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SFI Manufacturing's Annual Report 2016

SFI Manufacturing's Annual Report 2016

Published 21 June 2017

SFI Manufacturing is a cross-disciplinary centre for research based innovations for competitive high value manufacturing in Norway. The research centre has had a successful 2016. – The first full year for SFI Manufacturing was a great one, says centre manager Sverre Gulbrandsen-Dahl.

Computerized production line at Plasto, 1 of the 14 industrial partners. Photo: Plasto
Computerized production line at Plasto, 1 of the 14 industrial partners. Photo: Plasto

SFI Manufacturing's vision is to show that sustainable and advanced manufacturing is possible in high cost countries, with the right products, technologies and humans involved. Cross-disciplinary research on multi-material products and processes, automated production and innovative organizations will provide a knowledge based toolbox for future industrial innovations.

Good start

– 2016 was the first full year of SFI Manufacturing. During the year, the centre has established itself as a major force in Norwegian manufacturing, both politically and in the field of research, says Lars Stenerud, CEO of Plasto and Chair of the SFI board.

– The first full year for SFI Manufacturing was a great one, says centre manager Sverre Gulbrandsen-Dahl. – The overall status at the centre is according to plan. The good start gives us the peace of mind to step up to the challenge of achieving our cross-disciplinary goals.

PhD candidates

The focus in 2016 has been recruitment of PhD candidates within the centre. The ambition was to start half of the 14 PhD scholarships within the first 1,5 years of the centre period, in order to have two education cohorts where the candidates have the possibility to follow similar development.

– We are very pleased to announce that we are not only are according to plan concerning the number of employed PhD candidates, but we have succeeded with recruitment of excellent qualified candidates in all areas of research within SFI Manufacturing.

The shaping and development of each of these PhD positions will be the core of the centre activity in the years to follow.

New heights in 2017

– As centre director I am confident that we have had a successful take-off in 2016 and that the started activities will take our consortium to new heights in 2017, says Sverre Gulbrandsen-Dahl.

Porject duration:

01/06/2015 - 31/05/2023