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Meet the Advanced Manufacturing Champions

During the online ADMA live event of Thursday April, 22nd the main results of the pilot phase of the Advanced Manufacturing Support Centre have been presented. Moreover, participants were guided through a total of 15 SME ‘best practice’ showcases.

Luisa Prista, Head of Department, I – Innovation ecosystems, SMP/Entrepreneurship and Consumers

Back in 2018, the European Commission launched a project to establish a European Advanced Manufacturing Support Centre to help SMEs assess the possibility of adopting both advanced manufacturing solutions as well as social innovation strategies, thereby transforming their organisation towards next-generation factories with more competitive, modern and sustainable production.

On behalf of the Commission, the ADMA project consortium announced last Thursday the winners of the 1st European ADMA Factory of the Future Champion Award. This Award recognizes those companies that have been able to achieve and sustain the highest maturity level on each of the 7 ADMA Transformation Areas. The two winning companies were Provan from Belgium and Sori from France.

The event also presented the key learnings from building and implementing the ADMA methodology, engaging ADMA advisors throughout Europe and working closely with >100 European manufacturing SMEs during the pilot phase. Evidence was shown on why exactly European manufacturing SMEs do need proper guidance and support as a lever to transform their manufacturing processes, and why any kind of support should always be fully tailored to the specific needs of the SME.

Another 5 European manufacturing SMEs were awarded the ADMA Methodology Frontrunner Award: Thomas Regout International B.V – Netherlands, Gualini Lamiere SPA – Italy, Cafès Cornellà – Spain, Couédic Madoré Equipment – France and Polargos Sp. z o.o. – Poland. They all actively embraced the ADMA methodology and shared their ADMA journey from the scan process up to the implementation of the chosen technological and social innovation actions.

During the afternoon session, the team presented some key recommendations for the further roll-out of the support offered to manufacturing SMEs on their journey towards Factories of the Future. The easiest way to stimulate SMEs to change is by showing them examples and best practice cases, preferably from similar companies. By showcasing companies that have successfully transformed into Factories of the Future, others will be inspired to follow their lead. The best practice cases should come from different industry sectors and show companies with different structures and sizes.

Next, in order to recognize their outstanding performance in one or more of the Seven ADMA Transformation Areas, the following companies received an ADMA Transformation champion Award: Curana – Belgium, MX3D – Netherlands, BM Silo – Denmark, Rivierasca – Italy, Urola – Spain, Groupe Saint Hilaire – France, Base Group Sp. z o.o. – Poland and MARSI Group d.o.o. – Slovenia.

The ADMA Consortium has been led by Agoria, Belgium’s Technology Federation and consists out of 14 European partner organisations. More info on the consortium partners can be found here.

Further information about the ADMA pilot project can be found here.

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