Innovation and Research

CEMIVET - Circular Economy in Metal Industries VET

Vision & Mission

Awareness for cosmetic companies in digital transformation, with a human-centric manufacturing approach.

CEMIVET (Circular Economy in Metal Industries VET) is a project founded by EU ERASMUS+ program (2014-2020). The project started in September 2020 and it will be completed in August 2023, for a total of 36 months. It is founded for a total of 265.972,00 euros.

ERASMUS+ is a European funded program in the field of education and training. These fields could bring an important contribution in order to tackle the future decade challenges and to support the European Agenda for growth, job and social inclusion.



The context

The background, where the project lain, is the need of a transformation of social-economic paradigm. Indeed, the Europea Union will foster the transition towards a circular model; in particular, regarding the manufacturing sector, where the raw materials are close to the depletion. At the same time, the digitalization process create new opportunity, such as automation, work simplification and new professional profile – that could be covered also by women.

Moreover, the metal sector suffers for the lack of qualified workers, since young people increasingly doesn’t take into account vocational educational, considered social underrated.


Aim of the Agreement

The final aim is the transition toward the circular economy paradigm in SMEs of metal industry, with a specific regarding to the weldering process, in order to being able to understand the ongoing transformation, first of all the climate crisis to recognize the impacts and undertake adaptation measures.

Moreover, teachers and students are involved in the project for the creation of educational form focus on circular economy. For this reason, CEMIVET involves directly the education sector, commissioned to create the educational form for both workers and students.


Research topics

Definition of the Intellectual Outputs (IO) of the project:

  • IO1: Analysis that describe the activities, the process and competences regaring of metal production already existing.
  • IO2: Definition of new circular economy competences that have to be taught, with suitable methods.
  • IO3: Production of factsheets on circular economy in metal industry.
  • IO4: Development of education material regarding of circular economy.
  • IO5: Development of curricula on the basis of different competences of target group.
  • IO6: Creation of MOOC (Massive open online course) and different Living Labs, as dissemination event for the “Circular Economy learning”
  • IO7: Collect and share the good practices.
  • IO8: Creation of supporting sistem for the cooperation between SMEs.
  • IO9: Overview of career possibilities.


The role of REI

REI has a coordinator role for the intellectual outputs 7,8 and 9.

After having collecting ideal activities regarding the application of circular economy in metal industry, REI will discolse these information to stakeholders and local SMEs.

REI, in the second half of 2022, will organize a Living Lab, in the framework of multi-players event planned by Erasmus+ program. The Living Lab will be an instrument for the dissemination of good practises and for sharing innovation of the enterprises with target group.


Partner meeting

  • September 2020 – Kick off (Germany)
  • June 2021 – First Transnational Project meeting (Italy). Click here to explore further.
  • October 2021 – Second Transnational Project Meeting (Lithuania). Click here to explore further.
  • March 2022 – Third Transnational Project Meeting (Spain)
  • September 2022 – Fourth Transnational Project Meeting (Poland)
  • June 2023 – Final Meeting (Germany)



The project is developed by an european partnership, consisting of:

  1. IBBF (Germany), project leader
  2. REI- Reindustria Innovazione (Italy)
  3. Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania)
  4. Alytus Business Advisor Center (Alytus, Lithuania)
  5. Metal cluster Centrum Promocji Innowacij i Rozwoju (Bialystock, Poland)
  6. Metaindustry4 (Gijon, Spain)


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