The Consortium

The Consortium

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation (LMS)

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation (LMS) is oriented on research and development in cutting edge scientific and technological fields. LMS is involved in a number of research projects funded by the EU and European industrial partners. Particular emphasis is given to the co-operation with the European industry as well as with a number of “hi-tech” firms. LMS is under the direction and technical coordination of Professor George Chryssolouris. It currently employs approximately 70 researchers organized in four different groups: Manufacturing Processes Modelling and Energy Efficiency, Robots, Automation and Virtual Reality in Manufacturing, Manufacturing Systems and Software Development for Manufacturing.


TECNALIA is a private, independent, non-profit applied research center of international excellence. Legally a Foundation, Tecnalia is the leading private and independent research and technology organisation in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, employing around 1,300 people (219 PhDs) and with income of €108 Million in 2019. TECNALIA has one GOAL: to transform technology into GDP, meaning wealth to improve people’s quality of life through generation of business opportunities for industry. TECNALIA is committed to generate major impacts in economic terms, by means of innovation and technological development, addressed by 7 business divisions covering the economic sectors of Energy, Environment, Industry, Transport, Construction, Health and ICT. TECNALIA has been granted over 396 patents and promoted more than 30 spin-off companies.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. KTH is Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge. KTH is operated through five schools and a large number of departments within the schools, gathering more than 13,000 full-time undergraduates, over 1,700 PhD students and approximately 3,600 full-time employees. The department of Production Engineering operated under the school of Industrial Engineering and Management is the home of three active research divisions focusing on different aspects of manufacturing.


Tampere University (TAU, Tampereen korkeakoulusaatio sr) was created in January 2019 by a merger of the Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere (UTA), which joined forces to create a new foundation-based university. TAU is situated on several campuses and is Finland’s second-largest university with 18,400 students and 4,200 employees. In 2019, the total income of TAU was 321 M€ of which 40 % was external research funding. At TAU, research groups and projects conduct multidisciplinary research across institutional boundaries in fields of technology, health, and society. The university researcher community and support services have long experience on EU funding. TAU ranks fourth among all Finnish participants in H2020 funding. The distinctive strength of TAU is in the interaction between basic and applied research. The University is a sought-after partner for collaborative research and development projects with business and industry and a fertile breeding ground for innovation and new research- and knowledge-based companies.


Comau is a worldwide leader in robotics and automation products as well as integrating systems, processes and services that increase efficiency while lowering overall costs. Headquartered in Turin, Italy, with an international network that spans 17 countries that employ more than 9,000 employees, Comau uses the latest technology and processes to deliver advanced turnkey systems that consistently exceed the expectations of its customers. Comau specializes in body joining & assembly, powertrain machining & assembly, robotics and maintenance, as well as advanced production systems and environmental services for a wide range of industrial sectors. The continuous development of its products and services enables Comau to lead the automation industry in meeting the unique requirements of each customer, and through all phases of the project: from design, implementation and installation, to production start-up and maintenance services.


PILZ is global a leader in automation technology. Our components, systems and services support customers in the automation of your their and machinery worldwide. Driven by our vision of "The Spirit of Safety", we use all our passion and our knowledge to offer the best possible automation solutions. We are automation specialists committed to safety!


Munich-based Roboception GmbH was founded in March 2015 as a spin-off of the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Roboception offers innovative navigation, real-time perception and manipulation solutions for robotic systems. Customer-specific software products for a variety of hardware platforms are developed in compliance with the customer’s individual plug-and produce requirements. Following the concept of “Sense - Reason - Act”, 3D technologies such as object localization, recognition and scene analysis, robotic manipulation and application development complete the portfolio. The solutions include highly intuitive, user-friendly interfaces, parametrization and programming; hence a detailed robotic knowledge is not required for their setup and operation.

Visual Components

Visual Components is recognized as a global leader in the manufacturing simulation industry and trusted technology partner to many of the leading brands in industrial automation. Founded in 1999 by a Finnish-American team of simulation experts, Visual Components offers a 3D factory simulation and visualization suite that consists of a set of innovative tools, which set the standard for modern simulation. The simulation suite gives machine builders, system integrators, and manufacturers around the world a simple, quick, and highly cost-effective way to build the factory digital twin and simulate their total process solutions.


Netcompany-Intrasoft is a leading European IT Solutions and Services Group with strong international presence and expertise, offering innovative and added-value solutions of the highest quality to a wide range of international and national public and private organizations. As of November 2021, Netcompany-Intrasoft became a member of the Netcompany Group, a Denmark located IT company founded in 2000. Netcompany is the fastest growing and most successful IT services company in the Nordics, owning vast technology experience and deep industry-specific knowledge, creating innovative solutions tailored to meet business goals.

Netcompany-Intrasoft employs more than 2,800 highly skilled professionals, representing over 50 different nationalities and mastering more than 30 languages. With headquarters in Luxembourg, Netcompany-Intrasoft operates through its operational branches, subsidiaries and offices in 13 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Jordan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Romania, RSA, UK, UAE and USA.


On 2018, an agreement has been signed that will lead to the merger of two of the historical companies and big players in the cybersecurity sector in Spain, S21sec and Nextel. This in order to face the exponential growth of cyber-attacks observed in the last few years. S21sec, being part of the investment portfolio of Sonae Investment Management (Sonae IM), is now the biggest security specialized enterprise in Spain and one of the most important in Europe, their headquarters are located in Zamudio, in the Basque Country. Thus, S21sec is the most important cybersecurity pure player in Spain and Portugal in terms of turnover (32M Euro Combined revenue in 2017; 100% cybersecurity products and services) and number of cybersecurity experts on staff.


AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center an European open innovation center working as unique partner for companies to improve their competitiveness through cooperation. The Center provides value to the automotive industry through the integration of knowledge, technology and industrial development at a global level. AIC supports the whole lifecycle of innovation integrally and market-oriented, from the universe of ideas to the development of a new product, from an improvement in process to the creation of new businesses. Among other competences, AIC has developed specific expertise and developed projects in Lightweight, Electrification, Advanced Manufacturing and Virtual Development.


DGH has been designing, implementing and commissioning integrated projects and services in industrial settings for more than 40 years, with an extensive national and international coverage. We started out in the automotive industry, one of the most complex and demanding sectors, and thereafter extended our activities to sectors such as food, aeronautics, construction and new technologies, inter alia. At this time, we employ a staff of more than 350 professionals with skills and competitive experience in industrial engineering (design, development and commissioning of projects and facilities), integrated industrial maintenance and process consultancy.


Stellantis is a leading global mobility player guided by a clear mission: to provide freedom of movement for all through distinctive, appealing, affordable and sustainable mobility solutions. Our Company’s strength lies in the breadth of our iconic brand portfolio, the diversity and passion of our 400,000 people, and our deep roots in the communities in which we operate.


AEROTECNIC is an aeronautical manufacturer specialized in structural assemblies, covering the whole aero-structures loop, from the raw material management, to full-machined parts manufacturing and quality assurance, to finishing and assembling tasks. AEROTECNIC provides final products to their customers, ready to be assembled in aircraft vehicles, giving efficient responses to its partners. In this way, AEROTECNIC manages in a comprehensive manner the manufacture and assembly of metallic and composite materials aerostructures and components, making itself responsible for every process in the value chain, with an expert team and committed to competitiveness through innovation.

Beko Europe

Beko Europe is a leading home appliances business, committed to improving the lives of its customers through a wide range of innovative and sustainable household products and solutions. Beko Europe’s 75% shares are owned by Beko B.V and 25% are owned by Whirlpool Corporation. With more than 20,000 employees, Beko Europe operates 11 production sites across Europe, with an annual production capacity of approximately 24 million white goods products. Production sites are located in Italy in Cassinetta di Biandronno, Melano, Comunanza, and Siena; in Poland, in Wroclaw, Radomsko and Lodz; in Slovakia, in Poprad; in the UK in Yate; and in Romania in Ulmi and Gaesti.

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