Founded in 1836 as a Royal Mercantile College with only a few chosen members, Technische Universität Chemnitz now looks back to an over 175-year-old history with about 11,000 students in 8 faculties nowadays.The chair Micromanufacturing Technology at the Institute for Machine Tools and Production Processes of Technische Universität Chemnitz combines expert knowledge on the fields of micro and high precision machining processes and innovative process chains for complex and challenging micro or micro-structured parts and surface technologies. The research topics that bear particular relevance to THERMACO are precision and micro cutting (also of AMC material) with defined cutting edges; micro-ECM, micro-EDM and laser ablation; micro forming and Multiphysics simulation. There is a close cooperation with the department of precision and micro manufacturing of the Fraunhofer IWU, which is also headed by Prof. Andreas Schubert.

The Technion is Israel’s leading science and engineering research university, established in 1924. Since then, the Technion has grown into a leading position in the Israeli aero-space, computer and communication industries, providing talented engineers and scientists. Many of Israel’s leading high-tech companies are founded and headed by Technion alumni. The Technion has also been home to bountiful research, and currently has three Noble laureates in its faculties. The Israeli institute of metals (Technion Research and Development Foundation, was established in 1963. The IIM acts as a bridge between the academia and industries, putting new knowledge into practical use by providing industrial service and conducting applicative research activities. The IIM is comprised of four departments, each of which focuses on a specific field: Metallurgical Engineering & Powder Technology; Foundry Technology; Corrosion Prevention, Surface Treatment & Laser technology; Vehicle & Mechanical Engineering.

The University of Bologna, Alma Mater Studiorum, was founded in 1088 and is considered to be the oldest university in Western Europe. Nowadays, it still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe with more than 85.000 enrolled students, 33 departments and 11 Schools in 5 different Campuses. It successfully participated in FP7 with a total of 262 projects funded by the European Commission in the different specific programmes. CIRI-MAM is the Interdepartmental Centre of Industrial Research on Advanced Mechanics and Materials at the University of Bologna. It was founded in 2011 with the objective of helping industries solve complex problems by using an integrated approach, from the design phase up until the production of innovative components or machines. To this purpose, teams of researchers with different skills and backgrounds are tailored to the specific industrial needs. Typical topics covered by CIRI-MAM range from automation to mechanics of machines, from production technologies to materials, from navigation to toxicology.

The Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU), Katowice, Poland is an independent research and development unit acting under the Ministry of Environment established in 1972. IETU has over 40 years’ experience in research and providing services and expertise to local and state authorities, regulators and businesses in the area of environmental management. Research activities especially address supporting decision-making processes aimed at enforcing the sustainability principle in environmental management as well as legal, institutional and organisational settings of environmentally friendly industrial development. IETU is specialized in the field of environmental impact assessment including Life Cycle Assessment and waste management. Under the activities of the Polish Platform for Eco-innovation, the Institute is active in coordination and support actions aimed at facilitating the cooperation between research and businesses in the area of eco-innovation.

NRU is a manufacturer of prototypes and small quantities in investment casting and plastic material parts. 20 years in experience offers a wide range of innovative technologies e.g. additive manufacturing combined with traditional investment casting and vacuum casting of wax and plastic materials. The opportunity to realize research projects with complex walled pieces in short periods is a policy of NRU. The choice of materials from polymers, stainless steels to titanium offers a variety for automotive, electronics and medical devices. ISO certification and engineering services from development to machining complete the process chain.

Specialvalimo J. Pap Oy is a family business started in 1959. From the start, it has specialized in difficult castings and has been in close ties with costumers and designers as their knowledge is not just limited to aluminium. Throughout the years, they also have developed their production machines to fit production challenges and by doing so, the machine makers have received an extra edge for a time on the market. Therefore, the special part in their name is not just limited to their factory floor, but it has added extra value to all parties working with them. At the moment, the company has a turnover of €3.2M with a staff of 21 people.

KIM is a reference entity in innovation, knowledge transfer and implementation of scientific technological structures worldwide, whose mission is to improve the competitiveness and the technological progress of companies through specialized services, positioning and consolidating a knowledge transfer model at global level.

Graphenea is the first European CVD graphene producer and a leading graphene company that manufactures, produces, and supplies graphene for industrial and research needs. We have developed a synthesis and transfer process to obtain high quality monolayer graphene films on any substrate. In addition, we also produce graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide platelets. Graphenea is based in the CIC nanoGune Nanotechnology Centre in San Sebastian, Spain and it is an SME founded in 2010. Our vision is to develop the Graphene industry in order to add value to the nanomaterials industry.

CECIMO is the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries, it brings together 15 national Associations of Machine Tool Builders, which represent approximately 1,500 industrial enterprises in Europe, over 80% of which are SMEs. CECIMO defends the common interests of its members, particularly in relation to authorities and associations. CECIMO also promotes the European Machine Tool Industries and their development in the fields of economy, technology and science. CECIMO covers more than 98% of total Machine Tool production in Europe and more than one third worldwide. It accounts for almost 150,000 employees and a turnover of nearly €22 Billion in 2012. Three quarters of CECIMO production is shipped abroad, whereas more than half of it is exported outside Europe.

Infineon Technologies focuses on the three central challenges of modern society: Energy Efficiency, Mobility and Security. It offers semiconductors and system solutions for automotive and industrial electronics, chip card and security applications. Infineon’s products stand out for their reliability, their quality excellence and their innovative and leading-edge technology in analogue and mixed signal, RF and power as well as embedded control. Infineon is a global company with more than 26,000 employees and 20 R&D locations worldwide. Infineon is the world’s second largest chip supplier to the automotive industry, providing automotive applications such as the car’s powertrain, body and convenience, safety management and infotainment. Infineon is world leader for power ICs and number two in the segment of power modules. In the 2012 fiscal year (ending September 2012), the company reported sales of €3.9 Billion.

Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese in North-eastern Italy. With more than 120 dealerships worldwide, Automobili Lamborghini manufactures some of the world’s most sought-after dynamic and elegant super sports cars. Lamborghini has displayed its clear leadership in the field of carbon fiber technology as early as 1983, when they used carbon fiber reinforced plastics to build up the famous Countach. As a 100 percent subsidiary of AUDI AG, it further benefits from the lightweight construction competence of the brand with the four rings. At the beginning of 2010, Automobili Lamborghini inaugurated a large photovoltaic plant which allowed to reduce the factory’s CO2 emissions by 30%, aiming to be neutral factory in terms of CO2 emissions by 2015. Lamborghini possesses a unique culture with specific know-how and clear strengths: innovative, high-technology vehicles are conceived, designed and produced by a team of highly qualified specialists in an extremely fast and efficient manner and always to uncompromising quality standards.