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European Manufacturing Survey

The European Manufacturing Survey (EMS) has been organised by a consortium of research institutes and universities from and across Europe since 2001. On company level, EMS surveys the utilisation of techno-organisational innovations in manufacturing and the thereby achievable performance increases in the manufacturing sector. Since 2021 Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management is a member of EMS consortium.



Economic growth and the securing of jobs strongly depend on the companies' innovative ability. Innovation can thus refer to new or improved products, services, processes, organisational forms, markets, etc. Respectively, companies' competitiveness is thus not only determined by the performance of their products and services, but also by the corresponding production proc-esses. Production costs, delivery flexibility, or quality are important figures, too.

Several surveys try to monitor innovation activities of the economy, to identify backlogs of particular sectors or regions and to compare German economy to other countries. These surveys mainly focus on indicators for measuring product innovation. Process innovations are hardly taken into account or, if at all, then on a very highly aggregated level.

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) has developed the survey Modernisation of Production in 1993 to close this gap and to complement existing surveys. In 2001, this survey went international and developed into the European Manufacturing Survey (EMS). The aim of EMS is to utilise a core questionnaire, in the respective language of the country, in all partner countries and to thus survey internationally comparable data allowing for internationally comparative analyses.


The European Manufacturing Survey (EMS) covers a core of indicators on the innovation fields “technical modernisation of value adding processes“, “introduction of innovative organisational concepts and processes“ and “new business models for complementing the product portfolio with innovative services“. The questions on these indicators have been agreed upon in the EMS consortium and are surveyed in all the participating countries. Additionally, some countries ask questions on specific topics. The underlying idea of the question design is to have a common part of questions constantly over several survey rounds, to modify other common questions in the respective survey round corresponding to current problems and topics from the area of innovations in production and to thirdly give space for some country or project specific topics.

In most countries, EMS is carried out as a written survey on company level. For preparing multinational analyses the national data undergo a joint validation/harmonisation procedure.

The latest EMS survey in 2022 was carried out in nineteen countries. The next round of the survey is planned in 2025. Due to the cooperation of the EMS partners, information on the utilisation of innovative organisation and technology concepts in the generation of products and services as well as performance indicators such as productivity, flexibility and quality of over 3,000 companies of the manufacturing service in nine European countries could be prepared for analyses.

EMS Survey in Latvian language.

  • EMS is managed by a consortium of research institutes and universities from countries of and across Europe. The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI coordinates the consortium. The following institutions belong to the EMS network:
  • Austria: Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Foresight& Policy Development Department, Vienna
  • Croatia: University of Zagreb, Economic Faculty, Shipyard Institute Ltd. (Member of DIV Group)
  • Czech Republic: University of Economics, Prague, Faculty of Business Administration, Prague
  • Denmark: University of Southern Denmark, Mads Clausen Institute and Institute for Marketing & Management, Sønderborg and Odense
  • Finland: University of Turku, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Germany: Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe
  • Latvia: Riga Technical University, Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management
  • Lithuania: Kaunas University of Technology, School of Economics and Business, Kaunas
  • The Netherlands: Radboud University, Nijmegen School of Management, Nijmegen
  • Northeast Italy: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Science and Technology; University of Udine
  • Norway: SINTEF. The Foundation for scientific and industrial research at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Department Industrial Management, Trondheim
  • Poland, Rzeszow University of Technology, Faculty of Management 
  • Portugal: UNIDEMI - Research and Development Unit for Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, NOVA School of Sciences and Technology, University Nova de Lisboa
  • Serbia: University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences
  • Slovakia: Technical University of Košice, Košice
  • Slovenia: Maribor University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Spain: University of Girona, Polytechnics School, Department of Business Administration and Product Design
  • Sweden: University of Gävle, Jönköping University, Chalmers and Luleå University
  • Switzerland: Hochschule Luzern - Wirtschaft, Institut für Betriebs- und Regionalökonomie (IBR)
EMS LATVIA TEAM Gaļina Robertsone, Prof. Elīna Gaile-Sarkane, Prof. Inga Lapiņa.