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Cecimo is the European Association representing the common interests of the Machine Tool Industries globally and at EU level. We bring together 15 National Associations of machine tool builders, which represent approximately 1300 industrial enterprises in Europe (EU + EFTA + Turkey), over 80% of which are SMEs. CECIMO covers 98% of total Machine Tool production in Europe and about 36% worldwide. It accounts for almost 150,000 employees and a turnover of more than €24 billion in 2016. Approximately 75% of CECIMO production is shipped abroad, whereas around half of it is exported outside Europe. CECIMO assumes a key role in determining the strategic direction of the European machine tool industry and promotes the development of the sector in the fields of economy, technology and science.

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Brabant Province. Noord-Brabant (English: North Brabant) is a province of the Netherlands, located in the south of the country.

The Province of Noord-Brabant represents the administrative layer between the national government and the local municipalities.

The provincial administration takes initiatives on an economic, social and cultural level and coordinates actions.

University of Amsterdam, Institute of Physics. Our research lab focuses on the understanding of the physics of soft structured active materials.

The goal is to develop the physics of Machine Materials, i.e. artificial materials which combine microstructure and out-of-equilibrium processes to interact with their environment in a programmable fashion. We are located at the Institute of Physics of the University of Amsterdam.

Aalen University Center for Optical Technologies

Optic research center of Aalen University.



 Keio University SFC 

One of the oldest private university in Japan.



viscotec ViscoTec Pumpen- u. Dosiertechnik GmbH 
ViscoTec Pumpen- u. Dosiertechnik GmbH manufactures systems required for conveying, dosing, applying, filling and emptying fluids with medium to high-viscosities. The headquarter is in Toeging a. Inn (Germany). Furthermore, ViscoTec has subsidiaries in the USA, China, Singapore and India, and employs worldwide about 200 people. With numerous sales partners all over the world the international distribution network is completed. Next to technically sophisticated solutions to the most complicated application, ViscoTec is the single point of contact to deliver all components for a complete system: starting from getting the fluid to the dispenser; to preparing (e.g. degassing); to finally dose the material in the desired way.

grenpacGreen PAC
Green PAC is an open innovation centre for (green) plastics, fibres and composites. We initiate and facilitate ‘business-driven’ knowledge development. Within Green PAC applied research is done, knowledge is developed and (accelerated) innovations are realised by a unique joint venture between universities of applied sciences, universities and companies in the plastics industry. By making use of the various facilities that Green PAC offers, the business community is being allowed to develop and carry out innovative projects under favourable conditions. In addition, Green PAC is focusing on education in North East Netherlands in order to strengthen the innovative power surrounding plastics technology.