‘Factories of the Future’ PPP Endorsed at Highest Level
BRUSSELS, 19 April. The ‘Factories of the Future’ public-private partnership (PPP) has today (19 April) been endorsed at the highest level through the publication of the European Commission’s communication ‘A European Strategy for Digital Industrial Leadership within a Digital Single Market’ by Commission Vice President Ansip, Commissioner Oettinger and Commissioner Moedas.
A highly important strategic statement by the Commission, the communication endorses the work of the ‘Factories of the Future’ PPP and calls for a reinforcement of the role of such PPPs. The endorsement is further proof of the success of the PPP which generated the involvement of over one thousand organisations from across Europe through over two hundred research and innovation projects.
EFFRA Participates in Latest Digitising Industry Round Table
BRUSSELS, 11 January. EFFRA’s Executive Director Željko Pazin was among the select group of industry representatives who today met with Commissioner Gunter Oettinger at the latest round table discussion on digitising European industry.
EFFRA welcomes the Commissioner’s continued prioritisation of this important issue. Since the launch of ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership EFFRA has placed a strong emphasis on the strategic importance of digitisation in manufacturing and continues to facilitate expert discussions on key digitisation topics including digital industrial platforms, technologies and interoperability. This emphasis is enabling EFFRA’s contribution to the Commission’s strategic planning.
Regional Digital Hub Feasibility Call Open
BRUSSELS, 16 November. ‘Factories of the Future’ initiative I4MS has opened a call to request proposals for the development of feasibility studies to establish Regional Digital Manufacturing Innovation (RDMI) hubs. The aim of the call is to expand the coverage of I4MS to regions that are not currently participating in the initiative.
Feasibility studies will present a solid plan for creating an RDMI hub in a region by a consortium of relevant organisations and should include a plan for financing such a hub. I4MS partners will provide mentoring and coaching services to the selected innovation hubs.
This call will select up to 3 pioneer projects that will act as pilot projects. A second call which aims to select around 25 additional projects is foreseen for January 2016.