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  • 30.04.2020

    The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a new manual called “Methodological Manual Developing Thematic Interregional Partnerships for Smart Specialisation”.

    The manual highlights the importance of the Vanguard Initiative in developing interregional partnerships and the fact that it was the Vanguard Initiative methodology that inspired the European Commission to elaborate the methodology used to support partnerships under the thematic S3 platforms.

  • 09.04.2020

    3DP PAN EU is an EU-wide, web-based matchmaking tool connecting supply and demand in the field of 3D-printing. The current health crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus leads a number of companies and organisations, medical and other, to experience supply chain problems while searching for specific parts or components. 3DP PAN EU is here to offer its support and open up the platform.

  • 08.04.2020

    With the completion of the NeSSIE project in 2019 and the Pilot Action on Sensing & Remote Monitoring in Marine Renewable Energy facilities well underway, the Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Related Applications in Harsh Environments (ADMA Energy) Pilot has embarked on the identification of new areas of interest for the pilot.

  • 08.04.2020

    To address the demand for lower costs and need to secure competitive advantages through digitalization in the area of offshore windfarms, the project Scaling-up Digitalization Of Critical Components in OFF-shore wind turbines” (DOCC-OFF) has been developed, stemming from the ADMA Energy demo-case Sensors, Instrumentation and Remote Monitoring. 

  • 08.04.2020

    On April 2nd, the 3D-printing (3DP) Pilot of the Vanguard Initiative held its 11th Plenary Meeting. This meeting took place in a fully ‘virtual’ environment, which enabled, despite the current COVID-19 crisis, the creation of insightful content and the participation of various stakeholders from more than 15 distinct EU regions.

  • 08.04.2020

    The 3DP Pan EU project is a project developed by Vanguard Initiative’s 3D Printing pilot, enabled by funding from the European Parliament. The project is aimed at fostering awareness, knowledge and uptake of 3D-printing technologies in Europe by facilitating and promoting SMEs’ access to high quality services related to testing, validating and certifying 3D printing solutions. The project is implemented by a consortium consisting of Brainport Development (coordinator), IDEA Consult, ART-ER, CIVITTA and Asterion Europe. 

  • 06.04.2020

    Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), launched by the European Commission as a tool to support Smart Specialisation Platforms (S3P) -Industry investment projects has been open for a second assessment round of applications. The awarded projects were presented by the end of January 2020 and two of the five chosen projects come from the Vanguard Initiative; De- Remanufacturing for circular economy (demo-case, ESM-pilot) and SMBio-LNG (use-case within Liquified bio-methane demo-case, Bioeconomy pilot). 

  • 06.04.2020

    The Bioeconomy Pilot and the Biobased Industry Consortium (BIC) work closely together and exchange information concerning the biobased industries’ topics and the Bioeconomy Pilot’s cases for joint demonstration to exploit all potential synergies. One significant result of this cooperation is the launch of the “Biobased platform for regions”, focused on stimulating bio-based investments by connecting regions and industries.

  • 06.04.2020

    “DigiPrime – Digital Manufacturing Platforms for Connected Smart Factories” is a new project developed and successfully submitted to Horizon 2020 by the ESM Pilot’s demo-case De-and Remanufacturing. The project will develop, populate and operate a new concept of circular economy digital platform, with the aim to unlock new circular business models based on data-enhanced recovery and reuse of functions and materials from high value-added post-use products. Focus will be given to create trustable data-sharing mechanisms, preserving the confidentiality of business-critical data.

  • 31.03.2020

    The Vanguard Initiative network continues to work towards strengthening EU industry, and making sure we build Europe’s innovation capacity through complete EU value chains.  However, the implications of COVID-19 mean that all of us are rethinking our immediate priorities and about how we deliver on those.

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