EFFRA Welcomes Commission Prioritisation of Smart Industry
BRUSSELS, 25 March. EFFRA has today welcomed the European Commission’s prioritization of smart industry as an area for action in its Digital Single Market Strategy.
Today’s Commission’s announcement singles out the integration of new technologies and management of a transition to a smart industrial system as areas for action. This aligns to the existing strategic research agenda of the European Union’s ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership and to national strategies such as Industrie 4.0.
Speaking in response to the announcement EFFRA Executive Director Željko Pazin said “This is a very welcome and far-sighted decision by the Commission. Digitalisation in and around manufacturing is vital for European re-industrialisation and is already being addressed in the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership. However the Commission must match such prioritisation with all forms of support”.
FoF-Impact Project Kicks Off
BRUSSELS, 5 February. FoF-Impact, a new project to increase the impact of the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership, held its kick-off meeting on 5 February.
FoF-Impact is a two-year European project coordinated by EFFRA that is working to increase the impact of the European Union’s ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership under Horizon 2020. The project ultimately aims to speed up and increase the exploitation and up-take of ‘Factories of the Future’ project results.
To achieve the transformation to an innovation programme, FoF-Impact will integrate a set of tools and measures in support of the exploitation of ‘Factories of the Future’ project results. FoF-Impact will build upon the existing work including the EFFRA Innovation Portal which offers a dynamic community-based environment for sharing and retrieving information about exploitable results.
Ambitious New Project FOCUS Launched
A new and exciting project has got underway this month, falling within the Factory of the Future (FoF) Public Private Partnerships in research. The FOCUS project aims to support methods for improved exploitation of FoF project results from the chosen five participating FoF clusters.
Creating clusters of FoF project activities, according to their objectives and addressed themes, is an effective way to enhance the impact of FoF projects. The five participating clusters in FOCUS will share experiences and best-practices to stimulate the take-up of project results and investigate how to best exploit synergies. Not only within these participating clusters now but foremost to define an approach that can also work for future clusters.