Consortium Members

Cranfield University

United Kingdom

Cranfield University is a leading British postgraduate and research-based university with emphasis on the aerospace, agrifood, defence and security, environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems sectors.



The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. The research center conducts research in the sectors health, energy, and matter. Within the Helmholtz Association’s program “From Matter to Materials and Life” research is focused on materials research for future applications, e. g., in information technology and for energy conversion. Several large-scale facilities are operated, which are also available to external guests from around the world to help answer the decisive questions of our society.

Profactor GmbH


PROFACTOR (PRO) is an Austrian applied research company with his headquarter in Steyr. The company conducts applied production research in the field of industrial assistive systems and additive micro/nano manufacturing. The Society to promote the modernization of production technologies has founded PROFACTOR in 1995. Since end of 2016, the Upper Austrian Research (UAR) has taken over 50 percent of the shares of PROFACTOR GMBH and the Zukunftsakademie Mostviertel 10 percent. PROFACTOR acts as an interface between science and business. In more than 1,600 projects, the company has demonstrated what can be created with applied production research. More than 400 customers have trusted PROFACTOR so far – from small businesses to enterprises. The company team consists of 75 employees from 15 academic fields. They work across disciplines to find solutions for the manufacturing industry. It sets standards in robotics, image processing, simulation, and functional surfaces and nanostructures.

Metal Estalki


Metal Estalki is a Spanish company established in April 2001 that offers coating services to the industrial sector, especially for steel, hard metal, ceramic, titanium and many other materials. At present Metal Estalki coats high-quality tools and parts for automotive, aeronautics, space, mold, biomedical and several other markets. In addition, Metal Estalki benefits from the technological support of the Swiss company PLATIT a leader in PVD coating equipment manufacturing. Metal Estalki established its own R&D facility some years ago to be able of both production and research tasks, including technical consulting and customer service. R&D activities are of vital importance for the company due to the constant innovation found in this market, both in terms of development of new coatings and exploration of new applications for existing ones.



“Coatings beyond the current state of the art”
Nano4Energy is a SME company based in Madrid Spain which is dedicated to development of high end PVD coatings by sputtering. Examples of current developments are High hardness DLC with enhanced adhesion, Co-evaporation control of CIGS solar cells to achieve high controllability at high production speed. Enhanced production speed and hardness of TiN by the Nano4Energy positive pulse.