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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

ESCF Circular program LINCIT in the spotlight on Dutch national TV

March 12, 2024
To enable wider dissemination of LINCIT, we took part in the television program SBS ‘Doe maar duurzaam’, which will be broadcasted on March 16 on SBS6. This happens to coincide with the week of the circular economy. The Dutch TV program focuses on innovative solutions to various sustainability issues. It weekly portrays how we all […]

Arrival of new community: ESCF LifeScience

January 31, 2024
Lately, we have been addressing more and more LifeScience issues. That is why ESCF started a community with a LifeScience background. The community focuses on collective exploration of research topics, including automated decision-making, yield enhancement, artificial intelligence, digital twins, intelligent planning, and seamless logistics within Life Science manufacturing supply chains. By fostering a collaborative and cross-disciplinary ecosystem […]

Stef Herrebout wins ESCF Student Award 2022-2023

October 2, 2023
The Annual Conference on the 19th of September was closed by the ESCF Student Award 2022-2023 ceremony. The third edition of the ESCF Student Awards was won by Stef Herrebout with his thesis ‘Data-Driven Decision-Making in Supplier Sustainability Improvement Recommendations’ conducted at Philips. Other nominees were: On our YouTube channel you can find the movie of […]


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, LifeScience 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 focuses on digital solutions in supply chains, where algorithms and AI are exploited to create decision support to create resilient and transparent operations.
The Data2Move companies collaborate with TU/e academics and students to deliver results that are practically and scientifically relevant. 


High-tech supply chains deal with the complexity of products, long lead times of components, the speed with which research and development of new products require adaptations to supply chain relations, and the customer product configuration process. These key challenges are addressed in the High Tech Community.


The LifeScience community wants to be at the fore-front of supply chain innovation in the health care, by improving supply chain and manu-facturing decision-making to support affordable well-being of patients. Bringing Talent, Knowledge and Network together in the ESCF LifeScience community:
Smart decisions for a Healthy Supply Chain.


Servitization implies a shift from a product-centric organization to a service-centric company. Our ambition is to create awareness of the servitization challenges, both technical and organizational in nature, and to provide solutions to overcome these challenges. We guide the sustainable and profitable transition towards servitization.