INOVA+

INOVA+, created in 1997, is the leading company in Portugal in innovation consultancy and one of the leaders in Europe, with offices in Belgium, Portugal, Germany and Poland. It delivers highly specialized services in research exploitation, technology transfer and innovation management to clients in public administration, research and private businesses. INOVA+ mission is to offer world-class consultancy services in business innovation, such as innovation audits, benchmarking, and exploitation of academic research, knowledge transfer, technology watch, business intelligence, technology development, technology marketing and start-up innovative firms.

PSA

PSA Groupe is the second largest car manufacturer in Europe. It is present in 160 countries and possesses 16 production sites across the world including Mangualde in Portugal. The Manufacturing Plant of Mangualde in Portugal is responsible for the production of the models Peugeot Partner, Citroën Berlingo and Opel Combo. At present, with 55 years of history, 700 employees and over 1 million vehicles manufactured, PSA Mangualde is preparing to receive the next generation of light commercial vehicles.

Joanneum Research

JOANNEUM RESEARCH is a professional leader of innovation and provider of technology. Its entrepreneurial focus and track record of 30 years of cutting-edge research performed on an international scale has made it stand out from the crowd. JOANNEUM RESEARCH is an application-oriented research institution generating innovations and effectively promoting the transfer of expertise and technology to the industrial and public sectors. DIGITAL, the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies is a trustworthy partner in the field of digital innovation and transformation and develops applied high tech solutions for the following markets: Mobility, Space, Industry, Security & Defence, Energy & Environment, AAL & Digital Care, and Culture & Creative Industries. The institute is therefore one of the world's leading application-oriented research partners and authorities in the field of information and communication technology (ICT).

EWF

The European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF) manages the International System for Training, Qualification and Certification of both welding personnel and companies using welding, in Quality, Environment, Health and Safety.
EWF and its member organizations have developed an international harmonised system for education, training and qualification in the field of welding technology. It was a pioneer organization developing the first harmonized system embracing all the European countries for the qualification of personnel for a wide range of levels both in welding, related technologies and inspection. The importance of this system is recognised by ISO and CEN, being EWF a recognized stakeholder of CEN.
EWF has been involved in the preparation, participation and management of vocational, educational, training and RTD (Research & Technical Development) projects as a way of driving forward the welding and joining community.