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Market-oriented flexible assembly processes (eureka assembly strategy cluster)

Clustering of assembly structures and processes as well as
the establishment of assembly knots to be chosen in europe.
european cooperation propelled by industry will come into
existence on the basis of global networking.

The objective necessity of cooperation of European industry is substantiated by the world-wide turbulent political and economic world market situation. The economic and political situation in Europe is characterized by this exhausted situation of competition, nationally and internationally saturated markets, small piece numbers, great production variety, short delivery times and production cycles, rareness of repeat orders, low price limits at highest quality and environmental requirements. Companies with relevant assembly operations as a source of productivity and effectiveness will have to face these challenges. Even now, companies with world-wide operations are intensely bench marking their European assembly sites and the exchange of technological and organisational best-practice solutions in order to make use of all the time, cost and quality- related advantages for competition on the spot and near to the customer and the market. Therefore, it must be the objective of the 'EURAS' EUREKA project to point out demands for assembly cooperation in Europe, cluster them and to coordinate selected fields of operation in such a way to meet the interest of countries. In this situation, by way of initiating concrete industrial projects between the participating countries, consolidated statements are made for the efficiency improvement of the modified assembly structures, and support is given to ensure security in terms of location and occupation. The EURAS project is designed for small and medium-sized industrial enterprises but does not exclude large industries if they integrate outside suppliers which, as a rule, are SMEs. It is especially assembly-oriented to SMEs whose further development is threatened if they do not succeed in remaining competitive because of limited resources and inadequate knowledge of rationalization potential in the field of assembly. Therefore, from the fields of assembly technology, organisation/logistics, personnel to the assembly, market requirements and marginal social conditions, project outlines for EUREKA industry- integrated projects will come into existence on a European scale. The strategy phase will create the necessary conditions in order to integrate SMEs in important EUREKA projects. It includes the following objectives: - Preparation and realization of European action talks - Materialization of first project outlines already available within the framework of EUREKA-FACTORY - Support and assistance in the realization of EUREKA projects - Establishment, improvement and training of European Assembly Network knots - Continuation of Assembly Reports by the participating European partner countries. The strategy phase is the comprehensive, organisational, financial, time and staff-related preparation of EUREKA industry projects on the basis of a framework plan agreed with the European participants under the Umbrella of the EUREKA FACTORY ASssembly Strategy Cluster. To date GERMANY, SLOVENIA, HUNGARY and SWEDEN have taken a position. SWITZERLAND, SPAIN, SCOTLAND, BELGIUM, ITALY, NORWAY, FRANCE, PORTUGAL, LITHUANIA, ISRAEL, BULGARIA, the NETHERLANDS, RUSSIA and POLAND are examining the possibilities of their participation. Each participating European country should be represented in the project by at least three industrial companies as pilot enterprises, one scientific institution (pool leader/ coordinator) and, possibly, by supporting associations. The 18 European countries already consulted have, in principle, declared their readiness to collaborate in the planned project,and will give their support to the EUREKA Assembly Strategy Cluster. Keywords: assembly, globalization, flexible manufacturing.
Acronym: 
EURAS
Project ID: 
2 404
Start date: 
01-07-2000
Project Duration: 
18months
Project costs: 
1 350 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Market Area: 

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.