Microcab

Microcab

Microcab has pioneered the design of lean weight, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from its base in Coventry, UK, supported by Coventry University, a shareholder in the company. The Microcab team has 12 years experience in the design of hydrogen vehicles, having integrated a range of fuel cells into various new vehicle designs from 2001. All vehicles are specifically designed to improve air quality, with zero emissions at point of use, and be extremely efficient, supporting the global sustainability agenda as resources become more scarce.

The Microcab vision foresees a ‘New Mobility’ where alternate ownership models (such as car clubs) allow vehicle platforms to be designed within the paradigm of a continuous economy. This shift will bring together new business and ownership models, lean weight design and zero emission powertrains, connected and autonomous control architecture all coming together to give flexible, clean and integrated mobility with the user at its centre.

KNEIA

Kneia

KNEIA is an SME that works with public companies, research institutions, government agencies and investors to improve the ROI on R&D. The company provides assessment services on innovation management, knowledge transfer and implementation of scientific technological structures worldwide, for the improvement of the competitiveness and the technological progress of companies.

Key activities includes the evaluation of knowledge to determine market feasibility in other sectors, the protection and valuation of R&D results, the coordination of marketing and communication activities directed at commercialising new technologies, the definition of dissemination strategies to reach potential acquirers of technologies, as well as general legal guidance on the preparation of transfer contracts.

KNEIA offers expertise in a variety of roles in project collaboration including project coordination, research valorization and exploitation, design management, market development and commercialization activities.

IRIS

IRIS

IRIS was established in Barcelona in 2007 as an advanced engineering and R&D company, specialising in the field of process engineering. IRIS has expertise in the following fields of engineering: Production Processes (with a strong specialisation in novel technologies); Smart Systems; and Optical Systems, combined with a knowledge and research capacity in food technology, materials science and environmental science.

IRIS applies its knowledge and expertise to develop solutions for industry in the fields of advanced monitoring and control, surface activation, decontamination and biocompounds, as well as to provide contract research services to the food, agriculture, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, among others. The company has a policy of continuous investment for growth, and currently employs 48 staff based in two sites (Barcelona and
Dublin) which are equipped with engineering workshops (3), food testing and wet chemistry laboratory, optics labs (2), and an electronics/telecommunications lab.

IRIS is ISO 9001:2008 certified and also is certified under UNE-EN-ISO 166002: Management Systems R&D&i.

Granta Design

Granta Design

Granta Design Ltd, an SME, was spun out from the University of Cambridge, producing and selling software and materials data to enable others to manage materials information and for materials education. Granta’s core business involves the design and development of software products including various tools for eco-design, restricted substances, critical materials assessment, information/data management, materials selection and substitution, several of which integrate with CAD/CAE/PLM. Originating as a materials education software company, Granta continues to play a significant role in this area as well providing software and teaching resources to over 1,000 institutions world-wide, Granta continue to host the Materials Education Symposia which are held annually in the UK, US and Singapore and represent the leading international focal point for educators within the materials domain. Granta also hosts the Environmental Materials Information Technology consortium, a group of large advanced manufacturing companies who help to determine Granta’s development priorities in response to emerging environmental needs.

Granta also produces and maintains several leading data products including Materials Universe (a database of over 4,000 commercially available engineering materials including technical, ecological and cost attributes for each material and its associated processes) and the Product Risk database which incorporates one of the leading resources on restricted substances as well as critical and conflict minerals risks and data needed for streamlined life cycle analysis. Granta supports numerous collaborative projects by providing a centralized materials information management system for the project to enable the pooling and consolidation of project knowledge which would otherwise be dispersed amongst the partners, this approach enables standardization and capitalizes on the value in the project by avoiding duplication of effort and maximizing visibility of results both within the consortium and to external stakeholders. 

Conenor

Conenor Ltd is a private management owned engineering company (SME) developing its innovative extrusion equipment and processes as well their product applications. The company is found in Finland year 1995 and started initially for several years in collaboration with the Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT) and co-financed by National Technology Agency (Tekes) but is acting today independent of these Finnish State owned institutions.

Conenor offering in composite extrusion materials include material fraction & formulation assessment, development, testing and sampling services both from waste and/or recycled and virgin materials. In new extruded composite products the company offers outsourced process and product R&D-services both in single- and multilayer structures (profiles, boards & panels) in its existing proprietary equipment listed below situated today at facilities at town of Orimattila, Finland. 

The company carries out techno-economical feasibility studies for its worldwide clients aiming to start new businesses in extruded composites from recovered waste and recycled materials. The expertise, competencies and equipment base of Conenor have a perfect match with the project aims and needs to assess the suitability of different fibre fractions of ELV plastics and MBW wood in extruded composites (WPC) and to develop processing techniques and new products in single- and multilayer structured profiles and panels.

TOMRA

TOMRA

TOMRA is a market leading manufacture of optical sensors including near infra-red,x-ray,laser,camera technologies for identifying ALL recyclable materials and sorting. TOMRA Sorting Recycling designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting technologies for the global recycling and waste management industry. Over 4,000 systems have been installed in 40 countries worldwide. Responsible for developing the world’s first near infrared sensor for waste sorting applications, TOMRA Sorting Recycling remains an industry pioneer with a dedication to extracting high purity fractions from waste streams that maximize both yield and profits.

TOMRA Sorting Recycling is part of TOMRA Sorting Solutions which also develops sensor-based systems for sorting, peeling and process analytics for the food, mining and other industries.TOMRA Sorting is owned by Norwegian company TOMRA Systems ASA, which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Founded in 1972, TOMRA Systems ASA has a turnover around €530m and employs over 2,500 people. TOMRA Sorting Solutions creates sensor based sorting machines for recycling, food, mining and specialty products.

Technoplants

Technoplants srl was born in 1984 by founder Marco Gualtieri and became from the beginning a preferred supplier for some well-known local company. In 1990 Claudio Bracali joins the company. He had accumulated a long experience as a designer of mechanical-textile machinery and contributed to the construction of new machinery, which received success both in Italy and abroad. In the middle ’90s Technoplants srl discerns the demand for end-of-line machinery which can automate the final transformation processes of non woven products. The product range, which initially consisted in crosslappers and needle looms, is then upgraded with a new series of cutting, winding and wrapping units. The company grows up quickly and the building area increases from few hundred square meters of 1994 to 4000 sq meters of 2001.

Technoplants has diversified its own production becoming a leading company in the following sectors:
  • Carding and spinning of woollen yarn (especially fine knitting yarn including cashmere, angora, camel hair and their blends with fine wool)
  • Nonwoven, including Card feeding systems, needle loom, cutting units, airlay, thermobonding unit

Technoplants already operates in cooperation with reliable international suppliers of machines for the supplying of complete plants in the automotive industry, construction industry, air filtration, furniture, wall covering and household products.

MAIER

MAIER

MAIER is one of the first plastic component supplier with up to 2,000 employees in 8 countries with global sales above 212M€, being part of the biggest co-operative group in the world (global sales above 13,200 M€ and a workforce above 82,000 employees). MAIER manufactures components for the automotive industry. In Europe, Maier heads, in particular, the development and manufacture of body colour painted front grilles, chromed caps, wheel-trims, wheelcaps and petrol cap lids, as well as producing a wide array of other automotive components and body modules (mudguards, consoles, air vents, fascia, door trims, handles…). MAIER owns plants in Spain, the United Kingdom and Czech Republic, joint ventures in Turkey and Japan, and offices in France, Sweden and Japan, being supplier of plastic components for the most important automotive OEMs (Renault, Toyota, Honda, Ford, Opel, Seat, Citroen, Peugeot, Jaguar, Mercedes, Rover, Suzuki, Volvo, Nissan, Bentley, Skoda, Audi,etc.). Besides, its technical centre with more than 100 employees offers support to OEMs and Equippers. MAIER is an experienced company in designing and development of components (injection, finishing/decoration and assembly); designing and manufacturing of prototype and production moulds; analysis and implementation of industrial facilities; and research, development and innovation. MAIER innovation procedure is always based on quality and accuracy methodologies which have led to more than 20 patents, from 1993, in automotive components and related processes. 

In order to achieve the objectives planned in the project, MAIER (profit entity) will work along with its research centre called MAIER TECHNOLOGY CENTRE (MTC), in which MAIER has a participation of 84.62%. MTC will participate as a linked third party of MAIER in the achievement of some tasks in the project. MTC is an R&D NON PROFIT organization dedicated to the research and development in the field of thermoplastic injection moulding, decorative and assembly technologies and analysis and implementation of production facilities for automotive. The technological capacity of the centre is based on its team, currently formed of more than 100 people, mostly with technical skills (Higher Engineering with a strong vocation for research,
development and innovation).

KEAS

KEAS

Kastamonu Entegre (KEAS), which was established under Hayat Holding in 1969 to produce in the forestry and wood products sector, has become a regional leader with a 32% of market share. In 7 factories in Turkey, 2 in Romania, 1 in Bulgaria, 1 in Bosnia Herzegovina and 2 in Russia, KEAS is producing particleboard, MDF, laminate flooring, melamine faced boards, worktops, doorskins.

With its total production capacity 5.000.000/m3, KEAS is worlds 7th, EU’s 4th biggest wood based panel manufacturer. With its 2015 turnover 1.2 billion$, KEAS is listed as 41st in manufacturing industry leader board according to İstanbul Chamber of Industry.

AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel Casco Adhesives counts on more than 80 years in experience in bonding systems, especially in wood-working industry. They offer a wide know-how along with a strong customer collaboration model, generating innovative and specific bonding solutions to tackle the most challenging gluing conditions and hard-to-glue wood species. Their solutions are extended to construction boards, construction timber, doors, flooring, furniture, windows scantlings and panelboard applications areas.

Akzonobel develops several bonding solutions based on:
  • Non-added formaldehyde (NAF)
  • Emulsion-polymer-isocyanate-based adhesives (EPI)
  • Phenol-resorcinol-formaldehyde adhesives (PRF)
  • Melamine urea formaldehyde adhesives (MUF/MF) meeting JAS Constructive Timber Compliance
  • Ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) adhesives, compliant with E1, ANSI, and CARB P2
  • Polyurethane adhesives (PUR) and PUR fillers