Computer graphics plays more and more important role in design stage.
There are several sectors where the European CG industry is a strong competitor in world markets. A good example is thesoftware industry for graphical engineering applications and its trendsetting role in the European automotive and aerospace industry. Another sector is, for instance, the graphics arts industry where Europe even plays a leading role.
Besides these traditional areas one can observe that the CG industry is a fast growing industry in Europe and it can be expected that it will become a factor of increasing importance in the world market. This trend is also supported by the RTD policy of the European Commission which gives a high priority to both the CG research and the industry in all its application areas by conceding a central importance to the user-friendly information society in its 5th RTD Framework Program.
Finally, the opening of competition in the telecommunication market in Europe will essentially push the development of new technologies and services for which CG is the enabling technology. Taking all these factors into account, one is well advised to carefully observe the development of computer graphics in Europe.