June 14, 2018

WORTH PARTNERSHIP PROJECT APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR SECOND CALL 

After the success of the first call, from 17th of April 2018 the second call opens as a new opportunity to develop innovative products in furniture/home decoration, fashion, leather/fur, footwear, accessories, jewellery sector

The second call for applications opened on 17th of April. The WORTH Community is rapidly increasing, with over 800 members registered in WORTH, ready to connect and build transnational collaborations. All creative minds are invited to register and apply to the second call of WORTH Partnership Project, which closes on 24th October 2018. 

What in it for you? The selected partnerships will receive financial and capacity building support to exchange knowledge and skills between manufacturing, creative and technology companies with:

• A small amount of seed money € 10,000 per project

• Individual coaching and advice on product market positioning, branding and IPR

• Participation in two international events,

• Networking, cross-sectorial collaboration, and product development

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May 20, 2018

After several years of intensive technical and organizational work, performed and financially supported by a group of industrial and other organizations (TÜV SÜD, TÜV Austria, EnBW, MAN, Shell, TÜV Rheinland SA, Bayer TS, BMILP China, DNV, Lloyd's and others), and lead by Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (convener A. Jovanović, project manager F. A. Quintero) the new EU standard on Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) EN16991:2018 was published on May 1, 2018 by NEN (The Netherlands)! (see https://www.nen.nl/NEN-Shop-2/Standard/NENEN-169912018-en.htm).

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May 7, 2018

 

 Fundación madri+d, as a partner of the Enterprise Europe Network, in collaboration with the Advanced Materials and Nanomaterials Spanish Technological Platform (MATERPLAT), the European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies (EuMaT) and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) as Spanish National Contact point for NMBP, will organise a Brokerage Event to address the main topics of the NMBP call of 2019 in which materials R&D are expected to have a major impact.

The objectives of this Brokerage event are two-fold: present insights, expectations and tips from the European Commission on the 2019 NMBP topics as well as constitute a unique international networking platform to find the right partners for a successful H2020 proposal.

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April 13, 2018

 

 

 

 

SHAPE, the SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe is a pan-European, PRACE-based programme supporting HPC adoption by SMEs. The Programme aims to raise awareness and equip European SMEs with the expertise necessary to take advantage of the innovation possibilities opened up by High Performance Computing (HPC), thus increasing their competitiveness.

 

HPC is a powerful technology that can enable the development of new products or services, reduce time-to-market and cost of R&D or increase quality. The opportunities opened up by HPC are vast and an increasing number of SMEs turn to HPC in order to create new business opportunities.

 

The Programme will help European SMEs overcome barriers to using HPC, such as cost of operation, lack of knowledge and lack of resources. It will facilitate the process of defining a workable solution based on HPC and defining an appropriate business model.

 

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February 16, 2018

AuxDefense 2018 – 1st World Conference on Advanced Materials for Defense, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 3rd and 4th  September 2018, aims to be the meeting point for everyone interested in these outstanding advanced materials, including researchers, technicians, technologists, militaries and students.

This conference focuses on advanced materials research in the forward-looking enabling R&D domain where the intersection of key technologies in areas such as nano and microtechnology, biotechnology, stealth materials, smart materials and structures, and energy generation and storage is being explored.

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September 1, 2017

The Industrial Innovation Info Days hold on 3 and 4 October 2017 in Brussels, under the auspices of the European Commission Directorate General for Research & Innovation.

The purpose of this major event, which gathered more than 1000 participants, was to inform stakeholders about activities in the “Key Enabling Technologies” part of Horizon 2020.

EuMat participated actively in this event.

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http://www.eumat.eu/home.aspx?lan=230&tab=772&pag=1422#bl3480

Alliance for Materials (A4M)


Rationale


  • The collaboration was initiated by a number of ETP’s that have a strong Materials agenda.
  • The driver for this collaboration was to ensure a Value Chain coverage to improve the speed of implementation of innovations in Europe that address the Grand  Societal challenges.
  • Relevant technological initiatives are underway and further will appear to tackle the identified challenges. In almost any of these, the proposed innovative solutions have demanding requirements in terms of Materials needs. Many of these solutions will fail or will not be fully implemented if suitable and proper Materials are not available on time
  • Even if the related industries belonging to A4M will have competitive activities the A4M group regards the complementary aspects to be of higher importance: the collaboration impact is stronger than the sum of the individual contributions
  • Materials R&D is by definition a crosscutting and enabling technology area which affects almost every industrial sector. The achievement of effective coordination between different sectors, while maintaining the relative autonomy, interests and strategies of each, is an essential condition to achieve the best and most effective use of community resources in Materials R&D targeted at making effective contributions to the SGCs
  • A4M intends to contribute and to provide an effective answer to this coordination need, in the frame of the present and future European research and innovation programme and initiatives
  • Among the fundamental concepts of A4M is the Value Chain concept. It is regarded as the key element driving the expected synergy through a common path which integrates actors, resources and strategies from the fundamental aspects of materials science up to the industrial system which produce and/or transform the materials into valuable products, acting as  a key driver of the final innovation processes.
  • The integration of actors along the Value Chain can make a key contribution to improve the speed to market for European Innovations and specifically those where private and public jointly address the Grand Societal Challenges. This integration will contribute to overcome some limitations existing in today’s research and innovation programmers which are still mostly sectorial driven.

 

Vision and objectives

To contribute to create the conditions for an effective integration of stakeholders, views and resources in the field of Materials R&D at the EU level

- Stakeholders: any subject/system directly or indirectly involved in the process of increasing knowledge on materials, producing materials, processing and/or transforming materials, using materials and any form of their aggregation (i.e. ETPs)
- Views: any technological, industrial, commercial strategy which deal with materials R&D and/or count on that
- Resources:  any programme, initiative or financial tools, at national or EU level, able to support the R&D and innovation processes in the field of Materials R&D

 

A4M does not intend to be an overall structure to meltdown all the different actors of the Materials R&D community, but it intends to become a single table where all the relevant different initiatives are shared and discussed with the whole community of R&D actors with an interest in Materials, giving a central role to other players in the value chain too. These are the ones who typically  do not regard materials R&D as their business, but operate in materials production  and/or transformation of materials into valuable products/solutions.

 

Only with a real integration of the different parts of the value chain will it be possible to realise value from concept and design supporting initiatives, avoiding dispersion of resources, focussing  research in the right directions and aligning R&D interests with real industrial needs and views.

 

In this context, A4M welcomes and supports in principle any initiatives launched by the different actors of the value chain in the field of materials R&D but providing these initiatives have been shared and discussed within the A4M concepts.

 

For all the above mentioned reasons A4M is a natural candidate to be a credible partner in supporting the definition and implementation of current and future Commission programmes/initiatives in Materials R&D and Innovation.

 

The strategic value of A4M objectives deals with the need to define a long term strategy for A4M that could  bring to  a decision the need to consolidate/evolve A4M into a firm system/organisation. This possibility is already part of the A4M vision.

 

Organization and structure 

  • The original initiators of the  A4M initiative are six European Technology Platforms with a strong materials agenda in their respective strategies. These are: EuMaT, Suschem, Manufuture, FTC, ESTEP and SMR
  • The A4M activity is managed by a Management Board [A4M - MB] composed by a maximum of two representatives from each of the six platforms.
  • The operational process of A4M is based on general consensus among the MB members
  • A4M does not act on behalf of the single ETPs. This ensures  the independence  of its decision making action
  • There is no power of signature for the MB members. Any position/document with a potential political and/or commitment value has to be signed by the corresponding ETPs official representative (Chairman, General Secretary, etc. ). Derogation can be authorised, case by case, by the corresponding ETPs if justified. 

Evolution 
 

The original vision of A4M already envisages an ‘evolution concept’ which identifies several steps to be implemented along a timeline, in accordance with the following conceptual scheme:

Phase 1 - A4M definition and start-up
This action has been inspired by the initiative of the six core group ETPs (EuMaT, Suschem, Manufuture, FTC, ESTEP, SMR). The core group has acted as initiator and catalysers of concrete initiatives aiming to create visibility for A4M towards European Commission services, other ETPs, and any potential relevant stakeholders  belonging to European materials community at R&D and industrial level.  


Phase 2 - A4M evolution along the different value chains

  • Value chain - A4MEnergy
    The energy sector has been identified and selected as test case for promoting the A4M vision and initiative along the value chain of the energy sector with the aim to create synergy among the different actors involved in Materials for Energy R&D actions
  •  Value chain expansion
    A4M does not target one single value chain sector but it is potentially open to cover any (industrial) sector where a synergistic action between the different  actors could generate added value compared to the actions of the individual actors.
    In this phase the Energy pilot experience will be then be extended to other sectors such as Transport, Construction and others to be defined later

Phase 3 – Long Term Strategy

  • Should A4M have demonstrated its role as fundamental enabler within the scenario of European Materials R&D, A4M could (and should) enter into a new structuring  phase aiming to evolve towards an extended stable structure able to guarantee the long term existence of the benefits of the approach proposed. 

 

A4M Calendarium 
November 2010: Signature of Memorandum of Understanding among the 6 ETPs to create A4M

December 2010
: Information to European Commission (DG RDI and DG Enterprise) about the launch of A4M initiative and its objectives

September 2011
: Presentation of A4M at EU FUMAT Conference in Warsaw (Poland)  

November 2011
: Terms of Reference defining the A4M vision, objectives, structure, governance and activities

October 2012
: start of CSA FP7 project “Alliance for Materials – a value chain approach to materials research and innovation” (MatVal)