greciaResponsible:  CHRYSSOLOURIS George
University of Patras
Co–coordinator for Greek Manufuture Network (GNP)
National Contact Point: Tel +30-2610-997262
Fax +30-2610-997744
Greek Manufuture Network

1 – General Information

TP Name

Greek MANUFUTURE Network

Contact person (coordinator)

Prof. George Chryssolouris
Tel: +30-2610-997262

Dr. Dimitris Mourtzis
Tel: +30-2610-997262

2 – Coordinating institution

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation (LMS)

Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics
University of Patras
Patras 26500, GREECE

Web site:

3 – Technical objectives

The Greek MANUFUTURE Network aims to alert the interest of the local stakeholders in the challenges that European manufacturing industry will be addressing in the future, with respect to delivering economic output, skilled employment and sustainable growth. In this context, it is expected to promote the wide acceptance of, and participation in, MANUFUTURE ETP by the Greek manufacturing industry.
The detailed objectives of the Greek MANUFUTURE Network are as follows:
– Follow up closely with MANUFUTURE TP developments at a European level and keep Greek manufacturing companies updated
– Help identify and communicate the future priorities of the Greek manufacturing industry in the context of MANUFUTURE Vision, SRA and Roadmap
– Communicate trends, experiences and knowledge from major manufacturing R&D developments, at a European level, to the Greek companies
– Disseminate the R&D objectives of the Greek manufacturing industry and contribute to the definition of the European manufacturing strategies
– Support the active involvement of Greek companies in the implementation of MANUFUTURE R&D roadmap and their participation in FP7 projects
– Build-up a network to support the future co-operation between industry, academia and technology providers for research, training and innovation, at a regional level.
– Incorporate a wide Greek SMEs participation, as especially smaller SMEs can hardly participate in major initiatives at European level if compared to large companies

4 – Relevance to nation economy

Greek manufacturing companies, including SMEs, are addressing an intense and growing competitive pressure. This is especially the case for companies being active in traditional (mature) sectors (e.g. clothing, shipbuilding etc.), which address strong competition from companies located in low-wage countries of the Far East. In order to retain, and possibly further increase, their market share, there is a clear need to shift their business focus from “reducing costs” to “increasing added value”. Innovating production and research, as suggested by MANUFUTURE, is clearly the only way to do this shift.
If Greek manufacturing companies succeed in aligning their plans and activities with the manufacturing strategies at a European level, they have much better options to achieve effectively this shift. Although some adaptation to the business organisational models may be required in some cases to account for the local societal and cultural particularities, the adoption of a common strategy for future manufacturing at a European level, is expected to be beneficiary for the Greek companies.

5 – Sectors within the TP

– Food industry / dairy products,
– Textile industry, carpets, garments
– Aluminium profiles and products
– IT vendors
– Paper industry
– Ship-building industry
– Aerospace industry
– Commercial refrigerators
– Moulds and dies
– Plastic products
– Machinery products
– Bicycles
– Metal processing
– Telecommunications industry
– Automation products
– Electronics industry
– Robotic systems
– Cement production
– Detergents production

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

Indicative activities at EU level:
– MY-CAR IP: Flexible Assembly Processes for the Car of the Third Millennium
– FUTURA IP: Multi-functional materials and related production technologies integrated into the automotive industry of the future
– MASMICRO IP: Mass Manufacture of Miniature/Micro Products
– CUSTOM-FIT IP: A knowledge-based manufacturing system, established by integrating Rapid Manufacturing, IST and Material Science to improve the Quality of Life of European Citizens through Custom-fit Products
– ILIPT IP: Intelligent logistics for Innovative Product Technologies
– TATEM IP: Technologies and Techniques for New Maintenance Concepts
– CESAR IP: Cost Effective Small Aircraft
– INTUITION NoE: Virtual Reality and Virtual Environments Applications for Future Workspaces
– VRL-KCiP NoE: Virtual Research Lab for Knowledge Community in Production
– DIFAC STREP: Digital Factory for Human Oriented Production System
– X-CHANGE STREP: Flexible Change Management for the Factory of the Future
– TRACE STREP: Traffic Accident Causation in Europe
– SHIP-MATES STREP: Ship repair to maintain transport which is environmentally sustainable

Indicative activities at national level:
– Q-SENSIFOOD: Integrated quality control system for temperature-sensitive food handling and distribution
– e-MERIT: An integrated e-collaborative environment for product and process modelling using 3D models and avatars
– LASER-SAM: Molecular dynamic analysis, simulation and monitoring in materials processing using laser beam
– COOL-RIM: Development of an integrated methodology for the design of commercial refrigerators based on the RIM technology

8 – Stake holders

– 46 Companies from the sectors mentioned
– 1 representative from Academia

Indicative list of global companies with active interactions:

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

Regions (No of Companies)
Central Greece (28)
Macedonia (7)
Peloponnesus (6)
Thessaly (3)
Epirus (1)
Thrace (1)
Aegean Islands (1)

10 – Interactions with other NRTPs

Interactions with NRTPs of other countries to be established in the context of MANUFUTURE activities.

11 – Special national programmes


12 – Funding instruments

– European Commission
– Ministry of Development – General Secretariat of Research and Technology
– Structural Funds
– Regional Structural Funds