CO-VERSATILE is a NEW initiative, a 21-member EU project launched to make European production systems and supply chains more flexible. The goal is to help the shift from general production to medical devices if a pandemic or a further wave of COVID-19 requires so.

The CO-VERSATILE tender was awarded to Hungarian company SZTAKI, through European Union’s Horizon 2020 emergency program to combat COVID. This project aims to enhance the versatility of the European manufacturing industry, with a particular focus on vital medical devices and protective equipment. By this project, the production capacities can be changed within 48 hours if an extremely large amount of medical equipment or protective equipment is required. Another goal is to create a so-called Digital Technopole, and this way the developments and solutions can be shared with other manufacturers all over Europe.

Adaptive and resilient production and supply chain methods and solutions are of urgent need during the current pandemic situation therefore vital medical supplies and equipment research and production is also being led by Magyar Tudományos Akadémia – MTA (HU).

The 21-member consortium includes the German Fraunhofer IGD (Institute for Computer Graphics Research) and IML (Institute for Material Flow and Logistics) research centers, EIT Manufacturing, Leibniz University and the University of Westminster, as well as several European manufacturers and Digital Agents and Innovation centers.

As a vital member of the consortium, Innomine has access to an alliance of suppliers, universities and research institutes, small and medium-sized enterprises and investors. Our main tasks will be to promote the most desirable solutions on the market by organizing a Europe-wide networking event, matchmaking /matchathon events.

View the official press release from SZTAKI.