Our partner ACICAE – Basque Country Automotive Cluster coordinates the AUTOFLEX project, in collaboration with TRIMEK, SISTEPLANT, the Energy Cluster of the Basque Country (ACE) and AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center.


The main objective of the project is to develop a complex system that will enable the smart factory of the future to adapt to the changing needs of the market, focusing on achieving Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM), high quality maintenance and energy efficiency. To achieve this goal, extensive research will be carried out and innovative solutions will be implemented in different key areas. Different work packages will be worked on for the successful completion of the project.

The ultimate goal of the project is to develop and validate a collaborative model that enables the validation of intelligent systems and tooling in the production and quality control of advanced in-line components, linked to advanced maintenance, in order to achieve process efficiency and sustainability. The aim is to obtain a complex system that gives the smart factory of the future the flexibility to meet market demand, focusing on zero defect manufacturing (ZDM), high quality maintenance and energy efficiency. Ultimately, the aim is to improve the factory’s ability to adapt to changing needs, optimising production processes, quality control and maintenance, and ensuring energy efficiency along the entire production line.


This project has a high degree of appropriateness and detail of the impact of the action on the value chain of companies (customers and suppliers), especially, its results can be applied in all links of the traditional chain and drive the model towards a more advanced and digital model, all based on the development of a collaborative model that allows validation of intelligent systems and tools in the control of production. This will result in a more flexible model that will improve the relationship and transfer of services and materials between suppliers and customers (upstream and downstream), allowing the capacity of a factory to be adapted to the changing needs of the market and connecting the entire production process, including maintenance and management of the energy demand of production equipment. This will result in increased competitiveness, especially for SMEs, which have more problems in adapting their processes to the real needs of market demand.


This project is co-financed by the Innovative Business Clusters Program (AEI) of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, with the support of the European Union through the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.