The EACN Initiative rewards the best practices in industrial modernization

Submitted by Borja Dapena G… on 02 November 2020

One of the activities planned in the framework of the EACN initiative is the identification of success stories on industrial modernisation implemented by small and medium-sized enterprises, in order to encourage other SMEs to follow these examples and advance in their change process towards the factory 4.0.

For this purpose, the EACN partners are launching this call with the aim of identifying companies with successful 4.0 projects related to any of the following topics:

  • Virtualisation for planning processes (simulation and modelling)
  • Robotics & Artificial Intelligence in production processes
  • Elasticity of production processes
  • Skills and competences

The most relevant ones will receive an award in the framework of the EACN high-level conference, which will be organized online in December this year.

Requirements to participate

Who can participate: any automotive SME (including car makers, component manufacturers, service or technology providers, research and technological centres, etc.) coming from any country, who has successfully implemented an industrial modernisation project related to any of the EACN areas of interest: virtualization, robotics and AI, elasticity or skills. For each one of these categories, only one project per company is allowed to be presented.

How to participate: Registration is completely free. Just fill in the following registration form in English to have a full description of your project. All the fields are compulsory and must be completed to have the information required to be evaluated. The covered form has to be sent to the following email: info [at] 

Deadline for submission:  20 November 2020 11:59 p.m. CET

Evaluation Committee and assessment criteria

An Evaluation Committee, made up of one representative from each EACN consortium member, will assess all the projects received according to the following criteria:

  • Impact on the company/benefits achieved
  • Possible application in other companies
  • Level of development
  • Level of innovation
  • Complexity of the project

Through a scoring system, the Committee will be able to rank the different projects received. In a first stage, the three most valued projects in each category will be identified. In a second stage, the finalist candidates will be evaluated again through a new voting system, where the Committee members will select the winner projects.

The awarded projects will be announced during the final event of the EACN Project, which will be held online in December this year.


There will be an Award for each one of the 4 categories mentioned before. The Award, which consists of a certificate, is a recognition to these best practices on industrial modernisation and to their value as reference models for other automotive SMEs. After the final conference, the EACN initiative will send this certificate to the awarded companies and will disseminate the winning projects in the EACN own communication channels, in order to give them visibility.

Data Protection

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), personal data provided in the registration form will be processed by the EACN Project in order to manage the participation in this call. The name of the winners will be announced at the final event of the EACN project and will be made public through the EACN website and social media. By checking the acceptance box, included in the form, you give your legitimate consent for your data to be processed in accordance with the purposes described above. You can exercise your rights of access, rectification, limitation, and deletion of data at info [at] as well as the right to file a claim.

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