Last week you could read in the press that the Commission is contributing € 77 million from its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to an innovation initiative for the manufacturing sector aiming at strengthening the competitiveness of European high-tech small and medium size enterprises (Commission Press Release).
The I4MS initiative - ICT for Manufacturing SMEs – starts on 1 July. Through it, we want to connect innovators across value chains in manufacturing and engineering to better profit from newest advances in ICT. For users, that means reducing their risk in being an early adopter of innovative ICT. For suppliers, that means helping the to advance innovative prototypes towards a successful product.