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Aerospace Valley, Tecnalia to support 4 new EIT Manufacturing projects

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology wants to develop high tech companies in Europe

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Aerospace Valley, Tecnalia, Volkswagen and a number of European academic institutions are launching 4 innovative projects in the frame of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

In order to strengthen Europe’s ability to innovate, the European Union launched a unique initiative in 2008 by creating the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which is divided into several Knowledge Innovation Communities or KICs, addressing different activities.

Created in 2018, EIT Manufacturing is the KIC dedicated to manufacturing and includes 50 partners – industries, academics and research labs – from 17 countries. Aerospace Valley, one of the founding members (and the only French competitiveness clusters to be part of an EIT as a founding-member) is the only representative of the French aerospace industry.

After its first call for proposals last year, EIT Manufacturing has confirmed the funding of 4 ambitious and innovative projects, in which Aerospace Valley and a number of leading European companies play a key role, either as a driver or as a partner.

Aerospace Valley
Aerospace Valley is a French cluster of aerospace engineering companies and research centers. The cluster is located in the regions of Occitanie and Nouvelle Aquitaine in the southwest of France and is mainly concentrated in and around the cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse. The over 500 affiliated companies (including Airbus, Air France Industries and Dassault Aviation) are responsible for some 120,000 jobs in the aviation and space flight industries. In addition, some 8,500 researchers are active within the affiliated companies and institutions.

The aim of these 4 projects is to develop high-technology European companies with strong growth potential, by enabling them to access new fields and by increasing their visibility on the European market. Since January, and for one year, dedicated teams composed of researchers, academics and manufacturers will support over one hundred promising technological companies:

Soft Dream

This project, in partnership with Aerospace Valley, aims at developing software tools that will help to fully exploit the capacities of hybrid Additive Manufacturing, in order to master costs and time for large scale manufacturing of thermoplastic, metallic and multi-material parts. The results will allow developing flexibility and reactiveness, while reducing production, manufacturing and prototyping times, particularly in the manufacturing, automotive, aeronautic and building industries.

This project is coordinated by the RISE research institute (Sweden), in partnership with ESTIA engineering school (France), Volkswagen (Germany) and the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany).


Also in partnership with Aerospace Valley, this project aims at developing a new generation of solutions for batteries and engines for electric aircraft, thanks to optimized use of materials that combine cost and weight reduction, corrosion resistance, strength and fast manufacturing. The digitalization of this new production process will lead to the creation of a platform aimed at developing a network across Europe and the world.

This project is coordinated by the University of Aalto (Finland), in partnership with ESI Group (virtual prototyping – France) and Inegi (Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering – Portugal).

Gazelle accelerator

Led by Aerospace Valley, this project aims at accelerating the development of 50 future « Gazelles » (high potential SMEs and start-ups), which will be selected according to their complementarity and links in order to offer a global and innovative solution addressing specific needs of major industry leaders.

A partnership between Tecnalia Ventures (Spain), the CEA, the University of Technology of Delft (Netherlands), LINPRA (association of engineering companies in Lithuania) and LMS-univ. Patras (laboratory for manufacturing and automation systems of the University of Patras – Greece).


Led by Tecnalia Ventures (Spain), in partnership with Aerospace Valley, this project aims at creating an innovation center for the industry of the future, which will enable 20 selected start-ups and SMEs to benefit from an action plan and a personalized follow-up, so they can set up a new 4.0 managing

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