A project to support the digitalization of polymer materials companies
POLYTRONICS is the winner of the "Initial Network of European Digital Innovation Hubs" (EDIH) call for projects launched by the European Commission to support the digitalization of polymer materials companies
Supported by the Polymeris cluster, POLYTRONICS is one of the 10 French EDIHs selected and funded by the European Commission as part of the "Digital Europe" program. This program aims to strengthen the adoption of digital technologies by companies and to build an ethical and sustainable European vision of the deployment of digital solutions for businesses (Artificial Intelligence (AI), cybersecurity and high performance computing).
The 18 members of the consortium mobilized for the construction of the POLYTRONICS application, as well as the associated partners, are delighted with this announcement which marks the starting point of a new stage in the deployment of the digital roadmap in three regions: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Centre-Val de Loire.
POLYTRONICS: Your innovation window for smart polymers and digital technologies
Initiated in 2020 by the Polymeris cluster, POLYTRONICS' mission is to raise awareness and support polymer materials companies (plastics, textiles, composites and rubbers) in their digital transformation thanks to artificial intelligence for the digitization of their processes and products.
A concrete support program will enable companies, mainly SMEs and ETIs, to identify and seize the many opportunities offered by Artificial Intelligence. The companies supported will benefit from a course and customized services following 4 axes:
- Test before you invest: an initial awareness and diagnostic phase on the use of data and technical support with easy access to laboratories and testing and experimentation equipment,
- Skills and Training: a training offer on dedicated transversal skills,
- Investment support: simplified access to financing tools,
- Innovation ecosystem and networking: an opening to Europe through technical and commercial collaborations with other European EDIHs.
POLYTRONICS: AI for sustainable and innovative materials
Societal and environmental issues are at the heart of the use of Artificial Intelligence in the POLYTRONICS support program and of the action of its consortium, which will deploy it in the three regions mainly targeted and in the entire polymer materials sector.
POLYTRONICS is fully in line with Europe's ambition for an ethical and sustainable use of new digital technologies and a deployment in accordance with Europe's "Green Deal" program. The issues of resource use, integration of recycled material or traceability will be addressed through the application of digital technologies, including Artificial Intelligence.
EDIH to connect companies and ecosystems
An EDIH (European Digital Innovation Hub) is a grouping of players whose purpose is to provide a one-stop shop, either physical or virtual, to connect companies in their territories to the resources and ecosystems they need to succeed in their digital transformation.
It practices a strong networking activity with the other EDIH to ensure a mutual increase in competence. Finally, they will support private companies, including SMEs and start-ups, as well as the public sector in their digital transformation.
POLYTRONICS project is led by Polymeris,, a competitiveness cluster for rubber, plastics and composites, specialized in supporting innovative start-ups and SMEs, and complemented by Techtera, competitiveness cluster, the textile materials cluster. Accompanied by the consortium composed of IPC, IFTH, Université d’Orléans, FEMTO-ST, CRESITT Industrie, SWARM, MAYFAIR VILLAGE, INNOVALLYS, GEMTEX (ENSAIT), Université Lyon 1 Claude Bernard, ALTAIR Engineering France, FABLAB Orléanais, Université Dijon Bourgogne, S2P, INSA Lyon, the project is supported by the regions Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche Comté et Centre-Val de Loire. The regional innovation agencies and the CCI of these regions are also associated with the project, in order to promote Polytronics' actions to companies. EDIH aims to bring together the ecosystem necessary to facilitate the digital transition of polymer materials companies: technical centers and technology platforms, training and research players, competitiveness clusters, and players involved in supporting innovation and digital transformation.