The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Germany, is the world’s leading applied research organization. By prioritizing key technologies for the future and commercializing its findings in business and industry, it plays a major role in the innovation process. A trailblazer and trendsetter in innovative developments and research excellence, it is helping shape our society and our future. Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 76 institutes and research units throughout Germany. Around 30,800 employees, predominantly scientists and engineers, work with an annual research budget of roughly €3.0 billion, €2.6 billion of which is designated as contract research.
The Ernst-Mach-Institute studies high-speed processes in experiment and simulation. We consider them from a physical and engineering perspective and develop solutions for industrial applications. Our center of interest is on security, resilience, reliability, efficiency and sustainability of structures, components and systems under dynamic and extraordinary loads. We analyze phenomena of crash, impact and shock-waves in materials, microstructures as well as in complex systems. Our applications range from components and design of structures to whole vehicles and defense technology systems, from buildings and infrastructures, urban systems and networks to satellite systems.
Website: Fraunhofer EMI
UNIVERSIDAD DE VIGO
The University of Vigo, founded in 1990, is a public University located in Galicia (NW Spain). It has three campuses, the main one located in Vigo, and two more in Pontevedra (30 km from Vigo) and Ourense (95 km from Vigo).
Our activities are funded by the Spanish and Galician governments (structural and competitive funding) as well as through financing obtained from R&D&I activities (private contracts, collaborations with industry, patents, consultancy, etc.).
Currently, the University of Vigo has nearly 22,000 students and about 200 research groups, whose activity has resulted in significant scientific output in the form of doctoral theses, publications, conference papers and registered patents.
Over the last 3 years, more than 1,000 projects confirm the Universitiy’s successful cooperation with companies and economic associations. Similarly, more than 25 national and European patent applications have been filed by the University of Vigo in recent years. Moreover, the university participates every year in the Framework Programme and other EU initiatives; more than 90 European Projects have been developed over the last 10 years (some of them coordinated by the University of Vigo), with a return of more than 35 million euros (including more than 60 H2020 projects).
Website: Universidad de Vigo
RINA CONSULTING SPA
RINA provides a wide range of services across the Energy & Mobility, Marine, Certification, Infrastructure & Real Estate and Industry sectors. With over 4,000 employees and 200 offices in 70 countries worldwide and through our global network, we support market operators across the entire lifecycle of their projects, whilst assisting them in renewing their products, technologies and services. All RINA services are performed at the highest professional level, understanding and complying with Client’s needs and requirements while taking into due consideration sustainability and health, safety and environmental targets. RINA is also particularly a member of key international organizations and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards.
RINA will be mainly involved in the project through its sub-holding RINA Consulting, which provides a wide range of engineering consultancy services covering the whole project life cycle from feasibility and specialized technical studies to conceptual and detailed design, prototyping and testing, project management, site engineering as well as operation and maintenance management.
Innovation is a key element in all our projects; RINA Consulting has a proven experience in helping its clients in developing their new products and services as well as managing their collaborative innovation processes.
Website: RINA Consulting SPA
Since 2006, Marlo has provided consulting and technology solutions to the transport and logistics sector.
The company has operations in Norway and Portugal. Much experience has been gained through extensive participation in EU-funded research and development projects. The scope of these projects covers ports and maritime transport, logistics and intermodal transport.
In addition to using the results of such projects to establish commercial products and operations, Marlo has established an extensive network of partners throughout Europe and beyond.
Visible results of such projects are:
- The maritime transport solution (RoRo) used by Stora Enso to move products from the Nordic countries through Gothenburg to Zeebrügge is based on concepts developed in an EU project led by Marlo staff.
- The company MIXMOVE was founded by Marlo in 2017, based on products developed in the EU project iCargo and used by organisations like 3M, DHL, DG Schenker, Gebrüder Weiss and others.
- The new logistics single window used by all Portuguese ports was developed in the project JUL, where Marlo was one of the technology providers.
Website: MARLO AS
CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS DE MATERIALES Y CONTROL DE OBRA SA (CEMOSA)
CEMOSA, established 1972, is a Spanish Engineering Consultancy and Quality Control company in the field of infrastructures (transport, buildings, energy, water and other civil infrastructures). It deploys its activities in an international environment with offices in Europe and Latin America and works also in Middle East and India.
The company is structured around the following business areas: 1) Infrastructures Engineering (transport: roads, railways and urban rail, airports and ports; energy; water) ; 2) Geotechnical Engineering 3) Building and Industrial Engineering, 4) Construction Material Quality Control, 5) Sustainability, 6) Health and Safety Coordination, 7) Product Certification and 8) Research & Innovation (R&I).
The R&I area is transversal to all business lines. Its activities are organized in 2 thematic areas, which are: i) Transport Infrastructures & Mobility, ii) Energy & Buildings), and 2 transversal ones which are iii) Digitalization & Data Science, iv) Materials & Circularity.
CEMOSA has a consolidated experience in Research & Innovations projects funded by the EU (FP7, H2020, Horizon Europe) and the Spanish Government as coordinator and partner.
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Politecnico di Milano (PoliMI) is one the most outstanding technical universities in Europe, and the largest Italian university in Engineering, Architecture and Design, with over 47,500 students.
The university has seven campuses located in Milan and in other nearby Italian cities: Lecco, Cremona, Mantova and Piacenza. Founded in 1863, PoliMI has a long history and has consistently been ranked among the top universities worldwide in various engineering and technology fields.
According to the QS World University Rankings 2023, in the academic area of „Engineering & Technology“, it is ranked as the 18th university in the world. It ranks 12th for Civil and Structural Engineering.
PoliMI holds a School of Doctoral Programs that coordinates 20 doctorate programs with approximately 1,800 PhD students, of which 30% are international students.
PoliMI is the first university in Italy and the seventh in Europe in terms of the number of Horizon Europe projects. Within the HORIZON EUROPE Programme (2021-2027), a total of 171 projects have been funded to date, with total funding of over 81 million euros. Under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (2014-2020), a total of 437 projects were funded, amounting to over 189 million euros.
Website: Politecnico di Milano
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
The University of Minho (UMINHO) aims to be a university without borders, focusing on communities‘ regional, national, and international socioeconomic and technological development. UMinho is a research University engaged in the valorization of the chain Knowledge-Research, D&I, as evidenced by a series of indicators. The ratio between Ph.D. students and academic staff is over 1; the fraction of postgraduate students in the total student population is over 20%; the balance between research projects and PhDs is over 0.5; around 150 PhDs are awarded every year; the average yearly production of refereed papers in scientific journals is impressive for an eclectic University: above 2/FTE/year; citations are enormously increasing every year; 250 R&D contracts are signed yearly with companies. UMinho ranked 3rd among the Portuguese (PT) entities that managed more funds in the FP7, keeping that position regarding PT Universities under H2020. There are presently 6 ERC Advanced and Consolidator Grants running, as well as participation in another, which resulted in the funding of 9.8 MEuros. UMinho has been one of the world’s best universities for 50 years, the best PT universities in the global ranking of Times Higher Education, which lists the 400 best universities in the world.
Website: Universidade do Minho
SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organizations, with the main office in Trondheim, Norway. SINTEF is a multi-disciplinary research organization, including among others the institutes SINTEF Community and SINTEF Digital, working for the sustainable development of buildings, infrastructure and mobility, and conducting research and innovation in digital technologies and technology-oriented social sciences and transition studies. From SINTEF Community, we Contribute to SARIL with competence from the Dept. of Mobility, and from SINTEF Digital, we contribute with competence from the Dept. of Software Engineering, Safety and Security.
Website: SINTEF AS
ALLIANCE FOR LOGISTICS INNOVATION THROUGH COLLABORATION IN EUROPE
ALICE is a non-profit industry-led association based in Brussels with 160+ members reaching all relevant stakeholder groups within freight transport, logistics and supply chain. ALICE is the alliance of European leading companies and experts in implementing logistics and supply chain innovation and develops a comprehensive strategy for research, innovation and market deployment of logistics and supply chain management innovation in Europe. The vision of ALICE is to support an affordable logistics transition towards zero emissions.
Logistics, from global to urban, will evolve to an open system of systems, enabling assets and resources in logistics networks to be interconnected, facilitating their use to the maximum capacity and productivity while increasing agility and resilience of supply chains. We call this the Physical Internet (PI). ALICE develops new concepts, manages knowledge generated in EU projects and initiatives, creating a framework of collaboration within its membership. ALICE influences European strategies and policies of governments, companies and academia to support this vision and paths. ALICE supports, assists, and advises the European Commission into the definition and implementation of the EU Program for research: Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe in Logistics.
SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ – POZNANSKI INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGICZNY
Łukasiewicz – Poznan Institute of Technology (Łukasiewicz – PIT) was established in January 2022 as a result of the merging of five Łukasiewicz institutes in Poznań. Four institutes of the Łukasiewicz Research Network, were incorporated into the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Logistics and Warehousing (Łukasiewicz – ILiM).
Through the merger of the institutes, the development and research capabilities of the unit were increased, and the main objectives remained the implementation of highly innovative projects, the expansion of research areas and the modernization of infrastructure.
Łukasiewicz-PIT in the area of logistics invariably uses and builds the highest competence in the Polish and foreign markets. The base of the logistics activity is the experience of the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing (ILiM), which was founded in 1967 as the Central Warehousing Centre and the first centre of competence in logistics in Poland. For more than 50 years, the institute has been involved in scientific research and development work for the development of logistics and warehousing processes in companies. The institute also offers a wide range of logistics consulting services, e.g. for warehouse design, selection of efficient warehouse technologies, design of warehouse processes, optimization of transport operations, etc.
RANGEL INVEST – INVESTIMENTOS LOGISTICOS SA
Rangel Logistics Solutions is a Logistics Partner with the capacity to integrate a wide range of services, offering the market a One Stop Shop solution. Founded in 1980, Rangel quickly set a position in the market, being recognized as a global logistics operator with the capacity to integrate a wide range of transports and logistics services, offering the market a One Stop Shop solution. With global coverage and supported by a network of global partners, Rangel moves cargo among over 220 countries and territories by land, sea or air. In addition to Portugal, Rangel has offices in Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Brazil and Mexico.
AUTORIDAD PORTUARIA DE VIGO
The Port of Vigo is a Spanish seaport located in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula next to the Atlantic Ocean, in the city of Vigo. It is managed by the Port Authority of Vigo, belonging to the public entity Puertos del Estado. The Free Zone of Vigo, one of the only three existing in Spain, houses an outstanding network of auxiliary companies in the automotive industry, led by PSA Peugeot-Citroën. As a fishing port, it is one of the largest in the world, hosting the base of one of the world’s largest deep-frozen fish companies.
The port of Vigo has extensive experience in project management and has pioneered in the integral implementation of Europe’s Blue Growth strategy as a collective effort by all the port’s users, under the principle that the Blue Economy must be fostered equally by all stakeholders, promoting competitiveness, efficiency, and sustainability in all its activities, installations and services (bluegrowthvigo).
Within the strategy more than 46 projects have been launched among which are: Merchandise and logistics transport, Biotechnology and Blue Energy, Shipbuilding, History and Training, Fresh and Frozen Fishing.
Website: Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo
CSL SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA ODDZIAL AGENCJI CELNEJ I BIURO PORTOWE SWINOUJSCIE
CSL forwarding company, established over 25 years ago, was focused from the very beginning on comprehensive cargo handling in import, export and transit delivered by sea, land, rail and air. Comprehensiveness is also clearly visible in company’s activities as a combination of various types of transport with customs agencies and warehousing services. The company focuses on highly specialised services and provides them with great care in order to achieve benefits not only for itself but also for the customer, taking care of the delivery time, costs and the safety of goods and interests. The company’s greatest asset is its well-educated team of people certified, for example, by FIATA. The company has AEO, IFS and ISO 90001 certifications. CSL is a member of several associations – the largest are PISiL Polish Chamber of Forwarding and Logistics (Polska Izba Spedycji i Logistyki), New Silk Road Network, PIG – Northern Chamber of Commerce (Północna Izba Gospodarcza), Polish – Asian Chamber of Commerce, Business Club Szczecin.
Website: CSL Group
GEBRÜDER WEISS GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.
Gebrüder Weiss goes back a long way – more than half a millennium! That’s a legacy that entails obligations. We must be vigilant and demonstrate foresight, we must keep evolving and moving forward. Starting out from our original home markets along the Danube, the Alps and Eastern Europe, today we move freight of all kinds – by land, sea and air along every possible transport way – to and from every continent on the planet.
Our company employs a workforce of 8,400 dedicated people who give their very best at 180 locations around the world. We develop tailored solutions for our customers that tightly integrate production, business, logistics and transport processes. These help to boost our customers’ efficiency and reduce their costs – giving them a competitive edge on the market. All this is made possible by many years of experience and one unwavering ambition: to deliver supply chain solutions that maximize our customers’ success.
Website: Gebrüder Weiss Gesellschaft M.B.H.
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