Platform Models for Agile Product Development – Building an Ability to Adapt (ProAct)


ProAct is part of the regional research program, which is a collaboration between Jönköping University, Region Jönköpings län and the business sector.

Many manufacturing companies are system suppliers delivering unique products by adopting an engineer-to-order (ETO) business model. Development projects are executed in close collaboration with the customers and can run for years. Changes of requirements are frequent and technology development required for improved functionality, sustainability and competitiveness. Improved customer value is targeted by adaptation of product solutions and swift introduction of new technologies combined with cost-efficiency and lead-time reduction.

The use of a product platform, where external and internal efficiency is well balanced, has been acknowledged as a strategic enabler for mass customization and increased competitiveness. However, ETO-companies struggle with the adoption of the common platform approach building upon pre-defined modules and components, and comprehensive alternatives are needed.

Purpose and expected results

This project will address this issue by thoroughly investigating the industrial needs in relation to the scientific state of the art, expand the knowledge in the area and develop a new platform approach based on demonstrators developed by industry.

The results of this project will add valuable knowledge to the area of platform development and means for efficient customisation within an ETO business model. The expected long-term effects for industry is increased customization options towards customers, improved ability to master fluctuations in requirements, shorter lead-time in development and quicker introduction of new technologies.

Collaboration partners

  • Thule
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Flexator
  • Husqvarna

Project duration and financing

The project runs from 2017 to 2019, has a total budget of 7.22  million SEK and is co-funded by the Region Jönköping County.

Contact information

If you would like to know more about the project, please contact project leader Fredrik Elgh.