This project is
co-funded by the European Union

NextFactory - Partners


NextFactory People

The NextFactory consortium will bring together a multidisciplinary group of leading edge SMEs and academic partners respectively contributing expertise in the new manufacturing technologies and the different application fields.

The multidisciplinary and deeply integrated R&D activities in NextFactory are covered by 9 workpackages. Please click on the individual partner to find out more


The Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation has over 350 employees and is one of the largest institutes within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft embedded in an excellent infrastructure. The aim of the research and development projects is to demonstrate the potential of automating and streamlining production, processes and products for industry. Fraunhofer-IPA develops, tests and implements methods, components, devices and complete machines.


Microsemi  is a multi national semiconductor company focused on providing solutions where power matters, security is non-negotiable and reliability is vital. At the facility in Caldicot (Wales) UK, the team designs, develops and manufactures advanced microelectronic technologies, miniaturisation, low power wireless communication, energy harvesting and high ambient temperature electronics. Their site has extensive micro-packaging capabilities for medical, wireless, telecommunications and security customers.


Sunplugged develops and manufactures photovoltaic modules for building integration and for the integration into vehicles and devices. Sunplugged was established 2006 and since 2009 the company is developing its own proprietary CIGS thin-film solar cell. Sunplugged has the necessary infrastructure for conducting the planned research activities and Sunplugged operates a full pilot-line for the production of flexible CIGS solar cells. This pilot-line for the production of flexible solar cell consists of two roll-to-roll sputtering systems, a roll-to-roll crystallisation furnace and a wet chemical station for etching and chemical bath deposition.


PROFACTOR GmbH is an Austrian research company located in Steyr (Upper Austria) focusing on developing new methods for integrated production technologies. PRO is the executive organisation of the VPTÖ, an association for production in Austria led by CEOs of leading companies (BMW, Siemens Industry Software, MAN, MIBA etc.). PRO has a broad spectrum of competencies including Machine Vision and Intelligent Automation Systems. Further in-depth fields of competencies are Nanotechnologies. Since the foundation in 1995 roughly 300 national and international R&D projects (more than 90 EU projects) have been implemented.


cellasys GmbH was founded in 2007 as a spin-off from the Heinz Nixdorf-Lehrstuhl für Medizinische Elektronik of Technische Universität München. cellasys offers system solutions for online analysis of living cells (IMOLA-IVD is the main product). In 2011 cellasys received certificates for its quality management system according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2009. The services of cellasys include research and development, production and maintenance of cell based assays. Furthermore cellasys is a consultant for development of applications, data analysis and data interpretation.


Heliotis was established in 2005 as a spin-off from Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique, a partially government sponsored research institution. Its activities consist of the development, the production and sale of measuring systems which enable light microscopes to acquire 3D-images in real-time. Heliotis offers a unique innovation called pOCT (parallel Optical low-Coherence Tomography) that allows for capturing of 3D-images two orders of magnitude faster. The key component is the 'smart pixel'-technology, which is protected worldwide by a large patent portfolio. With its disruptive optical technology, Heliotis offers solutions which dramatically improve two-dimensional to three-dimensional microscopy, thus opening the gate for entirely new applications in automated industrial processes as well as in medicine and biometry.

TIGER Coatings

TIGER Coatings has been developing lacquers for several centuries. In 1950-1970 the main focus was the liquid coating industry but since 1970 powder coatings have presented the main market for TIGER Coatings. Today, the total revenue of TIGER Coatings Austria is more than 86 Million € with a high export rate. Powder coatings alone present 90 % of these total sales. The worldwide revenue of TIGER is estimated to be about 180 Million € in 2012. The first inkjet inks were developed in 2007 and since 2011 the inkjet development represents an own TIGER business unit with an estimated revenue of 1 Million € in 2012. TIGER Coatings GmbH & Co. KG is owned by two co-operations, the Kurt Berghofer GmbH and the Gabriele Buchner-Berghofer GmbH.


Unitechnologies SA groups together two brands including mta® and Sysmelec®. The company brings a wide variety of experience and capability, from technical consulting to turnkey production equipment. mta® and Sysmelec® brands include a large range of products adapted for the highly demanding assembly and processes in worldwide industries such as medical, watch-making, microelectronics, automotive, electromechanical and optoelectronic. Unitechnologies occupies more than 120 highly-qualified specialists.


The University of Greenwich is based in South East London. The Computational Mechanics and Reliability Group (CMRG), based within the Centre for Numerical Modelling and Process Analysis (CNMPA), contains a multi-disciplinary team of sixteen researchers. This research group supported by Government (UK, EU, USA, etc) and Industry focuses on the development of multi-physics/scale modelling, optimisation, reliability, and prognostics and diagnostics technologies for advanced manufacturing process and products. The group is a codeveloper of the multi-physics modelling environment PHYSICA, as well as other software tools such as optimisation and risk analysis ROMARA. It has a suite of commercial modelling tools for micro-nano systems and access to a 90 processor, high-performance, parallel computing system and an embedded systems development facilities.


Acreo Swedish ICT AB is a non-profit research organisation fully owned by Swedish ICT Research, in turn is owned to 60% by a holding company RISE to the Swedish government. ACREO provides cutting-edge resources and technologies within sensors, power electronics, digital communication, printed electronics and life science. ACREO Swedish ICT has 145 employees located in Kista (HQ), Göteborg, Norrköping and Hudiksvall. ACREO Printed Electronics, located in Norrköping, employs 20 persons and has specialised in developing printed displays and electrochemical transistors as well as of materials from which the devices are made up and designed to be print compatible with each other.


ARTTIC is the leading European group providing consultancy and management services to international technology-related partnerships. ARTTIC provides services related exclusively to the set-up and management of European RTD collaborations, and has expertise in Security, IT, telecommunications, transport, education, health, bio-technologies, automotive industry, aeronautics, industrial technologies, new materials and microelectronics. The company has been successfully managing large-scale RTD projects since 1987, including more than 250 RTD projects and networks during previous framework programmes.