Better Factory unlocks access to funding for digital transformation of the European manufacturing industry

The Better Factory initiative, funded under the European Commission H2020 programme, aims to help European manufacturers become more competitive in the global market by providing up to 200K EUR in equity-free funding to develop and deploy collaborative intra-factory experiments.

Manufacturing Companies will discover new business models and digitise their factories to match the production of new or personalised products, thanks to the collaboration with Artists and Technology Suppliers during the lifetime of the Better Factory project and beyond.  

Through this Open Call, Better Factory will select 16 finalist consortia to participate in the Jury Day, of which the top 8 consortia composed of 3 members – one manufacturing company, one artist, and one technology supplier - will be selected to participate in a Knowledge Transfer Program.  

The selected consortia, referred to as a Knowledge Transfer Experiment (KTE), will be supported by art, technical and business mentors to design new product lines and deploy scalable intra-factory automation solutions. 

Open Call benefits 

Becoming one of the successfully selected consortia will allow manufacturing companies to explore new markets using digital tools, to test and develop new lean-agile production technologies, to make deals through the Robotics and Automation Marketplace (RAMP), to access trainings to re-skill staff, to receive business support and mentoring, and to get up to EUR 200,000 in equity-free funding. 

Collaborations between Manufacturing Companies, Artists, and Tech Suppliers can take on many forms and deliver a wide variety of outcomes.  At a technical level, the focus will be to minimise the impact on production cost and to create more value by reducing waste, energy, and other production resources; optimising intra-factory logistics; using robots to support workers; production pre-planning, and simulation. 

Prioritised sectors are plastic and rubber, furniture and wood, food and agriculture, construction, metal and machinery, and textile and leather. The Open Call remains open until the 15th of July 2021 at 17:00 CEST.

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