Solutions and services for manufacturing SMEs to help grow your business.

The Marketplace

Are you a manufacturing SME?

The Fortissimo Marketplace provides one-stop, pay-per-use, on-demand access to advanced simulation and modelling resources including software, hardware and expertise.

The marketplace helps find novel solutions to your challenges, discover new opportunities and brings together all necessary actors to construct the exact solution that meets your business requirements.

  • On-demand access to advanced simulation and modelling resources
  • Access to state-of-the-art HPC facilities
  • Matchmaking services
  • Access to a Capability register advertising and promoting services
  • Run simulations in hours rather than days
  • Access to best-practice guides

Success Stories

Fortissimo has already helped hundreds of businesses realise their ideas. The following is a selection of our recent successes.


HSL is a hi-tech centre for the development of new products. With hundreds of products handled over the years, the company has developed experience with materials, traditional and innovative manufacturing technologies, prototyping, dies and moulding. HSL is an SME and a market leader in both Additive Manufacturing and the rapid production of prototypes. In recent years Additive Manufacturing has emerged as a viable mainstream production technology. 

Overcoming technical and bureaucratic obstacles has allowed 3D printing to grow as a cost-effective option for small and medium scale production together with the ability to produce complex shapes not achievable by standard manufacturing processes. This flexibility in design enables the optimisation of components, a reduction in manufacturing time by almost a third and a halving of production costs by reducing the waste of materials and energy.

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Texas Controls

Texas Controls is a Spanish SME that offers tightening and sealing solutions to large industrial facilities in the industrial, power generation and oil & gas sectors. The mechanical division of Texas Controls is the only engineering company in Spain specialising in tightening and sealing. Its long experience over many years of achieving critical safe mechanical joints, and its ongoing research projects (mechanical simulations, FEM analysis and empirical testing) allow Texas Controls to address critical tasks, offering its customers the highest confidence in the implementation and operation of leak-free and safe flanged joints.

These solutions are especially important to customers in the oil and gas industry, where it is imperative to avoid leaks in pipes and pressure vessels or reactors that could occur under extreme pressure and temperature. The costs of preventing leaks are much lower than those of their consequences. Therefore, it is crucial to study and predict the behaviour of flanged joints and to understand how the elastic interactions between their elements take place. Previously Texas Controls had used computer simulations. However, the computational demands of modelling the behaviour of flanges were such that an HPC-based solution was necessary and this was the first time that they had used such technology.

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Ergolines is an Italian SME supplying control systems to the steel-making industry. Its main focus is on the continuous casting area where liquid steel becomes a solid mechanical structure. The simulation of the casting process enables control systems to be designed which enable steel-casting plants to operate more efficiently and profitably.

Such simulations would previously not have been accessible to an SME for reasons of cost and expertise. The use of Cloud-based-HPC simulations has enabled Ergolines to develop better control systems with significant benefits for its customers and to its presence in the marketplace.

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Why Fortissimo


The project is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh and involves 123 partners including Manufacturing Companies, Application Developers, Domain Experts, IT Solution Providers and HPC Cloud Service Providers from 14 countries. These partners are engaged in 53 experiments (case studies) where business relevant simulations of industrial processes are implemented and evaluated. The project is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme and is part of the I4MS Initiative.

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