Here you can find a selection of downloadable documents relating to the MORE4CORE project, its partners and activities.

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MORE4CORE project coordinator Coen Sanderink of the Brabant Development Agency was recently interviewed for the regional  newspaper Bedrijvig Brabant.

Through the project we aim to put the Maintenance sector on the European policy map,” he explained. “Better coordination in Europe will lead to more international collaboration and accelerate innovation. The province of Brabant, as an asset-heavy manufacturing region, will profit from that.

Read the full article (in Dutch) at the link above.

Book: Challenges for Industry in North-West Europe

The final results of the MORE4CORE project are combined in a beautiful book edited by BEMAS.

In the first part of this book you will find the results of a comprehensive benchmark study that was conducted among industrial companies located mainly in Belgium and the Netherlands, in the framework of the MORE 4CORE -project. The benchmark study was used to identify quantitative, as well as qualitative trends and developments in the field of maintenance and asset management.

The second Chapter consists of an macro-report analyzing the economic value and impact on maintenance and asset management in the infrasector per country and for the NWE-region.

Other sections cover the Maintenance services market in Germany, the concept for a European maintenance kill passport, the Maintenance HR Award, and a European strategic research agenda for the sector.


MORE4CORE Strategic Research Agenda – Final

At European level innovation programmes are mostly technology-driven or industry driven. There is little alignment around multi-disciplinary business functions such as Maintenance. In order to build upon strenghts developed in specialst institutes around Europe, and to contribute to addressing the shared challenge of competitiveness of Europe’s industrial base, a coherent agenda of Asset Management is needed. Therefore the partners in the More4Core project created the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). This agenda is created to stimulated maintenance focused innovation programmes.

The More4Core SRA is intended to be a first step in identifying the major challenges and opportunities in research for maintenance. Beyond the agenda, this SRA calls upon the sector to take the following actions:

  • Create an international cross-disciplinary network on Maintenance R&D
  • Support the development of Maintenance ‘Living Laboratories’
  • Integrate the Maintenance SRA in the agenda of established EU platfroms

A first concrete action resulting from the More4Core SRA is the Smart Tooling project. The idea of the project was born during a workshop to gather input for the SRA in October 2014. The goal of this project is to create a living lab at process plants where hightech companies can develop robotic solutions (smart tooling) to support maintenance activities


Management summary in English, also found for download in French, German, Dutch

In the wake of the longest recession, the Euro- pean Commission and members states focus on industry as a source of economic growth and jobs.

Labelled as the European Industrial Renais- sance, the aim is to increase the share of industrial output from 15% to 20% of European GDP. The impacts will be larger then that since industrial activity is a driver for business in other areas; ranging from raw materials and energy to business services such as logistics and after-sales services. Industry accounts for over 80% of Europe’s exports and private research and innovation.

The role of Maintenance and Asset Manage- ment in the industrial renaissance cannot be underestimated. Annually, about 450 billion Euro is spent on maintaining industrial assets, which have an estimated 10.000 billion Euro replacement value. Over 50% of industrial assets has a remaining economic lifetime of over 30 years. Industrial growth will, to a large extend, need to be generated from the ex- isting industrial base. Trough asset upgrades and overhauls, that basic infrastructure can be made ready for future needs and remain com- petitive. For emerging industries, fitting maintenance approaches and technologies need to be developed alongside in order to safeguard the value of capital investments. Without the technology and skills base that covers the entire life-cycle of assets, the industrial renais- sance will not take off.

At the same time, Maintenance and Asset Management contributes to achieving a broad- er set of societal goals. Increasing an asset’s economic and technical lifetime reduces our society’s economic footprint, while integration of energy-efficient components and manage- ment systems can further contribute to industri- al waste reduction and resource conservation. Workplace health & safety is crucial in industrial environments, where dangerous materials or extreme conditions form a risk for maintenance staff.


European Maintenance Skill Passport

Management summary in French, Dutch and German found in the document.

SHEQ requirements, evolving technologies and organisational changes increase the required level of knowledge and skills of maintenance workers. Through the mechanisms of outsourcing and contracting we already see some worker mobility in the field of MRO, but due to an increasing shortage of technical talent in a lot of EU member states, we foresee a considerable increase of maintenance worker mobility in the near future.

The biggest barrier is the fact that there is no transparency of the skills maintenance workers. This is due to the fact that a lot of the skills and competences are acquired through experience in the work field (informal and formal learning). On top of that employers in a certain member state don’t have a clear insight in what a holder of a certain diploma or training certificate is capable of.


Management Summary – Guideline for implementing the outcomes of the MORE4CORE Project

Management summaries found in French, German and Dutch are in the document itself

This guideline shall help national maintenance societies to implement the outcomes of each Work Package in their own country. This is necessary for anchoring the MRO Agenda to transnational policy, education and industry

MRO is an emerging area for regional development agencies. The MORE4CORE project addresses a number of specific issues to fill in knowledge gaps or to build necessary networks.

The objective is to ensure wide and long-term impact of the project, by setting up the necessary structures and activity programs aimed at key stakeholders for implementation beyond project duration. Such stakeholders have been defined during the project as policy makers, educators/industry associations, and individual private companies.

The main target groups are policy makers (policy initiatives), educational institutions (for the EQF and ECVET) and Industry (innovation & internationalization support). The events of this WP6 will focus on achieving optimal use of transnational capacity.

To realize this objective, for the main activities and outcomes of the project organizational form is design to inform about the possibilities to implement them in countries of the EU.

There are the following topic:

  • Long-term management of national clusters and roundtables (WP1)
  • Generating key economic data on MRO and sub sectors (WP2)
  • Information package or consulting service on R&D expertise (WP3)
  • Implementation of EMSP (WP4)
  • Organization of a MT HR Awards (WP4)
  • Information service on different national norms and regulations (WP5)
  • Guideline for start the MRO Index (WP5)


Maintenance market integration, norms and standards for maintenance

Management summaries can be found in French, German and Dutch within the document.

The MRO industry faces 3 barriers for market integration:

  • Different standards for description of services
  • Different regulations for product and service requirements and procedures, including safety, quality and performance management
  • A localised and fragmented market for maintenance services

This document intends to:

  • Create common reading grid (categorisation) for norms, standards and regulations in order to allow analysis and comparison
  • Identify and support take-up of priority cases for normalisation & regulations about MRO industry standards : discrepancies, missing items, superfluous items
  • Create common categorisation for MRO services across NWE
  • Create, develop and publish a structured MRO services index (at European level)

This deliverables existed in France mainly largely thanks to AFIM but did not exist at the European level

Some outcomes are:

  • Standards & norms is a powerful lever for market influence, mastering and control. As a regulation is the expression of public power, a standard is more the expression of a market need.
  • A common categorization is an issue, due the big number of items to care on. More than 350 standards and 500 regulations concerning maintenance have been collected for the very few countries of NWE, giving (due to complexity) that Germany decided to not census the regional (Länder) regulation level, which is the main one in this country.
  • It is much easier to define a standard at an European level than to gather and harmonize several countries regulations. Using and lobbying standards sounds then more efficient than trying to align regulations. Regulation is very influenced by every country cultures.
  • Medium sized MRO services providers are the principal entities impacted by this WP5 subject, not the stakeholders and the big MRO service providers.


Macro-economic report with regards to the MRO market in Europe

MORE4CORE aims to improve market integration, worker mobility and innovation in the MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) market. This should increase the effectiveness in this rapidly growing sector in North-West Europe (NWE). The MORE4CORE project therefore is funded by INTERREG.

The MRO market plays a crucial role in modern production facilities. In the first place it must ensure and improve the productivity. Additionally, new energy friendly and efficient technologies keep on being introduced.

As correctly stated within the AFIM study (2013) the economic outlook of Europe is faced with different interests and multiple speeds at which the economic landscape is evaluating. There is the economic recession that caused a serious disruption within Europe. This of course had a serious impact on the development, sustainability and further economic development of the MRO sector.

In this contribution a number of tendencies are highlighted and recommendations are made to take this forward.



L’objectif de MORE4CORE est d’améliorer l’incorporation sur le marché, la mobilité du travailleur et l’innovation au sein du marché MRO (maintenance-réparation-révision). Ceci permettra d’augmenter considérablement l’efficacité de ce secteur en pleine expansion, notamment dans les pays d’Europe de l’Est. Le projet MORE4CORE a été fondé par INTERREG.

Le marché MRO joue un rôle crucial dans les installations modernes de production. En premier lieu, il assure et améliore la productivité. Par ailleurs, il permet d’introduire de nouvelles technologies économes en énergie.

Comme il a été précisé dans le rapport AFIM (2013), les perspectives économiques européennes doivent faire face à des intérêts et rythmes différents. Actuellement, nous sommes les témoins d’une récession économique qui a occasionné de graves perturbations au sein de l’Europe. Cette dépression a donc un impact important dans le développement, la stabilité et la poursuite économique future du secteur MRO.

Dans cette contribution, des tendances seront soulignées et des recommandations faites afin de progresser dans cette direction.



Makro-ökonomischer Report zum MRO Markt in Europa

MORE4CORE verfolgt das Ziel Marktintegration, Arbeiter Mobilität und Innovation auf dem MRO-Markt (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) zu verbessern. Die sollte die Effektivität innerhalb dieses rasch wachsenden Sektors in Nord-West Europa (NWE) verbessern. Das MORE4CORE Projekt wird dementsprechend von INTERREG mitfinanziert.

Der MRO-Markt spielt eine entscheidende Rolle in modernen Produktionsstätten. In erster Linie muss er Produktivität sichern und verbessern. Darüber hinaus werden weiterhin neue Energie sparsame und effiziente Technologien eingeführt.

Wie korrekt in der AFIM Studie (2013) angeführt, steht der wirtschaftliche Ausblick Europas vor verschiedenen Interessen und mehreren Geschwindigkeiten mit denen sich die wirtschaftliche Landschaft entwickelt. Es gibt die wirtschaftliche Rezession, die für einen ernsthaften Zusammenbruch innerhalb Europas sorgt. Diese hatte selbstverständlich einen ernsthaften Effekt auf Entwicklung, Nachhaltigkeit und weiteren wirtschaftlichen Ausbau des MRO-Sektors.

In diesem Beitrag werden Tendenzen hervorgehoben und Empfehlungen, um diesen Zweck voranzutreiben, gegeben.



Macro-economisch verslag met betrekking tot de MRO markt in Europa

MORE4CORE richt zich op het verbeteren van de marktintegratie, de mobiliteit van werknemers en innovatie in de MRO (Onderhoud Reparatie en Revisie) markt. Dit zou de effectiviteit in deze snel groeiende sector in Noord-West-Europa (NWE)  verhogen. De MORE4CORE project wordt daarom gefinancierd door INTERREG.

De MRO markt speelt een cruciale rol in de moderne productie-installaties. In de eerste plaats moet het de productiviteit garanderen en verbeteren. Additioneel blijven er nieuwe energie en efficiënte technologieën geïntroduceerd worden.

Zoals in de AFIM studie (2013) correct is vermeld worden de economische vooruitzichten van Europa geconfronteerd met verschillende belangen en verschillende snelheden waarop de economische landschap wordt geëvalueerd . De economische recessie heeft een ernstige verstoring in Europa veroorzaakt. Dit had natuurlijk een ernstige impact op de ontwikkeling, duurzaamheid en de verdere economische ontwikkeling van de MRO-sector.

In deze bijdrage zijn een aantal tendensen gemarkeerd en worden aanbevelingen gedaan om dit voort te zetten.