Creating real value in the supply chain

About ESCF

ESCF is the leading collaboration forum in solving practical and scientific supply chain challenges by using technology and empowering talent, innovative thinking, and out-of-the-box solutions.
The ESCF ecosystem organizes interaction with her members to further develop knowledge in and around supply chains. Access to talent, our students and researchers, is crucial. In a non-competitive way and mutual trust, opportunities for the members of (cross-industry) to innovate are addressed. The researchers of ESCF are part of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences. Have a look at the research areas of the department and the researchers.



ESCF offers companies excellent students and supply chain professionals of TU/e to carry out projects, address innovations, create awareness of supply chains’ scientific and practical knowledge. Their competencies like innovative thinking, out-of-the-box solutions, and adaptiveness help companies further develop their business. They form the talent of our forum.


ESCF creates real value in the supply chain by generating, exchanging, and integrating scientific and practical supply chain knowledge.


The ESCF network is based on the spirit of trust and reliability. The network shares the best scientific and practical knowledge in a non-competitive way and by peer-to-peer contacts.

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ESCF news

Basil: making cycling more enjoyable

April 1, 2021
Basil likes to see people enjoying riding their bicycle, which is why they make beautiful and functional bicycle accessories that encourage people to cycle more often. The slogan: ‘Spread the cycling joy’ is part of the DNA of Basil. They encourage people to cycle more often. Because cycling is healthy and gives everyone a daily […]

More than 200 visitors on online conference ‘Decision making with AI in the industry’

April 1, 2021
The conference “Decision making with AI in the industry” took place on the 19th of March online, organized by the European Supply Chain Forum (ESCF), together with the Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute (EAISI). The conference brought together more than 200 members from both the academia and practice across the warehousing, transportation and biomanufacturing industries, […]

New book on integrated support for smart manufacturing

February 16, 2021
The HORSE Book on integrated support for smart manufacturing is now available. Paul Grefen of TU/e and member of the daily board of ESCF is first author. The book presents the main results of the European HORSE project and has been published recently. It features an extensive description of the architecture design, prototype system realization and […]


Our communities

ESCF ecosystem

To generate more value for the ESCF members, ESCF ecosystems extend into several communities: Customer-Driven Transformation (CDT), Data2Move, ESCF High Tech Community, and Servitization. Smaller players like SMEs and start-ups mainly participate in one of our communities, while full ESCF members participate in all communities. We allow start-ups, scale-ups, large and multinational organizations to join the ESCF ecosystem.


The Customer-Driven Transformation (CDT) community is the eco-system on the interface of the End-to-End Supply Chain. Academics and students collaborate with prominent industry partners to create network communities and deliver results that are both practically and scientifically relevant.


Data2Move is a community of people with a shared interest in data and logistics. The Data2Move companies – manufacturing, ict, and logistics service providers – collaborate with TU/e academics and students to deliver results that are both practically and scientifically relevant. Data2Move is where logistics meets data.


High Tech Systems have some unique properties. These properties include the complexity of the products themselves, high volatility, long lead times of components, etc. The Eindhoven High Tech Systems Community (EHTC) is the prime platform for working on these challenges.


More and more firms are starting their servitization journey. Servitization implies a shift from a product-centric organization to a service-centric company. Our ambition is to create awareness on the servitization challenges, which are both technical and organizational in nature, and to provide solutions to overcome these challenges. By this, we aim to guide companies in their transition towards servitization in a sustainable and profitable way.