Mechatronics Alliance

Working tables have been organized on May 16-17, 2018 in Linz, the region capital of Upper Austria with the title “Invitation: European Mechatronics Alliance Kick-Off Meeting”. 

Europe is experiencing an era of exponential technical change, because there are many societal challenges arising from the transition to Industry 4.0, and all this is happening in the context of an uncertain global political climate. Mechatronics-related companies are starting to provide solutions for some of these big challenges, mostly regions with a large industrial base. 

There are several existing initiatives across Europe encouraging collaboration at the academic level, but there is no alliance encouraging the development of mechatronics at the level where it has the largest impact, namely at a regional cluster level.

Today, European funding mechanisms work on several levels, but when the current framework programs finish in 2020, the next program will be set up differently. In the next framework program interregional funding will establish to stimulate collaboration between clusters within different countries. It will not be bound to specific border regions but, instead, to a specific technological goal.

The Mechatronics-Cluster Upper Austria and the Province of Noord-Brabant propose to set up an European Alliance of regional clusters with significant activities in mechatronics. In its initial phase, the goal will be to optimize the use of existing infrastructure and knowhow in these regional clusters. The alliance can serve as a platform to make optimal use of existing programs such as Interreg Europe and the cross border interregional programs.



Day 1 - Wednesday, 16th May 2018

09:00 Registration at voestalpine Stahlwelt – Panorama Café voestalpine-Str. 4 , 4020 Linz, Austria.

09:15  – Welcome and introduction - The Broad Vision of the Alliance. Why is it Needed and what will it do? Bert Pauli, Vice Governor Economics of Noord-Brabant and Christian Altmann, Head of Clusterland

09:30 Cluster Introductions Presentation per partner (about 20 minutes each)

12:30 Lunch break

14:00 Joint discussion – Kick-off of the 1st European Mechatronics Alliance

- Presentation about EC Joint Research Centre support for scoping paper, Fatime Barbara Heygi PhD

- Opportunities & Synergies between existing regions. Finding relevant partners

- Needs & Goals

15:30 Coffee-Break

16:00 Thematic workshops - Identification of common topics to foster innovation in mechatronics/advanced manufacturing

- Mechanical / Electrical engineering

- Production – Industry 4.0

- Service and Maintenance

17:30 Wrap-Up Day 1 and discussion of Next Steps

19:00 Ars Electronica Center Linz incl. guided tour of the building and dinner at the restaurant Cubus (in the same building)


Day 2 - Thursday, 17th May 2018

09:00 Pick up at the hotel, transfer and visit to the

- Mechatronics Institutes of the Johannes Kepler University

- LCM - Linz Center of Mechatronics

12:30 Lunch Break

14:00 Transfer to Wels and visit to the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

- Center of Excellence for Smart Production

We hope both visits will enable an intensive exchange of experiences with the research community representatives of Upper Austria!

17:00 Transfer back to the hotel in Linz / Departure



Attending organizations: 

Elmar Paireder, Manager Mechatronics-Cluster – Upper Austria

Onno Huiskamp, Technology & International Cooperation Advisor – Province Noord Brabant

The goal of the Working Table Mechatronics Alliance was foster innovation in the field of Advanced Manufacturing with building a European-wide alliance, where specific topics are hosted by regional representatives. These hosts are responsible for setting up new projects 

From 17.06.2018 to 18.06.2018, 18 mechatronics initiatives from 10 countries, including Slovakia, Romania, Great Britain, Italy, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Germany and Austria have met in Austria in Linz. The meeting was organized by the “Mechatronic Cluster OÖ” (Upper Austria) together with the Dutch mechatronics network to widen the impact out of NUCLEI. The aim of this meeting was to explore innovative technologies across borders and to promote cooperation. 


In the beginning of the event, Elmar Paireder, the manager of the Upper Austrian mechatronics cluster and Christian Altmann, the Clusterland manager, welcomed the guests. Furthermore, Christian Altmann talked about the high importance of innovative mechatronic technologies for the whole European industry as well as about their influence on the entire competitiveness in Europe. 

In the first part of the working table, the participating networks and enterprises introduced themselves with a short presentation. Every network reported about their current topics, priorities and expectations. On the basis of the presentations of the individual representatives, concrete topics were identified in the areas of research and development, production and management support, to which the participants have assigned themselves accordingly. 


After lunch, pre-existing initiatives such as the LCM's Symspace platform were presented and an exchange of experiences of a sustainable collaboration took place. Another important point was the cooperative development and implementation of innovation projects involving scientific institutions and enterprises. Subsequently, the identified organizational expectations and goals for a Europe-wide mechatronics alliance were concretized in a workshop. An important point for the participants was, above all, the establishment of technology-oriented platforms for transnational knowledge transfer in order to be able to make use of synergy potential. In addition, an attempt has been made to create a thematic map, which focuses on the research priorities of the individual regions. The first day ended with an exciting tour through the Ars Electronica Center, where they demonstrated where the technological journey could be in the future.


On the second day of the working table the major activity was the visit of the Upper Austrian research institutes in the field of mechatronics. The approximately 30 participants were able to gain a good impression of the local mechatronics competence in the Linz Center of Mechatronics, at the Johannes-Kepler-University and in the Excellence Center for Smart Production of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Specific examples were the robotics department of the LCM, the metal 3D-printing research at the University of Applied Sciences Wels as well as the developments of the JKU in the field of digital hydraulic valves and non-destructive digital material testing.


All in all a format like an alliance could ensure to foster innovation on an transnational level as well as to establish a sustainable platform within Advanced Manufacturing.


The participants were able to get in contact with representatives of other networks and branche-related institutions. In detail on following expectations/aspects will be focused:

-          Foster Cooperation ( R&D-projects / international cooperation / Matchmaking / partnerships along the value-chain)   HOST: Hightech NL

-          -Technology & Exchange Platform (Symspace Platform / development of an Digital Innovation

-          Hub / Access2Knowledge / crossboarder activities /

-          development of new R&R-infrastructure)  HOST:

LCM/MC Upper Austria

-          Business Opportunities (integration of industry, research and education / sustainable development / market-pull) HOST: SWHEC

Identified common topis (in line with NUCLEI-topics)

-          Engineering (prototyping, systems engineering, product development, digital twins, vocational training)

-          Production (additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics, IoT, Industry4.0, sensors/actuators, smart mobility)

-          Management/Suppert (digital company, big data, new business models, self optimization, sales/services)

All participants agreed to cooperate more closely on these topics in the future


4.0 Tech Meetup

PWR has organized the Working Table "4.0 Tech Meetup" on March 28, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland. 

Politechnika Wrocławska (PWR) was organizing a Tech Meet Up in collaboration with 3YOURMIND, the Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Heart Warsaw. 

4.0 Tech Meetup was a meeting to build a network of company knowledge and relationships. Believing that the most interesting and noble ideas come to mind during conversations with people, the organizers came up with an idea, by gathered in one place, Professional and enthusiasts of new technologies.

The focus was on Industry 4.0 and new manufacturing technologies like 3D Printing. Some renowned speakers, e.g. from 3D Center, VSHAPER, Evatronix, Elmodis, VIX and Bibus Menos, have been invited to share their experience and knowledge regarding the trends in Industry 4.0.


17.00 Guest registration 

17.30 Opening of the Meetup - NUCLEI and 3YOURMIND

17.40 Pawel Zakrzewski, GE Aviation / EDC 

17.55 Krzysztof Nowak, 3D Center

18.05 Marcin Szymanski, VSHAPER

18.15 Wojciech Sakowski, Evatronix 

18.25 Adam Komarnicki, Elmodis

18.35 Tomasz Weis, Bibus Menos 

18.45 Mariusz Benna, VIX Automation

18.55 Q&A

19.00-22.00 networking session & refreshments


Open innovation 2.0

️PWR will host a seminar on "Open Innovation 2.0" on December 15, 2017 at the Knowledge and Science and Technology Information Center of the Wrocław University of Technology.

Thematic scope of the seminar:

open innovation – management philosophy based on the opening up of organizations for suppliers, employees and customers to generate value for the organization,

open innovation 2.0 – development of open innovation by technological elements and deeper integration in the value chain,

crowdsourcing – presentation of the concept with examples of implementations

alternative finance – presentation of financing opportunities that can be implemented in corporations, SMEs and start-ups.

Speakers: Karol Król, Marco Battistella


Innovation management: Scientific teams’ approach

Working tables covered the following topics:

- Additive manufacturing (SLM, SLS, EBM, FDM, LC, SL and hybrid manufacturing)

- Industry 4.0 (Cyber-Physical Systems, Internet of Things and Services, Big Data, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence)

- Robotics (collaborative robotics, robotics for machine tool industry)

- Materials (advanced materials, nanomaterials, smart materials, new materials)

- Production processes (value chain for new technologies, supply chain integration, modelling, simulation, digitalized business models)


Representetives from below RTD organisations and innovation support initiatives:

- Fraunhofer IWS

- Centre of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

- Reverse Engineering Lab

- TU Dresden Med

- Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

- BadMat Materials Research Lab

- Rapid Prototyping Lab

- Production Management Group

- Machine Vision Laboratory

- Quality Management Group

- Automation and Robotics Laboratory

- UPEER (Ukrainian Platform for Excellence in Education and Research)



- TRANS3net

- InnoPeer AVM

- Polish Association for Production Management


Participants expressed their experiences with innovation management, exchanged best practices and discussed on challenges connected with innovation management in a research.

Some ideas about new project applications were discussed few mutual research ideas were choosen (Machine Vision Laboratory + Quality management group; Automation and Robotics Laboratory + Production Management Group).



int'l RTD


tech fields


R&I organisations


Open Innovation 2.0

PWR organized a seminar on "Open Innovation 2.0" on December 15, 2017 at the Knowledge and Science and Technology Information Center of the Wrocław University of Technology.


Thematic scope of the seminar:

open innovation – management philosophy based on the opening up of organizations for suppliers, employees and customers to generate value for the organization,

open innovation 2.0 – development of open innovation by technological elements and deeper integration in the value chain,

crowdsourcing – presentation of the concept with examples of implementations

alternative finance – presentation of financing opportunities that can be implemented in corporations, SMEs and start-ups.


Karol Król suggested practical aspects related to OI from the economic and legal points of view and some best practices regarding crowdsourcing and crowdfunding.

Marco Battistella gave a speech on Open Innovation in the process of inspiring new concepts, talents and technologies by knowledge sourcing and activating collaborations with experts.



Karol Król

Introduction to OI 2.0 - crowdfunding and crowdsourcing in business

t2i technology transfer and innovation

Marco Battistella

Scouting innovation results for knowledge sourcing and collaboration with experts.



Innovation management: Strategy for Additive Manufacturing Technologies

Transnational working tables have been organized on Dec 8, 2017 with companies and partners interested in additive manufacturing as follow up of AMMeeting 2017.

The meeting was a follow-up of Nuclei Open Seminar on Additive Manufacturing that was held within Additive Manufacturing Meeting in June 2017. It was a great opportunity for networking and establishing new contacts.

Nuclei Project was presented to wider audience. Also the results surveys collected during Open Seminar and Additive Manufacturing Meeting in June were presented.

During the meeting surveys were provided to participants. Open Innovation, Internet of Things and Services as well as Human-Machine Interface are topics of main interest. Most of responders stated that they are interested in taking part in other activities in projects, especially regional and international seminars.


Attending RTD organisations:

Fraunhofer IWS
Centre of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
Reverse Engineering Lab
BadMat Materials Research Lab
Rapid Prototyping Lab
UPEER (Ukrainian Platform for Excellence in Education and Research)
BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg





large companies


research organisations


Additive Manufacturing

Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies - Fraunhofer Project Center CAMT-FPC from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology together with the NUCLEI project team organized Additive Manufacturing Meeting.

There were 140 participants (including representatives of 40 industrial companies), 15 exhibitors and 18 speakers i.e. from Germany and Italy. 28 guests of the event participated also in the special NUCLEI workshop on innovative technologies in industry.

Participants were also provided with information regarding the benefits and goals of the NUCLEI project which seems to have aroused their interest!

28 participants

from research organizations and industrial companies exchanged experiences and discussed their needs and competences

6 thematic fields

Additive Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Open Innovation, Production Processes, Materials and Robotics


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