The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Manufacturing Co-Location Centre East based in Vienna, Austria, and the Austrian technology platform for Additive Manufacturing (AM-Austria) have signed a cooperation agreement to jointly advance innovation in Europe.
EIT Manufacturing is an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU framework programme for research and innovation, supporting the development of dynamic Europe-wide partnerships between leading companies, research institutes and universities.
The EIT brings together close to sixty organisations including Volkswagen, Volvo, Darmstadt University of Technology, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), RISE, Siemens, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Phillips, Procter & Gamble, Whirlpool Europe, Fraunhofer, INESCTEC and LMS Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation.
The partnership with AM-Austria will enable future work on global challenges and strengthen the production industry through collaboration and initiatives. In the future, AM-Austria will complement the extensive network of EIT Manufacturing with the Austrian Additive Manufacturing industry.
Hannes Hunschofsky, Managing Director of EIT Manufacturing East, commented, “EIT Manufacturing aims to create dynamic partnerships to realise our vision and mission along the knowledge triangle – Innovation, Business Creation, and Education – in an even better way. The cooperation with AM-Austria strengthens and enriches our extensive network by the expertise in 3D printing and helps us serve the Austrian ecosystem, as well as the other countries of the CLC East region even better and additionally create joint synergies.”
AM Austria is a non-profit association established in 2018 to promote and support the Austrian AM industry. The technology platform has more than seventy members from industry, research and trade and pursues the goal of developing Austria into an innovative pioneer in the Additive Manufacturing field. Members include 3YOURMIND, CADS Additive, EOS, Fraunhofer Austria, RHP Technology and voestalpine, along with others from the AM supply chain.
“The cooperation agreement represents a further important step in the internationalisation of the technology platform AM-Austria,” stated Dr Johannes Homa, president of AM-Austria. “With EIT Manufacturing, we now have a strong and competent partner on our side, with whom we not only share our values but also pursue a common agenda.”