Global-leading smart manufacturing through digital platforms, cross-cutting technologies and skilled workforce

Project: EU project

Project Details


Digital manufacturing platforms play an increasing role in dealing with competitive pressures and incorporating new technologies, applications and services. Advances are needed in digital manufacturing platforms that integrate different technologies, make data from the shop floor and the supply network easily accessible, and allow for complementary applications. The challenge is to fully exploit new concepts and technologies that allow manufacturing companies (especially mid-caps and SMEs) to fulfil the demands from changing supply and value networks

ConnectedFactories2 Coordination and Support Action (CSA) focuses on:
-Supporting understanding of key enablers and cross-cutting factors with regard to digital technologies and platforms for manufacturing
-Identifying pathways to the industrial take-up of digital technologies and platforms
-Situating state-of-the-art cases, key enablers and cross-cutting factors on pathways
-Stimulating the matching of skills transfer offering with skills demand across Europe
-Engaging with research and industrial actors in EU and local ecosystems of manufacturing
-Generating broad awareness about key enablers, cross-cutting factors, pathways and cases
-Increasing collaboration and synergy between Industrial Platform projects, especially Digital Manufacturing Platforms for Connected Smart Factories
AcronymConnectedFactories 2
Effective start/end date1/12/1930/11/22

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (lead)
  • European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA)
  • Tecnalia Research & Innovation (TRI)
  • Steinbeis 2i GmbH
  • Polytechnic University of Milan
  • Innovalia Association
  • University of Patras
  • Leuven Security Excellence Consortium vzw.
  • Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
  • Manufacturing Technology Centre Limited (MTC)
  • University of Nottingham
  • Sirris
  • Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology, and Science (INESC-TEC)
  • EPIC InnoLabs
  • Industrie 4.0 Österreich – die Plattform für intelligente Produktion
  • Irish Manufacturing Research

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • digital platforms
  • digital transformation
  • digitalisation pathways
  • circular economy
  • twin transition
  • green transition
  • digital innovation hub
  • Towards sustainable manufacturing through collaborative circular economy strategies

    Saari, L., Järnefelt, V., Valkokari, K., Martins, J. T. & Acerbi, F., 15 Nov 2021, Smart and Sustainable Collaborative Networks 4.0: Proceedings of the 22nd IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2021. Camarinha-Matos, L. M., Boucher, X. & Afsarmanesh, H. (eds.). Springer, p. 362-373 (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; No. 629).

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