Naval innovation and competitiveness

AUXplus Brochure


2007-2013 Atlantic Area Programme. ERDF, Interreg Atlantic Area. Priority 2.

Project Description

AUXNAVALIAplus will improve competitiveness of the naval ancillary industry by implementing activities to enhance innovation capacity.

The project will enhance the sector homogeneity in the areas of the region by developing transnational business plan models, working together with an intense transnational approach; will stimulate and support knowledge transfer between research centres bodies and SMEs; will secure the sustainability of the sector and the work started in AUXNAVALIA project, by keeping the Shipbuilding Atlantic Platform alive, promoting new R+D+I projects, helping SMEs to adapt their business plans to the market new demands, and will contribute to overcome the environmental challenges of the region.

AUXNAVALIAplus will have an impact on improved maritime security and activities to encourage innovation capacities of maritime components industry to produce new and safest materials and structures for crafts, new construction systems to improve ships resistance and their operating capacity in case of accidents, etc. Additional novelty techniques will also be proposed in order to develop new equipments, ships, etc.

This project is looking at innovative business models and processes to streamline shipyard supply chain activities and improve processes and business opportunities for companies who supply shipyards with products and services. The project involves a number of shipyards and their networks of supply companies.

The total AUXNAVALIAplus budget yields 1,977,792 €.

Project period: 01/11/2011 - 30/06/2014, duration 2.5 years.


1. Improve safety and maritime security in the Atlantic Area.
2. Increase awareness raising among companies, regarding the need to innovate, increase their cooperation and promote safety and security services in order to compete in the global market.
3. Increase awareness raising among companies, regarding the need to innovate, increase their cooperation and promote safety and security services in order to compete in the global market.
4. Introduce in the industry new business plans models, improving their capacities and adaptability to no current market demands.
5. Increase sectors competitiveness in the global market.
6. Improve the sector&acuates links in the Atlantic Area. Strengthen the Shipbuilding Atlantic Platform,therefore offering the appropriate forum for the cooperation in the sector at the transnational level.


The project has 6 partners supporting, representing and promoting SME within the sector and 5 countries represented: Spain, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

1. Fundación para o Fomento da Calidade Industrial e o Desenvolvemento Tecnolóxico de Galicia (Lead Partner), Spain
2. Asociación Cluster del Naval Gallego - ACLUNAGA, Spain
3. NEOPOLIA Marine Solutions, France
4. Associação das Indústrias Navais - AIN Portugal, Portugal
5. Shipbuilders & Ship - repairers Association - SAA, UKn
6. National Maritime Collegue of Ireland - NMCI, Ireland

Halpin Centre Participation

The Halpin Centre participates primarily in WP&acuates 4 and 5, engaging with Murray and Associates Naval Architects in analysing and identifying innovative business models for the shipbuilding and ship repair sector in Ireland.

WP1: Financial analysis of the Atlantic Area Shipbuilding Ancillary Industry
WP4: Piloting business Plan cases - Case studies
WP5: Innovation and technology transfer programme of the ancillary industry
WP6: Innovation and technology information service
WP7: Pool of knowledge and know-how retention and transfer for the Shipbuilding Ancillary industry
WP8: Innovation agenda