Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing


A key sub-area proposed for cooperation in the framework of Industrial Modernisation Platform is Advanced Manufacturing. The Specific topic is “EFFICIENT AND SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING” (ESM), pilot born in the framework of the Vanguard Initiative and promoted by Lombardy and Catalonia.

The focus is on technologies, methods and tools aimed at:

  • Increasing throughput, quality, environmental and social sustainability of manufacturing activities while reducing costs;
  • Reducing energy, emissions, resources and materials consumption,
  • Increasing the inclusion of humans in the factories Vision: Manufacturing should become efficient and sustainable to enable European reindustrialization and to preserve environment and planet’s resources. Manufacturing efficiency and sustainability are two challenges to be addressed in a synergic way and systemic view.

Main objective: Transferring to industry innovative solutions coming from research and exploiting the potential of smart specialization in order to promote new efficient and high value-added supply chains.

The idea is to conceive and develop a European network of infrastructure and pilot plants in key-manufacturing areas, where companies can test innovative solutions before the industrial uptake.

Potential Impact: By exploiting and valorizing available research results, ESM European pilot plants have the potential to support companies’ innovation in breakthrough technologies and applications that require manufacturing efficiency and sustainability.

This approach will increase the competitiveness and the development of European value chains, exploiting synergies and complementarities of different regional specialization.

The ESM Vanguard pilot is aimed at overcoming the barriers limiting innovation and the transfer of research results to industry in Europe, through the development of an European synergic network of pilot plants accessible to companies in a logic of Smart Specialization. Each Region will develop and operate pilot plant nodes coherent to regional industry and competences, offering to European companies a “one stop shop” for the industrial uptake of new technologies and innovative business model.


List of Regions involved


List of Projects under development

The focus areas where demo cases have been identified are:

  1. DE AND REMANUFACTURING (Lombardy, Scotland, Saxony, Tampere, Norte, Basque Country, Flanders, Emilia Romagna, Wallonia)

  2. ADAPTIVE AND INTELLIGENT MANUFACTURING (Lombardy, Basque Country, Flanders, Hauts de France, Norte, Emilia Romagna, Tampere)

  3. MANUFACTURING OF ADVANCED COMPONENTS AND MATERIALS (Catalonia, Lombardy, Hauts de France, Saxony, Skane, Baden-Wurttemberg)

  4. DIGITAL AND VIRTUAL FACTORY (Tampere, Catalonia, Lombardy, Saxony, Norte)

  5. EFFICIENT MANUFACTURING PROCESSES (Saxony, Norte, Hauts de France, Lombardy, Basque Country, Catalonia)


Contact details of the Leading Regions

Giacomo Copani Lombardy, Italy, AFIL - Intelligent Factory Lombardy Cluster (Technical Coordinator) - giacomo.copani@afil.it

Joan Guash Catalonia, Spain, EURECAT (Technical Coordinator) - joan.guasch@eurecat.org

Further support from Lombardy region:

Roberta Curiazzi, Lombardy, Italy, AFIL - Intelligent Factory Lombardy Cluster - roberta.curiazzi@afil.it


Contact details of JRC

Email: JRC-S3P-INDUSTRY@ec.europa.eu

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