- Helping European Manufacturers to Face Challenges of Rapidly Changing Markets -


Brussels, Tuesday 18th October 2016: Leading manufacturing experts from research, academia, industry and policy presented the research results of the EU FP7-funded Use-it-Wisely project at an event in Neth-ER (Netherlands House of Education and Research) today. 

Results will have widespread impact for European manufacturers, enabling the adaption of high investment complex products and services in rapidly changing markets. Speakers examined how this will affect the changing business environment, and customer needs. 

Keynote speaker Dr Erastos Filos from European Commission DG Research and Innovation said:

Use-It-Wisely has created innovative frameworks and tools using Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality, as well as business models that allow European manufacturers to face the challenges of rapidly changing markets. The research and development activities of Use-It-Wisely address sustainability and thus contribute to the achievement of the European Commission’s Circular Economy objectives. The breakthroughs of Use-It-Wisely are applicable across many industrial sectors and will have a direct impact on Europe's competitiveness”.

Use-it-Wisely achieved scientific breakthroughs by creating and validating a holistic systems engineering structure. This structure combines human-machine systems, product lifecycle management, business and organisational dynamics. The project’s unique approach focused on six industry ‘Clusters’, bringing together researchers, manufacturers and their customers. This clustering approach gave the project a distinct advantage – by utilising existing links between research organisations and their respective industries, the project was more productive and resulted in greater benefits for the customer.

Use-It-Wisely comprised 20 partners from nine European countries across researchers, manufacturers and their customers. During the three year project, the clusters worked on addressing specific challenges in six sectors: power plant turbines; mobile rock crushers; space products; trucks; shipping; and office furniture. 

The other speakers presenting to policy makers and industry groups at today’s event included:

  • Göran Granholm, Use-it-Wisely Project Coordinator from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
  • Dr Riikka Virkkunen, also from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, presented the overall results and benefits of the project. Each cluster has developed tools and frameworks bringing innovative upgrades to high investment products and services. This allows agile adaption within changing markets and business environments. The cluster results have an impact in their respective industries, but also contribute to reducing waste and increasing competitiveness at a European level. All of the project results focus on the end-user and enhancing the customer experience.
  • Karin Verploegen, representing Gispen, presented ‘Sustainable Product and Service Upgrades’ on behalf of project partners Gispen and TNO. Karin explained their aim was to prolong the lifespan of furniture by implementing the principles of Circular Economy. Gispen and TNO developed two tools to enhance sustainable business practices – designing for upgrades and re-use, measuring the impact of linear and circular use of products, and calculating the reduction of environmental impact.
  • Professor Björn Johansson, from Chalmers University of Technology worked with Volvo during the project to enhance factory floor changes in the production of truck cabs. Chalmers worked with Volvo during this project to develop more efficient and better upgrade and change processes He
  • Tommi Mannerjoki from RD Velho spoke about research carried out on upgrades of mobile rock crushers. With new technologies becoming accessible in 3D scanning, Augmented Reality and Additive Manufacturing, Tommi and his project partners in Metso Minerals researched how to easily gather 3D information from mobile crushing machines and how to manufacture single parts. They tested two different 3D scanning techniques, 3D laser scanning, Augmented Reality, and Additive Manufacturing. Research results will allow better and easier communication between manufacturers, their stakeholders and customers, and for networking success for SMEs. 

For more information, visit Follow developments of the Use-it-Wisely project on Twitter: @UIWFP7. Use-it-Wisely received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 609027


A press release was issued by ICCS for the official launch of the NeMo's European project activities, on the 4th of October 2016, in Athens, Greece. The press release that was send out to several  press contacts and is available as PDF both in GR and EN languages, provides an overview of the project goals towards the facilitation of the wide deployment of electromobility in the road transport sector, its concept and expected impact. As a result the following articles were published in Greek popular online media:  


A Press Release was issued by the ROBO-SPECT project Coordinator, ICCS, on the occasion of the project’s final trials in Egnatia Tunnels and the demonstration of its final results,on September 22nd, 2016. Please find the press release in GR here as a PDF.

The press release was distributed through the majority of trusted Greek media (electronic and print) and generated extensive and positive publicity in key news portals and other technology blogs. The respective articles are available  both as URL links and pdf files below: 

A press release announcing the start of the SCENT project, was issued by ICCS and distributed through the majority of trusted Greek media (electronic and print) on September 26th, 2016. The press release, generated an article in subject portal

The article, entitled “To an interactive Citizen Observatory for the Environment”, highlights project’s main objectives and future planned activities, stressing the expected impact of SCENT’s smart toolbox and initiative in influencing the European environmental policy making process.

Please find both the ICCS press release and article below in a pdf format:

  • ICCS press release in GR(pdf
  • article (pdf

In this article different videos and TV footages showcasing the trials tha took place in the framework of the RECONASS project on August 25, 2016 in Sweden are included: 


The RECONASS project field demonstration have been succesfully performed in Alvdalen, Sweden, on August 25, 2016. During the trials Dr. Angelos Amditis, Head of I-SENSE Group and RECONASS project coordinator, gave an interview in TV4 News explaining the developed RECONASS system and the need this system has been developed to cover in the structural assesment area, as well as the performed trials during which, the RECONASS system as a whole, assessed rapidly the structural condition of the monitored building after a disastrous event. 

You can watch the video of the whole interview below.


The Horizon magazine, the European Union’s Research and Innovation Magazine, has published on Tuesday 28 June 2016 an article entitled: Electric roads to charge your car as you drive’ which features the FABRIC project work. The article was  a result of Dr. Amditis interview regarding project activties at the Horizon magazine editorial manager Elizabeth Boorman. 

The article is available at <link> Enjoy reading! 

To learn more on FABRIC activities please visit the project official sites: or join our discussion on LinkedIn.

ICCS holds the 31st position in the list of the Top 50 Research Centers in Europe and is one of the 5 Greek Research Centers appear in that list. Τhis rating is derived from the Horizon 2020 Monitoring Report 2014 and the criteria for the rating has to do with the number of European projects that each Research Center participates and the overall funding received for the years 2011-2013.

Proffessor Yannis Vassilliou, ICCS director, gave an interview about ICCS's success in the Greek magazine Οικονομική Επιθεώρηση/ Oikonomiki Epitheorisi published on June 2016. The respective article is available here as pdf.

The European Union’s Research and Innovation Magazine, the Horizon magazine, has published the article entilted: "Quake, storm or fire? Airborne tech is coming to the rescue" which produced by an interview that Dr. Angelos Amditis, the Head of I-SENSE Research Group, gave and features the RECONASS project.

A link to the article can be found here: 

The Greek Magazine "4 troxoi" published on 10 February 2016 a very interesting and detailed article about the CityMobil2 demonstration of public transport automated vehicles, without a driver that is currently taking place in the City of Trikala, including interviews of the basic contributors.

angelos Amditis 4troxoiAmongst them Dr. Angelos Amditis, Research Director of ICCS and the Head of I-SENSE Research Group had explained the State of the Art technologies and future trends on automation in road transport at a European and International level as well as the importance of the Trikala pilot activities towards the creation of an automated transportation system. He also talked about the I-SENSE Group's overall activities in the area of Intelligent Transport System ephasising specifically on the related to automation and to dynamic charging for EVs work of the Group. 

The full article is available at: