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First "Factories of the Future" project gets underway

on Monday, 12 April 2010 00:00.

VALENCIA, 13 - 14 April 2010. The first "Factories of the Future" project has been given the official go-ahead by the European Commission, represented by the head of the Industrial Technologies Directorate, Herbert von Bose.

The project, entitled ‘Femtoprint’, will lead to the development of a high-precision laser to be used in microsystems in a wide range of industries. The agreement was signed at the “From Economic Recovery to Sustainability” conference , organised by the Spanish Presidency of the European Union.

Assistant Professor Yves Bellouard from Eindhoven Technical University and project coordinator, said: “The project was negotiated in record time and the tender was finalised very rapidly”.

The research wSignature in record time (c) CTDIill be carried out by a consortium of three companies and five research centres, from five different countries across Europe. The project will benefit from  public co- funding of €3.4 million, to be provided through the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Demonstration.

Femtoprint is among the first of close to 200 research projects to be launched under the "Factories of the Future" PPP. The green light for this project is particularly notable as it comes exactly nine months after the official launch of the partnership, highlighting the Commission’s concerted efforts to streamline administrative procedures, from initial calls for proposals right down to final project evaluation, selection and negotiation.