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Ambitious New Project FOCUS Launched

on Monday, 02 February 2015 10:03.

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.

Stakeholders Agree Need for Common Approach at Digital Manufacturing Workshop

on Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:16.

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

on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 14:00.

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.