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Dynamics of Long-Life Assets: USe-It-Wisely book Published

“Dynamics of Long Life Assets”: Use-It-Wisely book published

A book inspired by the experiences and insights gained from the Use-It-Wisely project has been published and is now available for purchase and download from the Springer web site. “Dynamics of Long-Life AssetsFrom Technology Adaptation to Upgrading the Business Model” was edited by Stefan Grösser, Arcadio Reyes-Lecuona and the Use-It-Wisely project coordinator Göran Granholm. Read more

Dynamics of Long-Life Assets

Think differently about what you do, how you work and how you manage people, systems and processes.

“Dynamics of Long Life Assets – From Technology Adaptation to Upgrading the Business Model”, a book published from the experiences and insights gained from the Use-It-Wisely project, is now available for download and purchase.
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Showcasing Innovation in Sustainable Manufacturing

Leading manufacturing experts from research, academia, industry and policy presented the research results of the EU FP7-funded Use-it-Wisely project at an event in Neth-ER (Netherlands House of Education and Research) today, 18th October 2016.

Results will have widespread impact for European manufacturers, enabling the adaption of high investment complex products and services in rapidly changing markets. Speakers examined how this will affect the changing business environment, and customer needs.  Read more

EFFRA Conference 2016

Use-It-Wisely (UIW) partners Göran Granholm (VTT) and Karin Verploegen (representing Gispen) pitched UIW at the recent EFFRA Factories of the Future (FoF) Conference, 15th and 16th September 2016, in Brussels. Read more

Use-it-Wisely's Community of Practice

Collaboration for Innovation: Use It Wisely’s Sector Connector Community

Collaboration between previously unconnected sectors has emerged as one of the main benefits of the Use-It-Wisely project. Industrial, SME, academic and research partners have connected their thinking and ways of working to address challenges and objectives they didn’t even know they had in common. This has inspired UIW partners to think outside the box and apply tools and methods from a completely different sector to their own business, with surprising results. Read more

Ocean Shipyards

Keeping Tourism Afloat

Ocean Shipyard is a family-run business whose history can be traced back almost a hundred years. The father and grandfather of Vassilis Stratis founded Ocean and started out supplying small wooden fishing boats to fishermen in Northern Greece. Vassilis now works with his father in a state of the art shipyard just outside Athens in Greece, supplying a range of vessels, from passenger boats for the tourism industry, to boats for personal and recreational use, as well as industrial and professional uses. Read more

Thought Leader

The transition from consumption to reuse requires systematic change says Pieter Noorlander, CEO of innovative Dutch furniture manufacturers Gispen.
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ALTEC - Interstellar Advances

(Inter)Stellar Advances

Augmented collaboration behind the scenes in the space industry is improving customer experience through increased customer involvement. Use-It-Wisely space partners set out almost three years ago to develop innovative software that will allow adaptable and customisable systems for spacecraft manufacturing and upgrades. This involves direct involvement of the customer, so that the overall system is adaptable to different types of space missions. Read more

Volvo

Industry Partner – Vehicle Manufacturing and Engineering

Sweden

AB Volvo
SE-405 08 Gothenburg,
Sweden.

Tel (Switch): +46 31 660000
Tel (Reception): +46 31 665170
Email: groupinfo@volvo.com
Web: www.volvogroup.com

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and drive systems for marine and industrial applications. Success is largely due to the company’s ability to continuously develop new innovative solutions that assist customers in their operations and that increase safety and reduce the environmental impact.

Most of the Group’s technical developments take place in Volvo Group Trucks Technology. All research, engine development and most of the purchasing for the entire Volvo Group are located here and this is where the Group’s trucks are developed.

Volvo Group Trucks Technology has approximately 10,000 employees, mostly engineers. They work in global teams with offices, workshops and laboratories in many countries worldwide.

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Volvo

Industry Partner – Vehicle Manufacturing and Engineering

Sweden

AB Volvo
SE-405 08 Gothenburg,
Sweden.

Tel (Switch): +46 31 660000
Tel (Reception): +46 31 665170
Email: groupinfo@volvo.com
Web: www.volvogroup.com

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and drive systems for marine and industrial applications. Success is largely due to the company’s ability to continuously develop new innovative solutions that assist customers in their operations and that increase safety and reduce the environmental impact.

Most of the Group’s technical developments take place in Volvo Group Trucks Technology. All research, engine development and most of the purchasing for the entire Volvo Group are located here and this is where the Group’s trucks are developed.

Volvo Group Trucks Technology has approximately 10,000 employees, mostly engineers. They work in global teams with offices, workshops and laboratories in many countries worldwide.

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Thales Alenia Space

Industry Partner – Space Technologies

Italy

Thales Alenia Space
Strada Antica di Collegno 253,
10146 Torino,
Italy.

Tel: 39 06 415 14 24 24
Web: www.thalesgroup.com/en/thales-alenia-space

Thales Alenia Space is a joint subsidiary of Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), and a partner in the Space Alliance along with Telespazio. The company has 7,500 employees in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany and United States, and posted total revenues of 2.1 billion euros in 2011.

Thales Alenia Space has more than 40 years of experience in the design, integration, testing, operation and commissioning of innovative space systems. Featuring cutting-edge technologies, these systems meet the needs of commercial, government, scientific, defense and security customers from around the world.

The satellites and payloads designed by Thales Alenia Space set the global standard for space systems that provide communications and navigation services, monitor our environment and the oceans, help us better understand climate change and drive scientific progress. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of communications satellites, platforms and payloads, which account for 50% of its business, offering a complete range of solutions, from high-performance components to turnkey systems.

Thales Alenia Space has been the prime contractor for European weather satellites for more than three decades. The company is also a strategic supplier of military satellite communications systems in Europe, as prime contractor for three generations of the Syracuse system in France and two generations of its Italian counterpart Sicral, and space segment prime for the German system Satcom BW.

Always a pivotal partner in Europe’s missions to explore our Solar System, Thales Alenia Space has integrated orbiters, produced sub-surface radars and, above all, the company designed the Huygens probe – a world first, which explored the atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Thales Alenia Space is also prime contractor for ExoMars, ESA’s most ambitious Mars mission, and for Herschel and Planck, the largest space observatories ever built in Europe. In addition, we developed Corot, the French “exoplanet” hunter, and we are working on the Alma radiotelescope array in Chile.

Advanced electronics from Thales Alenia Space represents about half of the avionics used on the Ariane 5 launcher. In addition, the company is the only European subcontractor on the Russian Soyuz launchers now being operated from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, as supplier of the European safety kit.

Thales Alenia Space is also a leading supplier to the International Space Station and is a pivotal player in space systems designed to explore the Universe.

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RD Velho

Industry Partner – Engineering and Design

Finland

RD Velho
Myyrmäentie 2A,
01600 Vantaa,
Finland.

Tel: (+358.10) 821 4800
Fax: 0030 210 6021556
Email: sales@rdvelho.com
Web: www.rdvelho.com/en/

RD Velho Ltd is a strongly growing engineering office who has concentrated on producing product development services for electrical and electro-mechanical devices. Our core competence can be found in the mechanical engineering, industrial design and industrial package design.

We design, manage or implement the external tasks of your core operations effectively and flexibly. The task of our operations models is to find the saving points, provide new viewpoints, save time and thus increases the profitability.

Referring to our experience of many years in product development projects, production and customer service tasks, we dare to say that we are ”the wizards of our business”.

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Ocean

Manufacturing Partner – Ship Building

Greece

Ocean
Anoiksis 8,
Ag. Georgios,
Koropi,
Attica,
P.O. 385,
Greece.

Tel: 0030 210 6021419
Fax: 0030 210 6021556
Email: ocean@ocean.gr
Web: www.ocean.gr

Ocean shipyard (M. Muscat – K. Stratis Co.) was founded in 1982 by Konstantinos B. Stratis and Michael K. Muscat in Peania Attica. The company started out by manufacturing wooden fishing vessels, continuing the Moschatou family tradition of shipbuilding which began with the establishment of a police state. The yard is also directly linked to the famous Kavala shipyard which, for decades previously, built wooden boats of various types and sizes to cater for both local and national freight and fishing needs.

Growing and adapting over time, in line with the industry, the shipyard developed a comprehensive range of commercial boats, of between 7.50m and in size, made entirely from composite materials such as fibreglass-reinforced plastic. This range proved so successful that Ocean had now become a leader in Greek commercial vessel manufacturing, working with coastal fisheries and the largest fish farms in the country.

As demand increased for larger, faster and more reliable vessels, in the late 1990s the shipyard turned to building ‘Deep V’ hull type speedboats ranging in length from 12m to 15.50m. Having developed and established this solid and reliable hull type as its foundation, the yard went on to build tens of passenger vessels for the tourism industry, personnel transport vessels, barges and research vessels as well as offshore fishing boats.

Having gained years of experience from manufacturing these vessels, in 2007 Ocean commenced refreshing and renewing their older models to create new ones starting with the Ocean 33 (995) in two versions – recreational and commercial – and continuing with the Ocean 1400, Ocean 1650 and 850V.

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Gispen

Industry Partner – Office Space and Furniture Design

The Netherlands

Gispen International BV
Parallelweg West 23,
4104 AZ Culemborg,
Netherlands.

Tel: +31 (0)345 474 211
Fax: +31 (0)345 520 169
Email: info@gispen.nl
Web: www.gispen.com

Gispen is our name. We are an inspiring and skillfull partner to our clients. And for our buyers, our products are reliable and made of surprising and sustainable design.

As designer, manufacturer and supplier, we create optimum environments that have a positive influence on people. It is our persuasion that well-designed products and cleverly furnished spaces lead to inspiration as well as motivation. Due to intensive cooperation with national and international designers, clients, partners and suppliers, innovative and stimulating solutions are realised for living, working, learning and residing.

Sustainability: how to maximise human well-being and at the same time to minimise environmental strain. Lifecycle and also recycling are always a starting point when drafting a design. These starting points determine the manner of production and ultimately recycling again. We also involve our clients continuously with our aspiration for maximum durability. Furthermore, we also offer new talented (designers) the chance to develop themselves on a social level.

We believe in the power of Innovation. Just like designer Willem Hendrik Gispen, who made his products accessible to a wide public. Our focus is set on renewal, with attention to well-being, technology and environment. This method results in smart solutions for the home and working environment in order to give people the chance to thrive.

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ALTEC

Industry Partner – Space

Italy

ALTEC S.p.A.
C.so Marche, 79,
10146 Torino,
Italy.

Tel: (+39.11) 7430 301
Fax: (+39.11) 7430 115
E-mail: info@altecspace.it
Web: www.altecspace.it

ALTEC – Advanced Logistics Technology Engineering Center – is the Italian center of excellence for the provision of engineering and logistics services to support operations and utilization of the International Space Station and the development and implementation of planetary exploration missions.

ALTEC is a public-private company owned by the major European space company, Thales Alenia Space (51%), the Italian Space Agency ASI (29%) and the public consortium ICARUS (20% – formed by Piedmont Local Government and Finmeccanica). ALTEC is based in Turin and has liaison offices at NASA and ESA.

ALTEC’s services range from engineering and logistics support, training of astronauts, to supporting experiments in biomedicine in particular, the processing of scientific data, the development and management of the ground segment of space programs and the promotion of space culture.

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