To govern research, technological development and innovation (RTDI) efforts aimed at the transformation of the European manufacturing industry at two levels:

A policy level aimed at continuous development of the MANUFUTURE vision and promotion of the Lisbon objectives; and o An operational level employing a technological approach exploiting all possible synergies arising from the converging nature of science and technologies.

The technological approach should begin by addressing common problems or bottlenecks faced by the sectoral platforms.