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Pro-factory-plus

The strategic aim is to increase european manufacturing competitiveness by providing an application-oriented, bottom-up, collaborative r&d support mechanism primarily focused on 'new added value products and related services'&'innovative production processes and systems'.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The strategic aim of the PRO-FACTORY-PLUS umbrella is to increase European manufacturing competitiveness by providing an application-oriented, bottom-up, collaborative R&D support mechanism primarily focused on innovative production processes and systems that can produce added value products and related services. The new EUREKA umbrella PRO-FACTORY-PLUS (PF+) focuses on advanced manufacturing technology as a key enabling technology for European competitiveness and replaces the successful FACTORY and PRO-FACTORY umbrellas. The scope of these umbrellas has been continuously refined. The technological scope of PRO-FACTORY was restructured in order to address the strategic importance of SMEs. For the continuation of this umbrella, resource efficiency and energy efficient production is stressed more in the current scope. This is in line with “EUROPE 2020 - a strategy for smart, green and inclusive growth”-document, the Barroso’s work plan for his second term of office. The technological area 'Intelligent Manufacturing' is introduced as a new concept to PRO-FACTORYPLUS. Objectives of PRO-FACTORY-PLUS. The new EUREKA PRO-FACTORY-PLUS umbrella will help deliver the necessary technological expertise for Europe to create the next generation of advanced and innovative products and processes for global markets. The strategic aim of the PRO-FACTORY-PLUS umbrella is to increase European manufacturing competitiveness by providing an application-oriented, bottom-up, collaborative R&D support mechanism primarily focused on innovative production processes and systems that can produce added value products and related services. PRO-FACTORY-PLUS will support the achievement of this overall objective by bringing forward more than 50 manufacturing projects mainly in the above priority area, with more than half including one or more SMEs and disseminating the results throughout the EUREKA countries, using seminars, casestudies, and a high-visibility website. Focus on Manufacturing Technologies for SMEs. Europe’s major manufacturing industries have successfully adapted their business operations to the new globalised environment. Many of their R&D activities have been funded by the large and ambitious European Union Framework Programme (FP7,...). SMEs in traditional and established industry have found it more difficult to take part in these larger structures and often look for more bottom-up funding instruments. The restructured and updated technological scope of the new PRO-FACTORY-PLUS umbrella aims directly at SMEs and so complements the more top-down programmes. The proposed core technologies are important for the majority of manufacturing SMEs. The supporting technologies should also interest many SMEs and should also create opportunities for greater co-operation between big companies and their SME suppliers. Therefore, PRO-FACTORY-PLUS will place its focus primarily on SMEs in the manufacturing sectors because FP7 provides adequate support for longer-term, pre-competitive research involving larger companies. Nevertheless, projects which bring together large and small businesses will also be welcomed. Generally R&D with substantial technical or commercial risks but capable of rapid commercialisation will receive priority.
Acronym: 
PF+
Project ID: 
6 733
Start date: 
01-07-2011
Project Duration: 
48months
Project costs: 
400 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.