Project partners

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies and services for the pulp, paper, and energy industries. Valmet Technologies Inc. had 10726 employees around the world and net sales of 3 102 M€ at the end of 2018. Valmet’s head office is in Espoo, Finland, and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ Helsinki.

Valmet’s mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. Valmet continuously renews existing product portfolio while developing innovative solutions that improve our customers’ performance and create new revenue streams for both customers and Valmet.

Valmet has approximately 400 full-time R&D professionals working across its businesses and Valmet launches around 100 new products to the market every year. With the “Leader in technology and innovation” Must-Win, Valmet is focusing on developing and providing products and services that reduce customers’ operating and investment costs, while developing solutions that better meet their needs.

Provides electrical testing for material development and device qualification and cuts down time to market of its customer’s new products by offering new testing concepts and system solutions.

Applied Materials Italia SRL (AMAT) is the world leader in equipment for screen printing, handling equipment, and laser for the photovoltaic industry. The know-how of Applied Materials Italia is protected by many patents, and several others are filed or under filing, thanks to a great R&D effort carried out both internally (by using Applied Materials R&D workforce and network) and externally, in collaboration with R&D institutions around the world and with its customers. AMAT expertise in the crystalline silicon solar cell field ranges from screen printing (where it is by far the worldwide market leader) to laser processes and systems, to test and sort equipment.

AT&S is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end printed circuit boards (PCB). AT&S industrializes leading-edge technologies for its business segments mobile devices & substrates, automotive & aviation, industrial electronics, medical & healthcare and advanced packaging.

The AT&S Group has production facilities in Europe and Asia. The Group has recently inaugurated the new high-tech plant in Chongqing in China, entering the IC substrate business as part of a collaboration agreement with a leading global semiconductor manufacturer. AT&S employs around 9,900 people worldwide. Each of the plants concentrates on a specific portfolio of technologies.

Beneq is a leading supplier of Atomic Layer Deposition equipment and thin film coating services, and the world’s premier manufacturer of thin film electroluminescent displays. Beneq provides ALD services for the whole life cycle of the customers’ products, from thin film development services to research equipment and industrial thin film solutions and lifecycle services. Beneq has 156 employees and revenue in 2018 was 24 million euros.

Beneq has introduced ALD technology into multiple new application areas and industries. Beneq has a very strong ALD Development Service team with 12 ALD experts (half of them PhD, half MSc) and approx. 15 ALD systems in their use. This team is serving 50+ customers per year in developing ALD solutions for their needs.

Besi Austria GmbH (Besi AT) forms part of the larger Dutch group BE Semiconductor Industries, N.V., an international group of companies operating in the assembly and packaging sector of the semiconductor industry. Besi AT’s main area of expertise is the development of leading-edge high-precision and high-flexibility assembly processes and die-handling equipment for flip-chip and multi-chip substrate and wafer-level packaging applications in a wide range of end-user markets including electronics, mobile internet, cloud server, computing, automotive, industrial, LED and solar energy, with over 25 years’ experience.

Besi Netherlands B.V. (Besi NL) is engaged in the development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and service of semiconductor assembly equipment for the global semiconductor and electronics industries. Besi’s customers are primarily leading multinational chip manufacturers, assembly subcontractors and electronics and industrial companies. Besi Netherlands BV is part of Besi NV which is a leading assembly equipment supplier with #1 and #2 positions in key markets and 32% addressable market share. Besi NL has a broad portfolio for die attachment, packaging, and plating, combined with strong strategic positioning in substrate and wafer level packaging. Global manufacturing operations are located in 6 countries with 1,695 employees worldwide.

Founded as Océ Technologies in 1877, Canon Production Printing (CPP) is a global leader in digital imaging, industrial printing and collaborative business services. Many Fortune 500 companies and leading commercial printers use CPP solutions for wide format printing, high-speed production printing and document-related business services. In 2009, Canon and Océ joined to become a global leader in the printing and imaging industry. CPP employs 3,000 specialists at innovation and technology centers in Europe, North America and Asia. CPP is headquartered in Venlo (NL), right in the heart of Europe’s hi-tech corridor. CPP operates a global network of R&D centers to connect emerging digital print technologies to future markets. Canon Production Printing Netherlands B.V. is also located in Venlo and facilitates the largest R&D center.

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The National Interuniversity Consortium for Nanoelectronics (IUNET) consists of 11 Italian Universities active in the field of Electronic Technologies and, in particular, physics, modeling, characterization, design and reliability of micro- and nano-electronic components for digital and analog applications, optoelectronic and power devices, sensors and biosensors, renewable energy production facilities, energy harvesting and energy storage. The consortium units are the Politecnici of Milan and Turin and the Universities of Bologna, Calabria, Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Padua, Perugia, Pisa, Rome “La Sapienza” and Udine.

Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA (CSEM) is a private, not-for-profit Swiss research and technology organisation. It develops innovative technology platforms through five strategic programmes corresponding to the domains in which the Centre has acquired, over the years, a national and international reputation: microsystems, ultra-low-power integrated systems, surface engineering, systems and photovoltaics.

CSEM delivers advanced technologies and unique R&D services to the industrial sector, thereby reinforcing the sector’s competitive advantage. Supported by federal and cantonal authorities CSEM bridges the gap between academic findings and industrial requirements.

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, TUD) is one of the world-wide leading universities focusing on fundamental and applied R&D to address various key society needs. EKL (Else Kooi Laboratory) is one of the top institutes focusing on “More than Moore” technologies, with more than 250 PhD and Postdoc researchers. EKL is in the unique position to lead future development of heterogeneous system integration, mainly due to its first-class cleanroom facilities, leading expertise and strong industrial partnership, covering the entire product chain from silicon die towards packaged system. Integration technology connects the research activities of other research partners focusing on e.g. Power electronics, Smart Sensors, MEMS, software and systems.

E+E Elektronik G.m.b.H. is a worldwide active supplier of sensors and sensor systems for environmental parameters. E+E’s Headquarter is based in Austria where R&D as well as production is done. The focus on environmental parameters is connected on the one hand side with a deep understanding of a lot of different measurement applications and on the other side based on an in-house calibration lab covering all of the sensor parameters. In a number of fields E+E even acts as the Austrian NMI thus providing measurement values on the highest possible level. E+E has experience in the product domain of industrial measurement as well as harsh environments like explosive environment.

The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung E.V. is one of the leading organizations of applied research in Europe, undertaking contract research on behalf of industry, the service sector and government. At present, the organization maintains 67 Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany, with a staff of around 24,000 scientists and engineers. Fraunhofer IZM (Institute for Reliability and Microintegration), Fraunhofer brings one of Europe´s renown R&D partners in the field of microintegration and packaging to the consortium.

Stichting IMEC Nederland is one of the pillars of the Holst Centre on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Transducer Solutions and Systems-in-Foil. A key feature of the Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia based around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilisation that enables Host Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.

Stichting IMEC Nederland has around 125 employees from over 20 nationalities. It conducts applied research in the field of Wireless Autonomous Transducer Solutions (WATS), aiming at delivering miniaturized, all-integrated autonomous and wireless devices. Two innovation themes are investigated: “connected health solutions (CHS)” and “internet of things (IoT)”. These are based on its longstanding expertise and excellent track record in radio technology, wireless sensing, ultra-low power, electronics, body area networks, and diagnostics.

InnoSenT GmbH is specialized in the development and series production of radar sensors since their founding in 1999. The industrial market sector is their most important pillar next to the automotive area. In the growth market of radar applications in vehicles, they occupy a leading position with their industrial standard and customer-specific solutions. InnoSenT has already sold over 50 million sensors, making it one of the world’s largest manufacturers of radar sensors. The product line comprises analogue frontends in the frequency bands between 24GHz and 81GHz as well as integrated solutions with signal processing.

Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Lapland UAS, LUAS) is a higher education establishment which has campuses in three different cities in North Finland: Rovaniemi, Kemi and Tornio. The turnover of Lapland UAS is about 43 million euros and the volume of research, development and innovation activities is about 8 million euros. The number of employees is 470 persons. The university is providing bachelor and master level degrees having 5200 students in different fields of education: Technology and transport; Natural resources and the environment; Business and administration; Social services, health and sport; Culture; Tourism, catering and domestic services. Lapland UAS has an important role as regional developer through education, research, development and innovation activities.

The mis­sion of the Insti­tute is to con­duct the basic and applied rese­arch in the field of semi­con­duc­tor elec­tro­nics and phy­sics in order to deve­lop and com­mer­cia­lise inno­va­tive micro- and nano­tech­no­lo­gies and their appli­ca­tions in semi­con­duc­tor micro­elec­tro­nics, opto­elec­tro­nics, pho­to­nics and micro­me­cha­nics.

Luna Geber Engineering s.r.l. is a spin-off company of the University of Perugia, funded in January 2019 by Luca Roselli and three early stage engineers (Gianmaria Bernacchia, Natascia Carlini and Fabio Gelati). Luna Geber Engineering inherited the thirty-year standing experience in the development of RF and microwave systems for telecommunication and telemetry; fostering this heritage by incorporating the most advanced technological trends in IoT technologies (last generation electronic devices, protocols for IoT, adoption of eco-friendly solutions such as recyclable and compostable materials, energy harvesting and wireless power transfer).

The Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH (MCL) is the leading Austrian institution in the field of Applied Materials Science with around 150 employees. MCL is the coordinator of the COMET K2 Center on “Integrated research in Materials, Processing and Product Engineering (MPPE)” which focuses on the application of advanced materials along the whole value chain including materials development, materials processing, fabrication of components, and the behaviour of components in service. Within the framework of this COMET K2 Center MCL coordinates a research team comprising members from more than 40 scientific partner institutions and more than 80 partner companies. MCL is very experienced in material analysis, thermo-mechanical simulations of 3D integrated components, new models for load- and lifecycle calculations, and new co-design approaches in order to reduce product development time.

Nome Oy is founded in 2005 and specialized in predictive maintenance and condition monitoring. We have carried out thousands of condition monitoring measurements at customer sites and helped our customer as specialist in predictive maintenance. 2011 Nome Oy started developing NMAS (Nome condition monitoring system) and since technology has been used in several demanding condition monitoring solutions.

Nome Oy has good capabilities to test high frequency measurements in demanding environments wired and wirelessly. We can also provide wireless data transfer, data analysis and cloud database for pilot case needs.

PacTech – Packaging Technologies GmbH, a group member of Nagase & Co., Ltd., is a leading provider of subcontractor services for wafer level packaging and a manufacturer of equipment for advanced packaging.

For 23 years PacTech offers wafer bumping services for high volume production or low volume quick turn out of Nauen, Germany (HQ), Santa Clara, CA, USA and Penang, Malaysia. All three manufacturing facilities have a wafer bumping capacity of 600,000 wafers each per year and are capable of handling wafers up to 300mm. At present the company has about 400 employees.

Qplox Engineering started as spin-off from NXP semiconductors. Currently Qplox employs more than 20 engineers in its Belgian headquarter, with a background in electronic systems, electronics applied software and semiconductors. Qplox is Based in Leuven (BE), with offices in Barcelona (Spain), and Eindhoven, The Netherlands (opening soon).

QPlox core business resides in the design of customized electronic test benches. Those benches have been used for test and characterization of the most innovative sensor technologies, designed by global players like AMS, NXP, Analog Devices, Melexis or IMEC.

Quantavis s.r.l. is an SME based in Livorno, Italy, originally founded as a spin-off of the FP5 NanoTCAD project coordinated by the University of Pisa. Quantavis is specialized in software-as-a-service solutions for the Semiconductor Industry (on-demand nanotechnology CAD) and in vertical solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things. Quantavis participated in EC project in FP6, in FP7 and in h2020, and in contract research projects with the main European semiconductor companies. Quantavis’ present offer in the Internet of Things market consists in the provision of software design tools and licensing of IP for integrated circuits, hardware and firmware for microprocessor-based sensor boards.

Reden BV is a SME founded in 2001 and specialized in modelling & simulation as a service. We use different high-end tools like ABAQUS, StarCCM, ESI, OPENFOAM, ANIFORM, Python to create models for our customers. With validated models we perform DoE’s (Design of Experiments). Using these models, our goal is to describe the relation between the design and performance of products and processes. With this knowledge, our own software package MrReves can be used to calculate and explore the design space, leading to insight, understanding and optimal design. Our experts possess relevant specializations in the field of mechanical engineering, from fluid dynamics to software engineering.

Riga Technical University (RTU) is the largest academic and research body in Latvia, which is composed of 9 faculties, 1 high school of engineering, several dedicated research laboratories and facilities. RTU serves approx. 15,000 students, where around 10% are international students mainly coming from countries outside EU. Annual turnover of RTU is around 50 MEUR, where ~50% are state budget support for research and education, while the remaining 50% are externally earned including ERDF co-funded and H2020 projects. The overall number of academic and research personnel is ~ 1,300 employees, from which around 700 are lead researchers, researchers, research assistants. 

The core business activity of JSC SAF Tehnika is the design, production and distribution of microwave radio data transmission equipment thus offering an alternative to cable channels. The Group offers products to mobile network operators, data service providers (such as Internet service providers and telecommunications companies), as well as state institutions and private companies. SAF Tehnika manufactures top quality microwave radios, series of world’s smallest microwave spectrum analysers and solutions for wireless environmental monitoring (under the brand name Aranet) with a global presence in over 130 countries.

Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering group offering products and services that enhance customer productivity, profitability and safety. We hold world-leading positions in selected areas – tools and tooling systems for metal cutting; equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries; products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys as well as products for industrial heating. In 2019, the Group had approximately 40,000 employees and sales of 100 billion SEK in more than 150 countries within continuing operations.

Approximately 2,100 people are employed in Finland. Sandvik employs 1,300 people in Tampere, 650 in Turku, 150 in Lahti. Over 95% of the equipment manufactured in Finland is exported. where The Sandvik Tampere site manufactures underground and surface drill rigs, also technology and competence centers, as well as test mine is in Tampere. Loaders and dump trucks for construction and mining industries are manufactured in Turku, where operates competence and electrification centers for Load and Haul operations. The Lahti Plant produces hydraulic hammers and excavator attachments. They also have competence and technology centers for hammers, screens and feeders in Lahti.

SmartMotion s.r.o. is a young and dynamic company dealing with mechanical engineering. Apart from that, our company focuses on other areas of mechanical engineering such as mechatronic systems, robotic, special purpose and special machines, UAV systems and sustainable mobility, which is related to the area of devices for the disabled people. Together with our construction activities, we offer prototype production in our own workshop, where appropriate, in cooperation with our partners.

SSH pioneered secure access in 1995 by introducing the original Secure Shell protocol. Over 20 years later we are still committed to innovation in secure access to protect our customers’ digital core. New digital environments with dynamic cloud architecture, lean and agile processes and connected devices make our patented technologies, industry-leading expertise and secure access solutions essential components of the data-driven era.

SSH is one of the world’s most trusted and familiar security brands. We serve organizations that like us think good is not good enough. Our technology is used in over 90% of the world’s data centres, and our solutions are trusted by over 40% of Fortune 500 companies, including the world’s biggest banks and industrials.

Sylvac SA is based in French-speaking Switzerland, a region described as the cradle of cutting-edge microtechnology. Sylvac SA develops, designs and manufactures digital measuring systems, machines and instruments for industrial use. Drawing on a resourceful mix of expertise in electronics, mechanics, software and metrology, our high-precision products are renowned for their innovation and highly prized Swiss quality.

Despite its modest size in global terms, Sylvac SA has become one of the world’s leading companies in the field of dimensional measurement. Sylvac products are distributed across over 50 countries by a network of loyal representatives who offer them to their customers, among which the trust of several prestigious brands.

Tampereen korkeakoulusäätiö sr was created on 1 January 2019 as a merger of Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and University of Tampere (UTA). Multidisciplinary, foundation-based Tampere University is Finland’s second-largest university. TAU conducts scientific research in technology, health and society and provides the highest education within these fields. Tampere University Foundation that operates as Tampere University is also the majority shareholder of Tampere University of Applied Sciences. This new higher education community in Tampere consists of 30,000 students, 330 professors and 4,400 employees.

Chemnitz University of Technology: Established in 1836 as Royal Mercantile College, it soon developed into an academic institution removed for its strong contributions to mechanical and electrical engineering. In 1986, it became Technical University. Today, it has over 10,000 students at the following eight faculties: Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Computer Science, Economics and Business Administration, Humanities and Behavior, Social Sciences. The group of Prof. Rzepka at TU Chemnitz focuses on research and development in the field of thermo-mechanical reliability of electronics components and smart systems with partners in Germany, Europe and worldwide.

TIPb v.o.f., founded in 2004, is a spin-off company that originated from the former working group Process Analysis & Chemometrics at the University of Amsterdam. The application and transfer of scientific knowledge is therefore reflected in the abbreviation that TIPb stands for: Applied Industrial Process Control (Dutch: ‘Technisch-Industriële Procesbeheersing). The company mission of TIPb is to improve and monitor large-scale physical / chemical production processes by analysing readily available process data in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology.

Headquartered in the Jura region of Switzerland, Tornos SA, a manufacturer of automatic turning machines, is a pioneer of sliding headstock technology or Swiss-type automatic lathes. Since 1880, this region has developed as a provider of high-precision automatic turning machines to the world. Tornos primarily manufactures CNC sliding headstock automatic turning machines, cam or numerically controlled multi-spindle machines and machining centres for complex workpieces requiring high-precision machining. Because the high precision turning sector is subject to stringent standards governing quality, precision and productivity, it is little surprise that these Swiss strengths come from the same part of the world. Tornos has 700 employees worldwide.

ÚJV Řež a.s. was founded in 1955. Its original mission was to engage in basic research in nuclear physics, readiochemistry, and nuclear energy, and to produce radioisotopes. The company’s range of activities has extended over time. Presently, the company delivers a wide range of expertise and services to nuclear power plant operators in the Czech Republic and other countries. The present priority of ÚJV Řež is nuclear power engineering, i.e. support of the operating units and preparation of new nuclear units. In addition, the company focuses on conventional energy, heating, including so-called small energy and renewable resources. ÚJV Řež fully cover the entire service chain of radioactive waste management.

University of West Bohemia (UWB) was founded in 1991 as a result of the merged College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and the Faculty of Education. The university now has 9 faculties, 62 departments and 130 study programmes, with 11,000 students in several technical fields, humanities, arts, and the field of health care. UWB is established in Czech Republic as one of key providers of custom machine design for diverse industrial sectors, including automotive and CNC machining.

The Würth Elektronik Group (WE) is an allied company within the Würth Group. With 23 production sites worldwide, it is one of the most successful business units of the Würth Group. WE has about 8,000 employees worldwide and generated global sales of € 1.09 billion in 2021. Würth Elektronik operates internationally with its three company areas Electronic & Electromechanical Components (eiSos), Circuit Boards (CBT) and Intelligent Power and Control Systems (ICS) in various markets. Würth Elektronik Circuit Board Technology is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of printed circuit boards. The production plants are specialized in the production of small to medium quantities of printed circuit boards with all prevalent surfaces.