Time to say good bye

Dear friend,


the year and the BIFOCAlps project are drawing to a close. With this last and final newsletter we would like to say goodbye to you and review the BIFOCAlps project once again.


The project started on 01 November 2016 with the aim of promoting cooperation and synergies between the main actors of the innovation system in the Alpine region and achieving a sustainable, intelligent and competitive development of the value chain of the manufacturing industry.


Since the beginning of the BIFOCAlps project, together we have set a lot of things in motion! We have developed a framework for the future scenario Factory of the Future in the Alpine Space; on the basis of these framework conditions and studies carried out, strategic maps of the manufacturing industry were developed at national level and compared at transnational level.


Based on these results, the BIFOCAlps consortium conducted qualitative surveys to collect data on the various stakeholders in the manufacturing industry who have already successfully implemented best practices regarding the factory of the future. Five critical success factors that are essential for a factory of the future were identified. These critical success factors are

  • Strategy
  • Technology
  • Capacity for innovation
  • Ecosystem for innovation
  • Skills and change management


Subsequently, an Impact Indicator System was researched and developed to transparently track the path to the factory of the future. This system contains multi-criteria qualitative and quantitative Key Performance Indicators, which were validated in two entrepreneurial workshops.


Based on these results, national policy maker workshops were organised and the results presented to decision makers from politics, business and industry.

Output n°1: Manufacturing sector map

BIFOCAlps' output n°1 is about a framework on the Factory of the Future scenario in the Alpine Space. This scenario highlights visions, priorities, actors and key research issues at each regional level. It started from the definition of drivers, mega-trends, enabling technologies and challenges affecting the manufacturing sector. Then the national initiatives for the implementation of the Factory of the Future in the countries involved in the project (Austria, France, Italy, Germany and Slovenia) has been analysed and compared.


With this newsletter we would like to invite you to visit BIFOCAlps and take a closer look at the output "manufacturing sector map". Several formats are available for this purpose.



Output n°2 & 3: Methodology to stimulate innovation processes

BIFOCAlps' output n°2 & 3 is about a common methodology to stimulate innovation processes. This methodolgy provides a system of selected Key Performance Indicators to track the impact of the adoption of Factory of the Future technologies and practices in manufacturing enterprises. Combining qualitative as well as quantitative indicators, the impact indicator system allows tracking these impacts on various levels of the manufacturing value chain.


With this newsletter we would like to invite you to visit BIFOCAlps and take a closer look at the output "methodology to stimulate innovation processes". Several formats are available for this purpose.


BIFOCAlps Final Conference

With this e-mail, we would like to inform you that the BIFOCAlps final conference were held on the 18th September 2019 at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. This conference was split into key note presentations about the BIFOCAlps project results.


Session 1: session one was about the presentation of work package 1, incl. the presentation of developed framework on the Factory of the Future scenario in the Alpine Space and the results out of the quantitative survey method. Mr. Andrea Zangiacomi (National Research Council of Italy) thoroughly presented the work package 1 from a theoretical perspective but also presented the implication for small and medium enterprises within (as well as beyond) the Alpine Space. Afterwards, Ms. Elena Pessot (University of Udine) presented the practical application and implementation within the project target group’s organizations.


Session 2: session two was about the presentation of the results out of BIFOCAlps qualitative survey method, namely the Alpine Space wide case study research about critical success factors to turn “ordinary” organizations into a smart Factory of the Future. Doing so, Ms. Valérie Rocchi (University of Grenoble) presented the theoretical framework and the overall results out of work package two. Mr. Florian Maurer (Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences) than presented the practical implications by presentation of the cases of the Federal State of Vorarlberg and its neighboring regions (Boosting innovation for the development of smart-service Factories of the Future) and a dedicated innovation method: Organizational Robustness and Resilience as Catalyst to Boost Innovation in Smart Service Factories of the Future.


Session 3: session three was about the presentation of BIFOCAlps developed Impact Indicator System in order to track the path towards a smart Factory of the Future. Mr. Christoph Biegler (Fraunhofer Austria GmbH) presented the theoretical perspective but also demonstrated BIFOCAlps Impact Indicator System: it is multi-criterial and multi-level system with both, qualitative and quantitative Key Performance Indicators that support managers and organizational decision makers to transform “ordinary” organizations into sustainable smart service Factories of the Future. Afterwards, Ms. Lisa Hornberger (Baden-Württemberg Connected e. V.) presented a case out of the BIFOCAlps environment. By using the emergent technology of virtual reality, Ms. Hornberger presented the application of BIFOCAlps Impact Indicator System and which indicators really matter.


Did you miss the final conference? No problem - view the conference videos for your review.





Questions & Answers

If you have any question or if you need any additional information please do not hesitate and contact us:


Lead Partner:

Polo Tecnologico di Pordenone SCpA
Via Roveredo 20/b
IT-33170 Pordenone

Massimiliano Bertetti


Project Communication:

Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences

Fachhochschule Vorarlberg GmbH

Hochschulstraße 1

AT-6850 Dornbirn


Florian Maurer

European Regional Development Fund