Project - Making Regional Manufacturing Globally Competitive and Innovative


Description (EN): This project will develop tools to enhance capacity of manufacturing companies in the NPA region to adapt and embrace new technologies and innovation. The toolbox developed will consist of subsets such as Digital manufacturing (robotics and simulation), New ideas and thinking (human centered and environmental thinking, competitiveness), Business models and modern Product innovation.
Expected Results (EN): Degree of collaborations between SMEs and R&D
Expected Outputs (EN): The project is contributing to the programme results sought under Priority Axis 1 - Using Innovation to Maintain and Develop Robust and Competitive Communities and Specific Objective 1.1: Increased innovation and transfer of new technology to SMEs in remote sparsely populated areas. The main results that the project aims to achieve are: The project will address the identified challenges and barriers faced by indigenous manufacturing companies located in the NPA region. It will share and transfer existing innovation and technology support components that have been developed and tested by the partners in their own regions for their manufacturing industries. Through the transnational partnership all of the different manufacturing innovation supports developed by each partner shall be: • Tested, implemented and refined across each partner region, • New manufacturing and product innovation services for SMEs developed through the learning from the pilot testing stage, • A full suite of manufacturing innovation supports (service toolbox) compiled by the transnational partnership.

Thematic Information

Thematics: New products and services  SME and entrepreneurship  
Specific Objective: Increased innovation and transfer of new technology to SMEs in remote sparsely populated areas
Thematic Objective: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by:
Investment Priority: (1b) promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies

Project Summary

Project name (EN): Making Regional Manufacturing Globally Competitive and Innovative
Project acronym: TARGET

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-07-04


Project start date: 2015-05-01
Project end date: 2018-04-30
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 2.027.886,00
European Union funding: EUR 1.246.213,24

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Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): South West College
Lead Partner: South West College
Department: Technology Department
Address: Mountjoy Road, Omagh Co.Tyrone,, United Kingdom
Legal status: public

Department: Centria research and development
Address: Talonpojankatu, Kokkola, Finland
Legal status: public
Address: City Hall, Quay Street,, Sligo, Ireland
Legal status: public
Department: Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences
Address: Luleå, Sweden
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Department: School of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Address: Hjardarhaga, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Department: Faculty of Engineering
Address: Lodve Langes gate, Narvik, Norway
Legal status: public
Department: Local Enterprise Office Cavan
Address: Dublin Road, Cavan, Ireland
Legal status: public
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