New collaborations – Building European innovation ecosystems

Digitalisation in combination with new industrial technologies changes the way production is organised in many ways, by turning production systems into connected network centric production systems , increasing ‘customer intimacy’,  reorganising value chains, and introducing reconfigurable and flexible production systems. These new approaches to production require innovation ecosystems built on multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaborations.

Wednesday 22 June


New collaborations in network centric production

22 June, 13:30-15:00 hr

A network-centric approach to production will replace linear production processes with intelligent and flexible network approaches across different organisations and across different sectors. This demands a fundamentally different way of thinking about organising and (re)structuring organisations. What are new ways of cooperating that are crucial to cope with the changes in the industry? What are initiatives aiming for further strengthening of collaboration between actors in the value chain? Which partners and public private partnerships are relevant to handle the changes in production?

New technologies  for retrofit & energy efficient building: barriers ans opportunities for achieving real live integration performance

22 June 15:15 -16:45 hr

The construction sector is crucial to EU environment and energy policies as buildings use 40 % of total EU energy consumption and generate 36% of greenhouse gases in Europe. While the replacement rate of existing stock is very small (1-2% per year), the construction sector is on the critical path to decarbonise the European economy by 2050. This is a unique opportunity for sustainable business growth provided that products and related services for both new and refurbished buildings are affordable and of durable quality. The session will present and discuss new technologies and solutions for smart retrofitting for integrating innovative energy equipment and storage as well as innovative performance and control tools.


Efficient and smart manufacturing: Success Factors and services in support of exploitation of Factories of the Future project results

22 June, 13:30 -15:00 hr

Within the FoF-Impact project , a set of tools and guidelines (FoF-Impact Toolkit) is being developed, which can be used by FoF project coordinators and beneficiaries (in particular exploitable results owners) to improve their chances of success with regards to the actual possibility to translate technologies developed within the projects in new products and services to be sold on the market. The toolkit identifies a set of success factors, i.e. aspects and issues to be taken into consideration when developing a proposal and implementing a FoF project. A related feature of the toolkit is the stimulation of an actual brokerage area or marketplace where organisations can promote services that can support project consortia and their participants in addressing success factors (more info on success factors). The workshop aims at exchanging best practices in terms of addressing success factors for industrial exploitation and will also discuss examples where projects used external services.

Open discussion: Feasiblity on the integration of key enabling technologies for a prototype manufacturing platform of critical components in the Aerospace Industry

22 June, 15:15-16:45 hr

To debate on the challenges faced by a set of Key Enabling Technologies to be integrated into a prototype manufacturing platform for critical components in aerospace. The market for prototypes of components Class 1 and 2 in turbines is a very attractive market when considered that only one prototype HPT blade for a turbine could cost up to 20 k€ and depending of the turbine size several hundred of this parts are needed for validation purposes. Additionally, the time cycles for material development in this market are considerably large (7-10 years) and extremely costly. The EUPROMAP project targets the creation of a new service innovation model offered by the R&D industry and aimed to speed up material development and reduce R&D costs while enhancing complementarity at technological level among KET’s critical for the value chain of such components. EUPROMAP combines technologies of incremental and radical innovation character when used within the boundaries of aerospace critical component production (TRL-4-6). It does cover discovery, engineering and production on the horizontal value chain and characterization, modeling & simulation, IT and data management at a vertical integration level. The debate offers the audience the possibility of exchanging ideas on the different KET's considered for the platform development such as: atomistic simulation, additive manufacturing, etc


Thursday 23 June


Flexible production approaches for smart industry          

23 June, 10:00-12:00 hr

Flexible plants can be supportive in answering the challenges resulting from rapidly changing and highly volatile markets. Flexible plants can shorten the time to market, increase responsiveness to changing customer demands, reduce risks, improve cost effectiveness. How to organize and facilitate this? What works, what does not? What is needed from different stakeholders? Technological advances in e.g. modular processing and process intensification and continuous processing can support the flexible plant. What are the challenges? What is needed to make these developments attractive for investors and to enable scale-up?

Pilot lines facilitating innovation ecosystems                   

23 June, 13:30-15:30 hr

Pilot lines pilot lines are essential to initiate the first experience with the new technologies and enable commercial manufacturing. This session will focus on how the European industry can optimise the use of these pilot facilities to generate new, industrial ventures and business. Speakers will share their experiences with setting-up industry driven and public driven pilot facilities and address the challenges in developing open access and shared pilot lines. Special attention will be given to the needs of SMEs, large industry and the research community in this respect. Initiatives for developing networks of open access pilot facilities in Europe will be presented.


Collaborative Enterprising Ecosystems and Business Models for Smart Manufacturing

23 June, 10:00-12:00 hr

Central theme is how to develop and implement business models for networks of collaborative enterprises pursuing collaborative value creation. The workshop confronts actual business collaboration practices in manufacturing networks with conceptual business model development in order to identify obstacles and recommendations in developing practically applicable business models for net-centric organisations in smart manufacturing. Aim is to understand how to close the gap between strategic approaches and real-world process innovations in implementing network-centric concepts of collaboration. The workshop addresses the following issues:

  • Internet of Things implications for collaborative production ecosystems.  Experiences from regional manufacturing ecosystems. Discussion of AIOTI experiences.
  • Smart products’ requirements for collaborative networked enterprising and net-centric arrangements. Case example cooperative networked maintenance based on AR/VR.
  • State of the art and best practices in collaborative enterprising networks. Examples from current projects.
  • Approaches to the design and development of business models tailored to context-aware collaborative networked enterprising, and how to establish collaborative culture and capabilities aimed at network-centric environments.
  • How to support SMEs and OEMs and other stakeholders in net-centric ecosystems in developing skills and capabilities for collaborative networked enterprising. 

Flexible & Modular processing

23 June, 13:30-15:30 hr

In the rapidly changing and highly volatile market, flexibility is a key element in strengthening the position of the chemical industry. Capacity, product, innovation, location & feedstock flexibility are some of the flexibility types that can be employed to address these challenges, using state-of-the-art technologies and business models.
In this workshop we aim to identify business opportunities on short- and long-term for using flexible and modular approaches in the chemical and processing industry. The workshop will be started with some inspirational background by presenting implemented examples in industry and the latest developments in technology and novel business models.  After that, specific cases will be discussed between the participants of the workshop in smaller groups.
Aim of this session is to specifically define the opportunities that a modular and flexible approach can offer for the cases of participants and what developments in business and technology would be needed for implementation. This will also lead to more general learnings regarding this topic. 


Friday 24 June


Workshop with NMBP Stakeholders & NCPs

24 June, 10:00-12:00hr and 13:00-15:30 hr

With the goal of setting a new path of collaboration among the stakeholders and create a more integrated NMP community, the workshop will gather important NMP stakeholders representatives (ETPs, PPPs, ERANETs) together with the NCP network.

The NMP TeAm NCP network is organising a workshop that will give all the stakeholders the opportunity to network and discuss future possible activities at policy and practical level. This will lead to a clear identification of actions to be carried out in the short and mid-term for the benefit of the NMP community.

The stakeholders groups may include among others:

  1. ETPs - European Technology Platforms (EUMAT, Nanofuture, Nanomedicine, SMR, Manufuture, EUMAT, ECTP, ESTEP, TEXTILE, SUSCHEM, Industrial safety)
  3. PPP - Public Private Partnership associations and initiatives (EFFRA, E2BEI, A-SPIRE, EGVI, EMIRI, A4MEU).

Open Pilot Facilities as a European Resource for Innovation and New Business                             

24 June, 10:00-12:00hr and 13:00-15:30 hr

This workshop will address how European industry can optimise their use of the European pilot facilities network in generating new, industrial ventures and business. The European Pilot Production Network (EPPN) initiative and its activities will be discussed, including:

  • Pilot business deployment and the EU-GREAT! recommendations
  • Financing and funding obstacles and opportunities from combined funding
  • Market articulation matching facilities and users across EU Member States and regions
  • Technical obstacles and relations to other European initiatives (safety, QC, standards)
  • EU and National Policy initiative requirements (current and future Regional, National and EU support instruments)

Presentations include introductory speeches by industry and business expert combined with examples from relevant pilot projects. An interactive session will follow, validating the EU-GREAT! Guidelines for Pilot Business and Investment Planning with a number of pilot facilities. The NANOSummit European Tour for growing regional research, pilot manufacturing and business hubs in Europe will be introduced, presenting the plans for the first event this autumn. Concluding with an open discussion on the EPPN governance and activities, identifying contributors to the Working Groups and planning of future activities.

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Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), Accelerating Innovation in Europe     

24 June, 10:00-12:00 hr

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an EU body set up in 2008 with the ambition of boosting Europe’s innovation capacity. Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) are EIT's main operation arms.  They are excellence-driven partnerships of higher education institutions, research centres, business and other innovation stakeholders, working together on major societal challenges.  The concept of the KIC represents an innovation in itself, as there is no other similar initiative combining such large trans-European and thematic partnerships organized in committed legal entities.

A call for a new KIC on Added Value Manufacturing (AVM) was launched in January 2016. According to the EIT’s Strategic Innovation Agenda, a KIC on AVM is expected to provide added value and contribute to a manufacturing renaissance in Europe.

The objective of this session is to discuss on the impact that industry-related KICs can create in enhancing Europe’s innovation capacity. Within this context, an additional goal is to explore potential synergies around fields of common interest, which will help maximizing the KICs’ impact to industrial technologies in Europe. A representative of ManuFuture ETP will present the community’s views on the forthcoming KIC on AVM and its potential to accelerate innovation in manufacturing.  Representatives of 3 industry-related running KICs, namely KIC InnoEnergy, EIT Digital and EIT Raw Materials will be invited to give an insight on their approaches to create impact in their domains with a special emphasis in the field of industrial technologies.