In portrait: CLASCO project consortium member Steinbeis 2i GmbH

CLASCO - Climate Neutral and Digitised Laser Based Surface Functionalisation of Parts with Complex Geometry, the European research project coordinated by TU Dresden and funded by the European Union under Horizon Europe, started in January 2023. We introduce you to the Use Case Consortium Members of the CLASCO project in exclusive short portraits.

The main objective of the CLASCO project? A universal and digitised laser-based post-processing method for the production of functionalised parts with complex shapes is being developed in the EU-funded CLASCO project. 12 international project partners from science, industry, research and application are united in the CLASCO project. The project is coordinated by the Technical University of Dresden. In our exclusive interview series, the CLASCO project partners introduce themselves in the areas of CLASCO Machine, Optics, Process Monitoring, Sample Preparation through Additive Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Strategy and Business Model as well as Circularity and Sustainability. 

Get to know the CLASCO project consortium member in the area of Strategy and Business Models

Steinbeis 2i GmbH

1. How will Steinbeis's experience in consultancy and training play a role in ensuring the success and broader impact of the CLASCO project?

Steinbeis Europa Zentrum extensive experience in consultancy and training will be instrumental in effectively guiding the CLASCO project and Exploitation activities, ensuring its alignment with industry best practices and emerging trends. This expertise will also enable the project to have a broader impact by facilitating strategic insights and potential business models, essential for its success and influence in relevant sectors.

2. Given Steinbeis's extensive network and its emphasis on practical solutions, what specific expertise and resources are you contributing to the CLASCO project?

Steinbeis Europa Zentrum will work with the project partners to develop a strategy for exploiting the commercial and non-commercial products and services over the entire duration of the project by creating suitable business models and analysing the customer pipelines of the individual technological and non-technological components. To concretise the commercialisation of solutions and services and benefit from business opportunities that will emerge from the market needs being addressed by CLASCO, four Exploitation Workshops will be organised by Steinbeis Europa Zentrum to define a clear path for exploitable results to deliver these innovations to market.

3. How do you envision fostering synergies between various stakeholders and partners within the CLASCO project?

Steinbeis Europa Zentrum is fostering synergies within the CLASCO project by actively facilitating collaboration and communication among different stakeholders and partners e.g., through Exploitation Workshops and taking part to collaborative partner activities, ensuring that each party's expertise and resources are effectively integrated. This approach will create a cohesive and dynamic environment where shared exploitation goals are prioritised, and diverse perspectives are harmoniously blended to drive the project's success beyond the project duration.

4. Can you highlight any past projects or initiatives where Steinbeis has worked on sustainability or environmentally conscious solutions, and how that experience might benefit the CLASCO project?

Steinbeis Europa Zentrum was involved in over 40 European Funding projects’ (e.g., Decarbonization of European shipping sector with synthetic methanol (POSEIDON), Liquid renewable energy carriers from captured carbon emissions (CAPTUS) or Hydrogen Technologies to Decarbonise Glass and Aluminium Industries (H2GLASS)) which were strongly related to sustainability or environmental solutions. The experience gained within these projects provides a wealth of expertise and innovative approaches. This extensive background is highly beneficial for the CLASCO project, offering contributions of proven strategies, insights into sustainable practices and access to the Steinbeis Europa Zentrum ecosystem related sustainability or environmental solutions.

5. Given the transformative goals of the CLASCO project in terms of clean and climate-neutral industrial value chains, how does Steinbeis view its role in promoting and accelerating this transformation across the European industry?

Steinbeis Europa Zentrum is actively communicate, disseminate, and exploit public results related to the outcomes of the social sustainability assessment. In addition, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum supports the communication towards citizens on public-day events provide promotional videos developed for outreach to the general public and stakeholders. The approach includes engaging the public and related communities through events and promotional videos, and broadening awareness via articles in newspapers and journals as well as through social media. This strategy aims to foster a wider understanding and adoption of clean, climate-neutral industrial practices across Europe.


Thank you to Steinbeis 2i GmbH for the information.

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