The focus is on technologies, methods and tools which aim at:
- Increasing throughput, quality, environmental and social sustainability of manufacturing activities while reducing costs;
- Reducing emissions, energy, resources and materials consumption,
- Increasing the inclusion of humans in factories - Vision: Manufacturing should become efficient and sustainable to enable European reindustrialization and to preserve the environment and the planet’s resources. Manufacturing efficiency and sustainability are two challenges to be addressed in a synergic way and systemic view.
Main objective: Providing industry with innovative solutions from research and exploiting the potential of smart specialisation to promote new efficient supply chains with added high value.
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 innovation of companies in breakthrough technologies and applications that require manufacturing efficiency and sustainability.
This approach will increase the competitiveness and development of European value chains, exploiting synergies and complementarities of different regional specialisation.
The ESM Vanguard pilot is aimed at overcoming the barriers limiting innovation and transfer of research results to the European industry through the development of an European synergic network of pilot plants accessible to companies in a logic of Smart Specialisation. Each Region will develop and operate pilot plant nodes coherent to regional industry and competences, offering European companies a “one-stop shop” for the industrial uptake of new technologies and innovative business model.