Dynamic novation of artefacts - advanced competitive and sustainable processes for manufacturing industry

Dna will be a r&d strategic eureka factory cluster on
advanced competitive and sustainable processes for relevant
european manufacturing sectors. Dna will launch and
clusterise several projects with special attention to sme's.

Europe is faced with the challenge of maintaining its high quality of life and welfare in the globalization era. It is clear that competitive and sustainable industrial growth must be pursued if we want to face this challenge effectively. We must perform appropriate actions and be competitive to retain employment and reverse its decline in the value generating industrial production segment: manufacturing. Thus, manufacturing has an important role to play. Manufacturing industry is, on the other hand, very important in relation to sustainability as it deals heavily with the life cycle of products and related processes (from design to production, maintenance and recycling). Manufacturing industry may thus contribute, to a considerable extent, to sustainable industrial growth. European manufacturing industry, covering a high number of sectors, accounts for 40 million jobs. Moreover, it sustains services employing 80 million people. For European manufacturing industry to be competitive and sustainable, advanced processes must be developed. Hence the launch of DNA. This will be a 66-month long research and innovation programme focused on the demand for competitiveness and sustainability of products and related processes - throughout their life cycles - in relevant sectors of European manufacturing industry. It will be industry-driven, strategically market-oriented and aimed at accelerating the competitive and sustainable growth - at global level - of European manufacturing industry. DNA will launch and clusterise several specific projects within each main European manufacturing sector, paying special attention to SME's. Sectors considered in the logic of the Machinery Innovation Matrix (sectors and advanced technologies) will be: mechanical products, wooden products, leather products, plastic products, the food industry and white goods. Other sectors may be added during the definition phase. The DNA organisation and management will be the job of three bodies: - the Steering Committee, composed of one industrial representative for each sector designated by the related European Association; - the Scientific Group, composed of research institutes and Centres, one for each participating country; - the DNA Executive Secretariat (ITIA). The above bodies will work in cooperation with the Ministerial representatives on each participating country. The project is split into two phases: 1. Definition phase: the Steering Committee, in collaboration with other DNA bodies, will define strategic needs and processes to be developed for each sector and the R & D programme will be produced. This phase ended on 31 October, 2000. 2. Implementation phase: started on 1 November, 2000 and is still running. Specific projects proposed by manufacturers (end users) and technology suppliers, in cooperation with research institutions, will be assessed in accordance with the DNA work programme. If eligible, the specific projects will be forwarded to the EUREKA financing mechanisms. When launched, specific projects will be clustered and managed as clusters by DNA bodies. The implementation phase will last 60 months beginning on November 2000. It will deal with: - The launch of specific industrial projects, complying with the Work programme - Their clustering and 'management' - The cyclic upgrading of the Work programme for the launch of new specific industrial projects. This phase is made up for 10 six-month modules organised in Activity Tasks, namely: TASK 1: Management of strategic issues and operation activities TASK 2: Call for proposals (WP dissemination, interaction with potential proposer, acquisition of proposals) TASK 3: Assessment of eligibility of proposals (refusal or labelling) TASK 4: Clustering Module 1: Definition of relevant projects and launch of First Call for Proposals- launched December 2000, closed June 2001. Modules 2 to 10: receive the results of the 'previous' module and organise activity tasks 1,2,3,4 for each module on a modular basis. The Second Call for Proposals was launched in July 2001, closed 31 October 2001. Such an action will give Europe a powerful contribution to competitive and sustainable manufacturing. DNA will interact with other R & D programmes at the European and National level. In particular, DNA will interact with the E.U. 6th Framework Programme and foster collaboration between industry, in particular SMEs, research centres and institutes. As a result of the 1st Call for Proposals, three Projects have successfully been evaluated to Full Proposals, namely: FUNPACK (5.0 MEuro), CHEESEPACK (0.4 MEuro) and HISTE (9.6 MEuro). One can assume that, on average, the yearly budget allocated to successful projects will be 20-25 MEuro. Since FACTORY DNA is to run a further 5 years (60 months), the total budget will be in excess of 100 MEuro. Keywords, manufacturing system, machinery.
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2 319
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100 500 000.00€
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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.