FoFAM consortium involves four partners, three technology centers (PROD, TNO and TWI) and an association of regions (ERRIN), displaying a balanced composition that combines research-based knowledge with industrial and regional expertise
Founded in 2004, PRODINTEC is an industry-driven Technology Centre created to boost the competitiveness of European companies by applying design, research and development activities to manufacturing processes. There are 4 main areas of activities: i) Advanced Manufacturing, ii) Design & Engineering, iii) Innovation Management and iv) External Relations.
PRODINTEC possesses in-house cutting-edge equipment for manufacturing and advanced software for product design along with high skilled engineers with experience in different fields, from advanced manufacturing technologies to production plant management. Thanks to that, it has a high experience not only developing private turnkey projects for different sectors, but also on developing national and international projects. Moreover, since its creation in 2004, it has been working on the development of AM technologies. The AM department focuses its activities on different value chain stages: design, processes, equipment, production and post–processing.
PRODINTEC belongs to the Management Board of the AM sub-platform since 2008. In this sense, it has collaborated in different platform activities.
More info: http://www.prodintec.com
TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) is one of the major contract research organisations in Europe, staff of approximately 3000 and an annual turnover of 500 million Euros. TNO functions as an intermediary between basic research organisations and industry. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO contributes to the innovation capacity of businesses and government. TNO is involved in many international projects (about 30% of the market turnover), including EU-funded collaborations. The expertise covers the whole process from basic (material) research, design and engineering to manufacturing and testing of products and systems. The focus is on innovation in the areas of high-tech systems and materials. TNOs department of Additive Manufacturing focuses on AM processes, materials and AM equipment manufacturing. 12 FTEs are dedicated to AM related research whereas another 10 are in supporting technologies (software, machine shop, AM fab lab). Successful IP track record and AM machine exploitation examples (e.g. Printvalley AM machine).
More info: https://www.tno.nl
Founded in 2001, ERRIN is a Brussels-based platform for Research and Innovation Organisations and Stakeholders in Regions. ERRIN aims to strengthen regional Research and Innovation capacities by exchanging information, sharing best practice, supporting European project development, policy shaping and profile rising by working together with a partnership approach. ERRIN helps regions get their voice heard in Brussels.
Through its -fourteen Working Groups, ERRIN facilitates contacts between regions and EU institutions so that they can enhance their knowledge of European policy in Research and Innovation and develop strategic European projects to strengthen regional competitiveness. One of the Working Groups is Nanotechnologies and Advanced Manufacturing where ERRIN gather all members interested in the topic to discuss the involvement and actions of the regions, sharing best practices and -organising Project Development Workshops in Brussels related to the topic.
ERRIN plays a key role in Brussels by raising the profile of its members and the regional agenda in EU policies in order to make them respond better to the needs of European regions. This Platform also works closely with European Institutions and other relevant Networks and Organisations to advance the interests of regions in research and innovation.
More info: http://www.errin.eu/
TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations. Over 500 skilled staff provides industry with engineering solutions in joining and associated technologies for many engineering materials (metals, plastics, ceramics, composites and electronic assemblies). Some 3500 companies and organisations, representing virtually all sectors of manufacturing industry from over 60 countries around the globe, benefit from TWI services. The majority of TWI’s activities (65%) is contract research, funded by industry and built around the development of advanced technologies. TWI is also an active participant in collaborative research programmes in Europe and in the UK and has significant Project management experience.
TWI has been involved in the development of laser based AM and powder materials processing technologies for a number of years. This has included the application, modelling and procedure development of NDT methods for validation of samples produced by AM technologies. TWI has dedicated laser metal deposition and experienced staff available to support the project in both project support and delivery of results. Part of TWI’s focus is to promote the manufacturing freedoms offered by metal based AM technologies across industries to drive innovation in the field. TWI has been involved in a number of consulting assignments mapping the competencies of manufacturing in regions through supply chain and value chain analyses to identify low carbon opportunities and associated transition ‘carbon risks’ for regional manufacturing businesses in low carbon sectors
More info: http://www.twi-global.com/