Along with EIT-funded projects covering Innovation, Education, Business Creation and RIS initiatives, EIT Manufacturing CLC Central has successfully applied for participation in several non-EIT-funded projects.
CLC Central is one of the consortium partners in the CO-VERSATILE project funded by the European Commission as part of the 1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response. In the fight against COVID-19, manufacturing and distributing vital medical equipment became a major challenge. Several unforeseen spikes in demand for essential medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) have been causing a greater urgency for supply chain optimisation and for deploying innovative approaches to scale up flexible and sustainable production methods. To protect European citizens and address the needs of the healthcare sector on short notice, the EU-funded CO-VERSATILE project aims to prepare Europe for managing pandemics by elevating the adaptability and resilience of the manufacturing sector. The goal is to offer manufacturing and logistics firms readily available and customisable solutions that enable them to boost the production of medical equipment. The ultimate objective is to ensure Europe’s preparedness to protect its citizens and respond quickly at times of crises. CLC Central leads communication, dissemination and stakeholder engagement and works closely with the consortium partners to identify business opportunity and exploit project results.
EuProGigant, the Austrian-German lighthouse project for Gaia-X in manufacturing, stands for “European Production Giganet for calamity avoiding self-orchestration of value chain and learning ecosystems”. CLC Central and CLC East are part of the binational project consortium, which consists of 16 Austrian and German partners working on questions related to the smart and sovereign use of data in manufacturing. The envisioned infrastructure is based on the principles of Gaia-X, a European federated and secure data infrastructure. The consortium is supported by the industrial committee, the intergenerational advisory board and the international scientific advisory board.
The goal of the project is the demonstration and scaling of a multi-location, digitally networked production ecosystem with resilient, data-driven and sustainable value creation to strengthen the pioneering role of the European industry. The project is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) with a total of ca. € 5 Mio. (total project volume € 8.5 Mio.). The project started on 1 March 2021 and will run for four years.