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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 13 March, 2013
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Internationalisation Responsible
ECCP Responsible Person
ECCP Responsible Person
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Metalworking Technology
Production Technology and Heavy Machinery
Technology fields: 
3D printing
Machine Tools
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Politecnico di Milano
Research Organisation
Research Organisation
Research Organisation
Indeva Group
Larger Company
Tessitura Taiana Virgilio spa
 CAMFART fabbrica mole srl
 Whirlpool Europe S.r.l.
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

AFIL aims to promote and facilitate research and innovation as regards practices and enabling technologies for the manufacturing sector in order to support and develop the Lombard production system’s leadership and competitiveness.

  • To set up a STABLE COMMUNITY by connecting companies, Universities, Research Institutions and Associations, thus favouring COOPERATION by promoting RESEARCH AND INNOVATION projects and initiatives
  • To be a REFERENCE actor for the REGION for the defining of RESEARCH and INNOVATION strategies in theMANUFACTURING sector.
  • To support the development of a Research and Innovation EXTRAREGIONAL NETWORK through the participaton to CFI – INTELLIGENT FACTORY NATIONAL CLUSTER and the connection with different EUROPEAN REGIONS within SMART SPECIALIZATION strategies.
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Periodic Information dissemination
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 

Other : International Collaboration aimed at involving our SMEs in a European network

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
CFI- Intelligent Factory Italian Cluster
Fundació Privada CEQUIP
HTSC (Brainport)
Standortagentur Tirol
Bayern Innovativ GmbH
Business Upper Austria - OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH
Marche Manufacturing
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)

ERICA Establishing Regional Cluster Agreement for sharing good practices in Advanced Manufacturing (TREC - Towards EU Regional Economic Convergence)  this progject aims at establishing an interregional cluster partnership strategy leaded by the main innovation and transference institutions (both clusters and technology centres) of each participating region (Catalonia, Lombardy, Nord-Pas de Calais and South Netherlands) in order to overcome current industry needs and constrains towards Advanced Manufacturing Smart Specialisation Strategy, with a special focus on Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing (ESM).  This cluster partnership strategy will provide interregional collaboration for the improvement of the support to SMEs in innovation and transference in ESM through the conceptualisation of Joint Actions and their related investment plan; as well as the engagement of stakeholders to ERICA for provision of expert knowledge and sharing of good practices.

BEinCPPS: Business Experiments in Cyber Physical Production System (H2020-FoF-2015) It aims to integrate and experiment a CPS-oriented Future Internet-based machine-factory-cloud service platform firstly intensively in five selected Smart Specialization Strategy Vanguard regions (Lombardia in Italy, Euskadi in Spain, Baden Wuertemberg in Germany, Norte in Portugal, Rhone Alpes in France), afterwards extensively in all European regions, by involving local competence centers and manufacturing SMEs. The final aim of this Innovation Action is to dramatically improve the adoption of CPPSs all over Europe by means of the creation, nurturing and flourishing of CPSdriven regional innovation ecosystems, made of competence centers, manufacturing enterprises and IT SMEs

Vanguard Initiatives

The Vanguard Initiative New Growth through Smart Specialisation is an initiative that is driven by a political commitment of regions to use their smart specialisation strategy for boosting new growth through bottom-up entrepreneurial innovation and industrial renewal in European priority areas. It seeks to lead by example in developing interregional cooperation and multi-level governance for supporting clusters and regional eco-systems to focus on smart specialisations in priority areas for transforming and emerging industries. Vanguard regions wish to build the synergies and complementarities in smart specialisation strategies to boost world-class clusters and cluster networks, in particular through pilots and large scale demonstrators. These investments will strengthen the competitive capacity of Europe to lead in new industries for the future and develop lead-markets that offer solutions for our common challenges

S34GROWTH Enhancing policies through interregional cooperation: New industrial value chains for growth (INTERREG EUROPE) The main objective of the S34Growth project is to develop and improve existing regional policy instruments to facilitate interregional collaboration, which in turn will support the renewal of Europe’s industry and competitiveness. The project will engage ten European regions from 8 EU countries, as well as businesses, universities and other innovation actors from the regions, in innovative policy­learning, exchange of experience and co­-creation activities. S34Growth activities build on an innovative methodology (learn, connect, demonstrate, commercialise) identified within the Vanguard Initiative, which consists of regional stakeholders learning from each other, connecting the organisations and activities, and moving on to demonstration projects with the ultimate goal of improving commercialisation and product and service development processes.

3DCentral - Catalyzing Smart Engineering and Rapid Prototyping

The project aims at connecting “islands of innovation” to a stable network of regions for innovation. It´s focused on smart engineering & rapid prototyping where a substantial, current & future emerging market for CE cooperation partners is visible. Accordingly, the main objective is to develop, implement and anchor powerful, practicable, future robust Knowledge Axes for the CENTRAL Europe (KACE) cooperation area to tighten and boost the linkages and capacities amongst the relevant technology & innovation actors of smart engineering & rapid prototyping.

CARE4TECH - Cross-sectoral Alliances for Smart Living

The CARE4TECH project reinforces alpine relevant technologies for smart living (e.g. health, mobility) by a powerful project group and stakeholders´ net. The main outputs expected from the project are the Alpine Space ATLAS, a map of leading cases and approaches classiffied into a knowledge base, a grouping of thematic excellences to cooperate, de-creation of 4 "Alpine Space Task Forces" which are Living Lab ecosystems supported by 4 Elichs and the setting of the Alpine Space Think Tank, a permanent policy and stakeholders platform.

SMARTSPACE - Smart manufacturing for Alpine Space SMEs

The project aims at triggering a process of manufacturing innovation, needed to remain competitive and overcome the challenges coming from emerging markets. SMART-SPACE leverages on digital technologies to be applied to the entire production chain: from production, to logistics and sales,  increasing the companies competitiveness and improving the quality and safety of both products and enterprises in order to turn them into 4.0 companies.

MIUR, the italian Ministry of Education, University and Research funded projects focused on intelligent factory. Our cluster is part of the managing team of these projects and cluster members actively partecipate to the projects.

Success Story / Achievements: 

Vanguard Matchmaking Event (Brussels, 25th February 2016)  

Vanguard is a network between the 28 most advanced European Region, focused on best practices and project sharing within the advance manufacturing sector.

AFIL is the subject appointed to represent the interest of Lombardy Region as technical referent.

The attendance to Vanguard allowed AFIL to involve its members on priority issues in these European Advance Manufactoring environments:

  •  Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing
  •  3D Printing
  •  High Performance Manufactoring for Oil & Gas application

The initiative has stimulated the creation and development of workgroups which have involved and generated (from 2014/06)

  •   More than 70 AFIL member Organizations and 60 not member Organizations
  •   More than 400 recorded attendance to workgroups meetings
  •   30 meetings
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Establish a collaboration with AFIL will allow you to:

  • Create new opportunities for R&D in Europe both with research centers, universities and companies
  • Set up international innovation and collaboration networks
  • Be updated on the last innovations in the field of advanced manufacturing 

In addition, our cluster ensures:

  • A regional context with a high manufacturing value, with strong technological and research competencies in the development of plants and machinery and in technologies to support the Industry.
  • Strong focus on technologies that enable intense technology transfer;
  • Strong local scientific representation: public and private research centres and universities;
  • Cutting-edge governance system that guarantees equal participation of businesses of all sizes in the association’s activity;
  • Strong member connections with the European technological platforms and National Technological Clusters, allowing intense innovation activity and relations.