FUNDACIÓN TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION (www.tecnalia.com) is a private, independent, non-profit applied research centre of international excellence. Legally a Foundation, Tecnalia is the leading private and independent research and technology organisation in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, employing 1,319 people (198 PhDs) and with income of 94 Million € in 2014. TECNALIA is an equal opportunity employ with current ratio of female/male employees of 42/58.

TECNALIA is a key agent in the ERA - European Research Area, holding position 11th among RECs and 23th overall in EC’s 7th FP7 Monitoring Report (Final). TECNALIA actively participates in the governing bodies of several European Technology Platforms and partners in 377 FP7 projects, coordinating 81 of them; in H2020 TECNALIA participates in 87 projects, coordinating 17 of them, up to December 2015. TECNALIA is a member of EARTO and of EUROTECH, linking together the most important research centres in Europe. TECNALIA has been the more active organization in the ARTEMIS programme, participating in 27 projects and also in 6 ECSEL projects.

TECNALIA, the University of the Basque Country (EHU/UPV), and Donostia International Physics Center (DISC) are the founding members of Euskampus (2010, http://euskampus.ehu.es/), a project that has attained the qualification of International Campus of Excellence from the Spanish Ministry of Education (2010). Euskampus is also partnering with the Pôle de Recherche et D'enseignement Supérieur-PRES of the Universities of Bordeaux in the Euskampus-Bordeaux Transborder Campus.

Tecnalia has been very active in FP7, participating in 377 projects and coordinating 81 of them. Tecnalia has a strong market orientation aiming at achieving major impacts in economic terms, by means of innovation and technological development.

The research work that Tecnalia will conduct in PARADDISE project will be executed by the ‘Advanced Manufacturing’ Unit of the ‘Industry and Transport’ Division. This Division has an extensive experience in participation in EC Framework Programmes. Currently, this Division is working on 26 H2020 projects (leading 7 of them), and a significant number of national and local projects. This Unit is focused on the research on innovative manufacturing systems and processes (Friction Stir Welding, Additive Manufacturing (WAAM and LMD); Water Jet Cutting; High Performance Machining; Incremental Sheet Forming, etc.) as well as on Robotic Systems and on Innovative resource-efficient machinery concepts (Parallel Kinematics; active lightweight structures, etc.), covering their whole lifecycle, from their conceptual design to their, demanufacturing, remanufacturing and reuse.