Responsible: VEŽA Ivica
National Contact Point: Tel. +38521305777

1- General Information

TP Name

Dalmatian Technological Platform of Production Processes (ManuFuture HR-Dalmatian)

Contact person (coordinator)

Prof. Ivica Veža
Tel: +38521305777

2 – Coordinating institution

University of Split
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
R. Boskovica bb
HR-21000 Split

3 – Technical objectives

A currently process of globalisation and structural changes, make it clear that Croatia with its regions must increasingly have to rely on its innovation capacity in the future to remain competitive internationally on global market. With new products introduction based on innovative methods and technologies it is possible to achieve new working places and higher living standard. On the other side Croatia must came in the position to develop and market innovative products and services with higher VAT. Technical objectives on regional level (Dalmatian region) must be innovation production with high value-added potential and to cover several stages of the supply chain in different sectors (especially in shipbuilding, automotive and machine tools industries). For realisation of this objective it is very important to achieve close interaction and communication between researcher on university and institutes with employers in industry enterprises. In the development of innovative products and services besides OEM must be particularly involved very small, small and medium enterprises.
The detailed objectives are as follows:
– development of the domestic strategy and core competencies,
– increased regional education (development of an ongoing fundaments for a successful entrepreneurship),
– development of new products and services with higher VAT in the companies (introduce innovative production methods and technologies),
– technological and organisational reengineering and restructure of existing companies,
– regional networking and integration,
– improving cooperation within Supply Chain (between companies in the valued-added chain),
– development of networking procedures with other regions (in Croatia and around),
– development of networks of innovation (networking between research institutes),
– development of small and medium entrepreneurship,
– to prepare the Croatia organisations for 7 FP,
– to create modern R&D infrastructure: Regional Technological Parks and Centres, Competences Network Centres etc.

4 – Relevance to nation economy

The proposed Technological Platform is introduced for Dalmatian region (consist of 4 of total 21 County in Croatia). The proposal R&D sector of the Platform is based on existing fundamental sectors in region which correspond with ManuFuture research themes (strategic fields of action), especially developments of new products and services with higher VAT. Based on experience in setting the Technological Platform for Dalmatian, development of ManuFuture is planed for whole Croatian industry. Main objectives of Croatian ManuFuture would be inclusion of Croatian enterprises in global network and further development of domestic innovation capacity. With realisation of this plan, Croatia will become a site for scientific and economical investments.

5 – Sectors within the TP

– producers of large new ocean-going ships comprises of all types and purposes (container ships, ferry, special-purpose ships, tanker, passenger, off-shore objects ect. and specially modern yachts with high standards),
– producers of components and modules for the automotive industry (OEM),
– producers of specially machine tools and complex die-moulding for different type of industry,
– producers of special machines, ship engines and other machines and devices, including for military purposes, electric and communication,
– producers of renewable energy sources (solar, wind, fuel cell)
– manufacturers of new material, especially aluminium and aluminium alloy, and products of it,
– producers of non-metallic products (wood, furnitur

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:
Universities in Dalmatian Region were intensively collaborating on research and development activities with Fraunhofer-IPA Stuttgart an projects:
– Advanced Production Planning and Control in Shipbuilding Industry,
– Production Planning and Control in Fractal Factory,

and Fraunhofer-IPK Berlin on projects:
– Assembly Line Balancing by Means of Computer,
– ESPRIT 2202 ESPRIT -Project 2202 (CIM PLATO – Planning Tools).

From 2006 to 2008 the University participate on the project on University of Cranfield:
– Accelerating Relationships through Information Exchange in Logistics (ARIEL)

At national level:
– Analysis and Modelling of Network Enterprises,
– Design and Manufacturing Process Integration,
– Modelling, Simulation and Optimization of Metal Forming Processes,
– Welding Process in Modern Shipbuilding Industry.

Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) NO

8 – Stake holders

– 49 Companies from the sectors mentioned,
– 3 Universities and 3 High Schools,
– 4 Regional Chamber of Commerce (Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Dubrovnik),
– Automotive Parts Producers (4 companies),
– Association of Aluminium Production (8 companies),
– Machine Tools Producers (3 companies),
– Shipbuilding Cluster (2 big and about 50 SME).

Interaction with global companies:
– Volkswagen
– Renault
– Peugeot
– Ford
– Ketterer Maschinenbau

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


10 – Interactions with other NRTPs

This NRPT is the pilot platform in Croatia.

11 – Special national programmes

– Innovation Technology Development Program (HITRA),
– Development of Knowledge Based Enterprises (RAZUM),
– Development of New Technologies Core (JEZGRA),
– Ordered projects of Ministry of Science, Education and Sport (MZOS).

12 – Funding instruments

– Ministry of the Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship,
– Ministry of Science, Education and Sport (through research grants, ordered projects and targeted projects),
– Structural Funds,
– Integrated Pre-Accession Instrument – IPA,
– Chamber of Economy, Industry & Technology Department.