Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Enabling the Next Production Revolution: Implications for Industry and Policy


On November 17-18, STI held a conference in Stockholm on the Next Production Revolution, together with Vinnova and Sweden’s Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. If of interest, the PPTs and video of many of the presentations and discussions can be found here.

This policy-oriented event aimed to present and built on the findings of a two-year programme of OECD work examining the impacts and policy implications of emerging production technologies. The conference also highlighted and discussed recent strategies and initiatives in different countries aimed at enabling the next production revolution.

Conference participants included Ministers and policymakers from across the OECD area, leading academics, senior figures from business and representatives from non-member countries.

The conference covered:

• Key insights from the recent OECD work on the Next Production Revolution;

• Specific policy themes, including issues associated with digital technologies, industrial biotechnology, nanotechnology, new materials and 3D printing;

• Cross-cutting themes, including how to facilitate the diffusion of production technologies, linking production and research, the implications for policies on education, skills and science, and the role of public acceptance of new production technologies;

• Comparisons of the main steps being taken across countries to prepare for changes in production

• Consideration of the key challenges faced in transition to future production, and Ministers’ views on the priorities for government action.


Relevant documentation: Enabling the Next Production Revolution: The Future of Manufacturing and Services- Interim Report


The conference proceedings will feed into an OECD book to be published in early 2017.

The programme and information about parallel sessions are available on the conference website.

For any additional information please contact Alistair Nolan.


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