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EFFRA

European
Factories
of the Future
Research
Association

Our Mission
The European Factories of the Future Research
Association (EFFRA) is engaged with the European
Commission in a Public-Private Partnership called
Factories of the Future.
EFFRA aims at maximising the benefits of both
public and private resources by allocating them to
the most promising manufacturing technologies.
EFFRA brings together industrial companies,
research organisations and other stakeholders. It
transparently develops a research and innovation
roadmap from which industry-relevant projects, of
the magnitude of several hundred million Euros,
are generated.
Though these activities, and by implementing the
take-up of research results in our manufacturing
industries, both public and private R&D
investments are leveraged.

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Manufacturing
- The Heart of Europes Economy

Progress Through
Partnership

The public-private
partnership model
represents close and
transparent co-operation
between the European
Union and the private
sector. This type of
partnership has been
Manufacturing is the enabling technology that will
chosen due to its emphasis
empower Europe with the means to overcome
on collaboration, previous
the grand societal challenges. Recognising the
importance of this sector, President of the European difficult experiences with other
types of support initiatives and
Commission Jos Manuel Barroso instigated the
launch of the Factories of the Future public private to reverse the decline in industrial
participation in European projects.
partnership.
Manufacturing is a vital part of the European
economy. It provides approximately 20 % of
European jobs directly and close to twice this
number indirectly. European industry alone is
responsible for 80% of private sector expenditure on
research and development in Europe.

Factories of the Future is supported through


the European Unions framework programme
(first under FP7, now under Horizon 2020) with
funding from both the public and private sector.
It exists to support research, development and
innovation through pre-competitive projects
undertaken by European small, medium and large
manufacturing enterprises, research organizations
and academic institutions.
Research calls are announced annually with interested
parties forming consortia to launch precompetitive
projects under each topic. Project proposals are
evaluated independently; approved projects receive a
percentage of funding from the European Commission
with all other funding coming from the consortium.

The European
Factories of the Future
Research Association
(EFFRA)
Established in 2009, EFFRA
is the representative of the
manufacturing research
community engaged in
the Factories of the Future
partnership. It is a strong and
growing network of members
who have substantial experience
in European research projects.
Through a dedicated secretariat,
our associations primary objective is
to promote pre-competitive research on
production technologies within the European
Research Area. EFFRA undertakes core activities
to achieve this objective:
Roadmapping: EFFRA coordinates the development
of multiannual research roadmaps for the partnership.
These roadmaps are the foundation of the partnerships
research call topics. This is achieved through expert
input from members, close cooperation with the
European Commission and public consultations.
Support: EFFRA provides a variety of services
from members including a first point of contact for
information, a monthly newsletter, online members
portal and project database.
Promotion: EFFRA actively communicates the
activities of members, projects and events.

Towards 2020
The Factories of the Future partnership has been
an unprecedented success. Research priorities and
projects are now industry-relevant as a result of
the roadmapping process. The decline in industrial
participation in European research has been reversed
(participation is now over 50%) while the time to
project grant has been reduced to an average of 8.5
months.
Private investment has increased while procedures
have been streamlined. 61 projects have been
launched under the first and second calls with
over double this number to be launched under the
third and fourth calls. To date over 700 enterprises
and organizations across Europe are involved,
with a notable increase in the number of SMEs
participating.
As a result of this success, the Factories of the Future
partnership will continue under Horizon 2020 with
the publication of the next strategic, multi-annual
roadmap Factories of the Future 2020.
The continuation of the Factories of the Future
partnership ensures that vital research and
development will continue to be supported,
securing the competitiveness and sustainability of
manufacturing in Europe, fundamental to meeting
the grand societal challenges and securing growth
and jobs.

Manufacturing
- The Heart of Europes Economy

Progress Through
Partnership

The public-private
partnership model
represents close and
transparent co-operation
between the European
Union and the private
sector. This type of
partnership has been
Manufacturing is the enabling technology that will
chosen due to its emphasis
empower Europe with the means to overcome
on collaboration, previous
the grand societal challenges. Recognising the
importance of this sector, President of the European difficult experiences with other
types of support initiatives and
Commission Jos Manuel Barroso instigated the
launch of the Factories of the Future public private to reverse the decline in industrial
participation in European projects.
partnership.
Manufacturing is a vital part of the European
economy. It provides approximately 20 % of
European jobs directly and close to twice this
number indirectly. European industry alone is
responsible for 80% of private sector expenditure on
research and development in Europe.

Factories of the Future is supported through


the European Unions framework programme
(first under FP7, now under Horizon 2020) with
funding from both the public and private sector.
It exists to support research, development and
innovation through pre-competitive projects
undertaken by European small, medium and large
manufacturing enterprises, research organizations
and academic institutions.
Research calls are announced annually with interested
parties forming consortia to launch precompetitive
projects under each topic. Project proposals are
evaluated independently; approved projects receive a
percentage of funding from the European Commission
with all other funding coming from the consortium.

The European
Factories of the Future
Research Association
(EFFRA)
Established in 2009, EFFRA
is the representative of the
manufacturing research
community engaged in
the Factories of the Future
partnership. It is a strong and
growing network of members
who have substantial experience
in European research projects.
Through a dedicated secretariat,
our associations primary objective is
to promote pre-competitive research on
production technologies within the European
Research Area. EFFRA undertakes core activities
to achieve this objective:
Roadmapping: EFFRA coordinates the development
of multiannual research roadmaps for the partnership.
These roadmaps are the foundation of the partnerships
research call topics. This is achieved through expert
input from members, close cooperation with the
European Commission and public consultations.
Support: EFFRA provides a variety of services
from members including a first point of contact for
information, a monthly newsletter, online members
portal and project database.
Promotion: EFFRA actively communicates the
activities of members, projects and events.

Towards 2020
The Factories of the Future partnership has been
an unprecedented success. Research priorities and
projects are now industry-relevant as a result of
the roadmapping process. The decline in industrial
participation in European research has been reversed
(participation is now over 50%) while the time to
project grant has been reduced to an average of 8.5
months.
Private investment has increased while procedures
have been streamlined. 61 projects have been
launched under the first and second calls with
over double this number to be launched under the
third and fourth calls. To date over 700 enterprises
and organizations across Europe are involved,
with a notable increase in the number of SMEs
participating.
As a result of this success, the Factories of the Future
partnership will continue under Horizon 2020 with
the publication of the next strategic, multi-annual
roadmap Factories of the Future 2020.
The continuation of the Factories of the Future
partnership ensures that vital research and
development will continue to be supported,
securing the competitiveness and sustainability of
manufacturing in Europe, fundamental to meeting
the grand societal challenges and securing growth
and jobs.

Members
EFFRA is composed of a diverse community of members. Our members have
access to an experienced network and have the unique opportunity to shape
our research agenda while also providing overall direction to the association.
We provide our members with an evolving variety of services: a first point
of contact for enquiries, regular internal newsletters, a dedicated online
members area and projects database, periodic workshops, informed public
affairs and direct promotion of their Factories of the Future-related activities.
Membership is open to European-based enterprises, organisations and
associations involved in manufacturing research. There are three categories of
membership industry, research and association.
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Industry

Research

Associations

Small, medium and large industrial


enterprises operating in a wide
variety of areas such as automotive,
robotics, ICT, food processing, nanotechnologies and textiles.

Research and training organisations


and academic institutions. Research
members include both public and
private institutions that work closely
with industry.

European and national industry/


manufacturing associations and
related stakeholder organisations
involved in industrial and
manufacturing research.

Members
EFFRA is composed of a diverse community of members. Our members have
access to an experienced network and have the unique opportunity to shape
our research agenda while also providing overall direction to the association.
We provide our members with an evolving variety of services: a first point
of contact for enquiries, regular internal newsletters, a dedicated online
members area and projects database, periodic workshops, informed public
affairs and direct promotion of their Factories of the Future-related activities.
Membership is open to European-based enterprises, organisations and
associations involved in manufacturing research. There are three categories of
membership industry, research and association.
effra.eu/membership

Industry

Research

Associations

Small, medium and large industrial


enterprises operating in a wide
variety of areas such as automotive,
robotics, ICT, food processing, nanotechnologies and textiles.

Research and training organisations


and academic institutions. Research
members include both public and
private institutions that work closely
with industry.

European and national industry/


manufacturing associations and
related stakeholder organisations
involved in industrial and
manufacturing research.

Events and Workshops


EFFRA, Factories of the Future project consortia and the European industrial research
community frequently hold information sessions, brokerage events and workshops.
Whether organising or participating in these events, we are active in their promotion,
providing expert speakers and material. Our members receive notice of many events
in advance and are frequently invited to provide their expertise.

EFFRA / Roadmap: Factories of the Future 2020

Conferences

Workshops

Conferences bring the European


industrial research community, public
representatives and related stakeholders
together to further promote and develop
European research, development and
innovation. Major conferences include
the biennial Manufuture Conference,
World Manufacturing Forum, the Industrial
Technologies Conference and Public-Private
Partnership Information Days.

Workshops take place regularly


throughout the year, providing experts
with focused discussions. These
concern the Factories of the Future
projects, the overall research agenda,
technologies and specific challenges..

ur annualAssembly
general assembly brings
General
together EFFRA members to discuss the
latest
developments in the partnership,
O
manage the direction of the association
and admit new members. Each
General Assembly includes a members
workshop.

EFFRA / Roadmap: Factories of the Future 2020

Events and Workshops


EFFRA, Factories of the Future project consortia and the European industrial research
community frequently hold information sessions, brokerage events and workshops.
Whether organising or participating in these events, we are active in their promotion,
providing expert speakers and material. Our members receive notice of many events
in advance and are frequently invited to provide their expertise.

Conferences

Workshops

General Assembly

Conferences bring the European


industrial research community, public
representatives and related stakeholders
together to further promote and develop
European research, development and
innovation. Major conferences include
the biennial Manufuture Conference,
World Manufacturing Forum, the Industrial
Technologies Conference and Public-Private
Partnership Information Days.

Workshops take place regularly


throughout the year, providing experts
with focused discussions. These
concern the Factories of the Future
projects, the overall research agenda,
technologies and specific challenges..

Our annual general assembly brings


together EFFRA members to discuss the
latest developments in the partnership,
manage the direction of the association
and admit new members. Each
General Assembly includes a members
workshop.

Sustainable Manufacturing
Sustainable in production terms means energy efficient with a minimal
environmental impact, compliance with regulations and fulfilling health
and saftey requirements, while ensuring profitability for economic growth.
Sustainable manufacturing is important for creating a durable economy which is
based on green growth and continued investment in jobs.
Research undertaken in this sub-domain will facilitate reductions in emissions,
increased energy efficiency and increased competitiveness through ambitious
environmental goals.

Project Case Studies


The present Factories of the Future strategic multi-annual research
roadmap identifies 50 high priority research areas. These research
areas are grouped under four strategic research sub-domains:
Sustainable manufacturing
ICT-enabled manufacturing
High-productivity
Manufacturing and new materials in manufacturing

Project: EMC2-Factory

The project consortium involves


17 organisations and is supported
by a total budget of 12.4 million.

These four sub-domains are the basis for the Factories of the Future
research call topics and the projects subsequently launched under
each call. Presented here are examples of projects from each of the
sub-domains.

EMC2-Factory is developing a radically new paradigm for cost-effective, highly productive,


energy- efficient and sustainable production systems. The project results will lead to a
sustainable green factory framework, oriented towards a highly resource and energy efficient
production, as well as economically profitable. The new established paradigm will become a
permanent reference point in European manufacturing.

ICT-enabled Intelligent Manufacturing


Information and communications technology (ICT) is essential to the
manufacturing process. It improves the efficiency, adaptability and sustainability
of production systems and allows these to be incorporated into flexible business
models and agile manufacturing processes.
Research undertaken in this sub-domain will contribute to a higher level of
intelligence on the shop floor, opening of new markets for next generation
automated equipment, improved management of transnational-networked
operations and faster decision-making.
Project: ActionPlanT

The project consortium involved


9 organisations and was supported
by a total budget of 2.1 million.

The ActionPlanT project has developed a vision on the short, medium, and long term role of
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the European manufacturing industry
in order to ensure its sustainable competitiveness.
ActionPlanT has developed a detailed roadmap which identifies ICT megatrends that will act
as game changers for European manufacturing. This roadmap has contributed to the new
Factories of the Future 2020 roadmap. In addition the project has resulted in an industrial
learning model and methodology.

Sustainable Manufacturing
Sustainable in production terms means energy efficient with a minimal
environmental impact, compliance with regulations and fulfilling health
and saftey requirements, while ensuring profitability for economic growth.
Sustainable manufacturing is important for creating a durable economy which is
based on green growth and continued investment in jobs.
Research undertaken in this sub-domain will facilitate reductions in emissions,
increased energy efficiency and increased competitiveness through ambitious
environmental goals.

Project Case Studies


The present Factories of the Future strategic multi-annual research
roadmap identifies 50 high priority research areas. These research
areas are grouped under four strategic research sub-domains:
Sustainable manufacturing
ICT-enabled manufacturing
High-productivity
Manufacturing and new materials in manufacturing

Project: EMC2-Factory

The project consortium involves


17 organisations and is supported
by a total budget of 12.4 million.

These four sub-domains are the basis for the Factories of the Future
research call topics and the projects subsequently launched under
each call. Presented here are examples of projects from each of the
sub-domains.

EMC2-Factory is developing a radically new paradigm for cost-effective, highly productive,


energy- efficient and sustainable production systems. The project results will lead to a
sustainable green factory framework, oriented towards a highly resource and energy efficient
production, as well as economically profitable. The new established paradigm will become a
permanent reference point in European manufacturing.

ICT-enabled Intelligent Manufacturing


Information and communications technology (ICT) is essential to the
manufacturing process. It improves the efficiency, adaptability and sustainability
of production systems and allows these to be incorporated into flexible business
models and agile manufacturing processes.
Research undertaken in this sub-domain will contribute to a higher level of
intelligence on the shop floor, opening of new markets for next generation
automated equipment, improved management of transnational-networked
operations and faster decision-making.
Project: ActionPlanT

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The project consortium involved


9 organisations and was supported
by a total budget of 2.1 million.

The ActionPlanT project has developed a vision on the short, medium, and long term role of
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the European manufacturing industry
in order to ensure its sustainable competitiveness.
ActionPlanT has developed a detailed roadmap which identifies ICT megatrends that will act
as game changers for European manufacturing. This roadmap has contributed to the new
Factories of the Future 2020 roadmap. In addition the project has resulted in an industrial
learning model and methodology.

New Materials in Manufacturing


In the shift from producing traditional mass-produced goods to ones which are
more personalised and energy-efficient, industries in Europe are now making
use of materials which are more functional, lightweight and less of a burden on
the environment. Research undertaken in this sub-domain will facilitate the
development of cost-effective, safe, affordable and friendly technology and
production equipment for processing new materials.
Project: Phocam

The project consortium involves


7 organisations and is supported
by a total budget of 3.6 million.

Phocam will develop integrated lithography-based additive manufacturing systems which


will, for the first time, facilitate the processing of photopolymer-based materials for the factory
of the future. The focus of the project is to bring together industrial expertise and knowledge
in the fields of supply chain and quality management, photopolymers and ceramics, high
performance light sources, as well as systems integration so as to provide a fully integrated
process chain.

High-Productivity Manufacturing
Productivity is Europes greatest asset for securing long-term prosperity
and maintaining competitiveness on the world stage. There is a need for
manufacturing systems that are flexible, robust, reliable and cost effective. The
priority is the development of additive production equipment, high-precision
manufacturing and the development of zero-defect manufacturing.
Research undertaken in this sub-domain will develop benefits such as a reduction
in defects, materials used, waste and power consumption.
Project: MEGaFIT

The project consortium involves


17 organisations and is supported
by a total budget of 10.6 million.

MEGaFiT will develop and integrate all necessary technologies which create the basis to
reduce the number of defects in the manufacturing of complex high-precision metal parts.
This will be achieved by developing and integrating in-depth process knowledge, in-line
measurement and real-time adaptive process control. Demonstration will take place in pilot
production lines in industrial settings.

2020

Factories of
the Future
ROADMAP

Our Vision
Manufacturing is of critical importance to the
future of Europes economy. Innovative sustainable
manufacturing is the key enabler and driver for
the success and competitiveness of all European
industries.
The work of EFFRA will contribute to the
development of a research and innovation-focused
manufacturing industry, based in Europe, which
will produce state-of-the-art goods and create
highly-skilled jobs.
This industry is essential in securing the
competitiveness of Europes economy and in
meeting the grand societal challenges.

European Factories of the Future Research Association


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Factories of the Future


2020
Factories of the Future under Horizon 2020 is guided by a strategic multiannual roadmap, Factories of the Future 2020.
Covering the period 2014 - 2020, this roadmap identifies the megatrends
which will drive structural changes in nearly all manufacturing sectors.
It establishes the research priorities that will allow industry to meet the
challenges and exploit the opportunities within these megatrends while
incorporating the European Unions Grand Societal Challenges to ensure the
long term competitiveness and sustainability of European manufacturing.

2020

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Factories of the Future


2020
Factories of the Future under Horizon 2020 is guided by a strategic multiannual roadmap, Factories of the Future 2020.
Covering the period 2014 - 2020, this roadmap identifies the megatrends
which will drive structural changes in nearly all manufacturing sectors.
It establishes the research priorities that will allow industry to meet the
challenges and exploit the opportunities within these megatrends while
incorporating the European Unions Grand Societal Challenges to ensure the
long term competitiveness and sustainability of European manufacturing.

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2020
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Defining Priorities
By understanding future challenges and opportunities as well as which technologies and
enablers will be required to meet them, industry has been able to identify research and
innovation priorities for the Factories of the Future partnership. Research call topics are
based upon these priorities.
The research priorities of Factories of the Future PPP will focus on the development,
application and integration of a set of enablers and technologies to generate a positive
impact on the Grand Societal Challenges.

Challenges
& Opportunities

Research & Innovation


Priorities
Advanced manufacturing processes

Manufacturing future products


Economic
Social
Environmental

Adaptive and Smart Manufacturing Systems


Digital, Virtual and Resource Efficient Factories

Sustainability

Collaborative and Mobile Enterprises

Technologies
& Enablers
Advanced manufacturing processes
Mechatronics for advanced manufacturing systems
Information and Communication Technologies
Manufacturing strategies

Human-Centered Manufacturing

Knowledge workers

Customer-Focused Manufacturing

Modeling, simulation and forecasting

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Factories of
the Future
Impact
Manufacturing plays a critical enabling
role. It is behind every high value product
and service. By improving and advancing
manufacturing, Factories of the Future
projects will allow it to produce affordable,
state-of-the-art products which generate
value for society and address societal
challenges.
Therefore, the results of these projects and
subsequent exploitation will generate a
real impact on our society, environment,
economy, competitiveness and on
European research.

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Developing High Skilled Jobs


> Increasing Employment
A core objective of our partnership is reversing the decline of
employment in manufacturing by increasing employment in
growth sectors and strengthening manufacturing in Europe
.
Factories of the Future is a multi-sector programme. The
impact generated by developments resulting from our
roadmap will be the creation of new, high-skilled jobs
across multiple sectors such as automotive, electronics,
telecommunications and textiles.
Keeping and developing manufacturing in Europe will also
retain the dependent supply and service industries in Europe
and the employment that they provide. High-skilled and
sustainable employment raises the living standards and
welfare of our citizens.

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Factories of
the Future
Impact
Manufacturing plays a critical enabling
role. It is behind every high value product
and service. By improving and advancing
manufacturing, Factories of the Future
projects will allow it to produce affordable,
state-of-the-art products which generate
value for society and address societal
challenges.
Therefore, the results of these projects and
subsequent exploitation will generate a
real impact on our society, environment,
economy, competitiveness and on
European research.

Developing High Skilled Jobs


> Increasing Employment
A core objective of our partnership is reversing the decline of
employment in manufacturing by increasing employment in
growth sectors and strengthening manufacturing in Europe
.
Factories of the Future is a multi-sector programme. The
impact generated by developments resulting from our
roadmap will be the creation of new, high-skilled jobs
across multiple sectors such as automotive, electronics,
telecommunications and textiles.
Keeping and developing manufacturing in Europe will also
retain the dependent supply and service industries in Europe
and the employment that they provide. High-skilled and
sustainable employment raises the living standards and
welfare of our citizens.

Generating Added Value


> Bolstering the Economy

Enabling Society
> Meeting Societal Challenges

Doing More with Less


> Preserving the Environment

Deepening Cooperation
> Strengthening Research and Innovation

Through Factories of the Future 2020 our partnership


will continue to be instrumental in reversing the trend of
relocating manufacturing outside of Europe and generating
wealth for our citizens from employment and exports. By
implementing a strategic shift to value-added production, we
will contribute to a substantial growth in the manufacturing
industry in Europe.

The societal impact of our partnership, through Factories


of the Future 2020, goes beyond employment and wealth
creation. Advanced manufacturing will take place in humancentred factories that are safer, sustainable and attractive for
those who work within and around them.

Ongoing research and innovation under our partnership will


dramatically reduce the environmental impact of factories
by making greater use of raw materials, greatly increasing
energy efficiency and reducing waste and emissions.

The Factories of the Future partnership has created a


strong network centred on a culture of cooperation
between industrial enterprises of all sizes, research
organisations and academia. This strengthens the research
and innovation taking place with results being applied in
manufacturing in Europe. Our partnership will continue to
pool together resources in the coordinated and integrated
work programme further developed through Factories of
the Future 2020 maintaining a consistent approach and
programme, avoiding dispersed and repetitive actions.

Future factories will make greater use of new ICT and


strategies for fast decision-making and adaption, increasing
their competitiveness compared to rival regions. The creation
of high-performance, adaptive and evolving factories
capable of highly-customised production will result in
competitive, state-of-the-art goods for export generating
wealth for our citizens.

High-tech, intelligent factories will provide attractive job


opportunities while facilitating greater cooperation between
people and artificial intelligence. To engage with changing
demographics and the need to retain highly-skilled workers,
Factories of the Future 2020 fosters the teaching factory
concept integrating research, innovation and education.
Our factories will use advanced manufacturing to generate
the products and solutions needed to meet the challenges
posed by a changing society.

New processes, self-optimising production and processes and


adaptive manufacturing will reduce waste and emissions.
Advances in intelligent manufacturing, zero-defects,
alternative materials and highly adaptive processes to reduce
trial cases and rejections will ensure that the most is made of
raw materials and significantly less waste is generated.
Factories of the future will use less energy to do more
through efficient production technologies and intelligent
systems. This will be complimented by onsite energy
generation, reducing the cost of energy and related CO2
emissions.
The advanced manufacturing that we will develop will
enable the production of the next generation of energy
efficient technologies

Generating Added Value


> Bolstering the Economy

Enabling Society
> Meeting Societal Challenges

Doing More with Less


> Preserving the Environment

Deepening Cooperation
> Strengthening Research and Innovation

Through Factories of the Future 2020 our partnership


will continue to be instrumental in reversing the trend of
relocating manufacturing outside of Europe and generating
wealth for our citizens from employment and exports. By
implementing a strategic shift to value-added production, we
will contribute to a substantial growth in the manufacturing
industry in Europe.

The societal impact of our partnership, through Factories


of the Future 2020, goes beyond employment and wealth
creation. Advanced manufacturing will take place in humancentred factories that are safer, sustainable and attractive for
those who work within and around them.

Ongoing research and innovation under our partnership will


dramatically reduce the environmental impact of factories
by making greater use of raw materials, greatly increasing
energy efficiency and reducing waste and emissions.

The Factories of the Future partnership has created a


strong network centred on a culture of cooperation
between industrial enterprises of all sizes, research
organisations and academia. This strengthens the research
and innovation taking place with results being applied in
manufacturing in Europe. Our partnership will continue to
pool together resources in the coordinated and integrated
work programme further developed through Factories of
the Future 2020 maintaining a consistent approach and
programme, avoiding dispersed and repetitive actions.

Future factories will make greater use of new ICT and


strategies for fast decision-making and adaption, increasing
their competitiveness compared to rival regions. The creation
of high-performance, adaptive and evolving factories
capable of highly-customised production will result in
competitive, state-of-the-art goods for export generating
wealth for our citizens.

High-tech, intelligent factories will provide attractive job


opportunities while facilitating greater cooperation between
people and artificial intelligence. To engage with changing
demographics and the need to retain highly-skilled workers,
Factories of the Future 2020 fosters the teaching factory
concept integrating research, innovation and education.
Our factories will use advanced manufacturing to generate
the products and solutions needed to meet the challenges
posed by a changing society.

New processes, self-optimising production and processes and


adaptive manufacturing will reduce waste and emissions.
Advances in intelligent manufacturing, zero-defects,
alternative materials and highly adaptive processes to reduce
trial cases and rejections will ensure that the most is made of
raw materials and significantly less waste is generated.
Factories of the future will use less energy to do more
through efficient production technologies and intelligent
systems. This will be complimented by onsite energy
generation, reducing the cost of energy and related CO2
emissions.
The advanced manufacturing that we will develop will
enable the production of the next generation of energy
efficient technologies

Projects Database
Our Factories of the Future project database is a unique platform interlinking
project information with the Factories of the Future 2020 roadmap.
Each entry provides a summary of the project and information on its
consortium. The database stimulates clustering, maps projects on the
Factories of the Future 2020 roadmap and allows for the project monitoring
and impact measurement.
EFFRA members benefit from enhanced access providing them with
intelligence and enabling community building.

Economic sustainability

High productivity

Advanced manufacturing

High performance production

Photonics-based materials

Local intelligence

Replication, Equipment
Control technologies
Mechatronics for advanced manufacturing

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Factories of
the Future
ROADMAP

Our Vision
Manufacturing is of critical importance to the
future of Europes economy. Innovative sustainable
manufacturing is the key enabler and driver for
the success and competitiveness of all European
industries.
The work of EFFRA will contribute to the
development of a research and innovation-focused
manufacturing industry, based in Europe, which
will produce state-of-the-art goods and create
highly-skilled jobs.
This industry is essential in securing the
competitiveness of Europes economy and in
meeting the grand societal challenges.

European Factories of the Future Research Association


Diamant Building - Boulevard Reyers 80 - B1030 Brussels, Belgium
Copyright EFFRA 2012
Design: Page in Extremis (www.inextremis.be)
Photo Credit: Fotolia.com
Follow us:

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