From 3D Printing of Plant-Based Seafood Alternatives, over producing pavements out of plastic and construction waste up to a 3D Live Digital Twin. Europe’s manufacturing industry is on its way to change. Fashion industry, kids’ toys, agriculture and forestry, additive manufacturing, IIoT and many more – not a stone was left standing after the 26 candidates from all over CLC East Region presented their highly innovative ideas for the future of the European manufacturing industry in the BoostUp! 2020 Regional Finals of CLC East. The 12 best ideas were nominated for the Grand Final.
On 29th & 30th October 2020, the BoostUp! 2020 Regional Finals of CLC East took place. This two-day hybrid event was hosted in the Novotel at the main train station in Vienna and broadcasted via livestream. More than 50 visitors on-site and several hundred online participants followed the highly interesting program.
Out of 41 applications received by CLC East, 26 candidates were selected to pitch their ideas online in the Regional Finals in the Categories Create, Accelerate and Transform. The jury consisting of representatives from EIT Manufacturing and industry experts from all over Europe awarded twelve teams as winners and nominated them for the Grand Final of the 2020 BoostUp! Competition.
To round up the event, CLC East brought three top-class keynote speakers on stage. No Future Without Manufacturing – Dr. Paul Rübig, member of the Governing Board of EIT, highlighted in his speech the importance of the manufacturing industry in Europe and encouraged continuous innovation. Mark Gallagher, top executive in Formula 1 for more than 35 years, gave insights on how Formula 1 consistently reinvented itself in the course of the years, the challenges they had to tackle and how Formula 1 managed their business transformations. Last, but not least, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the first woman to climb all 14 eight thousand meter summits without the use of bottled oxygen, took us on an extraordinary journey through her last 20 years of expedition life and taught us to believe in ourselves and never give up on our dreams. There was not a dry eye left.
Among the guests, CLC East had the honor to welcome delegates from the Embassy of Romania and the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Vienna, representatives from the Hub in Romania as well as representatives of EIT, EIT Manufacturing, the city of Vienna, the Vienna Business Agency, Platform Industry 4.0, and many more important organizations. To close the event, special awards were given to the best performer among the online pitches, the winner of the EIT Manufacturing Quiz and the best moderator.
Tremendous Innovation Potential All Over Eastern Europe
In the Create Category, early stage projects for a greener and more resilient future of European manufacturing were competing.
The winner in this category is 3D Food Printing of Plant-Based Seafood Alternatives from Austria. Their idea is to produce complex, heterogeneous products such as salmon fillets or tuna steaks, which do not exist on the market right now. Wasteful from Bulgaria with its solution to produce recycled pavements from plastic and construction waste is awarded the second place. The third place goes to the Multi-Purpose Disinfection Robot from Hungary, enabling automated disinfection procedures for companies engaged in factory work. The fourth place is given to the idea of the End-To-End Intelligence Augmentation (IA) Platform from Romania to address the skills and innovation gap in the manufacturing industry by providing actionable manufacturing insights to businesses.
The candidates in the Accelerate Category are start-ups and scale-ups ready to expand their businesses.
Out of 16 top teams, the first place in Accelerate goes to Greece. D-Cube Immersive Solutions (https://www.d-cube.eu) specializes in cutting-edge quality assurance solutions for diverse industrial domains. Radicos Technologies GmbH (https://www.radicos.com) from Austria is awarded the second place. Radicos develops and supplies TWIN, a patented hardware sensor platform for IoT applications. On the third place is twinzo j.s.a.( https://digitaltwin.infotech.sk) from Slovakia. Their 3D Live Digital Twin can visualize any type of data and becomes the management’s central point for decision making. The fourth place goes to Austria again. Incus GmbH (https://www.incus3d.com) is a high-tech system provider for additive manufacturing of metal powder.
In the Transform Category, SMEs, tackling the transformation challenges into new business models or technologies, participated.
Katty Fashion Ltd. (https://www.katty-fashion.com) from Romania is the winner in this category. This highly innovative SME is transitioning form a rather unsustainable garments manufacturing business model to a more sustainable one. The second place goes to Hollen s.r.o. (http://www.hollen.sk) from Slovakia, who helps automotive manufacturers and their suppliers to improve the quality of their production. On the third place is Roseal S.A. (http://www.roseal.eu) from Romania, an innovative SME focusing on providing research, design, production, repair, technical assistance, and commercialization of almost all kinds of existing sealing systems and materials. CSF Electric Ltd. (http://csfelectric.hu/) from Hungary is awarded the fourth place in Transform. Their main activity is to produce textile industrial devices, such as washing, drying, cooling and dedusting machines.
All our candidates showed that the European manufacturing industry is on the edge of change and that global innovation in this sector can be clearly led by Europe.
Learn more about the winners here
To see the photos and movies of the event, go to https://www.boostup-east.eu