|Committee for Research & Development|
Chairman of the committee Mr. Antonello MAREGA (President of EPSI)
FESI has officially concluded that in addition to each company’s research and development activities, there is indeed a wide range of common, pre-competitive domains where sector collaboration is clearly a strategic bonus, such as:
In addition, considering the substantial amount of financial resources available at the European Commission level for industry projects, it had become clear that a specific European working committee dedicated to the research & development domain had to be initiated.
The Research & Development working committee has recently identified the first most important aspect to concentrate on, namely:
FESI is an official partner of several Collaborative Research Project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme:
PROsumer.NET is an European networking and roadmapping project, bringing together 5 European Technology Platforms across consumer goods sectors such as textiles and clothing, footwear, sports goods and wood-based products as well as the ManuFuture platform covering the related manufacturing technologies.
The project was initiated and is following in the footsteps of the 1st European Conumer Goods Research Conference organised by the same stakeholders in February 2010. The draft research and innovation roadmap resulting from the "European Seminar on Consumer Goods Research, which already was conducted in Brussels on 22nd of June 2011, will be further developed in much more breadth and depth by the 2 years PROsumer.NET project.
For more details, see the website of the project: www.prosumernet.eu
FIT4U (Framework of Integrated Technologies for User Centred Products) project aims at responding to the growing demand for consumer oriented product personalization by conceiving an Engineering Framework, meant as the set of tools and manufacturing technologies necessary to consumer centred product and process design and innovation in safety and sport footwear and accessories, particularly gloves.
For more details, see the website of the project: www.fit4u.eu