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KET4CleanProduction Newsletter - Issue #6

Welcome to the sixth KET4CleanProduction Newsletter, an edition focusing on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and cooperation opportunities among Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and KET Technology Centres.
The EU-funded project KET4CleanProduction aims to help SMEs tackle their clean production challenges while being innovative, competitive and sustainable. By encouraging the use of advanced manufacturing technologies and related key enabling technologies, the production processes are expected to upgrade towards a more energy and material efficient state.

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News from the "KET4CleanProduction" world

Save the date! 10 June 2021 – KET4CleanProduction Network Launch & Brokerage Event


We are glad to announce that the KET4CleanProduction official network launch and brokerage event will take place online on the 10th June 2021.

We invite companies, technology centres and business support organisations looking for partners to explore cooperation opportunities.

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Open-Eco-Innovation for SMEs with Pan-European Key Enabling Technology Centres

The KET4CleanProduction partners prepared a scientific publication demonstrating the advantages of the open innovation concept and cooperation among European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), technology centres (TCs) and Enterprise Europe Network members (EENs). The main conclusions are:

- For 68% of the surveyed SMEs, clean and sustainable production is (very) important.

- KET TCs are able to support SMEs efficiently regarding clean production.

- EENs play an important role in the implementation and management of open-eco-innovation processes.

- A pan-European triangular open innovation process has enabled many innovation projects to be completed within 7 months.

- Dissemination and communication activities are important to overcome distrust of general open-innovation projects

- An exclusively digital communication leads to difficulties in understanding the technical problems of the SMEs. Personal meetings among SMEs and KET-TCs are very costly but more effective to understanding the problem and proposed a suitable solution.  

The article was published in the October 2020 edition of the Clean Technology Journal.

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KET4CleanProduction new services!

KET4CleanProduction launched new service offers provided by renowned technology centres across Europe to support companies in the deployment of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in order to increase their competitiveness and sustainability. The services include:

- Technology Access, Support and Consultancy

- Commission a custom technology report or investigation

- Study tours to investigate specific technology domains

- Using the KET4CleanProduction state-of-the-art facilities

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Meet our Micro Grant Winners!


The 7th cut-off date for Micro Grants took place in January 2020 and six companies were granted. All of them have already finalised their projects successfully. You can find out more about their stories in the links below:

Stelem - Metal electrodes on ceramic electronic components 

Fuchshofer Advanced Manufacturing - Bionic airflow optimization

KEKO Equipment - Ceramic pressure sensors

Bluegene Technologies - Microbiological fermentation process for dyes

KET4CleanProduction invites Enterprise Europe Network members to join the community

KET4CleanProduction’s ambition is to establish a growing open innovation ecosystem among KET Technology Centers (TCs) and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with the support of Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) partners. As our network is scaling up, more EEN members are invited to join the community. Our aim is to create a sustainable web-based platform in order to facilitate SMEs to access solutions for a more efficient, clean production and strengthen their competitiveness.

If you are EEN partner, you can promote the services of the KET4CleanProduction platform to your local manufacturing SMEs and support them increasing their competitiveness.

A special training for EEN partners is available here to guide you. Don’t forget to ask for your certificate, when you’re done!

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 777441

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