Meet who is behind Cutting Edge 4.0

Partners covering the whole sector with specific knowledge and experience

The first time that a European project brings together steelmakers, research institutes, parts manufacturers and end users to develop affordable experimental and modelling tools and machine learning solutions based on real-time process data for the prediction of edge-cracking.

Partners covering the whole sector with specific knowledge and experience in complimentary fields and with a solid R&D background, but also with a strong market and end-user potential to ensure that project results find their way to the European industry.


Eurecat is the leading Technology Centre of Catalonia. It provides the industrial and business sector with differential technology and advanced expertise, offers solutions to their innovation needs and boosts their competitiveness in a fast-paced environment. Eurecat coordinates CuttingEdge4.0 and participates in its development through its Metalling and Ceramics Materials and Smart Management Systems Unit. The Metallic and Ceramics Materials Technology Unit brings its expertise in mechanical and forming behaviour of materials, especially AHSS, performance of forming tools, micromechanical characterisation and simulation of forming processes. On the other hand, the Smart Management Systems group has a strong and proven background on researching and tailoring advanced solutions based on ML and AI for industrial manufacturing control, monitoring and optimization.

23, Avinguda Universitat Autonoma
08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain 

Dr. Begoña Casas

PhD in Materials Science. Proven expertise in research of mechanical and tribological behaviour of tools and sheets materials for cold forming processes. She has coordinated and participated in the preparation and technical execution of R&D projects in the field of materials science. She is the proposal coordinator of CuttingEdge4.0.

Dr. Daniel Casellas

PhD in Materials Science. He is the Scientific Director of Eurecat. He works in fatigue and fracture of structural materials and micromechanical evaluation, with special focus on fracture mechanics approach to address crack-related phenomena in high strength metal sheets.

MSc Toni Lara

MSc in Materials Engineering. Head of Mechanical Behavior in the Metallic & Ceramic Materials Unit. Proven experience in materials technology; materials manufacturing and transformation technologies; mechanical properties; formability study of metallic materials; techniques for the analysis and characterization of metals: wear, impact, fatigue and fracture behavior of metals.

Francesc Bonada

Senior Artificial Intelligence & Data Scientist researcher at Eurecat’s Smart Management Systems Unit. He is involved in several research projects for the application of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science for manufacturing process control and optimization, real-time quality prediction and knowledge discovery.

Dr. Jose Gonzalez

PhD in Physics. He is a researcher at the Smart Management Systems unit at Eurecat. He is involved in several projects for the application of Data Science to metal manufacturing and processing.

David Frómeta

MSc in Materials Science and Engineering. Expertise in sheet metal forming and fracture characterization of high strength steel and aluminum alloys sheets. He is managing fracture toughness characterizations at Eurecat. He is currently running a PhD on fracture toughness evaluation in AHSS. Participation, coordination and execution of R&D projects in the field of materials science.

Lulea University of Technology

Lulea University of Technology is one of the largest technical universities in Sweden. The research group Chair of Solid Mechanics participates in the project with expertise in modelling of machining processes and material characterization. The group is developing constitutive FE models and is also developing and using particle-based codes like the PFEM and smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) method for simulation of processes containing large deformation e.g. machining and granular flow.

Luleå University of Technology
971 87 Luleå, Sweden

Prof. Pär Jonsén

Professor with 18 years of experience in research concerning constitutive modelling, non-linear FEM particle-based methods like PFEM, SPG, SPH and DEM. These methods are applied to machining processes, fracture mechanic, fatigue, powder compaction and fluid-structure interaction.

Associate Prof. Jörgen Kajberg

Associate Professor expert in material characterisation at high strain rates. Especially split Hopkinson pressure bar (SPHB), fast hydraulic loading system 24 m/s and DIC analysis.

Olle Sandin

PhD student conducting research within numerical modelling of shear cutting and fracture of high strength steel. Prior experience from the automotive industry performing crash simulations and strength/durability analyses of engine components.

Voestalpine Stahl GmbH

voestalpine Stahl GmbH is the leading company of the Steel Division, one of the four divisions of voestalpine Group, a worldwide technology enterprise. It is one of Europe’s leading suppliers to the automotive, construction, household-appliance, oil/gas and energy industries worldwide. At the site Linz voestalpine Stahl runs a fully-integrated steel mill with steel production via the LD route, hot and cold rolling plants and steel coating plants. The product portfolio comprises the whole range of high-quality steel strip, hot rolled and cold rolled, hot-dip galvanized, electrolytically galvanized as well as organically coated. In BY 2018/19 voestalpine Stahl GmbH reached a revenue of 3.870 mio EUR, an EBIT of 77,5 mio EUR and employed a staff of 6.800 persons.

3, Voestalpine-Straße
4020 Linz, Austria  

Dr. Patrick Larour

PhD in Materials Science, has 15 years’ experience in the field of testing CR and HR AHSS steel grades. Through the participation in European ISO16630 Round Robin tests as well as own investigations at forming laboratory and workshops with OEM premium customers, he has gained a clear insight in current edge cracks testing methods in the press shop.

Dr. Leopold Wagner

PhD in mechanical Engineering is recently in charge of FEM in the forming department group. He has gained some extensive knowledge in testing, modelling and simulating of small scale laboratory forming tests such as bending, hole expansion, FLC, damage fracture tests (mainly Abaqus)

Ing. Josef Hinterdorfer

Senior Key Technician in the R&D department with over 25 years of experience in material characterization for forming and joining technology and has experience in material testing for more than 40 years. During his career he has successfully managed national and international research projects


Faurecia Autositze GmbH is part of Faurecia Group, one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers, with its key Business Groups: Automotive Seating, Emissions Control Technologies, and Interior Systems. As the world’s number one supplier of seat frames and mechanisms, Faurecia develops and realizes stamping parts made of HSS and AHSS on a steadily increasing scale.

23-27 Rue des Champs Pierreux
92 000 Nanterre Cedex

Dr. – Ing. Hosen Sulaiman

PhD in Metal Forming, Technical Leader in Metal Forming, has more than 25 years’ experience in sheet metal forming. Expertise in process and tooling development, forming of AHSS.

Dipl. – Ing. Klaus Unruh

Senior Expert Metal Material, Technical Leader in metal material, has more than 25 years’ experience with high strength steels. Expertize in material choice, material testing and characterization.

Dipl. – Ing. Martin Heuse

Expert Metal Forming Simulation, Team leader simulation for 17 years working in the sheet metal simulation team and involved in different research projects.

Centro Riserche Fiat

Centro Ricerche FCA – CRF is an industrial research organization providing R&D and innovation services for the different companies of the FIAT-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Group and its automotive suppliers. CRF’s core competences are centred on land transportation and advanced technologies, materials, and processes. CRF is capable of guaranteeing an effective transfer-of-knowledge to product design functions within specific sectors. The following CRF departments will be involved in the project: Metals, Surface Treatment, Physical and Chemical Testing that are in the Group Materials Labs. GML competencies cover the materials needs from the design up to manufacture the vehicle. Working with Manufacturing department the importance to predict edge cracking during the stamping is well known, GML is also involved in material cards definition to perform the virtual analysis.


50, Strada Torino, 50
10043 Orbassano (TO), Italy​

Dr. Danielle Pullini

Physicist, PhD – senior researcher in academic and industrial contexts. Today, Daniele manages the Research of GML, the Global Materials Laboratories of FCA-EMEA. Active member of the KIC-raw materials and, in this frame, he is involved in the creation and the implementation of the Future Mobility Lighthouse program also in connection with EBA, the European Battery Alliance.

Michele Maria Tedesco

 Head of the Metals Department within GML that includes the following competence centers: Joining (mechanical joining, spot and arc weldings), Bulk (cast iron, high and low pressure die casting, thermal treatment and so on), Fatigue (LCF, HCF, thermomechanical fatigue) and Testing. 

Matteo Ferrea

Sheet metal specialist in GML. Has recently joined GML Metals team. In charge for the approval process of steel and aluminium sheets characterization and involved in the development of advanced test methods focused on local formability and high speed deformation tests.

Tata Steel Research & Development

Tata Steel Research & Developmentis ranked by worldsteel as the 10th global steel company. Tata Steel has an integrated cross-border UK-NL research department, with particular expertise in material behaviour in its customers’ processes, such as deep drawing and bending, for which it has developed its own unique Vegter 2017 material.

30, Millbank
SW 1P 4 WY, London
United Kingdom

Dr. Eisso Atzema

Forming expert with over 20 years of experience in forming technology, both numerically and increasingly experimentally as well. He has researched edge ductility for the last 5 years.

Dr. Arjan Rijkenberg

Principal scientist in the high-strength steel research group of Tata Steel. He is working as a metallurgist on the development of hot-rolled automotive chassis steel grades for almost 10 years now with a focus to combine high strength with excellent formability in terms of stretch- and stretchflange-ability. 

Dr. Petra Šedá

PhD in Metallurgy. She is a project leader in the high strength steel group. She develops cold rolled and galvanized grades for automotive.  Her projects are focused on the understanding of the relationship between processing, microstructure and mechanical properties.

PWO Czech Republic

PWO Czech Republic part of PWO Group. PWO is a partner to the global automotive industry for development and production of advanced metal components and subsystems using lightweight construction. The PWO Group has developed a unique knowledge in the forming and joining of metals over the course of its almost 100-year history. PWO CZ is focused on production of high complex parts of AHSS.

Palackého 1261, 757 01
Valašské Meziříčí
Czech Republic

Martin Slama

Ing. Martin Sláma

Project manager, Lead Engineer and technical support in Business line – Seat in PWO group. He has more than 15 years of experience in sheet metal forming, stamping technology, tooling and forming simulations and testing of AHSS steels.