CONVENTION EUROPEENNE DE LA CONSTRUCTION METALLIQUE ASBL (ECCS)
Project coordinator and single point of entry (SEP). ECCS will connect the NewSkin OITB to the Steel Industry and will provide route to market services to support the deployment of high performance and functional nano-coatings in the steel industry. Based in Brussels, ECCS, the European Convention for Constructional Steelwork, is a not-for-profit association which was set up in 1955 in parallel with the creation of the European Community for Coal and Steel. The mission of ECCS is twofold: (i) to improve the market of structural steel through research, innovation and marketing solutions, using the wide network of universities, design offices, institutional bodies and industrialists in the field of construction, (ii) to promote the use of steelwork in the construction sector by the development of standards and promotional information. It also helps to influence decision makers through the management of working committees, publications, conferences, and by active representation on European and International Committees dealing with standardisation, research and development and education. Its membership includes 18 national associations of steelwork contractors, Technical Research Institutes, Steel Promotional Organisations, Technical Universities, Design Offices, Architectural Offices, and steel fabricators. Supporting Members are the steel producers, Paint manufacturers, Resin Producers and European Galvanizers association.
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V. (FHG)
Non-profit research organisation for applied science, FHG is a holding comprising more than 70 different research institutes. It is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. FHG’s research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As such, work undertaken by their researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. FHG’s R2R Technologies department will participate in this project. The experience of this department dates back to the institute foundation in the nineties of the previous century. The department boasts of multiple laboratories as well as pilot scale coaters. The available technology was proven in various projects.
- A new facility for the continuous deposition as monotomic graphene layers for the large-scale manufacturing of graphene membranes.
- A set of CVD continuous processes for the deposition of SiO2-like organic-inorganic hybrid materials on flexible substrates.
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER (LUH)
Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) is a member university of the TU9 group. LUH is dedicated to research and education. Its faculties of civil engineering and mechanical engineering has currently about 5700 students and 1220 employees. The Institute of Steel Construction (IfS) and the Institute of Dynamics and Vibration Research (IDS) will be the departments of LUH, which are mainly responsible for LUHs part in the project. About 55 researchers work in the teams of both institutes. The research interests of IfS ranges from fire/heat resistance of steel constructions to structural safety of constructions. IDS research areas cover dynamics of turbine blades, ultrasonic systems to dynamic contacts including sealing contacts. Both institutes work in close collaboration with industrial partners in the framework of collaborative projects and consultancy services.
- Test bed for corrosion and mechanical performance of large sized bolted connections (up to M72) and steel structures
- Testing facility for component friction, energy efficiency and durability/wear behavior of nano-modified and coated components
- Model-based development and definition of friction optimized surface properties (multiscale texture and wettability)
- Lab environment for powder-based Intumescent coatings (IC)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE (KIT)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Chair of Steel & Lightweight Structures Otto-Ammann-Platz 1 D-76131 Karlsruhe Germany. KIT is a public research university and one of the largest research and educational institutions in Germany. KIT was created in 2009 when the University of Karlsruhe (Universität Karlsruhe), founded in 1825 as a public research university and also known as the "Fridericiana", merged with the Karlsruhe Research Centre. KIT is one of the leading universities for engineering and the natural sciences in Europe, ranking sixth overall in citation impact.
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET (UPP)
Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is a state-owned higher education organisation. It is a comprehensive university with 9 faculties spanning from humanity, social sciences, language, medicine, pharmacy, to natural sciences and technology. The university has been consistently ranked top 100 by several well recognised international ranking systems. It has today about 4,700 academic staff (teachers and researchers) of which 716 full professors, 2300 administrative staff, 23,700 full-time master and bachelor students and 2,300 doctoral students. This project is undertaken by the Department of Engineering sciences, Uppsala University, part of the Ångström Laboratory. The Laboratory contains most of the science and technology groups in chemistry and physics devoted tom materials and energy science and technology, which are also two of the priority areas of UU. Thin film technologies are widely used in the research carried out both at the Department and within the whole Ångstrom laboratory.Up-scaling of Physical Vapour.
SSPA SWEDEN AB. (SSPA)
SSPA offers a wide range of maritime services, including ship design, energy optimization, finding the most effective ways to interact with other types of transportation, and conducting maritime infrastructure studies together with safety and environmental risk assessments. Decades of experience and research have placed SSPA at the forefront of consulting services and innovation. They provide sustainable, innovative and world leading theoretical and practical solutions for every need arising within the maritime field on the global market.
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY (DCU)
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (IIT)
SIRRIS HET COLLECTIEF CENTRUM VAN DE TECHNOLOGISCHE INDUSTRIE (SIRRIS)
Sirris is the collective centre for and by the technological industry. We offer companies three key assets to help them remain innovative: years of experience and comprehensive expertise in a wide range of industries; high-tech testing infrastructure spread across the country; and an extensive network of partners. This way we help large and smaller players in industry make the right technological choices and achieve sustainable economic growth. The OWI-lab specialized in wind energy, performs research and provides services in particularly in condition monitoring in harsh conditions and in climate chamber testing of large components. The Sirris Coating Lab is specialized in development, modification, and deposition and testing of functional and smart coatings on industrial products in real applications and harsh environments.
ASOCIACIÓN DE IVESTIGATIÓN METALÚRGICA DEAL NOROESTE (AIM)
AIMEN is a non-profit private research association with more than 100 industrial members, established to increase the technological competence in the manufacturing industry, through the following activities: (i) R&D+I projects, (ii) Monitoring technology evolution, (iii) Acquire and develop emergent technologies, (iv) Promote technology innovation in the companies. The R&D+I activities can be grouped into the following research fields:
The Laser Applications Centre of AIMEN provides facilities and expertise for R&D and validation activities in laser materials processing.
TECHNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
TECNALIA is one of the largest private, independent, non-profit applied research and technology organisations in Europe. It is dedicated to transforming technology into commercial products and services that improve people’s quality of life. Through its 7 business divisions covering economic sectors of Energy, Environment, Industry, Transport, Construction, Health and ICT, TECNALIA generated business opportunities for over 4,000 clients, including more than 30 spin-off companies. TECNALIA is also a key agent in the European Research Area (ERA). It actively participates in governing bodies of several European Technology Platforms, PPPs and JTIs (EEB, FOF, SPIRE, ARTEMIS…). TECNALIA is also a member of EARTO and of EUROTECH, linking together the most important research organisations in Europe.
FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO Y LA INNOVACIÓN TECNOLOGICA (FUNDITEC)
The Foundation for Development and Technological Innovation (FUNDITEC), is a private not-for-profit-foundation based in Madrid and created in 2003 committed to stimulate and foster innovation and technology advancement as key propellers for economic and social promotion of our clients. On an applied research basis and hands-on approach, we develop innovative and efficient solutions for our industrial clients in advanced materials that improve their sustainability and benefit. FUNDITEC has a matched experience on the management and development of European (FP7, H2020) and National R&D projects. The successful management of the research and technical team is backed by a track record of more than 60 research projects delivered at an international scale.
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE ARAGON (ITA)
ITA is a non-profit technology centre whose main objective is to promote competitiveness in the industrial sector by means of the development, acquisition, adaptation and transfer of innovative technologies. ITA offers its services with a clear market orientation, providing real and innovative solutions from its lines of research and development, which transform and accelerate the technological processes of companies or new challenges in our society. The staff is composed of 222 employees, of which 81 are women and 36 hold a PhD degree. ITA is structured into different technological areas: Materials & Components, Mechatronics & Robotics, Power Electronics, Logistics, Software Engineering and Multimedia technologies ITA will be responsible for the characterization of nano-coatings in terms of adhesion and friction for manufacturing as well as the optimization of TDM in the materials for different texturing processes.
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION (LEITAT)
LEITAT is a Technological Centre that undertakes R&D activities in the areas of materials sciences, environment, surface treatments, biotechnologies and renewable energies with deep knowledge and experience in technological transfers to several industrial sectors. LEITAT takes part each year in many projects financed by the regional and national governments, participates in projects co-funded by the European Commission, and executes private R&D projects funded by industrial partners. LEITAT is recognized by the Spanish Government as a CIT (Centre of Technological Innovation) and is one the 5 Technology Centres that is accredited by the Regional Government of Catalonia. Finally, it is member of FEDIT (Federation of Technological Centres in Spain) and the IT Network of the Catalan Regional Government. Within NewSkin project, Surface Treatment, Material Chemistry, the Human and Environmental Health and Safety (HEHS), Robotics and the Energy Conversion & Photonics (EC&P) divisions will be involved.
CONFINDUSTRIA EMILIA AREA CENTRO
CONFI is the association of companies and industries born from the path of integration between Unindustria Bologna, Unindustria Ferrara and Confindustria Modena which led to the creation of a single businesses association capable of guaranteeing greater representation to a territory that represents the second Italian manufacturing centre. CONFI, whose constitutive act was officially signed on May 3rd 2017, represents and protects the Emilian more than 3200 small, medium and large enterprises located in the provinces of Bologna, Ferrara and Modena, to whom it offers the excellence and quality of services and business culture, in order to support its members in responding to the needs of the global market and the competitive scenarios of the future.
Inspiralia (former m27)'s core expertise is preparing the best possible structuring proposal and optimised financing plan for a project and implementing the best possible concept taking into account the strategic course set. Our consulting service is characterised by productive, critical querying of the client’s project ideas. Through vigorous analysis and scrutiny, we ensure that they receive a viable, promising and financially feasible basis for the implementation of the project plans. Permanent knowledge transfer ensures that we find the best solution depending on the phase in which a company finds itself. In order to achieve this, we put together a specific mix of optimally coordinated instruments. We ensure that customer plans are fully financed generally for the next 18-24 months, before any further financing round is required. Since every phase in the life of a company is characterised by individual challenges and risk profiles, different investors come into question as potential financing partners depending on the phase. In addition, public financing instruments (grants, preferential loans, etc.) at national and European level constitute a very important element for the optimisation of financial needs.
DREAM CLUSTER WATER & ENVIRONMENT
The DREAM cluster is a French competitiveness cluster that brings together key players in the fields of research and training, as well as economic stakeholders. It is now the recognized representative for the field of green technology related to water and aquatic environment as well as water cross thematic such as circular economy and digital technology. It develops tailor-made, sustainable solutions, both technical and socio-economic. The cluster supports growth and competitiveness of its SMEs through innovation, a focus on research and technology transfer. The cluster works closely with the two other French water clusters gathering, between the three of them, 500 members including 400 companies. In addition, the water clusters are the founders of France Water Team which is a worldwide reference brand and network for water sector companies to improve their economic performances in a dynamic and growing international environment. FWT gathers 700 actors of the water sector (including 200 international exporters).
ASSOCIATION POUR LA PROMOTION ET LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DU PÔLE EUROPÉEN DE LA CÉRAMIQUE
The association for the development and promotion of the European ceramic centre also known as the European Cluster of Ceramics, is a competitiveness cluster specialised in ceramics and related materials and processes (decorative and technical ceramics, mineral raw materials and surface coatings/treatments). It promotes products and know-how of its members. The cluster represents 120 manufacturers, 36 laboratories and 5 RTOs from France, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, and Germany. The cluster is also a part of other associations including Groupement Français de la Céramique (French learned society about ceramics), and Cerame-Unie (with membership drawn from national ceramics associations across Europe). Furthermore, the European Ceramic Cluster actively participates and influences the regional roadmap on advanced materials. The cluster's strategy is defined around four strategical markets considered as priority by the study of economic indicators:
This strategy is based on two key technological domains: The factory of the future applied to ceramics (additive ceramic manufacturing processes, modelling of manufacturing processes and materials...) and surface treatments (plasma technology, vapour deposition technology…).
ALPHA - Route des Lasers & des Hyperfréquences® (ALPHA-RLH) competitiveness cluster works with companies, laboratories and technology transfer/in-service training centres in setting up, evaluating and fostering public-private funding of innovative projects. It is based on six Strategic Fields of Activity and one Cross-Disciplinary Field of Activity. The organisation is structured around two key Strategic Fields of Activity: Photonics-Lasers (laser sources and processes, optical components, instrumentation...) and Microwaves-Electronics (integrated circuits, radio communication systems, radar systems…), with the support of digital tools (Digital Solutions & the Factory of the Future Cross-Disciplinary Field of Activity), and promotes the notion of collaborative innovation in four markets (applied Strategic Fields of Activity): Health and Medical devices, Communications and Security, Aeronautics-Space and Defence, Energy and Smart Building. The Photonics-Lasers Strategic Field of Activity covers the value chain for new industrial processes using photonics and laser-based technologies:
This strategy is based on two key technological domains: The factory of the future applied to ceramics (additive ceramic manufacturing processes, modelling of manufacturing processes and materials...) and surface treatments (plasma technology, vapour deposition technology…).
With more than 30 years of experience, Kemica Coatings is a French innovating SME, founded by René Massard. Being an expert in the field of polyurethane (PU) and poly (urea-urethane)-based high performance, 100% solventfree resins applied, manually or using a machine spraying system, on concrete or steel substrate for any type of problem in the field of waterproofing, floor coating and corrosion protection, we have participated in different construction projects in more than 15 countries, on 3 continents. We own 1,100m2 of industrial layout with a resin production capacity of 7,000tons/year (on a 2-shift basis), an R&D laboratory and a workshop for the manufacturing of new electrostating spray equipment at ZA du Bois Gueslin at Mignières, France.
Since incorporation in 2006, Flubetech has been developing, fabricating and commercialising of ceramic and functional PVD and CVD coatings. Their coatings, which provide excellent characteristics in terms of hardness, wear resistance and low-friction coefficient, are needed in in a variety of applications such as cutting and forming dies, plastic and die casting moulds, cutting tools and high productivity tools and components in general. The company utilises cutting-edge technology in PVD coatings (Magnetron Sputtering), HiPIMS (High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering) and HT-CVD coatings (Hot Filament-Chemical Vapour Deposition) to provide clients knowledge and state-of-the-art coatings to enhance their competitiveness and product quality.
SC MGM STAR CONSTRUCT SRL
MGM is a private company specialising in physical and chemical vacuum deposition, lithography technology, optical manufacturing, and construction works in civil area and R&D activities. Activities are targeted for services, manufacturing prototypes and small series based on requirements and needs of the market customers. R&D activities reflected through national and international research projects – the promoter for technology development and new products.
CARBON WATER SAS
CW is a start-up specialising in the production of graphene-based coatings, formulations and nanofluids. Established in 2017, CW is a result of over 10 years of research that yielded a breakthrough in graphene production, deposition onto surfaces or as additive. The company produces aqueous-based graphene dispersions using its new patented liquid exfoliation process and is protected by 3 patents. The company has a long history of attracting funding having been so far financed by NACO, ACI, and Techno’Start and has won several innovation awards including by JEC World, M2i and Hello Tomorrow.
PULVERIT POLSKA SP.ZO.O
Pulverit Polska is a subsidiary of Pulverit Group (holding Pulverit SPA, Italy) situated at its production Plant in Tichy (Poland). The company specialises in developing, manufacturing and selling thermosetting powder coatings since 1973, and has over the years become the leading producer of powder coatings in Italy, with 11,000 tons production and €39.3 million revenue in 2014. To sustain our growth we have opened over the last decade production sites in Poland (2000) and Brazil (2010), as well as new commercial sites in Germany (2007) and Spain (2009). Currently our sales out of Italy represent 45% of our revenue. Our main product lines comprise epoxy, epoxy-polyester, polyester and polyurethane powder coatings for general metal finishing, architectural applications, household appliances and industrial vehicles. We have more than 1,500 customers, including companies like FERRARI, IVECO, INDESIT, ELECTROLUX and BTWIN.
GXC COATINGS GmbH
GXC Coatings was founded in the year 2000 in Goslar/Germany and is an innovative and fast growing high-tech company for functional surface modifications. The company develops and manufactures functional coating materials based on nanotechnology (e.g. sol-gel) and apply these coatings on plastics, glass and metal surfaces. Major functionalities include anti-fog, scratch resistance, hardcoat, easy-to-clean, self-cleaning and anti-fingerprint. The quality and appearance of the surfaces coated by GXC is substantially upgraded and will remain so in the long term. GXC combines chemistry with product development and process engineering resulting in new, intelligent products that were previously unthinkable. Our customers benefit from increased security, perfect appearance, high energy efficiency, quality and user comfort. GXC is active in growth markets such as the automotive industry, electric vehicles, autonomous driving, optical sensor technology, renewable energy (e.g. solar and wind), consumer electronics, household appliances and medical technology.
ALBANIAN UNIVERSITY CENTER (UAC)
UAC is among the first private institutions of higher education licensed in April 2004 by the Ministry of Education and Science, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania and accredited by the Board of Accreditation. It enrolled its first students for the 2004-05 academic year, with the initial course of study in dentistry. Since the first year of its activity, the institution brought at the centre of academic life the support for its intellectual product and the blending of teaching and research. Now UAC has been operating for more than a decade, currently organized into three faculties: Faculty of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Applied and Economic Sciences and Faculty of Social Sciences. UAC is located in Tirana, the capital of Albania and provides the appropriate infrastructures for the development of teaching and scientific research activities. The University offers 39 study programmes in three cycles of studies across its faculties and using the European Credit Transfer System. There are 16 programmes of study in the first cycle of studies, 21 second cycle and 2 third cycle. AU has its own academic journal “OPTIME” and publishing house “AU Press”. Today AU has about 4,628 students and over 335 academic staff. AU consistently aims for higher levels of excellence, innovation, internationalization and entrepreneurship.
A-NOV is a private, non-profit organization and is the Technology Centre of the French “Route des Lasers” competitiveness cluster. It provides technical resources and expertise required to fulfil R&D challenges and innovative development in photonics, optics and lasers. Located in the Bordeaux area, A-NOV employs about 40 highly skilled Researchers, Engineers and Technicians. The Technological Centre offers dedicated facilities and equipment for laser developments, implementation and characterisation. It has strong expertise in laser micromachining and processing developments, optical design and prototyping in vision, microscopy and spectroscopy, and fibre Laser sources and optical fibre components.
ML Engraving is one of Europe's leading 3D laser engraving companies focusing on 3D laser engravings on moulds and components. ML Engraving has made a formidable evolution path, climbing the peaks of the European market and establishing itself as excellent partner for engraving and laser etching. On the side of the Service business unit, ML Engraving has an internal engineering for develop innovative machines and technologies.
REINTRIEB GmbH is an Austrian-German start-up in Vienna for the development of profitable cleantech. The company was founded in 2016 to develop oil-free transmissions and environmentally sustainable propulsion systems. After the initial market of maritime propulsion systems, REIN plans to expand its market into other industries in need of oil-free transmissions (such as the food industry, wind and hydro-electric energy, cranes, pharmaceutical production lines, etc.) The REIN business model is based on a licensing model, i.e. REIN develops and patents the relevant technology. The production of products with REIN technology is left to licensed industrial partners which already have the relevant product and market experience and customer base to market REIN products.
NANOFABER is an innovative SME committed to the development of nano-biotechnology products and smart polymers for several advanced engineering sectors. Current products and services based on proprietary technology are:
The company has a solid R&D background in nanotechnology and engineering, being founded and directed by experienced scientists and being officially associated with ENEA, the second largest Italian public R&D Institute. Based in Rome, the main production site is in the ENEA Casaccia Centre. The plasmonic elements are produced in exclusive for Nanofaber at the University of Vigo. Both institutions (ENEA and University of Vigo) are officially linked third parties of NFAB and have business relations with it.
GV has been designing and producing industrial filters for more than 30 years and has a comprehensive range of microfiltration filter elements for critical liquid, gas and air applications for the following process industries: Oil & Gas, Chemical and Petrochemical, Water Treatment, Power Generation, Food and Pharmaceutical, Industrial. GV specializes in the production of tailor-made filter elements. For their fabrication, GV daily uses special filter media such as metal alloys (Hastelloy, Monel 400, SMO254, ...), sintered metal fibres (AISI 316, Inconel®601, FeCrAlloy®), non-woven filter media (Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyester, Polyphenylene Sulfide, PTFE, Fiberglass, Polymide, PVDF), paper (high-grade cellulose fibres impregnated with special resins). The competences and facilities available at GV allow for production of filter elements in different shapes, pleated or not, without affecting the filtration characteristics. Supporting these activities, GV has equipped design facilities including full 3D modelling capacity, finite element analysis and design calculation software.
ChromoGenics (CMG) was established in 2003 as an outcome of over 20 years of research on electrochromic materials by Professor Claes-Göran Granqvist and his team at the Ångström Laboratory at Uppsala University in Sweden. CMG is a leading manufacturer of dynamic smart glass based on electrochromic foils on flexible substrates. CMG’s patented electrochromic technology, ConverLight®, with controllable heat and light transmission provides sustainable solar control for increased indoor comfort and energy efficiency. ConverLight® reduces cooling needs in buildings and contributes to Green Building certifications. CMG has a strong IP portfolio consisting of proprietary know-how and patents covering essential materials, processes and applications in eighteen patent families, and additional patents are pending, and more than 15 related international patents
Aperam is a global player in stainless, electrical and specialty steel, with customers in over 40 countries. Aperam has 2.5 million tonnes of flat stainless and Electrical Steel capacity in Brazil and Europe and is a leader in high value specialty products. Aperam has a highly integrated distribution, processing and services network and a unique capability to produce stainless and specialty from low cost biomass (charcoal). Its industrial network is spread in 6 production facilities located in Brazil, Belgium and France. The business is organized in three primary operating segments: Stainless & electrical Steel, Services & Solutions and Alloys & Specialities. All is supported by a strong R&D, located in 3 different locations (France & Brazil).
AquaTT is an SME that specialises in knowledge management and transfer, dissemination and communication, training and outreach activities, as well as project management. AquaTT has more than 25 years of experience working in the successful design and management of European Union-financed projects under several programs including H2020, FP7, FP6, Interreg and Lifelong Learning, in scientific fields related to the marine, food, energy, health, manufacturing and environment; all key sectors for Europe's sustainability.