Networks and committees: Festo research partners

Networks and committees

Festo research partners

Festo places great value on trust and collaboration with strategic partners. By maintaining active network activities and dialogue with partners from business, science and politics, we can quickly pick up on new ideas from the global research environment.

Through targeted research collaborations and joint projects, Festo works with partners to develop future-oriented technologies and thus makes a decisive contribution to ensuring its position at the forefront of technology in the long term.

The dynamic developments in the various areas of technology enable new, forward-looking approaches. The complex technological questions mean that various specialists across different disciplines and organisations need to work together effectively.

Festo is committed to a research and innovation culture based on partnership. Together with network partners, we are exploring future perspectives and intelligent approaches, and thus also contribute to Germany’s position as a centre for technology.

Our research networks

Industry 4.0 platform

Industry 4.0 platform

In the platform, representatives from politics, associations and trade unions as well as from business and science, work together to shape the digital structural change in industry. Festo is involved in the platform’s steering committee and in working committees.

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Fluid Power Association VDMA

Fluid Power Association VDMA

The Fluid Power Association VDMA supports the interests of 200 German hydraulics, pneumatics and sealing technology manufacturers and thus represents over 85 per cent of the German market. It is also an important platform for the mutual exchange of information. Festo is on the board of the Fluid Power Association and is also active in the precompetitive joint research in the Fluid Power Research Fund.

Fluid Power Association of the VDMA


Research network innBW

innBW, the innovation alliance of Baden-Württemberg, is an association of 12 non-profit, business-related research institutes that work on important topics for the future. They receive funding from the state region and make a considerable contribution to the transfer of technology. The alliance for innovation thus plays a key role for research and technology policy in the State of Baden-Württemberg. Festo is an innovation partner and on the board of participating institutes.

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microTEC Südwest

Research network microTEC Südwest

The cross-sectoral technology cluster in the south-west of Germany was recognised as a leading national innovation cluster in 2010. With over 360 partners, it is one of the largest microsystem technology networks in Europe. Festo is a network partner and is represented on the board of the association.

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European technology platform ManuFuture

European technology platform ManuFuture

ManuFuture is an important industrial platform for exchanging information about all topics relating to production and it is used as an instrument for EU innovation policy. The members – businesses, associations, research institutes and universities – formulate strategic research agendas for European industry. Festo is represented in the International Support Group (preparation of strategies) and the High Level Group (decision-making body).

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EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association

EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association

EFFRA is an industrial association founded by ManuFuture and leading industry associations, which brings together private and public resources to strengthen market-oriented projects in the European Union. Festo is represented on the board and works with the European Commission on the Public Private Partnership board to formulate new funding opportunities.

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Open innovation

Opening up the innovation process beyond company boundaries (open innovation) expands a company’s own technological horizons. That is why Festo uses research collaboration as well as nationally and internationally funded joint projects. By transferring scientific knowledge to industrial applications, we are able to bring about pioneering innovations.

As a partner in joint projects, we can contribute not only our technical expertise and project management competence, but also our many years of experience in putting together project consortia, applying for project funding and dealing with the associated administration.