EFFRA Elects New Chairman
Brussels, 7 June. Gathering for the 2013 General Assembly, representatives of EFFRA members have unanimously elected Maurizio Gattiglio as the new Chairman of the EFFRA Board of Directors.
Mr. Gattiglio is Deputy General Manager and Executive Vice-President at Prima Industrie and has been involved in manufacturing research throughout his career. He succeeds Massimo Mattucci (COMAU) who has served as Chairman since the founding of the Association.
Professor Egbert-Jan Sol (Director of High-Tech Systems and Materials, TNO) and Mr. Dietmar Goericke (Managing Director Research & Development, VDMA) were elected as Vice-Chairmen. Mr. Gattiglio was joined by Mr. Joaquim Menezes, (Iberomoldes) and Eva Wigren (Teknikföretagen) as new members of the EFFRA Board of Directors.
Factories of the Future 2020
EFFRA‘s preparations for the continuation of the ‘Factories of the Future’ public-private partnership under Horizon 2020 are centred on ‘Factories of the Future 2020’, an ambitious and far-sighted strategic multi-annual research roadmap for the partnership.
The roadmap has been developed over a period of 24 months though working meetings including discussions with the European Commission within the ‘Factories of the Future' public-private partnership Ad-hoc Industrial Advisory Group (AIAG) and close consultations with representatives of companies and RTOs organised in other related European technology platforms.
‘Factories of the Future 2020’ will form the basis for research call topics and the overall direction of research in the ‘Factories of the Future’ public-private partnership under Horizon 2020.