denmarkResponsible: JOHANSEN John
Center for Industrial Production
Coordinator of the platform

1 – General Information

TP Name

National ManuFUTURE Technology Platform Denmark


Contact person (coordinator)

Prof. John Johansen
Tel: +45 96358995


2 – Coordinating institution

Aalborg University
Center for Industrial Production
Fibigerstræde 16
DK 9220 Aalborg Øst

3 – Technical objectives

Responsive and differentiated manufacturing systems are required. Therefore, it is important to acknowledge that manufacturing system cannot be standardised. The future of European and Danish manufacturing requires a serious attention to strategic, structural and process dimensions of the manufacturing system/organisation and its technology. This requires synergies of expertise from universities, manufacturing companies, and SMEs. In order for ManuFUTURE to be successful, not only in Denmark but also throughout Europe, it is central that different knowledge (such as from RTDI and related management issues) is shared.

– Global network based manufacturing systems (manufacturing in a holistic perspective), including: SCM, knowledge sharing (both human and technological), integration, structures and roles.
– The Virtual Enterprise not only from a technological perspective, but also from a structural, organizational and managerial point of view.
– New innovative business models/systems, including the management tools required in such context.
– Innovation from invention to business (systems): new products/services, utilisation of existing technologies, accurate and timely response to market, translation of user-oriented ideas into innovation including processes, organisation and business development.
– Innovative manufacturing systems which builds on and go beyond the Lean system (TPS).

4 – Relevance to nation economy

Many Danish SMEs are highly innovative and entrepreneurial and develop strategies not only to play the role of suppliers but also as active strategic units that develop strategies individually and actively scan their environments. Danish SMEs are more active than the typical SME presented in the proposal, which makes it necessary to develop models for the role of a more complex type of SME that acts strategically in its environment. Many SMEs take on roles and strategies by themselves often in combination with global networks of suppliers, customers and even competitors in complex systems of production and innovation. Thus, it is important that Danish companies participates in European cooperations aimed at develop nye and innovation production and businesssystems

5 – Sectors within the TP

– Producers of home appliances
– Producers of food products
– Producers of functional mechatronic products
– Service companies

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: Over the years, the Danish network partners have participated in several projects e.g.
– MasMicro
– eTEN

At national level:
– The NTP partners participate in a number of national projects

Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) NO

8 – Stake holders

– 26 companies from the sector mentioned
– 11 institutes and research centres
– 5 applied research centres (Technological Institutes)
– The Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
– The Confederation of Danish Industries

Interaction with global companies:
– Danfoss
– Grundfos
– Danish Crown
– Danisco
– Vestas
– B&O
– Christian Hansen

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

The Danish ManuFUTURE network accounts for more than 488 research basis of full-year employment


10 – Interactions with other NRTPs

11 – Special national programmes

– Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation
– KINO (starting in 2007)
– Several industry-promoting programmes

12 – Funding instruments

– The Strategic Research Council
– National Agency for Enterprise and Construction
– The Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs
– Misc. regional development programmes