Asturias' Prodintec ready to launch MANUF@CTURIAS platform
The Prodintec Foundation in Asturias (North of Spain), an
active member of the European platform MANUFUTURE, has announced a
campaign initiative to kick-start a regional platform called MANUF@CTURIAS.
According to Prodintec's Dr David González, small and medium enterprises
(SMEs) will be involved in the campaign which seeks to extend and implement
the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) at both the local and national levels.
Prodintec says that by applying technological advances to the manufacturing
processes and products, it will bolster the level of competitiveness of
Manufacturing processes and products will boost competitiveness.
Prodintec, a technology centre for industrial design and
production that has the support of the regional government,
states that while heightening the activity of SMEs in Asturias
has been an arduous task, the foundation succeeded in encouraging
around 85 SMEs and large-sized companies to invest in research
and innovation. Their investments would revamp the technologies
in their facilities, Dr González said.
“The response was very positive and there are still more companies
taking part in the initiative due to the great activity and ambitious
goals of the regional platform,” the Prodintec expert said.
MANUF@CTURIAS has already succeeded in disseminating MANUFACTURE SRA
by translating into local language and terminology the key concepts
and guidelines for a knowledge-based transformation in industry;
paving the way for companies to take part in the FP7 programme; creating
a lobby for discussion and definition of R&D priorities for Asturias-based
industries; and exchanging experiences among companies and benchmarking practices.
Aims and objectives for MANUF@CTURIAS for the period 2007-2013 include
ensuring that 95% of the companies are competitive in 2013; encouraging seven potential
members to invest in 5 R&D projects; and starting 14 international R&D projects.
With regard to MANUFUTURE, it aims to coordinate EU as well as regional,
national and local R&D programmes that would eventually result in achieving
a critical mass. The platform wants to “avoid overlaps and develop a long-term
strategy where RTD (research and technological development) activities will
be a core element, but also where education and training will be priorities,”
Dr González explained.
Ultimately, MANUFUTURE seeks to develop a research and innovation strategy
thereby effectively transforming Europe into a leader in the manufacturing
industry and a knowledge-based economy. The transformation will bear fruit
thanks to a “policy level aimed at continuous development of the platform's
vision and promotion of the Lisbon objectives, and an operational level using
a technological approach exploiting all possible synergies resulting from
the converging nature of science and technologies,” MANUFUTURE experts say.