Lithuania

lituaniaResponsible: Gintaras Vilda
Director of LINPRA – Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania
gintaras.vilda@linpra.lt
National Contact Point: Tel. +370 5 231 2520

1 – General Information

TP Name

National Technology Platform Manufuture-Lithuania (in Lithuanian: NTP “Ateities gamyba”)

Contact person (national representative)

Mr Gintaras Vilda
Director of LINPRA – Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania
Tel: +370 5 231 2520
E-mail: gintaras.vilda@linpra.lt


2 – Coordinating institution

Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania LINPRA
Savanoriu pr. 176-803
LT-03154 Vilnius
Lithuania


3 – Technical objectives

NTP Manufuture Lithuania concerns industrial transformation of the Lithuanian engineering industries (comprising metalworking, machinery, automotive, electrotechnical and electronic sectors) as well as other sectors of manufacturing industries which are interrelated with the engineering sector by the used machinery, tooling, technologies, R&D or human resources. In order the Lithuanian engineering industries and related sectors to become and remain competitive on the global market, the following technical objectives are identified:
– to create infrastructure and to develop competence for continual monitoring, foresight and identification of priorities for development of the Lithuanian engineering industries and related sectors;
– to create necessary infrastructure and practice for R&D, implementation of innovative production methods and technologies as well as high added value niche products manufacturing activities;
– to ensure essential improvement of national system of all level of engineering education;
– to create necessary infrastructure and practice for both national and international networking at the company, business association and TP levels, including the business, lobbing, participation in FP 7, etc. activities.


4 – Relevance to nation economy

Engineering industries represents, in terms of GDP, the largest manufacturing sector of Lithuania, and thus its competitiveness and successful development is a key factor for all Lithuanian economy. So, the most important objective of the Lithuanian engineering industry is its industrial and business management transformation and application of state-of-the-art technologies and business models, as well as its integration in the EU and global high added value products manufacturing networks. NTP Manufuture activities, directly and indirectly, will stimulate development of other interrelated manufacturing industries, like food and wood processing, ICT, etc., as well as national education system.


5 – Sectors within the TP

– manufacturers of elements and functional mechatronic and telematic systems used in advanced manufacturing systems, market products and exploitation of technical infrastructure;
– producers of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment;
– producers of laser-based equipment and technologies, as well as other medical, precision and optical instruments;
– producers of components and elements for the automotive and other transport industry;
– producers of electrical, radio, television and communications equipment and appara


6 – ManuFuture pillars tackled by the TP

– New, added-value products and services: Yes
– New business models: Yes
– New advanced industrial engineering: Yes
– New emerging manufacturing science and technologies: Yes
– Transformation of existing R&D and education infrastructure to support world-class manufacturing: Yes


7 – Research & Development activities

AT EU LEVEL:

6th FRAMEWORK programme projects
– Micro and Nanotechnologies Going to Eastern Europe through Networking (MINAEAST-NET), INCO-CT-2004-510470
– A New Vision for the Participation of European SMEs in the Future e-Business Scenario (e-NVISION), 028067
– Enterprise Application Interoperability via Internet-Integration for SMEs, Governmental Organisations and Intermediaries in the New European Union (GENESIS), 027867

5th FRAMEWORK programme projects
– Research and Training Action for System on Chip Design (REASON), IST-2000-30193
– Sustainable Industrial Development: Capacity Strengthening of the Institute of Environmental Engineering (SID-APINI), G1MA-2002-04041

EUREKA programme projects
– Building of Advanced Freight Chains and Logistics Technology (LOGCHAIN+), E!2402

Leonardo da Vinci Programme projects
– Computerised Laboratory for Science and Technology Teaching (ComLab-SciTech)
– Fostering of Competitiveness of the Lithuanian engineering industries: placement of young specialists in the German companies

AT NATIONAL LEVEL:

Projects of national importance funded by EU Structural Funds
– Centre of Mechatronics Science, Studies and Information
– Centre of Nanotechnologies and New Materials
– National Laser Technology Centre at Vilnius University
– Distance Education ICT-based Network in Lithuania and Lithuanian Virtual Library

High-Technology projects funded by State Science and Studies Foundation
Mechatronics:
– High Technology and Equipment for Human Healthiness (HOMOTECH)
– High Technology and Equipment for Smart House (KOMOTECH)
– Development and Investigation of Precise Length Calibration Systems
– Development of Non-Invasive High Technologies for Monitoring of Craniospinal Compliance

Information technologies:
– Mobile Decisions of Public Information and Transport
– Real-Time Decision Making in Business Systems Using Simulations

Nanotechnologies and electronics:
– Organic Electronics Materials and Technologies for the New Generation Displays
– Development and Implementation of New Technologies of Microrelief Formation (MINATECH)

Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) Under development


8 – Stake holders

Membership in NTP:
– 25 Companies from the engineering industries and related sectors
– 5 Universities and Institutes
– 1 Science &Technology Park
– 1 Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania LINPRA (77 members)

Interaction with global companies:
– ABB
– Yazaki
– Brown&Sharpe
– Panther
– Hexagon Metrology S.p.A.
– Kitron
– Nokia
– Schmitz Cargobull


9 – Geographical localization (map, localization of participants):

Activities of the NTP Manufuture-Lithuania are covering all territory of Lithuania, with major concentration in the industrial centres like Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai, Panevezys, Alytus and Marijampole.

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10 – Interactions with other NRTPs

Since most of the Lithuanian NTP are under establishment or established recently, consultations on co-operation and co-ordination of activities between them and NTP Manufuture – Lithuania are being held for the moment.


11 – Special national programmes

Project “Building Capacities of the Association LINPRA to Promote Competitiveness and Business Internationalisation of the Lithuanian Engineering Industries” is prepared, and appropriate application for the Structural Funds’ support is under evaluation at the Ministry of Economy now.


12 – Funding instruments

– National Support and Structural Support Funds – Ministry of Economy (through research grants, ordered projects and targeted projects)
– Ministry of Education and Science
– FP6, etc.
– EFS (European Social Fund)