VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH

The main object of the institute’s work is the optimization of complete steel production and maintenance processes under economic and quality aspects. Especially in the field of advanced control, 3D measurement, thermal cameras, digital image processing and gas networks BFI has experts with long experience in the respective areas. With one of the highest numbers of successful proposals, BFI has huge experience in the coordination and management of European projects. 


 CSM is a fully private innovation center, founded in 1963 by Italy’s major steel industry, with extensive experiences for the development and application of innovative processes and materials. Today CSM is part of RINA Group. CSM is a leading center for applied research activities mainly related to the modelling and design of materials and products, development of innovative pilot plants and, reduction of environmental impact. With a staff of about 300 researchers, CSM ranks among Europe’s top Materials Research Centers. The industrial sectors of main interest to the Company are: Energy and environment, Iron and steel, Oil and gas, Aerospace and defense, Mechanics and transport. 

Swerim AB

Swerim is a leading industrial research institute within mining engineering, process metallurgy, materials and manufacturing. Swerim develop and optimize metallurgical processes and total solutions in materials and manufacturing engineering. Swerim has longstanding experience from research in large pilot scale for extreme environment. Swerim provide measurement technology solutions to help costumer to understand processes and for new insights. Swerim has 190 professionals in two locations in Sweden – Luleå and Stockholm. 

Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH 

Salzgitter Flachstahl is the largest steel subsidiary in the Salzgitter Group. In 2017, more than 5,580 employees produced about 4.7 million tons of steel and generated a turnover of Euro 2.6 billion. The most important customers for our flat-rolled products are cold rollers, vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers, manufacturers of both standard and large-diameter tubes, steel trading and the building industry. 

Ferriere Nord S.p.A. 

The Pittini Group, headquartered in Osoppo, Udine province, is a leading company in the production of long steels for the construction and mechanical industry.

Ferriere Nord S.p.A. (FENO), founded in the Sixties, is the largest company in the group, with manufacturing facilities located in Osoppo (Udine) and Nave (Brescia). The whole production site includes an electric steel mill, a rolling mill for the production of steel bars and coils for reinforced concrete, one rolling plant for wire rod besides several systems for meshes and lattice girders. Steel products produced by the Ferriere Nord plants are renowned at the international level for high safety and ductility.

DimaSimma Intralogistic S.r.l. 

DimaSimma has designed and manufactured automatic warehouse management systems for every industrial sector. DimaSimma continues today researching and developing innovative solutions for automatic industrial processes, including unmanned ground vehicles UGV with different types of navigation systems. Together with their clients, DimaSimma designs tailor made successful solutions. And provided warehouse systems world-wide for aluminum, steel, and PVC sectors. DimaSimma is operating from 1960’ in material handling solution and intralogistics systems as automatic warehouse and automatic process crane and in these last years is researching application for metal industry with CPS and data communication. 


a small enterprise founded in 2010, develops, produces and sells UAVs. The main focus is on drones in form of multi-copters. MK offers complete UAV systems and staff training courses. For fast production of customer specific adaptations, MK has got on own a 3D printer. MK has got special experiences in industrial maintenance tasks with thermal cameras. Of course, also standard UAV applications like topographical surveys, air photograph / videos etc. can be realized.