Research Members

Information on each research member can be found below by simply clicking on the name of the organisation.

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ADItech, Advanced Innovation and Technology Corporation, is a private foundation to connect science, technology and industry in Navarra, with the aim of contributing value to society, developing new products that incorporate the latest knowledge on technology and innovation and R&D, generating jobs and economic development in the region.

Aligned with RIS3 in Navarra, they are focused on 4 strategic lines in the fields of: Automotive and Mechatronics, Food Chain, Renewable Energies and Resources and Health, with a clear international objective.

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AIJU (Asociación de Investigación de la Industria del Juguete) is a Spanish research center with the aim to boost research, development and technological innovation within the toy and related industry in order to increase competitiveness while improving product quality.

AIJU carries out research in the fields of rapid manufacturing, rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, injection moulding and extrusion technologies, vacuum casting, selective laser sintering as well as polyjet with rigid and flexible plastic and metallic materials.

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Aimen is a research organisation that works towards the development and strengthening of the competitive capacities of companies through the promotion and execution of research, development and innovation activities, as well as providing technological services of high added value.

The organisation aims to be a technological and strategic partner for its members, contributing to the improvement of their technological capabilities and increasing their levels of competitiveness.

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Arts et Métiers

Arts et Métiers ParisTech is the brand name of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, an engineering school that has trained over 85,000 engineers since its foundation. It is a "Public Scientific, Cultural and Professional institution" (EPCSCP) under the authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Arts et Métiers ParisTech consists of eight teaching and research centres and three institutes. Its teaching and research areas are:

- Mechanics, materials, processes

- Fluids and energy systems

- Design, industrialization, risk management and decision making

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Fundacion CARTIF is a technology centre horizontally organised to cover a wide-range of scientific disciplines. CARTIF employs 200 researchers assisting over 200 clients with research and development focusing on intelligent systems on the fields of automation, robotics, and information technologies.

The interdisciplinary research teams, consisting of engineers, chemists, computer scientists, and managers, work on nine areas of study that match the diverse economic and technology sectors.

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Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) is a French government-funded technological research organisation. CEA is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defence and security, information technologies and health technologies. In each of these fields, the CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research. CEA employs 15, 867 employees and has a budget of € 4.3 billion.

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Center of Maritime Technologies

The Center of Maritime Technologies (CMT) is a membership-based, non-profit organisation that acts as coordinator of the networks for research, development and innovation of the German maritime industry and science.

The association’s goal is to strengthen research, development and innovation in the maritime industry by promoting cooperation between the various players in the industry and the academic world, and within the European Research Area. CMT is administering the German Joint Industry Research scheme, dedicated to SMEs. In addition, the association is very active at European level through its involvement in the research coordination group of the European Ship and Ship Equipment manufacturers (SEA RDI), the European Council for Maritime Applied R&D (ECMAR) and the WATERBORNE technology platform.

CMT is also a recognised research centre with strong expertise in production technologies (joining, quality assurance and process modelling), production simulation and planning, production automation, logistics as well as new materials, and life-cycle performance. The centre has participated in more than 40 funded and privately financed research and development projects (including at European level) since its foundation in 2002.

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CEIT, a.s. (Central European Institute of Technology) is an innovative research and development institute. CEIT, a.s. was established to develop and implement solutions for company productivity. CEIT`s areas of interests are:

• Product innovation or development of the new product
• Technology innovation
• Innovation of the company processes
• Biomedical engineering

CEIT aims to be a leading knowledge innovation company in central Europe as well as being a centre of excellence in the area of intelligent products, technologies and processes.

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CENTIMFE is the Portuguese technological centre for the mould-making, special tooling and plastic industries. It is comprised of 200 organisations including industrial companies and research organisations. The centre coordinates the Manufuture sub-platform on tooling.

CENTIMFE is a provider and technological counterpart in the development of industrial and pre-competitive projects and is a key partner in the development of structural and strategic projects for the moulds, special tools and plastic sectors. It undertakes research in multiple fields including CAD, CAE, reverse engineering, injection, machining and rapid prototyping.

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Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology is home to the second largest technical faculty in Sweden and the host of the major Strategic Research Centre for production engineering on a national level.

The production engineering department has strong links with multinational companies as well as providing group experimental laboratories for sustainable manufacturing processes, production systems and virtual development.

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Danish Technological Institute


The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) is a self-owned and non-for-profit institution. DTI develops, applies and disseminates research and technologically-based knowledge for Danish and international business sectors.

One of DTI’s most important tasks is to ensure that new knowledge and technology can quickly be converted into value for customers in the form of new or improved products, materials, processes, methods and organisational structures. DTI works with new and existing companies, either individually or in groups, on ways to enhance technological and management restructuring and efficiency across a broad range of industries and sectors.

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Deutsches Institut fur Lebensmitteltechnik e.V. (DIL) is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary research institute fully integrated into the scientific community with its own diverse membership. DIL helps to increase the value of food, feed and non-food ingredients through strong links with industry.

The principle function of DIL is the development of innovative process technologies for more functional and healthier foods based on a sound knowledge. Through networks and training, these results are transferred to industry.

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Dublin City University

Dublin City University (DCU) was awarded university status in 1989. DCU was the first Irish university to include work placements as part of degree programmes.

DCU’s School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering carries out research into manufacturing systems (modelling analysis, cycle time reductions, robust recovery from excursions, adaptability, flexibility), manufacturing processes (material removal and deposition), materials (nano-coatings) and energy (energy cells, bio-energy, wind and wave, optimisation of energy use).

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ECAM-EPMI is a graduate school of electrical engineering and industrial management which was established in 1992 by EDF, Schneider, Philips and PSA. It trains students in general engineering principles which require top-level scientific, technological and management skills in cutting-edge sectors vital for operating effectively within industry.

The main areas of interest for ECAM-EPMI are electrical engineering, industrial engineering and IT services. As a result the school undertakes research in the fields of mechatronics and embedded systems, energetics and smart cities as well as production and green-supply chains.

ECAM-EPMI is a leading actor in the SEINERGY lab, a platform for research, training and information on energy transition.

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École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of two Swiss institutes of technology, educating more than 7,000 students in all engineering disciplines while participating in numerous national and international research projects in all engineering domains.

The Computer Aided Design and Production Laboratory (LICP) of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering is involved in various fundamental and applied research projects in sustainable manufacturing in collaboration with Swiss and European industrial partners.

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Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research-driven, design-oriented university of international standing with a primary objective of providing young people with an academic education within the engineering science and technology domain.

Among TU/e departments are the departments for mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial design as well as industrial engineering and innovation sciences.

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ENEA is the Italian national agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development. With a staff of over 2,000 distributed in nine research centres all over Italy, ENEA conducts research and innovation activities.

ENEA provides public administration, enterprises and citizens with advanced services. It provides support to national enterprises to enhance their technologies, increase their competitiveness and their environmental friendliness. ENEA also provides technology transfer and dissemination aimed at promoting the use of expertise, facilities and results of the agency and participating companies. In the context of advanced manufacturing, ENEA researches collaboration and services in the fields of sustainability, ICT-enabled intelligence and high performance manufacturing.

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The Institute for Industrial Management (FIR) is a research institute for operations management at the RWTH Aachen University is a non-profit, inter-sectoral research institution concerned with business organisation and corporate development.

The institute provides research, qualification programs and lectures in the fields of service management, information management and production management. As a member of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations, the FIR promotes research and development for the benefit of small, medium-sized and large businesses.

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Flanders Make

Flanders Make is a strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry.

Flanders Make aims to realise a top-level research network in Flanders that delivers full support to the innovation projects of manufacturing companies. This way, we want to contribute to new products and processes that help to realise the vehicles, machines and factories of the future.

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Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Fraunhofer Society) is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Fraunhofer undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society.

The society is composed of more than 80 research units, including 60 Fraunhofer, employing over 18,000 people. The Fraunhofer institutes are grouped into seven working alliances (or groups) co-ordinating work a diverse range of fields including production, ICT, materials and components and life sciences.

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Fundacio CIM

Fundació Privada Centre CIM is a centre affiliated to Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and dedicated to transferring expertise in manufacturing engineering and technology management.

Fundació CIM's mission is to facilitate the development of technology tools to businesses and professionals in order to create and improve their products and manufacturing processes while maximizing their technological competitiveness.

The research and development activities of Fundació CIM are focused on production technologies and ICT, with specialists in the areas of systems engineering, manufacturing, automation, robotics, mechanics and design.

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Fundación AITIIP

Fundación AITIIP is a private and non-profit research organisation focused on innovation and technology and is closely linked to business. AITIIP has a particular focus on manufacturing processes and on composites and nano-technology.

Within the field of manufacturing processes, AITIIP undertakes research on mechatronics and robotics and automated processes (including thermoset, thermoplastic and additive manufacturing). In addition, within the field of composites and nano-technology, AITIIP undertakes research in advanced technological services in the plastic value chain from concept to industrialisation.

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High Value Manufacturing Catapult


The High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVM Catapult) consists of seven elite centres of based around the United Kingdom and aims to bridge the gap between emerging innovation and industrial-scale manufacturing.

HVM Catapult works to drive the growth of the manufacturing sector by helping companies of all sizes to incubate and develop new technologies and innovations which require new processes to become a commercial reality. The centres provide support via access to production-scale, world class equipment and to the skills to develop innovative processes. HVM Catapult research works in close partnership with universities and academic partners.

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Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV) is a Spanish technological center that studies the behavior of the human body and its interactions with products, environment and services.

The IBV promotes peoples well-being through the combination of knowledge in areas such as biomechanics, ergonomics, and emotional engineering and applies it to different areas such as occupational health and security as well as ageing society.

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The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) is non-profit academic research body which carries out research activities in the areas of telecommunications, computer systems and their application to a variety of areas.

The areas of application include transceivers, radar and electromagnetic sensors, satellite and wireless communications, electromagnetic phenomena modelling, neural networks, systems, software and hardware engineering, telematics and multimedia applications, transport applications, control systems, robotics, biomedical engineering, electric power from renewable energy sources and distributed generation and management systems.

ICCS is associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technology University of Athens (NTUA).

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The Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR) is a consortium of leading Irish manufacturers (both indigenous and Irish-based) collaborating to conduct embedded research and innovation.

ICMR has an industry-led agenda which is designed to deliver break-through solutions to ensure competitiveness.

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The Interuniversity Consortium for Organisation and Operations Research (ICOOR) is a research centre which aims to promote and coordinate research in the field of operations research and related domains. ICOOR members are seven of Italy’s leading universities.

ICOOR’s aims are represented by two pillars:

  1. Optimisation (i.e. models available to maximise the effectiveness of technological products and processes including the identification of the very best reduction of alternatives and choices).
  2. Smartness (i.e. the most advanced and valuable algorithms which turn technology into intelligent and adaptable machines).

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IK4 Research Alliance


The IK4 Alliance is an alliance of private and independent centers of reference in the European technology sector.

The alliance consists of nine institutions: AZTERLAN, CEIT, CIDETEC, GAIKER IDEKO, IKERLAN, LORTEK TEKNIKER and VICOMTECH. The sum of the capacities of these nine centres provides the alliance with the flexibility it needs to adapt to the characteristics of companies.

IK4 has a history of success in European research projects, participating in over 200 projects.

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IMT (Institut Mines-Télécom) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, under the aegis of the Ministries for Industry and Digital Technologies, working on a broad spectrum of themes and with extensive geographical coverage to boost innovation policies. Always attentive to the economic world, it combines strong academic legitimacy, close corporate relations and a unique focus on key transformations of the 21st century in Digital Technologies, Production, Energy and Ecology. Its activities are conducted in 8 engineering schools and 1 business school: IMT Atlantique Bretagne-Pays de la Loire, IMT Lille Douai, Mines Albi, Mines Alès, Mines Saint-Étienne, Télécom ParisTech, Télécom École de Management et Télécom SudParis, as well as one subsidiary school: Eurecom. It has close relations with three strategic partners, Armines, Mines Nancy and Mines ParisTech. Finally, 13 “IMT Associate Schools” complete the overall organization.

The IMT’s schools rank among the leading graduate schools in France. Their activities geared towards the main economic players and including training for engineers and managers, Masters and PhD courses, research and innovation, are recognized nationally and internationally for their excellence. IMT plays an active role in national research programming alliances. The quality and intensity of its research partnerships have also been rewarded by two Institut Carnot labels in 2006, renewed in 2011. Each year, some one hundred start-ups come out of the schools’ incubators.

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INEGI – Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering  is a non-profit private industry-orientated Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) linked to the University of Porto. INEGI’s research activity covers the areas of new-smart materials and structural solutions, advanced production processes, product & systems development, prototyping and testing, energy, and biomechanics. With a workforce of 220 employee more than 55% of its total turnover (8.0 million euros) comes from R&I projects funded by industry.

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Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência (INESC TEC) a private non-profit association, recognised as a public interest institution and an associate laboratory. INESC TEC invests in scientific research and technological development, as well as in advanced training and consulting, technology transfer and supports the establishment of new technology-based companies.

Areas in which INESC TEC actively undertakes research in include telecommunications and media, manufacturing systems, robotics and artificial intelligence.

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Instituto Tecnologico del Galzao y Conexas (INESCOP) is a technology centre and service organisation for the footwear and related industries.

INESCOP enables the transfer of knowledge and technology as well as research in the areas of training, documentation, fashion, quality, the environment and other specialised areas of interest.

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International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) is an inter-governmental research organisation that provides a high-tech research environment to address the major challenges of nano-sciences and nano-technology.

Using the latest technology, INL offers nano-fabrication and clean-room services allowing the production of tailor-made platforms addressing a very broad range of applications in the semiconductor and nano-electronics industries. INL also provides nano-particle services for a diverse range of sectors.

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Institute for Advanced Manufacturing


The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing of the University of Nottingham is an interdisciplinary research centre in advanced manufacturing with the capability to address the needs of a number of industrial sectors with major global industrial stakeholders including Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, IBM and Siemens.

The Institute has an international reputation for its academic excellence in advanced manufacturing research related to the priorities of the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership backed up by world class facilities for the development, testing and validation of new manufacturing technologies which are then rapidly transformed into novel industrial applications.

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IRT Jules Verne


IRT Jules Verne is a scientific and technological research foundation created in 2012 and dedicated to mutualised technological topics between industrial companies and public researchers. It is centred on the transverse field of advanced manufacturing technologies for the conception and production of multi-material parts and assemblies. The foundation is involved in four industrial sectors: aerospace, naval, energy and automotive.

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Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) is a research and innovation centre which operates in the ICT domain. Founded in 2000 by Compagnia di San Paolo and the Politecnico di Torino, ISMB relies on the technological and process competences of 150 researchers working in close cooperation with companies, academia and public administration.

ISMB is organised in research areas focused on core sectors of ICT that are capable of managing the whole value-chain – from basic technology up to practical implementation( (proof-of-concept).

Since 2010 ISMB has extended its activities to include process innovation and has orientated its focus onto the priority themes of the European agenda. The aim of this evolution is to employ the excellences and results of the research area into the strategic programmes that are inter-disciplinary by nature. The institute is involved in several industrial cooperation with both large enterprises and SMEs, as well as various higher education initiatives in partnership with other academic institutions.

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The Instituto Tecnologico de Aragon (ITAINNOVA) is a non-profit centre whose main objective is to promote competitiveness in the industrial sector and support the growth of business sectors by means of the development, acquisition, adaption, transfer and diffusion of innovative technologies in a multi-agent collaborative framework.

ITAINNOVA’s specific objectives are to provide industry with research and technological development services, technological consultancy and technical services as well as the upgrading of the technical skills of workers and their specialisation in new technologies.

The institute’s four main knowledge-areas are material engineering, industrial systems, e-logistics and multi-media technologies. Clients include CAF, Schindler, Mann+Hummel and Acciona.

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ITIA CNR is part of the Italian national research council. It is a promoter of industrial innovation, performs strategic activities as well as scientific research and technological development with the aim of furthering the competitiveness and sustainability of Italian and European manufacturing industries.

ITIA-CNR acts in collaboration with businesses, universities, research centres and institutions within national, European and international programmes.

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IWF - TU Braunschweig


The Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF) of TU Braunschweig incorporates two research fields: production technology and process automation and sustainable manufacturing and life-cycle engineering. This includes cutting processes, precision machining, machine tool development, automated handling and assembly, robot technology assembly cells, energy- and resource-efficiency in production, mineral oil free metalworking fluids, life-cycle analysis, technology management and the design of disassembly/recycling systems.

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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is a Belgian university with a Science and Technology Group.

This group performs research activities such as materials processing (laser, electrical discharge machining, additive manufacturing, grinding, hybrid processes), dimensional metrology, digital manufacturing (CAD/CAM, CAPP), and machine tool desing and construction (focused on precision manufacturing).

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KONIKER a non-profit R & D business unit of Fagor Arrasate and Mondragon Assembly. It specialises in the field of forming and assembly. KONIKER works closely with leading companies and institutions related to automotive, steel, appliances, and energy and health sectors. It is a member of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network and its facilities are located in Mondragon (Gipuzkoa, Spain). Its expertise in advanced manufacturing is shaped in industrial research projects applied to forming metal and composite materials, the development of handling and transferring elements, the development of advanced functionalities for machine production and energy optimization, advanced maintenance by cyber physical  systems integration, and thin-film amorphous silicon panel manufacturing.

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LEITAT is a Technological Centre and a member of TECNIO. It aims to collaborate with companies and institutions by adding technological value both to products and processes, and focuses its activity on research, development and industrial innovation.

As a technological partner, the centre is committed to the transformation of technological challenges into economic and social results. Since its foundation in 1906, LEITAT has prioritized its values in the principles of professionalism and respect to people and the environment.

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Linz Center of Mechatronics

The Linz Center of Mechatronics is Austria's premier centre for applied mechatronics. LCM provides interdisciplinary support in six fields of competence:

  • Mechatronic design and process simulation
  • Electrical drives and actuation systems
  • Hydraulic drives and actuation systems
  • Information analysis and fault diagnostics
  • Dynamics and control of mechanical systems and structures
  • Sensors and communication

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Limerick Institute of Technology

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is home to the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering which specialises in applied research in industrial control systems and sustainable energy systems.

The Applied Control for Distributed Energy Systems (ACORN) group has been in existence since 2005 and takes a multi-disciplinary approach to address issues of sustainability, particularly in industry. Specific themes include energy efficiency monitoring, tracking of CO2 emissions per production unit and increased deployment of renewable energy technologies.

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LMS - University of Patras

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS) of the University of Patras focuses on research and development in cutting edge scientific and technology fields.

Particular emphasis is given to co-operation with European industry as well as a number of hi-tech firms. LMS currently employs 70 researchers organised into three different groups: innovative manufacturing processes, advanced human-cantered design techniques (including virtual reality) and productions systems (planning, control and networking).

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Lola Institute


Founded in 1961, Lola Institute is a Serbian research institute focusing on the fields of machine tools and industrial robotics. The Lola Institute applies contemporary scientific knowledge in industry and integrates results of scientific research projects on the development of new products and technologies for foreign and domestic markets. Research and innovation is undertaken by the Lola Institute in the machine tools, industrial robotics, re-configurable technology systems, industrial robotics and new materials and technologies.

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Loughborough University

Loughborough University is the home of the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, one of the biggest departments of its size in the UK.

Loughborough University's Wolfson school undertakes manufacturing research in collaboration with industry. Along with this collaboration, the Wolfson school also works with the University's other engineering departments in areas such as aeronautical and automotive engineering, chemical engineering and materials engineering.

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The Materials Innovation Institute (M2i) is the Dutch network organisation in the field of functional and structural materials. Over sixty industries and universities work together on new materials with improved properties, new production processes and in-depth knowledge of material behaviour from production to end of life.

M2i operates in a broad field of structural and functional materials such as advanced materials, hybrids and composites, thin films, coatings and nano-materials. The M2i network offers a wide range of expertise driven by the technology needs of industry.

M2i projects focus on topics such as materials production, shaping and forming, surface and interface engineering, durability, joining and durability, materials characterisation and resource efficiency.

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Mondragón Goi Eskola Politeknikoa (MGEP) is a Spanish research co-operative integrated both in the Mondragón Corporation and Mondragón University. Its research model is based on the integration of research, training, development and innovation activities.

MGEP's lines of research comprise of advanced processes for transformation of materials, mechanical behaviour and product design, new materials and advanced technologies of materials, information and communication technologies as well as organisation and industrial management.

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The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has been developed in response to the UK Government’s manufacturing strategy. MTC works with leading research partners, transferring cutting-edge technologies into the manufacturing process industry. MTC exists to prove manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile environment in partnership with industry and academia. The technology centre provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to develop new and innovative processes and technologies in a low risk environment. Founding members include Rolls-Royce, Aero Engine Controls and Airbus UK.

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PARAGON is a research, technology and development SME established in 1995. Based upon its broad range of expertise, know-how, and applications, PARAGON is active in research, development, and commercial services addressing advanced applications and solutions for the transport, ICT, security, energy, process and manufacturing industries.

PARAGON RTD activities range from in-house development initiatives, provision of R&T solutions, guidance, and participation to RTD consortia participation as an SME research partner. PARAGON has participated to approx. 30 research initiatives (from FP4 - FP7) in areas including aeronautics & surface transport, ICT, factories of the future, energy & environment and security.

PARAGON is also member in the ETP EPoSS - Smart Systems Integration and A.SPIRE. PARAGON Commercial activities comprise of a range of services, including engineering and measurements applications and support, technology and applications development, and commercial representation of major Industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturers from the E.U. and the U.S.A. to markets in Greece and south-east Europe.

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Politecnico di Milano

Politecnico di Milano is one of the most important universities in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. The politecnico undertakes research in the fields of manufacturing design and manufacturing technologies, manufacturing systems design, production management, logistics and supply chain management.

In the past, the politecnico has been involved in research projects such as PLANTFABER, MAIN-E, IMS-GEM and SOCRADES.

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Politecnico di Torino

Politecnico di Torino is a well established Italian university with over 32,000 students and programmes covering a diverse range of subjects including ICT, the environment, electronics, energy, mechanics, automation and industrial design.

To date the Politecnico has participated in over 250 FP7 projects with a particular focus on materials and nano-tech, including four ‘Factories of the Future’ projects: ADMACOM, AMAZE, AMEPLM and EASE-R3.

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Fundacion PRODINTEC is an industry-driven technology centre which was created to boost the competitiveness of European companies through the application of technological advances (both in products and in manufacturing processes).

The centre has four man areas of activity: advanced manufacturing, design and engineering, innovation management and external relations.

PRODINTEC has in-house cutting-edge equipment for manufacturing and advanced software for product design along with highly-skilled staff with experience in multiple-fields.

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Profactor GmbH

Profactor GmbH is a research centre that has grown in the past ten years from a research team of four people to a leading Austrian institute for applied production research.

Approximately 85 employees develop new technologies and solutions for manufacturing businesses. Profactor’s specific expertise lies in precision and micro-assembly, automation down to a batch size of 1, industrial imaging processing, elimination of noise and vibration.

Profactor has also developed a wealth of know-how in the field of alternative power systems, process development for functional surfaces and the production of micro- and nano-structures.

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PTW TU Darmstadt

The Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW) at TU Darmstadt focuses on education and research in the fields of cutting technologies, construction of machine tools, production process design, process optimisation and energy efficiency.

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Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) is a member of the ‘Russell Group’ of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities. The university is active in the ‘aerospace and manufacturing’ and the ‘energy power and energy control clusters’.

QUB has strong collaborations with industry. Its industry-focused research centres (e.g. Northern Ireland Technology Centre) ensure that its research is relevant and focused. QUB’s areas of interest include aerospace, manufacturing, composites, design technologies, advanced data analytics and visualisation techniques.

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Salzburg Research


Salzburg Research is a research and technology organisation specialising in semantic modelling and web-based applications. In the past Salzburg Research developed ontology for mechatronic engineering and a generic model for the storage and retrieval of content.

The organisation has a particular interest in knowledge representation and knowledge persistence for industrial artifacts and functional modelling in the engineering and manufacturing processes. Other research expertise includes data modelling, knowledge representation and the use of reasoning methods in semi-structured information repositories.

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SINTEF Raufoss

SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing AS is a Norwegian research centre with approximately 85 employees delivering expertise and competence within manufacturing, materials technology, technology management and various laboratory and workshop services.

The customers are both private companies and public institutions. SINTEF Raufoss is a joint venture between a larger research centre (50.1% of the shares) and a group of six manufacturing companies (49.9% of the shares).

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Sirris is the Belgian collective centre of the technology industry created by Agoria. The centre assists companies in the implementation of technological innovations, enabling them to strengthen their competitive position over the long-term. Sirris offers companies technological advice, launches innovation paths, and provides guidance until they reach the implementation phase.

The centre aims to find solutions to the common technological challenges facing Belgian industry. Sirris starts collective projects in order to achieve this aim. These projects are either undertaken by Sirris alone or in collaboration with other businesses. Sirris employs over 120 technology experts throughout Belgium.

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Swerea IVF

Swerea IVF is a Swedish research center that provides advanced research and consultancy services in manufacturing industry’s key working areas.

Swerea works to quickly bring new technologies and new methods into practical application by their customers. Sverea carries out work on behalf of public organisations and individual companies.

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Tampere University of Technology

Tampere University of Technology maintains a Department of Production Engineering that engages in research. Its present focus is on laser research and its micro-factory concept.

As a compliment to this research, the Department also operates FAST (Factory Automation Systems and Technologies lab. This facility considers how to identify, model, program, control, validate, verify, orchestrate, choreograph and architect manufacturing systems.

In particular, factory automation makes it possible to build the next generation of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, with special focus on the important role of applied Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

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Technical University of Košice

The Technical University of Košice was established in 1952 and is the second biggest technical-orientated university in Slovakia.

Research in the University’s Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies focuses on advanced manufacturing technologies and operation as well as manufacturing engineering and management. The Faculty maintains strong international relationships and has been active in European research.

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Tecnalia is a technology corporation set up in 2001 with the principal aim of contributing towards the development of the economic and social environment by means of the use and promotion of technological innovation through the development and dissemination of research in an international context.

Tecnalia operates 19 business units that focus on natural resources, health and quality of life, ICT, sustainable development, innovation and society as well as industry and science. The organisation employs 1,636 people.

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TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole.

Innovation with purpose is central to TNO's thinking. It develops knowledge for practical application, aiming to create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate and to find creative answers to the questions posed by society.

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TU Dresden

TU Dresden is a full university with a wide range of disciplines. The faculties of computer sciences, electrical engineering and information technologies, as well as the faculty of mechanical engineering, are deeply involved in manufacturing research.

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TWI provides research and consultancy services in the area of technology engineering. TWI is based in Cambridge, UK, and has several offices around the world.

TWI works across all industry sectors and are experts in all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies. The research and technology centre operates in seven areas that include manufacturing, fabrication and repair technologies, materials performance and failure investigation.

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University College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland's largest and most diverse university with over 30,000 students. UCD is the national leader in research funding, attracting quality investment that has helped the university to establish a reputation as a world-class destination for leading researchers.

The School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering (MME) has three research priorities reflecting the expertise and interests of the academic staff: materials & manufacturing (including advanced manufacturing science, production systems, surface coatings/plasma, and production operations/supply chain management), energy and bioengineering. In addition, the manufacturing research group has recently launched a Learning Factory in Smart Precision Engineering incorporating data analytics.

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Universidad de Cádiz

Universidad de Cádiz (UCA) is a Spanish public university that hosts more than 1,100 researchers. Innovation and research activities are one of UCA. It has a wide experience In manufacturing engineering, production systems, material science and robotics through which innovation solutions are developed to improve industrial competitiveness and sustainability.

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Universidad del País Vasco

Universidad del País Vasco is a Spanish University that operates a 'High Performance Manufacturing Group' as part of its department of mechanical engineering.

The research and academic work of the group focuses on the field of manufacturing processes, in particular the topics of high speed machining, electrical discharge machining, laser techniques and grinding processes, CAD/CAM and in general, computer assisted techniques are also addressed by the group.

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Universitat Politècnica de València

Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) is the only Spanish Technical University to feature in all world University rankings. It has the highest revenue from competitive research (R&D contracts, consulting and service delivery, spin-off) among the Spanish Universities and is a national leader in patent exploitation . Constituted in 1971, it comprises nearly 40.000 students, 15 schools, and 11 university research centres of excellence.

UPV participation in EFFRA is organized around eight Research Groups and Institutes with interest and experience in different areas of Manufacturing. The areas covered by these research groups are: Industrial Automation and Computing, Intelligent Systems, Production Management and Engineering, Microwave Technology, Materials Technology, Human Centred Technologies, Analysis and Optimization of Agrofood Processes and Nanophotonics.

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University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

At the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) the Department of Innovative Technologies focuses on applied engineering sciences in the industrial sector, as well as technological and IT services for both educational and research purposes.

The Department includes five research institutes active in the fields of production systems, electronics, computer science, artificial intelligence and mechanics, materials and biotechnologies. In particular the Institute of Systems and Technologies for Sustainable Production (ISTePS) offers education and research activities focused on advanced industrial technologies for sustainable production systems and value chains.

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University of Firenze


The University of Firenze is one of the largest Italian universities. Its research mainly focuses on:

  • 3D modeling and design automation
  • Manufacturing processes: development and optimization
  • Production organization

The University is involved in a number of projects dealing with both research and technology transfer.

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University of Limerick


The University of Limerick (UL) has an established reputation for being Ireland's leading university in industry-led research. This has resulted in significant research commercialisation activities and collaboration between leading researchers and industry. Several research centres at UL are conducting leading research in the area of new and innovative production technologies – the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) and Materials Surface Science Institute (MSSI) are central to this.

The University has internationally recognised strengths in multiple areas including materials and surface science, ICT and bio-sciences.

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University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

At the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the Departments of Sciences and Methods for Engineering (DISMI) and the Department of Engineering Enzo Ferrari (DIEF) deal mainly with EFFRA areas of expertise. DISMI deals with methodological and applied research, technology transfer and university education in various fields of engineering and basic sciences. Research and technology developed within DISMI covers industrial engineering and management, mechanics engineering, energy engineering and basic sciences applied to engineering.

DIEF research activities and technology developed within DIEF covers mechanical, electronic and environmental engineering as well as vehicle engineering. Additive manufacturing is also an area of increasing interest for the department. Research activities and projects are implemented at InterMech - MO.RE. for advanced mechanics.

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University of Padua

The University of Padua (Universita degli Studi di Padova) is one of the oldest Italian universities and Italy’s leading university for quality research.

Research at the university covers modelling, robot control, machine vision, haptic interfaces, cable-driven robots, rehabilitation robotics and intelligent robots for innovative manufacturing, optimisation of sequencing and prototype implementation. Research also focuses on the convergence between manufacturing and service activities.

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VTT is a multi-technological contract research organisation providing high-end technology solutions and innovation services.

From its wide technology base, VTT combines different technologies, create new innovations and a wide range of world-class technologies and applied research services, thus improving its clients competitiveness and competence.

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Whirlpool R&D


Whirlpool R&D Srl is a research centre which carries out industrial research, experimental development and technology transfer activities for the household appliance sector. It sells its services to affiliated companies belonging to the Whirlpool group as well as to the outside market.

With a workforce of 40 professionals, and its integration with affiliated companies belonging to the Whirlpool group, Whirlpool R&D is able to provide its expertise on a wide range of R&D domains including manufacturing and production technologies, materials and nano-tech, food science, ICTs, energy efficiency, sustainability and smart grids.

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Wroclaw University of Technology - Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Wroclaw University of Technology is home to the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT), a research group within the University’s Institute of Production Technology.

The research activities of CAMT cover the whole product development cycle beginning with the concept of the product to production planning and manufacturing to quality management. CAMT has been acknowledged as one of Poland’s leading research centres and coordinates many research projects.

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Zurich University of Applied Sciences

The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is a public body with 1,500 staff and more than 8,000 students that would.

ZHAW's institute of mechatronics systems is one of fourteen different institutes in the ZHAW’s school of engineering and is one of the leading institutions for applied research and development in mechatronics.

It has a team of more than 30 professors, engineers and students and has been involved in many European research projects. The ZHAW’s institute of mechatronics systems focuses on robots and automation, vision and medical technology.

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