Monitoring Digital Transformation and Key Enabling Technologies

Policy makers at European, national, regional and city levels are looking at emerging digital trends as they seek to transform industrial value chains through reliable, regularly updated and comprehensive data on digital transformation and Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) to support business stakeholders as they modernise European industry.

The study monitors and analyses the development and deployment of digital and key enabling technologies across EU industries:

  • In a systemic and holistic way that aligns the relevant digital and KET initiatives under a European industrial transformation umbrella
  • In a value chain perspective that helps policy makers to understand trends at the technology-generation and exploitation stages, and how industrial value chains are reconfigured through digitalisation and KETs

In a strategic perspective that helps European and national policy makers to position the EU against other major competitive economies and advise on strategic actions

The study aims to:

  • Provide evidence and support a better understanding of the European industry's challenges and transformation process
  • Develop tools and indicators to monitor and analyse the development and deployment of advanced technologies within the EU industrial base
  • Support actions and investments in strategic industrial value chains across EU countries

Fraunhofer ISI contribution to the study covers in particular

  • the provision of various indicators, including patent analysis, trade data analysis, analysis of sectoral productivity, etc.
  • development of detailed country reports for China and the United States of America
  • development of detailed sectoral reports on the Automotive and the Biotech sector
  • development of reports on a number of key technologies
  • the conception and organisation of a number of key thematic workshops


30.11.2018 – 29.05.2021


European Commission, DG GROW


  • IDC
  • Technopolis
  • IDEA Consult
  • Capgemini