Big Data Value Spaces for COmpetitiveness of European COnnected Smart FacTories 4.0 (BOOST 4.0)
Research Project, 2018 – 2020

EFFRA recommendations on Factories 4.0 and Beyond (Sept 2016) clearly stated the need for development of large scale experimentation and demonstration of data-driven “connected smart” Factories 4.0, to retain European manufacturing competitiveness. BOOST 4.0 will address this need, by demonstrating in a measurable and replicable way, an open standardised and transformative shared data-driven Factory 4.0 model through 10 lighthouse factories. BOOST 4.0 will also demonstrate how European industry can build unique strategies and competitive advantages through big data across all phases of product and process lifecycle (engineering, planning, operation, production and after-market services) building upon the connected smart Factory 4.0 model to meet the Industry 4.0 challenges (lot size one distributed manufacturing, operation of zero defect processes & products, zero break down sustainable operations, agile customer-driven manufacturing value network management and human centred manufacturing). Our chief objectives include:
(1) Establish 10 big data lighthouse smart connected factories (VW, FILL, AutoEuropa, +GF+, FIAT, Phillips, Volvo, GESTAMP, Benteler, Whirlpool).
(2) Provide the RAMI 4.0 and IDS based BOOST 4.0 open EU framework and governance model, for both services and data assets.
(3) Put together methodologies, assets, models and communities in order to maximise visibility, mobilization, replication potential, and impact (business, financial, standardization) of BOOST 4.0
The investment leveraging factor of BOOST 4.0 will be well above the 4:1 ratio, up to 10:1. In terms of exploitation, in 5-years horizon after the project end, just only the participating lighthouse factories will make a direct follow-on investment above 33Meuro (ROI 10,61), while the commercialisation of the BOOST 4.0 products in the market is expected to generate some 96Meuro cumulative profits (ROI 4,73) for the rest of the partners.


Johan Stahre (contact)

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Maja Bärring

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Arpita Chari

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Åsa Fasth Berglund

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Anders Skoogh

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems


Agie Charmilles New Technologies SA

Meyrin, Switzerland

Asociacion de Empresas Tecnologicas Innovalia Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain

ATLANTIS Engineering S.A.

Thessaloniki, Greece

Automatismo y Sistemas de Transporte Interno SA

Madrid, Spain

Benteler International

Paderborn, Germany


Heverlee, Belgium

Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)

Thessaloniki, Greece

Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF)

Orbassano, Italy

Consultores de Automatización y Robotica S.A.

Las Palmas, Spain

Eneo Tecnologia Sociedad De Responsabilidad Limitada

Derio, Spain

ESI Group

Paris, France


Gurten, Austria

FIWARE Foundation

Berlin, Germany

Fratelli Piacenza S.P.A.

Pollone, Italy

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur

Munchen, Germany

Fundació Privada I2cat Internet i Innovacio Digital a Catalunya

Barcelona, Spain


Biot, France

Gestamp Servicios S.L.

Madrid, Spain

IBM Israel - Science and Technology

Petach Tikva, Israel

Industrial Data Space

Berlin, Germany

Institut für angewandte Systemtechnik Bremen GmbH

Bremen, Germany

Institut Mines-Telecom

Brest, France

Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias (UNINOVA)

Caparica, Portugal

Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum Vzw

Leuven, Belgium

Intrasoft International S.A.

Luxemburg, Luxembourg

it's OWL Clustermanagement GmbH

Paderborn, Germany

Philips Consumer Lifestyle

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Philips Electronics

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Polytechnic University of Milan

Milano, Italy

Prima Industrie

Collegno, Italy

Ria Stone

Ilhavo, Portugal

RISC Software GmbH

Hagenberg, Austria

SAS Institute Ltd.

Milano, Italy


Munich, Germany

Software Quality Systems AG

Köln, Germany

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

Lausanne, Switzerland


Madrid, Spain

Trimek S.A.

Zuya Alava, Spain

TTTech Computertechnik

Wien, Austria

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Limited

Cork, Ireland

University of Bonn

Bonn, Germany

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

University of Hanover

Hannover, Germany

Unparallel Innovation, Lda

Portimao, Portugal

Visual Components

Espoo, Finland


Wolfsburg, Germany

Volvo Group

Gothenburg, Sweden

Whirlpool Europe

Comerio, Italy


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/780732
Funding Chalmers participation during 2018–2020

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