
  • Penetrate new markets.
  • Use the exercise as a tool to increase their attractiveness.

By irrigating the entire ecosystem (customers, suppliers), they allow to :

  • Guide the development of skills in industrial sectors around the technologies of tomorrow.
  • Inform start-ups of the expectations of mechanics in innovative solutions to enable them to identify potential for commercial development.

A contribution to the development of the Industry of the Future

PTM were originally part of the "Key Technologies", exercise conducted by the Ministry of Industry and aimed at identifying strategic technologies for the competitiveness of French companies in the medium term. They also contribute to " The Industry of the Future Technology Guide ", which contains information sheets on new technologies, organizational methods and specific equipment. All of these macro-bricks constitute the reference framework for the Industry of the Future.

Keys to guide industrial policies, academic research and training

By outlining the prospects for innovation in the mechanical engineering sectors, PTM influence the strategy of the various partners:

  • Elected officials and institutional bodies: to take into account innovative technologies in their public and territorial policies.
  • Scientists: to direct the work of their laboratories towards the needs of industry.
  • The National Education and training organizations: to adjust their training programs for young people to the expectations of companies.
  • Students: to choose appropriate courses of study.

A base to steer Cetim's technological strategy

Favouring the development and the diffusion of technologies which make it possible to increase the competitiveness of the industry constitutes Cetim's first mission.

PTM guide the main orientations and the roadmap of Cetim's research & development, in agreement with the Scientific and Technical Committee, whether it is about:

  • Large structuring projects on transverse subjects of technological anticipation, around innovation-bearing themes (additive manufacturing, Internet of Things, robotization, etc.).
  • Projects to develop knowledge within the various technological building blocks, particularly through upstream work carried out in collaboration with academic laboratories.

A response to major societal challenges

Mechanics are at the heart of the ecological transition and the challenges facing humanity.

The PTMs thus contribute to identifying ways to respond to :

  • World population growth.
  • The extension of the population's lifespan.
  • The fight against global warming.

The methodology which leads to the selection of PTM

The identification of PTM follows a precise methodology implemented by Cetim and gathering many partners.

A multidisciplinary team

  • The prospective exercise is led by Cetim with the support of a representative working group of industrial mechanics, academics, technologists and representatives of the customer sectors of Mechanics.

A multi-criteria evaluation

  • The working group exploits the roadmaps at the international level as well as more than 240 watch notes produced each year by Cetim, based on scientific publications, patents and about fifty events. Candidate technologies are then identified and a multi-criteria evaluation enables to select 51 of them.

For each technology, its card.

For each selected technology, Cetim produces a sheet explaining its usefulness, its applications, its prospects, its benefits, its degree of maturity, etc. A sheet is validated by Cetim's reference experts and the working group.

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