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The ECOFACT Consortium represents a multi-disciplinary group composed of 20 partners representing 7 EU countries, which stands for an ideal team to carry out the work proposed. The different tasks planned in this project would not be feasible without the contribution of each of the partners, which have been specifically selected for the execution of the tasks, according to the needs of ECOFACT.   

Fundación CARTIF is a leading Spanish Applied Research Centre in R&D and technology transfer activities created in 1994. CARTIF is formed up by 175 researchers. The main fields of activity are Industrial and Digital Systems, Energy, and Agrofood and Processes. Therefore, it offers experience in various fields in the areas of energy and industry. During 25 years we have been providing end customers ready-to-use industrial solutions. The efficient manufacturing and the transition towards the Factory of the Future are at the core of our fundamental objectives. To achieve them, we rely in our research lines, continuously updated, and according to the market needs. These research lines include, energy-efficient processes, flexible manufacturing, intelligent and efficient manufacturing processes and collaborative robotics and advanced automation, among others. In addition to this research work, we also keep track of the needed profitability four our customers so they maintain their market position.

 RINA is a global corporation that offers a wide range of high-quality tailored solutions in the Energy, Marine, Certification, Transport & Infrastructure and Industry sectors. RINA activities contribute to developing the qualitative level of the market by adopting measures to protect health and safety and to improve the well-being of society building value for future generations.

LINKS Foundation is a non-profit institution founded to boost the interaction between research and the business world towards the internationalization of the local socio-economic system. LINKS promotes, conducts, and strengthens innovation and research projects/processes, improving product implementation as well as the study of new approaches and models. LINKS results from the merge of two distinguished R&D institutions: ISMB (focusing on ICT) and SiTI (focusing on Territorial Systems and Smart Cities). LINKS Foundation has been founded by Compagnia di San Paolo and Politecnico di Torino, inheriting the existing background of both ISMB and SiTI. It relies on the competences of around 160 researchers (organized in research areas) and works in close cooperation with companies, academia, and public administration.

The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) is one of the largest research centres in Greece; top 1 in north Greece. It was founded in 2000 and is located in Thessaloniki. Its mission is to promote the triplet Research – Development – Innovation by conducting high quality research and developing innovative products and services while building strong partnerships with industry and strategic collaborations with academia and other research and technology organisations in Greece and abroad. CERTH participates with two Institutes, i.e. CPERI and ITI.

CPERI’s mission is to conduct high caliber basic and applied research, to develop novel technologies and products and to pursue scientific and technological excellence in selected advanced areas of Chemical Engineering, including Energy, Environment, Materials and Process Technologies, in response to the needs of the Greek and European industrial and productive sector.

ITI is one of the leading Institutions of Greece in the fields of Informatics, Telematics and Telecommunications, with long experience in numerous European and national R&D projects. It is active in a large number of application sectors (energy, buildings and construction, health, manufacturing, robotics, (cyber)security, transport, smart cities, space, agri-food, marine and blue growth, water, etc.) and technology areas such as data and visual analytics, data mining, machine and deep learning, hardware design and development, smart grid technologies and solutions and social media analysis.

CIRCE Foundation (Centre of Research for Energy Resources and Consumption) was established in 1993 as an independent Research Centre to create and develop solutions and scientific/technical knowledge and to transfer them to the business sector in the field of energy. CIRCE’s mission is to drive forward improvements in energy efficiency and to spread the use of renewable energy by means of the development of R+D+I activities and formative actions, thereby contributing to a sustainable development.

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Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, and integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Schneider worldwide leading position is to make energy: safe, with power and control; reliable, with critical power and cooling; efficient, with energy efficiency; productive, with industrial, building and home automation; green, with renewable energy solutions. The subsidiary in Italy offers products, equipment and services for ICT solutions for Infrastructures, Building & Residential markets, and Industry.

One Team Srl is a leading high technology SME with more than 30 years of experience in providing consultancy and end-to-end software and hardware solutions for Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, Owner/Operators (AECO) and GIS firms face the challenges of implementing design, construction and geospatial digital tools. One Team has strong relationships with industry leading software manufacturers, for which it holds the top qualifications (Autodesk Platinum Partner, ESRI Silver Partner, HP Gold Partner…) and is a member of Autodesk, ESRI and Microsoft Developer Networks and, hence, is specialized in the integration of CAD / BIM / GIS  / ERP systems. One Team expertise will be applied to the project to ensure maximum usability by all stakeholders, offering End-to End implementations for data integration, technology solution development. One Team will lead the development of the Digital Twin Platform within the project.

PRé Sustainability helps companies turn sustainability strategy into action, through fact-based consulting services, training and software solutions based on life cycle thinking. Organizations reach out to us to measure, improve and communicate their sustainability performance. We also help them develop effective strategies and integrate sustainability in the supply chain, product development or organization.

We are dedicated to making a positive change in the world by developing long-term solutions that help our customers create value and drive sustainable change. With our consulting services and trusted software solutions such as SimaPro, companies can integrate and develop sustainable strategies and products based on facts.

Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) is a leading Research and Technology Organisation providing a portfolio of research, training, and consultancy services to Industry across the following four thematic pillars: Digitisation, Sustainable manufacturing, Design for Manufacturing and Robotics and Automation. IMR works with leading global and indigenous brands to demystify, and derisk new and emerging technologies and to deliver high impact collaborative research and services to enable advanced manufacturing for a broad range of clients across Ireland’s manufacturing network. 

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 72 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. Two of them are involved in the project. Fraunhofer IPT is a research institute with focus on production technology. Central tasks are the applied research and development as well as the optimization of innovative production technologies and its transfer into the industrial environment. We understand the production process as a functional whole in which the individual elements of the process chain are interconnected and interlinked. We develop new and optimize existing methods, technologies and processes to create the production environment of the future. With the background of comprehensive experiences in the field of process automation, one key aspect is the interconnection of machines and software systems, targeting the flexibilization, automatic adaptation and optimization of the whole production process. Starting point for this is the continuous information flow, including the collection and processing of the process parameters as well as the structured data exchange and information provision.

With 600 staff members, Fraunhofer IWU is an important R&D partner for the automotive, machine tool and mechanical engineering industries. The institute has achieved an international reputation for developing efficient value chain and supply chain processes, particularly in the machine tool, vehicle and component production sectors. Recent research includes methods to combine manufacturing technologies and novel functional materials. For more than 10 years IWU is leading institute of the Fraunhofer Society for energy and resource efficiency in production. Research at Fraunhofer IWU is grouped into several scientific fields comprising Production Systems and Machining Technologies (including Machine Tools, Assembly technologies, Energy-flexible and efficient factory planning and operation Digitisation in production), Mechatronics and Lightweight Structures and Forming Technologies.

The Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) is legally designated as the National Standardization Body of Spain. It is the national representative and member of the European (CEN/CENELEC), International (ISO/IEC) and Panamerican (COPANT) Standards Organizations,and member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). More than 32,000 standards in catalogue, 200 national technical committees and 150 responsibilities (chairpersons, secretariats, convenors) in international standardization committees are a sample of the experience developed as national standards body during more than 30 years. Formally, it is a non-profit-making, private, independent and multisector organisation, recognised at National, European and International level. Through the development of technical standards helps improve the quality and competitiveness of companies, products and services.

AENOR INTERNACIONAL S.A.U. is a knowledge management company that provides services focused on assessing compliance, training, and information. AENOR is the reference entity in Spain on Conformity Assessment Conformity assessment, that includes: Management Systems Certification; Product Certification; Inspection and Testing. Training is provided in the issues related to the scope of conformity assessment. Information services include distribution of standards, publications, and sectorial information. AENOR has a capillary network that includes headquarters in all of Spain’s autonomous communities, which each have their own staff; along with a permanent presence in twelve countries. AENOR has a wide-range of certifications relating to the environment, and has issued more than 9,000 certificates and validations, including, among others, Environmental Management, Carbon Footprint, Eco design, and Energy Management Systems.

WINGS ICT Solutions is an SME, which focuses on the development of solutions (software and hardware) for various vertical areas. The areas are utilities (water, energy, gas), smart/digital/liveable cities (providing the means for managing the air quality,the transportation infrastructure and buildings, as well as delivering services for health, parking and user mobility, and citizen security/safety), food security/safety (safety of meat/milk/oil, smart aquaculture, etc.), and, more recently, industry/logistics. The foundation for the solutions comprises IoT technologies (all types of sensors and actuators, diverse devices/vehicles, etc.), advanced wireless networks (4G, WiFi, 5G, etc.), cloud and big data platform, artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms,and security mechanisms (such as blockchain, distributed ledgers, etc.). For this sector WINGS develops specific platforms/products (powered by AI, IoT, cloud/big data, advanced wireless, and security mechanisms). Artemis for proactively managing utilities, Starlit for realizing the vision of smart/digital and liveable cities, Agnes for proactively optimizing the food security and safety levels. Finally, Nestor is an advanced simulation platform (for ICT infrastructures primarily).

Athenian Brewery S.A. is the largest producer and distributor of beer in Greece. It was established in 1963 by a group of Greek entrepreneurs and it is member of Heineken NV group. Today it sports four plants across Greece, three beer factories in Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras and a factory in Lamia bottling natural mineral water IOLI.

Arçelik A.Ş. offers products and services around the world with its 30,000 employees, 23 different production facilities in 9 countries (Turkey, Romania, Russia, China, South Africa, Thailand, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh), its 35 sales and marketing companies in 33 countries all over the world and its 12 brands serving products and services in more than 146 countries. The annual production volume of Arçelik is approximately 20 million units.The Company’s vision is “Respects the Globe, Respected Globally. As one of the foremost companies in KOÇ Group and Turkish private industry, Arçelik, founded in 1955, has always been the leader in Turkish private sector with its efforts for industrial development. Today, Arçelik Group is the third largest company in home appliances sector in terms of total sales in Europe. Arçelik Group achieved a consolidated turnover of EUR 4.7 Billion in 2018. There are over 1500 R&D employees in R&D Centers located in Global. Arçelik has 20 R&D units located in six countries. Besides 15 R&D and Design Centres in Turkey, Arçelik has R&D offices in Cambridge -UK, Taiwan and Wuxi -China. In addition to its expertise in its principal product areas, Arçelik has also consciously developed its capability in the engineering disciplines that underpin Arçelik’s products and their functions, including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, vibration and acoustics, advanced material technologies, sensors, IoT (internet of things) and computer assisted design and engineering. Arçelik maintains a strong focus on research and development and believes its ability to deliver innovative products is key to its success. Arçelik’s particular focus in R&D is to develop energy-and water-efficient products at an affordable price point as well as to offer new features that would exceed consumer expectations in different countries. Arçelik is proud to be selected the “Best R&D Centre” of Turkey by the Ministry of Science, Industry, and Technology consecutively in 2016 and 2017 based on achievements and figures.

TOFAŞ was established in 1968 by the late Vehbi Koç, founder of the Koç Group, and jointly owned by Koç Holding and FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, is today one of FCA three globally strategic production hubs on with over 7.500 employees, 1 million square meters operation field, of which 350,000 square meters indoor area, an annual production capacity of 450,000 units. TOFAŞ holds gold level for World Class Manufacturing grading and is one of the six of Fiat plants amongst several. TOFAŞ R&D unit established itsrightful position as the largest dedicated research and development centre within the Turkish Automotive industry, with a designated staff of more than 500. Research and development activities are concentrated on commercial vehicle design and development as well as the competitive production technologies for automotive. Production Technology Department, as a function of R&D Centre, leads averagely 1-2 major projects of car manufacturing lines development per year. TOFAŞ Production Technology Department currently employs approximately 54 personnel and is experienced especially in 3D equipment design, automation, robotics and feasibility analysis. Besides, leads Industry 4.0 projects about IoT, predictive maintenance, collaborative robots, wearable technologies, simulation technologies, image processing, advanced robotics applications. The department also executes local and EU funded projects.

Galletas Gullón, S.A. is one of the main Spanish producers of biscuits. Founded in 1892, it is the only family owned biscuit Company that remains in its field. Thanks to its constant innovative effort, it has succeeded in establishing a position for itself among Spain ́s top three biscuit companies. Galletas Gullón has got two factories in Aguilar de Campoo (Palencia), where a wide range of biscuits and wafers are produce. It is one of the main food and agriculture companies in the Castile and León (Spain). The newest factory, Gullón II located in the outskirts of the town, has a surface area of 35,000 square meters (41,866 square yards), being the largest biscuit factory in Spain. It is equipped with the best and latest innovations in biscuit manufacturing technology in Europe.

The competence center Competence Industry Manufacturing 4.0 (CIM 4.0) intends to be a strategic and operative support to the manufacturing enterprises oriented on the digitization of the industrial processes in the perspective of a Industy 4.0 (from design to production, from R&D to Supply chain, from security to Blockchain).

SMARKIA ENERGY is a Big-data cloud platform of energy efficiency services. Smarkia is a SME which was conceived to be as cloud-based solution leader for large energy consumers. It is one of the leaders in the market of cloud energy management solutions on the cloud at national and international level. Business experts coming from energy and technology sector founded Smarkia on 2011, starting up a new Ener-Tech business. The participation of the most qualified and experienced staff, with a wide background in technology and energy sector, has made possible the Smarkia development platform and its SaaS solution is a market reference and pioneer in this field. The competence center Competence Industry Manufacturing 4.0 (CIM 4.0) intends to be a strategic and operative support to the manufacturing enterprises oriented on the digitization of the industrial processes in the perspective of a Industy 4.0 (from design to production, from R&D to Supply chain, from security to Blockchain).

With expertise covering more than a hundred years of experience, Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resources management, designing and implementing water, waste and energy solutions in three complementary business activities that work together to create synergies that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries, under the circular economy concept. Veolia is a partner to cities, for which it is reinventing the approach to traditional markets and to industry, providing customized solutions covering all requirements, whatever the business sector, increasing their efficiency from an environmental, economic and social standpoint.

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