List of AM related regions. The cluster e-database with more details on these and more regions in the www.AM-platform.com website.
Region located in the North East of Spain.
Advanced manufacturing technologies, advanced materials and nanotechnology are the KETs in which Aragon’s smart specialisation strategy focusses. Additive Manufacturing (AM) is specifically mentioned in their strategy for the development of advanced manufacturing process in the transport sector mainly (including products, tools and mould design, development and production).
Link to Aragon RIS3:
More info about Aragón: http://www.aragon.es
Region located in the north of Spain with a population around 1 Million inhabitants.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is mentioned in their Smart Specialisation Strategy 2014-2020 as part of the priority specialisation field “Novel production models”. Priorities with regards AM are the development of processes based on AM and product customisation.
Local companies and research & technology centers are developing and/or using these technologies for many sectors, with special focus on the aerospace, health and consumers ones.
The region is promoting and implementing R&D activities to improve different stages of the AM value chain such as product design, novel processes and materials development and integration of other conventional manufacturing technologies for post-processing
Link to regional RIS3: http://www.idepa.es/sites/web/idepaweb/servicios/inno/especializacion_inteligente/
More info about Asturias: http://www.investinasturias.es/en/
Bordering Switzerland and Italy at east, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region lies at the crossroads of the main European and national communication ways. With 7,8 million inhabitants, it is the 2nd region most populous Region in France and also the 3rd largest (70.000 km²).
The region focuses on Advanced Manufacturing systems and has prioritised the transferability of KETs in the Smart Specialisation Strategy and addresses all AM Value Chains.
There are important regional clusters dedicated for Additive Manufacturing in the region and regional activities also includes Business/commercialisation/industrial exploitation, IPRs and technology transfer of AM. Auvergne-Rhone Alpes has regional material expertise in several areas. 500.000 employees in industrial sector, 40.000 researchers and 14 competitiveness clusters make the Region the 2nd region in terms of creation of economic wealth in France.
Regional Innovation Strategy: Before the merging between the two former Region, both Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes have set up a Smart Specialization Strategy to strengthen their economical growth. For Auvergne, 5 smart specialization domains : - mobility health prevention - agriculture, livestock, bioressources - identity and territory - digital trust - smart and efficient systems For Rhône-Alpes, 7 smart specialization domains : - health - future industry - smart energy efficient buildings - digital technologies - energy grids and storage - intelligent mobility technology and systems - sport, tourism, mountain
The Basque Country is located in the North of Spain.
The region is known for its industrial background and capabilities. The Basque Country is active with the aerospace, automotive industry, energy, Machinery, machine parts, components & tools and also in Additive Manufacturing. There is a aim of accelerating the adoption of additive manufacturing by the industry and many companies are pushing new developments, being very active in R&D activities.
In the Basque country, different profiles of companies related to additive Manufacturing can be found: equipment manufacturers, raw material and parts manufacturers, end users, service providers, importers, research centers, universities and education centers.
Lombardy is a region located in the North of Italy. With nearly 10 million inhabitants, it is the most populated region in Italy. It is the second richest region in Italy, with a GDP per capita which is about 25% higher than the national average. It is ranked fifth among European regions.
Lombardy Regions' Smart Specialisation Strategy identifies 7 Specialisation Areas: Aerospace, Agri-food, Green industry, Creative and Cultural Industries, Health, Advanced Manufacturing and Sustainable Mobility.
Per each Specialisation Area, biannually Region is setting up Work Programmes with specific technological trajectories which are the thematic pillar of the regional Calls for Proposal. For Advanced Manufacturing, based on roadmaps, foresight and expert analysis, some of technological topics are: Production with innovative processes, Evolving adaptable production systems, High-efficiency production systems, Manufacturing for customised products, Manufacturing systems for environmental sustainability.
Regional Innovation Strategy: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/documents/20182/91256/Smart+Specialisation+RL_Executive_summary_
Info on the region: http://www.regione.lombardia.it
Navarra is a Spanish region in the North Western part of the country.
The region sees itself as highly competitive in Advanced Manufacturing focusing on automotive, renewable energies and consumer goods sectors.
There is also a cluster on functional printing, an additive manufacturing technology with applications on biomed or electronics.
Their Research Technology Organisation Aditech is active in several parts of the Value Chain and acts around in Modelling and simulation, Design, Materials, process and Products.
Satakunta, the oldest historical province in Finland, is located on the southwest coast of Finland and it is one of the 18 regions in Finland. The total population of the region is about 224.000 in 8000 square kilometres. The regional centres are the city of Pori and the city of Rauma. Satakunta region consists of three sub-regional units. Our biggest functional strength is our compact area, in which the actors know each other and the special features of the region, and this enables us to work quickly, flexibly and customer-based according to the EU subsidiarity principle.
The cornerstones of economic life at Satakunta region are energy production, heavy engineering, offshore, process industry, ports and logistics and diversified food industry. Pure environment attracts residents and visitors and water elements dominate the region of Satakunta .New cleantech and ICT technology solutions and innovations for industry, e.g. in relation to automation, materials know-how, logistics, production control and resource efficiency. The added value of industry’s products and services will be created for new business launches and thus international growth. Smart services and industrial service operations will be developed into the service industry of the future.
Region has a wide range of know-how and training in the energy sector. Energy-efficient energy and environment technology solutions for industry and also the construction of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) import terminal and distribution network.
Satakunta Region’s smart specialisation focuses on people-oriented solutions, water safety, bioeconomy, sustainable energy and energy efficiency, marine industry (arctic), advanced manufacturing and technological solutions (KET’s)/ focus area. ADMA focuses on research and development within manufacturing and industry, including also AM.
Regional Innovation Strategy: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/regions/FI196/tags/FI196?s3pv=1
Info on the region: http://www.satakuntaliitto.fi/english
Serbia’s Smart specialisation strategy focuses in the following priorities: biomedicine & health, ICT, energy, agri-food, environment and climate and new materials and nanosciences.
Regarding AM, the value chains addressed by Serbia are related to automotive and consumer/electronics. There are 14 SMEs active in 3D printing technologies and four research teams at Serbian universities dealing with various aspects of implementation of the additive manufacturing.
Link to Serbia RIS3: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/regions/rs?s3pv=5
South Moravia is a region located in the South East of the Czech Republic.
The region has included Additive Manufacturing in its Smart Specialization Strategy, mainly through activities linked to the Aerospace sector. South Moravia has several companies directly involved in Additive Manufacturing development and applications (i.e. Y-soft, Honeywell, LK engineering), and a strong R&D base represented by the NETME centre, which is currently the most advanced publicly funded centre for additive manufacturing in the Czech Republic. One of the most recent developments in Additive Manufacturing is the establishment of the FabLab facilities via the regional development agency (JIC) which will be open to the general public in the near future.
Info on the region: https://www.jic.cz/en/
Valencia is a Spanish Region located in the Eastern part of Spain.
The region has included Additive Manufacturing in their Smart Specialisation Strategy as a priority for the capital goods, automotive, consumer, habitat and health sectors. In this sense, several actions, policies and programmes will be implemented. Within the regional strategy, flexibility in manufacturing, introducing new materials capabilities and new technologies that contribute to it (additive technologies), is highlighted and show the direction of the next evolution of the Valencian industry .
Regional Innovation strategy:
Wales is a region in the Western part of the United Kingdom.
The region has included Additive Manufacturing in their Smart Specialisation Strategy and are active in the Medical and Dental sectors as well as the Aerospace and Automotive sector through processes such as Powder bed fusion. Universities including Swansea University, Cardiff University, University of South Wales and Bangor University are active in these technologies.
Regional Innovation Strategy: http://gov.wales/docs/det/publications/120306scienceen.pdf
Wallonia is a region located in the southern part of Belgium. With more than 3 million and a half inhabitants, this region has been facing a severe loss of employments in the last quarter of the 20th century, due to the end of the mining industry and the reduction of the metallurgical activities, and is therefore strongly involved in the setup and development of new manufacturing processes, using advanced materials.
The involvement of the region in additive manufacturing processes began in the late 80’s, with research projects in different sectors like automotive, aerospace, mechanical, consumers and health. Not only research projects were initiated to improve the quality, accuracy and efficiency of the different processes, as well as the mechanical properties of the materials and parts, but also services were developed to help the industrial sectors to have access to those technologies and assess the usefulness of integrating AM in their manufacturing process. Several fablabs dedicated to private individuals emerge also in the region for a few years.
The regional Smart Specialisation Strategy includes priorites around KETs, Advanced Manufacturing systems, industrial biotechnology, aerospace, energy and advanced materials. Wallonia has expertise in metal, polymer and ceramic and Wallonia is active in several Value Chains.