Stakeholders Agree Need for Common Approach at Digital Manufacturing Workshop
BRUSSELS, 22 January. Stakeholders from Europe’s public-private partnerships, JTIs, technology platforms and industry associations recently exchanged views at a special 'co-operation workshop on innovation in digital manufacturing' and agreed that a common approach to digital manufacturing is needed.
A high level of common ideas was evident with the majority of participants agreeing that a joint proactive approach is needed since digitalisation is becoming ever more important and the political agenda, which has an impact on support for research and innovation, is increasingly recognising this.
EFFRA Chairman Maurizio Gattiglio spoke on behalf of the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership which is already addressing many of the challenges posed by digitalisation while Adrian Harris of Orgalime, the European engineering industries association, provided a solid insight into industry’s perspective.
Key Experts Agree: Advanced Manufacturing Reliant on Smart Logistics
BRUSSELS, 2 December. Meeting in their first joint workshop, key experts in advanced manufacturing and logistics agreed that not only is advanced manufacturing in Europe reliant on smart logistics and supply-chain management but that they face mutual and related challenges.
Logistics connect Europe’s manufacturing networks and therefore have a key role to play in Europe’s re-industrialisation and the future of advanced manufacturing. With this important connection in mind EFFRA and Fraunhofer IML co-hosted a discussion to explore areas of mutual interest and collaboration at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia - a German region currently supporting innovation activities on this topic.
After presentations from representatives from industries as diverse as chemicals and construction equipment as well as research organisations and the European Commission, participants identified the need to leverage potential cooperation and integration of networks, develop adaptable value-added networks based on smart factories and integrate such factories with customers and markets via smart supply-chains.
Factories of the Future Call 2015 Officially Launched
BRUSSELS, 22 October. The 2015 ‘Factories of the Future’ call for projects was officially launched today (21 October) at the annual Partnership Info Day hosted by the European Commission.
This year’s call addresses a diverse range of manufacturing issues including ICT innovation for manufacturing SMEs, the re-use and re-manufacturing of technologies, flexible production and integrated design (the full list of topics is available via the link below). A budget of €143 million has been assigned to this call by the European Commission.