Tel. +49 69 6603-1821, Fax +49 69 6603-1673;
+32 2 706 8219

National Contact Point:
Projektträger Karlsruhe (PTKA)
Tel. +49721 608-25292

1 – General Information

TP Name



Contact person (coordinator)

Dr. Helmut Rempp
Tel. +49 69 6603-1345
Fax +49 69 6603-1673

2 – Coordinating institution

Forschungskuratorium Maschinenbau e.V.
Lyoner Strasse 18
60528 Frankfurt


3 – Technical objectives

Working out a strategy for german manufacturers to develop innovation in Production Systems
The detailed objectives are as follows:
– To build a network between industry, science, policy makers and associations to improve the german innovation rate
– To inform german enterprises, scientific organisations and policy makers about MANUFUTURE via newsletter, conferences, speeches, website
– To coordinate national and european funding
– To prepare german enterprises and research organisations for 7 FP
– To elaborate German Strategic Research Agenda (Roadmap-Process)
– To support contact to other national MANUFUTURE Platforms and associated Technology Platforms
– To match partners for research projects

4 – Relevance to nation economy

Mechanical Engineering Industry holds high importance for the German economy (868 thousand employees and 155 Mrd. € turnover). To implement the coordinated strategic research agenda is essential to keep production locations in Germany.

5 – Sectors within the TP

38 Sectors of the Mechanical engineering industry (compare
Agricultural Engineering
Building Material Machinery
Ceramics Machinery
Compressors, Compressed Air and Vacuum Technology
Construction Equipment
Cutting Tools
Dies and Molds
Electronics Production Equipment
Finishing (washing, bleaching, dyeing) MachineryFlat Panel Displays
Food Processing and Packaging Machinery
German Flat Panel Display Forum
Glass Technology
Industrial Valves
Jigs and Fixtures
Knitting Machinery
Lasers and Laser Systems for Materials Processing
Lenght Measuring Technology
Machine Tools and Manufacturing Systems
Machine Vision
Man-made Fibre Production, Machinery for
Marine and Offshore Equipment Industry
Materials Handling and Logistic Technology
Mining Equipment
Municipal Equipment
Mineral Processing
Natural Stone Machinery
Nonwoven Machinery
Offshore Equipment
Organic Electronics Association
Packaging Machinery
Pharmaceutical + Cosmetic Machinery
Photovoltaic Solar Technology
Plastics and Rubber Machinery
Polymer Electronics
Precision Tools
Printed Circuit Board Production Equipment
Printed Electronics
Process Engineering, aseptic
Process Plant and Equipment
Pumps + Systems
Recooling Technology
Robotics + Automation
Rubber Machinery
Semiconductor Production Equipment
Spinning Machinery
Technical Textiles, Machinery for Textile Machinery
Vacuum Technology
Valves and Taps for Domestic Appliances
Water Technology

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 national level: Roadmap Process to elaborate the research topics within 14 sectors of the mechanical engineering industry (download under
Power Transmission Engineering/ Fluid Power
Precision Tools/ Machine Tools/ Components and Manufacturing Systems
Food and Packaging Machinery
Printed Circuit Board Production Equipment
Industrial Plasma-Surface Treatment
Thermo Process Technology and Components
Woodworking Machinery
Robotics and Automation
Embedded Software and electrical automation
Industrial Communication
Productronic/ Micro Technology
Pumps and Systems; Compressors, Compressed Air and Vacuum Technology
Construction Machinery

8 – Stake holders

201 stakeholder industry
40 stakeholder science and policy
6 stakeholder industrial associations

Interaction with global companies:
E.g. Opel, BMW, Bosch, DaimlerChrysler, Siemens, EADS, Siemens

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

All over Germany

10 – Interactions with other NRTPs

Cooperation with European MANUFUTURE-NRTP-Network

11 – Special national programmes

Federal Ministry of Education and Research: Programme Research for the Production of tomorrow
Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology: Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung, AiF
Structural Funds
Regional Funds

12 – Funding instruments

Research and development in fields as such as chemistry and materials science, semiconductors, laser and plasma technology together with the latest production processes are the basis for new technological developments of tomorrow. The BMBF provides financial support for innovative projects and ideas under targeted research funding programmes. The range covers everything from basic scientific research, environmentally friendly sustainable development, new technologies, information and communication technologies, the life sciences, work design; structural research funding at institutions of higher education to innovation support and technology transfer. Research funding supports scientific institutions and enterprises. The BMBF also funds individual researchers via special funding institutions (for further information, see

The AiF is the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations “Otto von Guericke” (Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen “Otto von Guericke” e.V.). The central concern of this registered non-profit association is the promotion of applied Research and Development (R&D) for the benefit of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). Organized by industry, the AiF supports the efficient usage and advancement of R&D-programmes in order to increase the competitive strength of SME. To this end, the AiF has created a unique infrastructure, comprising an industry-based innovations network covering over 100 industrial research associations, with approx. 50,000 SME, and about 700 associated research institutions. Within this structure, the AiF’s two offices in Cologne and Berlin provide practice-driven innovation consultancy promoting R&D on a national and, increasingly, an international scale. Since its foundation in 1954 the AiF has been a competent partner to the federal government – currently the Federal Ministries of Economics and Labour (BMWA) and of Education and Research (BMBF) – functioning as a bridge between industry and science within the framework of various R&D-programmes. The AiF acts as an agency for the promotion of R&D for small and medium-sized enterprises in two ways: on the one hand, it lays the foundations for industrial collective research for the benefit of entire industrial sectors; and on the other hand, the AiF acts as a programme managing executive for governmental R&D-support-measures for the benefit of individual companies and Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen). Overall, the AiF has an annual budget of nearly 250 million Euro of public funds (for further information, see