Thanks to the long industrial tradition in the province, research in the field of production systems is a particular strength of both Upper Austria and the associated companies of Upper Austrian Research GmbH. The chief aims are connecting business processes, fl exibility and extensive automation. The latest technological developments combine with manpower to increase productivity. Assistance systems improve ergonomics, improving workplaces in industry. Intelligent materials make high-tech products and stable, resource-saving processes possible. Innovative composites and functional materials open up countless potential areas of application.