'Factories of the Future' 2016 & 2017 Draft Call Topics Online
BRUSSELS, 15 September. The 2016 and 2017 ‘Factories of the Future’ draft call topics have been published online as part of the pre-publication of the European Commission’s draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme.
The indicative draft budget for the 2016 call is €160 million. As in previous years, the call topics are based upon the research and innovation priorities of the ‘Factories of the Future’ strategic research agenda: ‘Factories of the Future 2020’.
Registration for PPP Info Day Open
BRUSSELS, 10 July. Registration for the 2015 edition of the ‘Factories of the Future’ public-private partnership (PPP) Info Day is now open.
The Info day will take place on 16 October in the Charlemagne Building, Brussels. The event attracts considerable attention and therefore early registration is essential. The 2016/2017 'Factories of the Future' project call topics will be presented by representatives of the European Commission who will also answer questions on each topic.
A dedicated ‘Factories of the Future’ brokerage session will take place in the afternoon allowing interested organisations to present project ideas and potential project partners.
The Info Days for the SPIRE, Robotics, Green Vehicles and Energy Efficient Buildings partnerships will take place on the same day.
EFFRA Chairman Addresses South Africa's Pre-Eminent Manufacturing Conference
JOHANNESBURG, 30 June. EFFRA Chairman Maurizio Gattiglio has today addressed Manufacturing Indaba, South Africa's pre-eminent manufacturing conference.
The EFFRA Chairman stated that the 'Factories of the Future' partnership offered valuable lessons for manufacturing research and innovation in South Africa.
Mr. Gattiglio drew comparisons between the similar challenges faced by South African manufacturing and those faced by European manufacturing. However he also stressed the importance of new developments, such as the increasing digitisation of manufacturing, as offering great opportunities for manufacturing in South Africa and Europe.