Consortium

Created in 1985, PNO is a high-growth knowledge intensive company, operating in 12 European countries. The growth is explained by a unique combination of services, based on profound insight in research, innovation and funding strategies, up-to-date knowledge and over 25 years of hands-on expertise with more than 500 funding programmes in most EU countries. The company has the proven capability to link innovation suppliers and adopters
from a unique Europe- wide client network in multiple sectors, using advanced methodologies, ICT solutions and proprietary on-line networking. PNO has its own
community building, management and dissemination tools, the core one being Innovation Place © www.innovationplace.eu. With Innovation Place, PNO offers its clients an innovative service concept, up-to-date web-based tool, knowledge base and European wide
communities to manage their own innovation, projects, funding knowledge and networks, combined with the best consultancy support.

Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) is an international centre of excellence for research and education in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, established by the Government of Aragon in Spain, in partnership with the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL-MIT) and the University of Zaragoza. ZLC actively engages with industry and the public sector to develop and disseminateknowledge and to accomplish its mission. The ZLC is directly linked to the development of PLAZA – the largest logistics park in Europe and it has partnered with the Center for Transportation and Logistics at MIT to form the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program. Also, the MIT Global SCALE (Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence) Network was initially formed in 2004, with the opening of the ZLC, and it now spans four continents with the addition of the Center for Latin American Logistics Innovation (CLI-Colombia) and the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI). In 2006 the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science designated ZLC as the National Centre of Excellence for research in the area of logistics and supply chain management – CNC-LOGISTICA. CNC-LOGISTICA acts as coordinator of the Spanish Technology Platform in
Logistics, Intermodality and Mobility – Logistop. Finally, ZLC coordinated the efforts to establish the European Technology Platform on Logistics (ALICE) through WINN project.

TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek) is one of the major contract research organisations in Europe. With a staff of approximately 3500 and an annual turnover of 580 million Euros, TNO is carrying out research in order to achieve impact on the following Five themes: Healthy Living, Industry, Urbanization, Energy, and Defence, Safety and Security. TNO functions as an intermediary between basic research organisations and industry. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO contributes to the innovation capacity of businesses and government. TNO is involved in many international projects (about 30% of the market turnover), including EU-funded collaborations.

CNR-ITIA is the Institute for Industrial Technologies and Automation of the National Council of Research in Italy. The Institute’s strategic mission is the growth of competitiveness and
sustainability of manufacturing in Italy and Europe through industrial innovation. The RTD activities of the institute aim at innovating products, processes and organisations in several research areas, by focusing on following applicative areas: mechatronic knowledge-based systems, robotics, multilayer adaptive control systems, microsystems, virtual prototyping, supply chain management, management and business paradigms.