Advanced Manufacturing  in Central Europe


Advanced manufacturing technologies are a key driver of competitiveness in many industries, which contributes to keeping skills and jobs in central Europe. The AMiCE project will tackle three major challenges faced by SMEs when adopting advanced manufacturing technologies: access to knowledge; promotion of investments; and competitiveness of these projects. AMiCE will promote advanced manufacturing technologies especially focusing on 3D printing. 

The rise of 3D printing and fragmentation of required knowledge across the area demand transnational cooperation that will allow replication of best practices in different sites. The project will connect five innovation hubs that prioritise advanced manufacturing in their regional strategies. A tandem of partners including a business support institution and a leading university represents each innovation hub. AMiCE will also develop a knowledge platform, a network of shared demonstrators and pilot lines highlighting proven benefits of 3D print to new end-users. It will also set up a training and advisory programme to support the development of concepts and projects conceived by SMEs.

Genova Smart Week 2019

Genova Smart Week is a week about events, meetings and initiatives dedicated to the Smart City and the Circular Economy, promoted by the Genoa Smart City Association and the Municipality of Genoa (Italy).


The AMICE learning and demonstration networkis the circular training event of the AMiCE (Advanced Manufacturingin Central Europe) project,funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE program.The AMiCE project tacklesthree major challenges faced by SMEs when adopting advanced manufacturing technologies: access to knowledge, promotion of investments,competitiveness of these projects.

Advanced manufacturing technologies are a key driver of competitiveness in many industries, creating opportunities for applying circular design strategies and contributingto keeping skills and jobs in central Europe. Additive manufacturingcan supportcircular design strategies by creating opportunities to extend a product's lifespan, forinstance by enabling repair or upgrades, even ifproducts were not originally designed forthis.

The training eventaims at consolidating the network and align its development to the future challenges foreseen for circular economy. It will bring together the main actors of the network and ensure the high-quality operation of their network. The event also includes presentations from relevant innovations in this field, considered as an enabler to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Agendathrough eco-design and new business models. Recognizedexperts and decision-makers will participate in the event.

During the event, different sessionswill allow to identify new challenges and opportunitiesin order to be able to tackle them within the learning and demonstration network. This includes circularsuccesses storiesin areas such as circular economy strategies, industrial symbiosis, advance manufacturing, ecodesign, etc.givingparticipants the opportunity to grow their network of circular partners.

The AMICE training event, organizedin Genova, Italy, isscheduled with the5thEdition Genova Smart Weekevent, when Genoa becomes the top showcase of the Smart Cities field,thus a perfect chance to visit the city.


Thursday 28 November2019


Institutional welcome

Matteo CAMPORA, Deputy Mayor for Environment, City of GenovaGuido CONFORTI, Deputy Confindustria Genova, Senior Executive Manager of Economic Development, City of Genova

Marco INVERNIZZI, University of Genova, Vice-Chancellor for Research and technology transfer

Introductionof AMICE project and objectives of the training

Flavio Tonelli, University of Genova, Board Member and Regional Delegate -National Technological Cluster on Intelligent FactoryKatharina Schöps, Technical University of Chemnitz


Session 1 Good practices and examples of innovation services in EU

Moderator of the session: Ricardo del Valle, Bax & Company

Raffaella BRUZZONE, EU Affairs and EEN Coordinator, Genova Chamber of Commerce's Executive Agency

Susy Longoni, InnovHub, Executive Agency Milano Chamber of CommercePaola MIGLIORINI, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Environment, Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption -Team Leader Circular Economy Ilaria Re, Vanguard Initiative


Poster session: pitch presentations from network operators Networking and light lunch


Session 2: future challenges for circular economy and consequences for the network of pilot lines and demonstrators

What are the future challenges for Circular Economy

Prof. Fabio IRALDO, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, GREEN-Bocconi Observatory on Green Economy

AMICE’s regional foresight scenarios for circular economy (WP1)

Johana Reiland, Bax & Company

Regional challenges and future perspectives

AMICE tandems 5 minutes statements

16:00 –17:00

Session 3: Building a common vision and perspectives for the network of pilot lines and demonstrators

Moderators of the session: Katharina Schöps and Flavio Tonelli

Friday 29 November 2019


Tour: visit to the production line repairing broken blades using the additive manufacturing process – Ansaldo Energia


Session 4: Keynote Lectures

Cradle to Cradle design concept

Michael BRAUNGART, co-founder ofCradle to Cradle®(Germany)


Session 5: Circular successes stories

Moderator of the session: Prof. Adriana DEL BORGHI, University of Genova, Chancellor’s Delegate for Environmental Sustainability

Circular Economy design of train components

Davide Bonaffini-Hitachi Rail Italy, Polytecnic of Milan

Circular Boats & Technologies -3D printing of jigs

Paolo Licinio Nazzaro -SUPERFICI S.c.r.l


Networking + light lunch


Session 6: Closing session and network perspectives

Moderatorsof the session: Melissa Demartini and Johana Reiland

Voices of the stakeholders

Read interesting interviews about innovation, challenges and ideas from insiders in the field of additive manufacturing and circular economy.  In this section we will provide continuously updated information from actors in central europe. 

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# 1 - Dipl.-Ing. Frank Schubert, Head of the Additive Manufacturing Department at the Institute of Structural Lightweight Structures, TU Chemnitz, talks about the goals of his research area and the expectations of 3D printing. Read the article... (english version coming soon)

Prof. Dr. Bernd Delakowitz

# 2 - Prof. Dr. Bernd Delakowitz, Professor and director at the Institute for Ecology and Environmental Protection of the University of Applied Sciences Zittau / Görlitz talks about the importance of the circular economy. Read the article... (english version coming soon)

Parallelkinematische 5-Achs-Maschine

# 3 - Interview with Susanne and Marcus Witt
Ms. Witt is Managing Director and Mr. Witt is Sales Manager of METROM Mechatronic Machinery GmbH. Read the article... (english version coming soon)

Thomas Scholz

# 4 - Interview with Thomas Scholz, managing shareholder of ARNELL - Arno Hentschel GmbH . Read the article...

Martino Köhler

#5 - Interview with Martino Köhler
Innovation Manager of plastic concept GmbH. Read the article...

Prof. Dr. Henning Zeidler

#6 - Interview with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Henning Zeidler
Professor Dr.-Ing. Henning Zeidler holds the Professorship for Additive Manufacturing at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg and founder of AMTOPUS GmbH & Co. KG in Chemnitz. Read the article...

Prof. Flavio Tonelli

#7 - Interview with Prof. Flavio Tonelli,

Leader of the AMiCE work package two, Industrial engineer and professor specialized on digital manufacturing, sustainability, production and performance management.

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Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Philip Kunze

#8 - Interview with Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Phillip Kunze, Team Leader of the Department of Additive Manufacturing at the Fraunhofer Plastic Center Upper Lusatia of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) Zittau

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Lars Friedrich

#9 - Interview with Lars Friedrich, managing director of HAVLAT GmbH Zittau

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#10 - Interview with Ulf Goralski, Technical Manager of frottana Textil GmbH & Co. KG

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#11 - Interview with  Dr. Melissa Demartini, Project Manager, AMiCE Project

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#12 - Interview with Prof. Ing Adriana Del Borghi about circular economy

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Prof. Giovanni Berselli

#13 - Interview with Prof. Giovanni Berselli , Advisory Board Member for Additive Manufacturing in AMiCE Project.

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Industry News

21.10.2019, Ansaldo Energia, one of the pilot line and demonstrator chosen for the AMiCE project, has been selected to represent Italy with the Company’s Lighthouse Plant at the “Italy-USA Innovation Forum” which will be held on Friday October 18 at Stanford University and attended by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella. Read the article..

Deutsche Bahn is planning a spare part warehouse for additively manufactured parts and the inclusion of employee ideas for 3D-printed components. Read the article...

The Fraunhofer IWU presents the 3D printing process Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing (SEAM) at the Hannover Messe 2019. Read the article...

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Project AMiCE has 10 partners from central European countries and 1 associated partner

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