The COCOP consortium consists of 12 partners from 6 European countries (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain), effectively covering the main areas involved in the proposal. The consortium is, for the purpose of the project, well balanced with both research and commercial organisations (5 research organisations and 7 companies, four of which are SMEs) covering several sectors of the industry: steel, nutritional and materials products, automation technology providers, consultancy and software.

Tampere University combines a strong tradition of research in the fields of natural sciences and engineering with research related to industry and business. Technology is the key to addressing global challenges. TUT generates research knowledge and competence for the benefit of society.

Since its founding about 50 years ago, TU Dortmund University has developed a special profile, encompassing 16 faculties ranging from science and engineering to social sciences and culture studies. In COCOP TU Dortmund University is represented by its Social Research Centre (sfs) being a central research unit of TU Dortmund. sfs is exclusively dedicated to empirical social research and consultancy in all labor-related issues such as organizational and human resources development, vocational training, health and safety, regional development, etc. The mission of sfs, founded in 1946, is to focus on industrial and social change processes. sfs understands itself as a competence center for social innovation.

VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH (BFI) is one of Europe's leading private-sector institutes for applied research and development in the field of steel technology and connected branches. BFI is a non-profit, limited liability company for which Steel Institute VDEh is the only shareholder. The main object of institute’s work is the cross-process optimisation of steel production under resource efficiency, product quality, economic and environmental aspects.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT), is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law. As an impartial non-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and with the national mandate and mission to support economic competitiveness, societal development and innovation, VTT carries out research and innovation activities for the needs of industry and knowledge-based society.

Tecnalia Research & Innovation is a private non profitable technological research centre, settled in Derio (Spain). TECNALIA operates in all the fields of today and tomorrow’s industry: Industry and Transport, Information and Communication Technologies, Building, Energy and Environment, Innovation Systems and Health and Quality of Life. 

MSI is an Automation, Industrial Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering SME company (100 employees, San Sebastian - Spain) that develops, implements and maintains integral solutions based on Control, Information and Communication technologies to increase the efficiency of operation and its clients competitiveness. MSI offers solutions to several industries as metal transformation, iron and steel industry, water, paper, air, etc. MSI identifies the needs and problems of their customers, shares with them the technological concerns and puts forward competitive solutions. All this enables them to have a close relationship with their customers resulting in new line implementations as revampings of existing lines.

IDENER is a private research SME company located in Seville (Spain) and founded in 2010 by a group of PhD holding engineers. From that time forward, IDENER has positioned as a valued partner of top European Research centers, Universities and technology firms. The company investigates in the multidisciplinary field of Computational Science and its application to the optimization of systems and processes in key areas: Industrial Technologies; ICTs; Biotechnology; Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy; and Resource and Raw Materials Efficiency. This approach results in a high added value which sharpens the competitive edge of complex systems by providing improvements in performance and cost effectiveness.

Established in year 2002, Optimation AB is an SME that combines process know-how, control technology and dynamic simulation with our ability to transform advanced theory into practical systems. We have a broad approach that creates a valuable platform to optimize industrial processes. Our strategy to execute projects has been remodelled through innovative thinking and powerful tools. Optimation AB is a global solution and tool provider and has a solid background in industrial sectors like minerals, metals, pulp and paper, power generation, and district heating. 

2-control ApS is a small Danish company specialized in Model Predictive Control and Optimizations tasks. 2-control ApS undertakes consultancy and development tasks for chemical industries. 2-control ApS solutions are based on the mathematical library MPCMath covering linear algebra, ODE solvers, optimizers for linear and quadratic problems aimed at C#/.NET development groups. 2-Control also delivers APCSuite aimed for process control specialist and end user, providing an environment for implementing Advanced Control on chemical processes.

Outotec provides leading technologies and services for the sustainable use of Earth’s natural resources. As the global leader in minerals and metals processing technology, they have developed many breakthrough technologies over the decades for our customers in metals and mining industry. They also provide innovative solutions for industrial water treatment, the utilization of alternative energy sources and the chemical industry.

SIDENOR is the largest manufacturer in Spain of special steels, forgings and castings, as well as one of the main manufacturers of drop forging pieces. It has four productive sites (Steel Mills) and three downstream facilities. SIDENOR offers a complete range of rolled products (wire rod, bars, flats, billets), cold finished (cold drawn, peeling/turning and straightening) and forged products (bars and flats) in carbon steels, free cutting steels, alloyed steels, spring steels, micro alloyed steels, cold forming steels, bearing steels, tool steels and stainless steels.

Royal DSM is a globally operating, science-based company being active in products comprising health, nutrition and material branches. It has 23,500 employees and delivers annual net sales of around €9 billion. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders.