A PIMAP-project workshop has been organised over November 21-23, 2018, in Porto among a series of events that directly benefited of its members and placed within the framework of EMAF, the International Fair of Machinery, Equipment and Services for Industry.
On the first day of the event, the whole consortium attended to the Joint Initiative FORUM PRODUTECH & Annual Conference PRODUTECH SIF, held at the EMAF. The event gathered over 50 participants and provided very interesting insights for the perspectives of advanced manufacturing and production systems at the European level. The PIMAP partners took advantage of their participation to this event to present the project to the audience and invite the attendees to take part to the project upcoming activities such as the international business missions in 2019 to the United-States and Canada. All partners delivered a presentation of their respective cluster, including collaboration opportunities with companies operating in production systems.
On the second day of the event, in the morning, the PIMAP partners gathered at PRODUTECH offices for their consortium meeting. The meeting allowed fruitful discussions between the project partners on the different main activities of the project: market study, communication strategy, business missions and consolidation of the partnership. On the afternoon, PIMAP organised a workshop dedicated to SMEs. The PIMAP project was presented to the audience and including several incentives to encourage SMEs to take part to the project activities. The event gathered 9 SMEs from the PIMAP-project. During the whole discussion, synergies and cooperation between production systems SMEs and photonics / advanced steel have been pursed. The outcomes of the discussion highlighted a real potential for cross-sectoral cooperation in the framework of PIMAP.
On the last day of the event, all the partners were hosted by several facilities of the PRODUTECH facilities and had real insights on its ecosystem: laboratories, institutes, technology transfer centres, research centres.
Following this 3-day events, the PIMAP partners engaged themselves to purse and deepen their cooperation for the benefits of their SMEs. In the coming weeks, the project will publish information on its business missions to the United-States and Canada. Stay tuned!
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