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Advanced manufacturing program

Smart aim is to boost the competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the european discrete manufacturing industries through the promotion of r&d&i in an open community of large industries, smes, rtos, academia and user organizations.

Advanced Manufacturing is the crosscutting Key Enabling Technology that is going to transform all manufacturing sectors, towards a ‘Competitive Sustainable Globalization’, addressing grand Socio-Economic and Environmental challenges of our times. Manufacturing is the most important source of economic development and growth and its economic importance goes far beyond its contribution to GDP. Around 1 in 10 (9.8 %) of all enterprises, in the EU-27’s non-financial business economy, were classified as manufacturing in 2010, a total of 2.1 million enterprises. Manufacturing accounts to 80% of the total EU exports and the EU in 2012 had a trade surplus of 365 billion € in manufactured products. The manufacturing sector employed 30 million persons in 2012 and generated 1.760 billion € of value added. By these two indicators, manufacturing was the second largest of the NACE sections within the EU-27’s non-financial business (“real”) economy in terms of its contribution to employment (22.6 %) and the largest contributor to non-financial business economy added value, accounting for more than one quarter of the total (26.8 %). Additionally, there are many peripheral services dependent from manufacturing which trigger additional occupation. Moreover, the manufacturing industry accounts for 80 % of private Research & Development expenditure and European industry is a world leader in several manufacturing sectors, e.g. mechanical engineering, with a 37 % global market share. In the current economic and social worldwide context, European manufacturing companies are daily tackling with their competitors in developed as well as emerging and developing economies. Manufacturing enterprises must deal with increasing globalization and cost pressures while achieving at the same time high quality, short time-to-market, more energy and resource efficiency, higher manufacturing flexibility and product enhancement and customization. Beside this, manufacturing is required to increasingly take a human centric approach in which the person must be considered as a fundamental element at all levels and the continuous update of his knowledge and skills. Moreover, manufacturing is asked to be not only competitive but sustainable under an environmental, economic and social point of view. It will therefore have to develop strategies, methods and tools to implement more sustainable production practices - in terms of environmental, economic and social aspects. These systems must evolve in parallel with markets and enabling technologies, using technology as a competitive lever to achieve these goals. The necessity to achieve substantial transformations of the European manufacturing ecosystems to overcome the analyzed trends, e.g., in GDP share, employment and applications, requires coordinated research, innovation and diffusion efforts deploying key technologies and enablers. The most urgent management challenge of our time is to combine innovation and market needs into one unified system. EU is a major producer of knowledge in advanced manufacturing. Thus, SMART Program shall attend a strong need for exploiting research outputs and enabling technologies to reach faster and successfully to market. Currently, the manufacturing industry is characterized by a large number of actors, mostly SMEs which are to a large extent uncoordinated; these SMEs find difficulties in getting financial resources in order to improve their product development and manufacturing systems. Finally, SMEs are struggling in bringing their developments to market in an efficient way. SMART aims at promoting close to market innovative projects, led by industry and aiming at leveling the European industry to innovative products, processes and services. SMART mission is to boost the competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European discrete manufacturing industries through the promotion of R&D&I in an open community of large industries, SMEs, RTOs, academia and user organizations. SMART vision is to become the preferred Program for international close to market R&D Advanced Manufacturing projects in Aeronautics, Automotive, Railways, Capital Goods, Consumer Durables and other discrete manufacturing sectors. We foresee a Europe that bases its industrial strength on cost-efficient, secure, sustainable and innovative manufacturing processes, which settle the pavement to the solutions of future societal challenges (i.e. energy and raw material consumption, environmental footprint, circular economy, aged society, customization) gathered under the Europe 2020 objectives. This development will build on the current manufacturing sector with its leading capabilities and technologies in simulation, modelling, automation, processing and servitizing. KEYWORDS: Advanced manufacturing, smart manufacturing, manufacturing processes, 3D manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, digital manufacturing, machine tools, inspection and measurement, robotics, automation, metrology, intelligent systems, etc. Cluster related to any regional programme(s): Cooperation with MANUNET, an ERANET Program on Advanced Manufacturing will be developed. Both programs address the field of advanced manufacturing and offer complementary opportunities for projects, since MANUNET focuses on SMEs. Cluster related to any national programme(s): Several countries have specific R&D Manufacturing program (Industry 4.0, Advanced Manufacturing, etc.). SMART will be cooperating with them through NPCs and NFAs, in order to find the most efficient complementarity. Cluster related to any other European programmes, such as COST, European Technology Platforms, JTI, etc.: Strong cooperation with EFFRA (European Factories of the Future Research Association), will be developed in order to coordinate efforts and strategies. EFFRA is a PPP under the H2020 Framework. SMART is well aware of the Research ecosystem and initiatives running in Europe in the field of Advanced Manufacturing and related areas, as explained in the Industrial Vision Statement. SMART will perfectly fit within this ecosystem, being well connected with the rest of the related initiatives, and provide the industry with an additional, complementary mechanism to provide support and funding for industry-driven, close-to-market, international R&D projects in a very flexible way, getting adapted to the rapid changing needs of the European manufacturing industry
Acronym: 
SMART
Project ID: 
11 722
Start date: 
01-07-2017
Project Duration: 
96months
Project costs: 
412 000 000.00€
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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.