openZDM aims to advance the technical capabilities of the European manufacturing industry as a whole, and concerning ZDM, and towards sustainable manufacturing. This is envisioned to be achieved through its innovative platform and solutions. There’s an existence of a technical, financial and skills gap between industrial sectors and more or less advanced areas in Europe.

Thus, the pilots have been selected in a complementary way, to implement a system for ZDM that will address the versatile needs of the European
manufacturing industry, both from a geographical point of view and from a technological point of view, and finally from their positioning on the market.

The choice of each of the pilot’s partners has been done considering strategic sectors for the green transition, in particular, two energy-intensive production processes are included (glass bottles and steel suspension arms), one process-oriented to electrification (production of batteries) and one process consuming renewable materials (wood-based panels).