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EFFECTIVE Report Summary

Project reference: 637245

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EFFECTIVE (Exploiting Factory of the Future projects through Enhanced Clustering towards Technology Transfer, Innovation and Value creation for European industry.)

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Manufacturing is still widely recognized as the driving force of the European Economy. Manufacturing activity in Europe provides about 20% of all jobs (more than 30 million persons) in 25 different industrial sectors and over 2 million companies, largely dominated by SMEs, and an estimated further 60 million employees in related service areas. The turnover in 2010 was approximately EUR 6,400 billion with a value added of more than EUR 1,500 billion.
The Factories of the Future Public-Private Partnership (FoF PPP) was one of three PPPs launched by the European Commission in 2008 to tackle directly the impending economic crisis and help EU manufacturers, in particular SMEs, to adapt to global competition and meet with increased success global consumer demands for greener, more customised and higher-quality products through advanced R&D and Technology Innovation activities in production technologies and connected ICT applications. The global middle class, in fact, is to grow by more than one billion people by 2020, so that, by that time, the global value added consumer goods market will increase by more than 50%, representing a major opportunity for the European industry, which is recognised as leader in many market segments thanks to an historical culture and long tradition in design and manufacturing of high value products.
Roughly 150 projects have been or are being carried out under FP7 in the context of the initiative, following a dedicated multi-annual Roadmap. The success of the PPPs, with the committed engagement by industry actors small and large and a substantial number of built demonstrators and pilot and filed patent applications, is unquestionable. The Initiative was hence confirmed and renewed under Horizon 2020. Nevertheless, there is scope for better dissemination, exploitation and transfer of project results within and beyond the projects lifecycles. Fast and effective research results exploitation of innovation based on advanced production technologies and ICT applications, represent a key enabler to grow above average in the emerging markets and also to recapture market share in established markets where consumers look for more functionality, comfort and sustainability of products coupled with customisation, personalisation and innovative product-services.

The aim of the EFFECTIVE project is to address the exploitation of technologies resulting from FoF-PPP projects, by integrating them into the innovation processes of relevant manufacturing industries through a human-centric and design-based approach. That is, projecting back from the consumers’ needs and expectations to the new products and processes that address them to the enabling technologies resulting from FoF-PPP projects, tackling relevant challenges like enhanced exploitation of ICT to innovate production systems, or the full exploitation of advanced design and production technologies to support new consumer-oriented paradigms as personalised products or ICT-enabled services.
Specific industry sectors will be addressed in the project with reference to the exploitation of different technologies. Specifically, the results of a significant number of projects in the main application fields of FoF-PPP projects addressing these sectors will be analysed and mapped, validating approaches and methods for effective clustering. The project will identify best practices and bring forward case studies towards effective exploitation of results in the addressed sectors referring to reference European countries, selected for their relevance in terms of clustering and individual sector size, paying particular attention to cross-sectorial aspects to inform further uptake of projects-issued innovation and technologies to a wider set of national and regional clusters in other industry sectors. The analysis will also be instrumental for defining a roadmap to large scale demonstrators and pilot lines for further result exploitation at European level in the addressed

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

In the first 12 months of the EFFECTIVE project, the foreseen activities have been accomplished according to the timing and content described in the Description of Action. More specifically, although all the Work Packages are are actually ongoing, most of the tasks scheduled in each of them have been completed. A summary of results achieved so far is presented in what follows.

WP1 STRATEGIC INPUTS: Business Trends, Market Prospects, Reviews & Workshops

The activities conducted under the WP1, still ongoing, are meant to produce, aggregate and organise the state of the art knowledge for the identification of effective and efficient industrial exploitation strategies of existing research results, through:
• Definition of specific methodological approaches based on the elaboration of collected data
• Assessment of comprehensive and updated information on recent technological developments, publications, innovation programmes within the targeted technological areas
• Execution of 4 workshops with top-ranked international experts, for evaluation and validation of project results and leading to the elaboration of future FoF priorities. Two Workshop have been already organized.

WP2 Industrial Exploitation Networks & Alliances

The activities conducted under the WP2, still ongoing, are meant to develop and validate the EFFECTIVE industrial exploitation framework, and preliminary set-up of networks and alliances for FoF project activities exploitation, through:
• Definition of an EFFECTIVE industrial exploitation framework, including financing, IPR and standards
• Definition, identification, characterization and engagement of all the stakeholders to be involved in networks and alliances for FoF project activities exploitation, with priorities and focus based on the concrete potential for future definition of exploitation strategies
• Iterative improvement of the EFFECTIVE industrial exploitation strategies and implementation of all required corrective actions on each Framework element

WP3 Active Clustering of FoF Activities

Under this Work Package, the main activities supporting the definition and validation of an EFFECTIVE clustering model for FoF activities and results have been developped. The activities carried out under this WP led to the conception of the EFFECTIVE clustering model. It aims at aggregating FoF project results and facilitating their interlinking with existing technology transfer activities, based on the exploitation potential in a given application/sector. EFFECTIVE partners are currently involved in the analysis and clustering of the targeted project activities and results against the proposed reference model, and in the development of the EFFECTIVE Clustering database.
Next steps will address the evaluation of the performance and effectiveness of the dataset and tool developed, in concrete applications.

WP4 Best Practices and Case studies

The activities carried out under this Work Package deal with the realisation of 4 case studies towards effective exploitation of results in the addressed industrial application areas in Italy, Spain, Germany and Nederland. These four case studies are being developed in the three identified industrial application areas: Consumer Goods (Low TI), Machinery and Production Systems (Medium TI), Medical Devices (High TI).
The case studies, implemented at regional level, serve as pilot applications of the different elements developed in the previous WPs and aim at providing continuous feedback for their iterative improvement:
• The EFFECTIVE FoF Clustering database will be used to identify one or more FoF project results that will be used as technological enabler(s) of the exploitation case (T3.1, T3.2)
• Members of the EFFECTIVE exploitation network will be involved to cover specific roles in the exploitation life cycle (T 2.2)
• The EFFECTIVE industrial exploitation guideline will be used to define all necessary economic, strategic, legal elements. (T2.1)

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Primary results that EFFECTIVE will bring about are:
• a Clustering Model with a companion Clustering Database
• an Industrial Exploitation Framework with linked Industrial Exploitation Network(s)
• Future FoF Priorities for further research and innovation and a Roadmap
• Monitoring instruments, for an effective implementation at programme level.

Furthermore, the Action is expected to have a positive impact on:

1. speeding up industrial exploitation and take up of results of FoF PPP projects

Time-to-market of new research result, which today is often longer than the duration of the project itself and involves a fraction of developed enabling technologies, will be improved so as to reduce time-to-market considerably and address a larger share of FoF projects results.
This will be facilitated by the adoption of cross-technology and cross-industry business- and market-driven approach, based on in-depth analysis of the industry and business innovation challenges. This will be obtained by means of the definition, application and validation of an EFFECTIVE clustering model, EFFECTIVE industrial exploitation framework and the identification and networking of key actors to foster exploitation and take up of FoF Projects results.
Strong incentive to pursue industrial innovation and therefore accelerate the process of exploitation and take up of FoF project results through:
• Readily and usable form of aggregated information about project results
• Methodologies and tools facilitating the take up of technological innovation
• Accessible structured of network technology transfer offering specialised locally-available services.
Increasing usability of aggregated results will be fostered through higher levels of standardisation, more efficient IPR management and heightened attention to business- and market-related aspects.

2. stimulation of networks and alliances for further RTD and industrial innovation in the addressed technology and application areas, including the development and practical application of a clustering model

The action targets a shrinking of time needed to properly cluster FoF project results in order to develop a new market application, and a sizeable reduction of time needed to set up a suitable network and alliance of actors to successfully execute the exploitation and technology transfer.
This will be favoured by better mutual knowledge in the FoF community in terms of project competencies, area of interest and ideas in turn guaranteed by:
• Identification and networking of relevant actors for technology exploitation and business innovation, including specific areas stakeholders who are not part of the community
• Promotion of alliances at European, national and regional level fostering fruitful exchange among participants of FoF PPP projects and their interaction with those external players that can support the development, dissemination or the exploitation of the results
• Practical application of EFFECTIVE clustering model by bringing together project activities in homogeneous technological families, by clustering results and promoting their availability to audience of FoF family and complementary external stakeholders.

3. added value beyond the original scope of the FoF PPP projects by exploiting synergies and sharing best practice. Increased public presence and awareness of FoF PPP activities

Public presence and awareness of FoF PPP activities will be raised in particular with reference to the integration of national and regional actors in the FoF clustering model and exploitation framework, so that the number of organisations directly networked and interlinked with the FoF results exploitation and transfer activities will be increased.
Clustering and networking activities broaden the prospective range of application by interlinking activities and results in meaningful application areas, highlighting opportunities for synergies and sharing best practices, pointing out technological com

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Record Number: 186627 / Last updated on: 2016-07-14